What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag
So, what to pack?
- Your birth plan (if you have one) - Having extra copies will prevent you from panicking if someone new becomes involved in your birth
- Lip balm
- A robe or dressing gown – hospital gowns don’t tend to tie up in the back & that’s the last thing you want to have to worry about when you’re pacing the hospital halls in labour
- Slippers! – You’ll want something comfortable to wear when you’re pacing the hallways
- Something to pass the time – you never know how long you’re going to be there so be prepared with something like a book, your iPad with a TV series pre-loaded and/or an activity book
- Eye mask and earplugs – it can be hard to get some much-deserved rest post-birth or in the downtimes of labour when you’re in a busy maternity ward.
- If you have a favourite pillow at home, don’t be afraid to bring it with you. You deserve to be as comfortable as you can be!
- A headband or hair elastic – especially if your hair is long, you’re probably going to want to tie it up at one point or another! (Tip: if you’re the kind of gal who wants a nice picture with their newborn baby, use a scrunchie and avoid the ponytail bump!)
- Flip Flops – You’ll want these in the hospital shower.
- Your phone or camera + chargers for pictures
- If you have a favourite water bottle, take it with you! You’ll appreciate having cold water handy after labour.
- A going-home outfit – you’ll want something comfortable and loose to wear after you’re released from the hospital (you’ll still have your belly, so plan to wear maternity clothes home)
- Nursing bras – take a few with you!
- Breast pads – disposable breast pads are your best bet for the hospital because you won’t have access to a washing machine and will likely have some mishaps while you get used to your newly leaking breasts
- Nursing Pillow – when you and your new little one are starting to get acquainted, you might find it useful to have your nursing pillow with you for arm support and/or for finding the right nursing position for you both
- Maxi pads or maternity pads – bring a couple packs with you
- A maternity shirt or a shirt that buttons up at the front for easy access to your breasts as you begin to sort out the intricacies of breastfeeding with your new baby
- Some granny panties – we don’t recommend taking your nicest (or tightest) underwear with you to the hospital, as they will get messy and won’t fit over the maternity pads
- Down There Relief Pack by Rachel’s Remedy for post-birth comfort
- 2 or 3 sleepers for baby to wear while you are in the hospital and for the journey home
- Newborn hat and socks – newborn babies get cold. Even during skin-to-skin contact they’ll be able to wear these pieces
- Car seat cover – a breathable, lightweight cover will keep germs away in the summer but in the winter, you’ll want something warmer and more insulated to cover the infant seat. The oVer Company, Milk Snob and 7AM Enfant are great options.
- Burp cloths
- Your Infant Car Seat – You won’t be allowed to leave the hospital without it! It’s a great idea to have your base installed in the car ahead of time to avoid the chaos of doing so with a newborn in hand.
For Birth Partner
- A little water or spray bottle, a handheld fan, or a sponge to cool you down while in labour
- Comfortable shoes and clothes – He/she may be pacing the halls with you and/or running around the hospital to visit excited family members and friends. Labour can take a long time! Jeans and a dress shirt are not recommended labour support apparel.
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