Maternity Essentials- What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
As you are approaching the expected date of delivery, the restlessness in your mind is surging. Am I ready? What essentials should I include in my hospital bag? When should I begin packing and keep myself equipped? These are some of the most common questions for every soon to-be-mother.
Take a deep breath, relax, and feel the joy of welcoming your little bundle of joy. You still have ample time on your hands to pack your bags and get yourself ready for your hospital delivery.
When should you pack your Hospital Bag?
To remain on the safe side, and stay prepared in case of pre-due-date delivery, it's wise to pack your bag around week 36-37. Except for your toothbrush, comb, and other last-minute items, you can put all other essentials in your hospital bag as early as possible.
What essentials do you need to include in your hospital bag? What should you pack in your hospital bag? Here is a complete maternity hospital bag checklist for your reference.
What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag?
Apart from the essentials, your hospital bag must-have some comforting elements as well. After a long labor, you and your partner will be exhausted, requesting a need for simple, encouraging, and refreshing items as fresh clothes and a small pillow. Also, to cope with the painful labor, soothing creams and ointments can come in handy.
Hospital Bag Checklist
To enable you to remember everything you need in that crucial time, I have listed a few things in the checklist below. This checklist includes all the essential details that you will need as well as for the baby.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom
- Clothes and Underwear
Putting on fresh clothes can help you relax. Also, after labor, it is generally suggested to change clothes for hygienic reasons. Moreover, delivery is unpredictable, so keeping some extra clothes will ensure that you are clean and comfortable every time.
Don't forget to pack comfortable underwear. Some underwear might even get dirty, so make sure to bring extra bras and panties along with you.
- Maternity Pads
Though the hospital will provide you with some maternity pads, it is always good to have heavy-duty maternity pads with you.
After delivery, heavy bleeding is common. Therefore, you might need to change pads every 1-2 hours. To prevent any mess, you might be required to change pads more frequently. Due to such reasons, bringing a large number of maternity pads with you is an added benefit.
Do not forget to include soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair bands, clips, and a plastic bag, in your pregnancy hospital bag.
- Moisturizers and Lotions
Labor causes loss of water from the body and leaves you dehydrated. Due to dehydration, your skin and lips might feel chapped and dry. It's wise to include moisturizers, lip balms, body lotions, and creams to soothe your dried skin and lips.
- Nipple Creams
The nipples of an actively breastfeeding mother become chapped and can cause some discomfort. Nipple cream will save you from such pain and discomfort, and it should be essential in your hospital bag.
Often ignored, slippers are yet another essential. You can slip them on quickly and walk around the hospital comfortably. You can even carry a pair of flip-flops for when you shower.
Pillows make you feel at home. After labor, you might want to sleep and rest comfortably on your comfy pillows. These small elements will instantly charge your body up and help your body heal fast.
- Phones and Chargers
While in the hospital, you will want to stay in regular contact with other family members and friends. So make sure to include phones and chargers while packing your maternity hospital bag.
- Pass-Time Essentials
Passing times in hospitals can be difficult. So, bring along some good books, magazines, or a good movie series and have them ready in your maternity bag.
- Snacks and Hydration
Pack some snacks, comfort foods, and drinks to enjoy during your hospital stay. Also, comfort foods can help you in healing your bruises quickly by comforting and relaxing you.
Keeping some drinks and juices in your bag will ensure that your body stays hydrated to replenish the water balance in your body.
- Important Documents
Hospital IDs, insurance papers, and other related documents, if forgotten, can put you in great trouble. Consider keeping these near, as these can be the first thing the hospital will require even before getting admitted.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby
Bodysuits that open in the front are the best for newborn babies. These can be put on and taken off quickly without disturbing the baby.
- Warm Accessories
Your little one can catch a cold quickly. Ask the doctors and nurses beforehand about the clothing layers your baby would require, and pack accordingly.
For now, take along some pairs of socks, hats, sweaters, and thermals to protect the new baby from a cold or cough.
Blankets will not only protect your baby from cold weather but also provide a layer of comfort and coziness. Apart from staying near you, the baby can sleep well and rest warm when covered with a blanket.
Baby diapers are essential in the hospital bag checklist. Ensure that you pack the right amount of diapers, as the baby will go through at least 10-12 dirty diapers per day. So, packing at least 30-40 diapers would not be too much.
Apart from warm accessories, it would be great to change the clothes of your newborn baby regularly. Also, before stepping out of the hospital, you will need them to put on fresh clothes to leave the hospital. So, pack clothes for both being in the hospital and for when you go.
Having everything in your bag makes you prepared, and it's one less thing to worry about when the time comes. Furthermore, make sure that you have courage, patience, and motherly love before you leave for the hospital. Be happy as a new member arrives in your life, and stay relaxed as everything will be fine and enjoyable.