Packing your hospital bag ahead of your delivery date ensures you have what you need when you meet your little one. While these items are for the mother-to-be, it’s important to pack items for the baby and support person, too. Remember these five things to pack in your hospital bag for delivery day.
Bring your driver’s license or other valid photo ID and your insurance card. If you have a birth plan, keep a few copies in your bag—you might want a copy for yourself, one for your medical chart, one for your doctor or midwife, and one for your support person. Ask your birthing location about any paperwork you should bring and whether you need to include a copy of your medical records.
2. PERSONAL ITEMS
The next things to pack in your hospital bag are personal items that will help you feel comfortable on delivery day.
Pack your toiletries, including a toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, brush, hair ties and clips, lip balm, and makeup if you plan to wear any. You may also prefer to bring your own soap, shampoo, and lotion. The hospital will provide heavy-flow sanitary pads, but you can bring your own if you’d like.
3. ELECTRONICS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Bring your cell phone and pack a charger with an extra-long cord; a lengthy charging cord is important since you probably won’t be close to an electrical outlet.
If you have a tablet you’d like to use, pack that as well. And if you want to listen to music during or after labor, include earbuds or headphones. Aside from your tech-centered entertainment, consider packing a book or magazines.
Pack a robe, backless slippers, and skid-free socks. You can wear these items while walking the hallways during labor, and the slippers and skid-free socks will keep your feet comfortable.
Include a couple of loose outfits that are easy for you to get into. If you want to wear pants, stretchy and loose joggers and leggings will be the most comfortable. Also, consider packing an outfit that won’t irritate a c-section incision. Whether or not you plan to breastfeed, a nursing bra will feel more comfortable than a regular bra.
5. COMFORTING ESSENTIALS
Finally, pack items that will help you through labor. Bring your comfort item and massage lotion. An eye mask and earplugs can help you relax and tune out noises and lights. Pack snacks you can enjoy after delivery, such as crackers, fruit, and nuts.
A nursing pillow will help you keep your baby at the right height for breastfeeding, which helps relieve the strain on your back, shoulders, and neck.
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