…your hospital bag that is.
This is Part 2 of Preparing for Baby.
Now that I have reached 34 weeks in this pregnancy, I really should be prepared to go into labor at any time. Luckily, even babies born several weeks early (between 34 and 37 weeks) are just fine. With Nicolaus my water broke at home at 38 weeks.
Part of being prepared is making sure a bag is packed to take to the hospital with everything needed for labor and a short (hopefully) stay. Having gone through this before, the following is a list of what I have found works for me.
Comfy clothes: socks, zip up hoodie, 2 nursing tanks, stretchy yoga pants, nursing gown/pajamas, extra underwear
Nursing pads and lanolin (though the hospital usually has these)
Travel size toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, face wash, lotion, deodorant
Copy of birth plan
List of people to call/text
(Because of John’s responsibilities at home, he most likely will not spend the night at the hospital after she is born. If he were, he would probably want his own pillow, toiletries, razor and toothbrush)
Coming home outfit
Baby Book/Scrapbook for tiny footprints and other momentos
Infant carseat with Base
Hospitals typically provide onesies/shirts, diapers, wipes, triple paste, receiving blankets, nasal aspirators and pacifiers. If you are going to Cloth diaper from day one or if your family typically has skin sensitivities, you probably want to bring your own diapers, lotions and ointments for baby
With my previous two births, one thing I made sure I did was take home everything the hospital offered me at no cost. This included everything from extra mesh underwear and other post partum supplies to blankets etc. for baby. Most of the time if you have opened it or your baby has worn it, they will discard that item anyway. Just make sure you won’t get charged before you pack up to go home.
I can fit all of this in one duffel bag. You usually go home with a ton more than you came with including free samples from the hospital for breastfeeding and infant care to gifts people bring to you in Labor And Delivery.
Any tips about what to pack (or not) for Labor and Delivery?