Unlike packing for a vacation, preparing for your trip to the hospital requires a whole new set of rules. Take this week to start packing the bag you will take to the hospital, and you will experience greater peace of mind when the time for birth comes.
When packing your bag, you should think about the basic things you know you will need—such as a nightgown and slippers—combined with the things that will help you relax—such as your own pillow or music.
Use the following checklist to determine the items you should take to the hospital:
- Birth plan
- Cell phone charger
- Change for vending machines
- Fun reading material
- Going-home outfit for you (what you wore during pregnancy) and your baby
- Identification, including your driver’s license, insurance card and any relevant hospital paperwork
- Journal or notepad
- Nightgown, bathrobe, slippers and socks
- Nursing bra
- Pillow or pillowcase
- Toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush and any other necessities
- Helpful materials/handouts from childbirth classes
- Focal points
- Massage tools
Whatever you pack, keep in mind your comfort. A detailed list of items and their uses will be discussed during childbirth preparation classes. Don’t forget your camera to memorialize this special day forever.
- It’s a good idea to pack your hospital bag in two separate sections—the things you will need for birth, such as music and focal points, and the items you will need during your postpartum stay, including a nursing bra, toiletries and a bathrobe.
- Remember to seek help when installing your child’s car seat. Because you need the car seat to leave the hospital, install it ahead of time and practice the steps of buckling in your new baby.