Packing the hospital bag can be a daunting task, especially at a time in your life filled with tasks and emotions. This article can give you the confidence you need to fill that bag with the items that you need, and none of the things you don’t. I would encourage you to actually pack 2 bags, you bag, and Baby’s diaper bag. Enlist your husbands aid in reading this and packing the bags, so that he can quickly locate items when you need them. When the bags are packed I would encourage you to keep them in the trunk of the car, or near the door in the same place so that they will be easy to locate when labor begins.
* Camera, camcorder, extra memory card
* New batteries, any chargers
* Baby book, journal, pen
* Well fitting nursing bra
* Lip balm, and mints or hard candy ( helps keep your mouth moist)
* Tennis balls, or massager to relieve back tension
* A heating pad ( shockingly helpful at relieving contractions)
* Extra socks
* Hair elastics, snap barrettes, a brush ( you will not want your hair in your face)
* Make up if you are so inclined
* Great shampoo,and bodywash, deodorant. That post baby shower goes a long way into making you feel good.
* toothbrush, and toothpaste
* A few sets of pajamas, and a pair of slippers
* Clothes- It takes your tender uterus several weeks to return to its normal size. If you are sick of maternity clothes I would recommend bringing a few cute track suits 1 size bigger than you were before you got pregnant.
* Lansinoh brand Lanolin. I can not recommend it enough. It is very pure, and keeps tender breasts well taken care of.
* Cash, and change. You will need money for the hospital photos of the baby (between $50 and $100), and change so your husband can grab coffee and Snickers from those machines, or cash so he can go to the cafeteria, especially if he is able to room in with you.
* Mp3 player, and charger. Music can help you through the contractions
* A few diapers ( the hospital typically provides most)
* 2 Going home outfits ( in case Baby messes one)
* Several receiving blankets
* 2 undershirts
* burp cloth or a bib.
* 2 or 3 hats ( depending on how long you will be in the hospital)
* A brand new carseat suitable for a baby 5 pounds and up
* A carseat bunting/cover that goes over the carseat and straps if it is cold weather.
** Spend some time adjusting the straps to your carseat and buckling, and unbuckling it over and over while you are still pregnant. It is so important to thoroughly know how to use your carseat properly**
The hospital will typically provide stretchy underwear a special pads. Use these, because the underwear can be thrown away. If you use regular underpants they will probably be ruined. Breast pads, some diapers, samples of baby shampoo, and lotion are normally provided by the hospital. If you feel that you need something and your nurse has not given it to you such as tucks pads, epi foam ( foam that relieves an uncomfortable perineum), ice packs, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask! Your nurse will want to help you, but often has many patients and may not know that you need something if you don’t ask. Baby will typically be given a pacifier, a hat or 2, and loaned jammies and blankets that belong to the hospital. The hospital will provide clean and sterile linens for you both to borrow, which includes towels and wash cloths. Enjoy your experience!