Checklist: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
For the past several months you have done everything you can to prepare for your little bundle of joy. You have decorated the nursery, you’ve been showered with dozens of gifts for your little one and you’ve taken all the classes to get you ready for motherhood.
During the final weeks of your pregnancy, you will want to get a bag ready for when you and your partner have to rush off to the hospital.
“Sometimes packing can be stressful enough, and you don’t want to do it while you’re also having contractions,” says Lisa Wilson, a physician with Novant Health Providence OB/GYN. “If you’re packing while in pain, there may be a chance that you forget a critical item that you need during your hospital stay.”
Some people will pack everything but the kitchen sink for the hospital, but we put together a simple checklist so you’re not bringing 10 suitcases with you.
Hospital Bag Packing List:
Insurance card, driver’s license, picture ID - These are important items that the hospital will need. These items could be forgotten if you don’t pack ahead of time.
Toiletries - You will want your own toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc. while you’re recovering after labor. Another very important item is lip balm because your lips can dry out during labor.
Hair Ties - This is for our long-haired beauties during labor. You’ll want to tie up your hair and keep it out of your face while you’re pushing your little one out.
Your own PJs - You will have a hospital gown during labor. But you may want to change into your comfy pajamas afterward. Also be sure to include several pairs of underwear so that you don’t have to wear the mesh underwear that they hand out at the hospital.
Socks, Slippers, Flip Flops - The socks will be for during labor and then the slippers and flip-flops will come in handy so you’re not walking on the cold tile in the hallways.
Nursing Tank or Bra - We suggest buying this closer to your due date so that you have the proper sizing and it will be comfortable to sleep in.
Going Home Outfit for Baby - This is usually one of the first things that mamas-to-be pack up because you just can’t wait to dress up your new little one!
Going Home Outfit for You - Make sure that the outfit you pick out is loose because you will still have a baby bump after labor. Avoid your skinny jeans and go for a cute dress (think of Kate Middleton when she stepped out hours after giving birth) or leggings and a flowy top.
Charger For Your Phone - Your phone will be in full use at the hospital between all of the phone calls, text messages and taking pictures of your baby. Make sure you’ll be able to keep it fully charged.
Entertainment - You may have a long labor so you may want to load up on magazines, books or movies on your smartphone or tablet to help the time pass.
Your Own Pillow - This isn’t imperative to bring, but some women like to have their own pillow with them during their hospital stay.
An Empty Extra Bag - You will want to use this for extra diapers and creams you’ll receive at the hospital. Plus you’ll be getting gifts from family and friends so this bag will come in handy for those extra goodies.
Another important thing to remember is to make sure the baby seat is properly installed in your vehicle before labor. It’s one less thing that you will have to worry as you and your partner leave the hospital with your new bundle of joy.
Our friendly physicians and staff at Providence OB/GYN will answer any questions you may have about packing your hospital bag before labor. We can also help you from pregnancy confirmation to post-delivery care. Please call our Providence office at 704-372-4000, our Steelecroft office at 704-384-7900 or our SouthPark office at 704-372-4000. We look forward to serving you and your baby during your pregnancy.