I have so many Facebook friends that are expecting babies within the next few weeks. It sorta makes me want to have another, but then I realized that my body and health probably couldn’t handle it even though I had easy, peasy deliveries for all three girls.
A couple of these girls are having their first baby and they’ve been asking what they should pack in their hospital bag when it comes time to head to the hospital for delivery.
Since having 3 kids, I’ve had my experience with the whole hospital bag thing and if I had to do it all over again I know exactly what I’d pack even though it’s been 9 years since I needed to pack one. Here’s my list…
– Insurance cards
– Hospital admission forms (if not already completed)
– Birth plan (if you have one)
– Your driver’s license or photo I.D.
– Your obstetrician’s contact info
– Your baby’s pediatrician’s contact info
– Robe or Sweatshirt
– Warm Socks (3-4 pairs)
– Slippers or Non-skid socks
– Nursing Bras (if nursing) or Supportive bras (if not nursing)
– Maternity Clothes to wear home
– XL Maxi pads
– Hair ties
– Glasses/ contacts/ contact case
– Shower Essentials
– Nursing Pads (helpful even if you’re not nursing because you will leak)
For Dad / Partner:
– Change of clothes
– Money for vending machines
– Car Seat
– Diaper Bag
In the Diaper Bag:
– Jacket or Snowsuit (depending on weather)
– Going home outfit
– Extra outfits
– Butt paste
– Swaddle Blanket
– Burp Clothes
– Nursing Cover/ Blanket (optional if nursing)
– Bottle and Formula (if hospital doesn’t supply you with any before leaving)
-Money for Vending Machines
– Music (iPod or old cell phone)
– Notepad and pen
– iPad/ Laptop
– iPad/ Laptop charger
– Cell phone charger
– Batteries for camera
-List of people to call
– Extra bag for gifts
*Note: When and if you tour the maternity ward/delivery area before your due date, be sure to ask what they provide for babies and mothers and take those items off your list.
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Good Luck with your delivery!