Updated: Jul 19
Are you approaching your due date and feeling overwhelmed by the thought of packing your hospital bag? Don't worry, I've got you covered!
Here are some hospital bag tips for labor and what to pack in your bag....
First, let's talk about the essentials. You'll want to make sure you have your ID and any necessary medical paperwork. You'll also want to pack a comfortable outfit to wear home - I suggest something which is loose fitting and comfy!
Next, think about what you'll need during labor. You'll want to pack items to help you stay comfortable, such as a robe, slippers, and socks. A comfortable pillow and a blanket from home can also help make your hospital stay feel more familiar.
Don't forget about toiletries! You'll want to pack items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and any necessary medications. Lip balm and lotion can also be helpful to combat dry hospital air.
If you plan on breastfeeding, pack nursing bras and pads, as well as nipple cream. A nursing pillow can also be helpful to make feeding more comfortable.
For entertainment, consider packing a book, magazine, or a tablet with your favorite shows or movies. And don't forget about snacks! Labor can be long, so pack some of your favorite non-perishable snacks to keep your energy up.
Lastly, think about your baby's needs. Pack onesies, blankets, and nappies, as well as a going-home outfit. A car seat is also essential for bringing your baby home safely.
Remember, everyone's hospital bag will look a little different. These are just some general hospital bag tips to get you started. Think about your own needs and what will make you feel most comfortable during labor and your hospital stay.
And one final tip - don't wait until the last minute to pack your bag! Aim to have it packed by around 36 weeks, just in case baby decides to make an early appearance. By being prepared and packing a bag full of your favorite comforts, you can make your hospital stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Good luck, mama!