The arrival of your baby is quickly approaching, and while it’s an exciting time, it can also be stressful and overwhelming. As the due date draws near, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared and have everything you need for the hospital. This includes packing a pregnancy hospital bag with all the essentials for both you and the baby.
Make sure to leave the house calmly and without rushing, and focus on your own needs and those of the baby, including contractions and other physical sensations. It’s also a good idea to have a plan in place for getting to the hospital, whether that means having a designated driver or prearranging transportation. By being prepared and organized, you can minimize stress and focus on the arrival of your little one.
A few days before your due date, make sure to pack a hospital bag with all the essentials. This bag will be your lifeline during pregnancy and post-pregnancy, and it’s important to have everything you need. Here’s a pregnancy hospital bag essentials checklist to help you get organized:
Pregnancy Hospital Bag Essentials
Medical records, ID and Insurance: Make sure to pack all of your records from the start of the pregnancy, including scans, prenatal care records, and any other documents that are important for the delivery process. Your partner can also make sure that hospital passes and visitor passes are ready. Don’t forget to bring your insurance card and IDs. Having all of these documents in order and easily accessible will help streamline the process and ensure that everything goes smoothly during your stay at the hospital.
Birth plan: Please print out the birth plan and give it to your doctor or nurses in advance. This will allow them to be aware of your birthing plan and wishes, and will help ensure that your preferences are taken into consideration during labor and delivery. It’s important to remember that a birth plan is a guideline and not a rigid set of rules, and it’s okay to be flexible and open to changes as needed. The most important thing is to have open communication with your healthcare team and to advocate for your own needs and preferences.
Footwear: Pack a pair of shoes or flats that have good grip and are comfortable to walk in. You may be on your feet a lot during labor and delivery, so it’s important to have footwear that is supportive and comfortable. You should also pack a pair of slippers to wear in the bathroom. It’s also a good idea to pack some cozy socks, as your feet may get cold during your stay at the hospital. Make sure to try on your footwear in advance to make sure it fits properly and is comfortable before putting it in your pregnancy hospital bag.
Clothes: Pack enough clothes for your stay at the hospital, including maternity clothes for post-pregnancy. A comfortable dressing gown can be helpful for breastfeeding and going to the bathroom, as it will allow you to move around freely and easily access your breasts. You may also want to pack a scarf to cover your ears and keep you warm, as well as a pair of cozy pants in case you feel cold. Don’t forget to pack a few under wears and homecoming clothes for yourself, as well as a warm cardigan incase you want to put it on when visitors come.
Toiletries: Toothbrush, comb, soap, shampoo, face wash, and other personal hygiene items are essential for maintaining your cleanliness and freshness during your stay at the hospital. You may also want to bring lip balm and lotion to prevent chapped skin or lips. Wet wipes can be handy for freshening up during labor. In addition to these items, it’s also a good idea to pack a few hand towels and bath towels for your own use.
While hospitals do provide heavy maternity sanitary pads and mesh under wears after delivery, it’s always a good practice to have a few extra heavy sanitary pads on hand in case you need them during labor. Keep a pack of small paper napkins just incase. Add a few make-up items incase you are planning to photoshoot your labor and baby delivery.
Breastfeeding supplies: If you plan on breastfeeding, bring nursing bras or tops for easy access. Pack nursing or breastfeeding pads to absorb any leaks and a breastfeeding pillow and burb clothes to make feeding comfortable. Hospitals would also guide you with breast pumping and bottle feeding based on your preferences.
Baby essentials and Diaper Bag: Pack an extra set of clothes (3-4) for your baby, as well as a diaper bag with soft baby towels, wipes, new born diapers, baby socks, booties and mittens, nail clippers, diaper rash cream, small baby lotions and cream bottles, a few disposable bags. Bring a few soft baby receiving blankets and home coming baby clothes to take the baby home in. If you are confused about which brand diapers to buy, here is a guide to best diaper brands.
Other items: A few other things that you can add in your pregnancy hospital bag are your favorite book (to pass time), your phone and charger, a cushion or neck pillow (for your partner), your wallet – with small bills incase you want to use the vending machine, sanitizer, masks, gifts for nurses, extra tote bag for receiving baby products/gifts from hospital, a few energy bars, chocolates, chips/snacks, water bottles, etc.
Make sure to double check that your pregnancy hospital bag is packed and organized with everything you need. Also before going to the hospital remove jewelries to be safe. It’s important to have everything within reach so you can focus on what’s important and not worry about forgetting anything.
In addition to the essentials, it’s also a good idea to pack a few comfort items that will help make your stay more pleasant. This could include your own pillow, a favorite blanket or sweatshirt, or snacks and drinks for you and your partner. Also, remember to bring a properly installed and secured car seat to bring your baby home from the hospital. Having these small luxuries can help you feel more at home and relaxed during what can be a stressful time.
Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your little one! This is a special and exciting time, and it’s important to take care of yourself and prepare as much as you can for the big day. This is an important moment in your life, and it’s okay to take some time to focus on yourself and your needs. Wishing you all the best as you welcome your new arrival into the world!