What to Pack in Your Emergency Hospital Bag
As the baby’s due date approaches, many moms (often on advice from their doctor) like to prepare a bag of essential items for their big day. If your labor happens suddenly and progresses quickly, the last thing you’ll want to do is pack a bag. Here are some essential items for your hospital bag.
Maternity Clothes – Unfortunately, your body won’t snap back the day after the baby is out. Even though you’ll be anxious to get back into your old jeans, that will have to wait a bit longer. A bathrobe for your day in the hospital might be handy too.
Camera – If you don’t have a smartphone, make sure your camera and extra batteries are in the bag. You don’t want to miss those Day 1 photos!
Pillow – Hospital pillows leave something to be desired. Use a non-white pillow case so it doesn’t blend in with the hospital’s supply.
Slippers/Flip-Flops – You’ll move around the hospital at some point and you won’t be in the mood to lace up shoes. You also might want to wear them in the shower.
Nursing Bra – If you’ll be breastfeeding, don’t forget to bring your new garment. Also, consider tucking a few nursing pads in your bag just in case.
Sensible Underwear – Child birth creates a lot of stress down there and there will be some strain for a little while. Bring something sensible that offers coverage so you feel secure.
Toiletries – Most hospital stays are pretty regular, but sometimes you have to stay longer than you anticipated. Make sure to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, glasses, contact lenses, hair ties, a brush, etc.
Book/Magazines – Some labors involve a lot of waiting. You’ll want something to do to keep your mind of the tedium of it all.
Birth Plan – If you have a specific idea of how you would like your birth to go, jot down some notes and give to your spouse. Make copies if necessary.
Going Home Outfit – Pack something easy to wear for yourself to go home in, like a maxi dress or yoga pants. You’ll also want something cute for your little one to wear too, but something practical and comfortable so your baby doesn’t get upset on the car ride home.
Diapers – Most hospitals will give you some, but you’ll probably want a few extra just in case. Bring a couple size ones as well; you never know how big your baby will be.
Insurance/Hospital Forms – If you need any paperwork to get into the hospital and to a room, make sure it’s in an easy-to-grab spot in your bag so you don’t delay.
Snacks – If you deliver after the hospital cafeteria closes, you might be hungry and need something to eat. Throw something healthy that gives you energy in your bag along with a couple bottles of water.
Written by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban
As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!
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