Essential Items to Pack into Your Hospital Bag
Dear mom-to-be – with the due date approaching soon, it’s only natural to be worried about how ready you are to welcome your bundle of joy.
The baby can come earlier than expected, so it’s best to be packed and ready with all the necessary essentials way before the big day.
To make sure you have everything you need and avoid both overpacking and last-minute scrambling, we have prepped this handy list of must-haves to pack in your hospital bag.
Hospital bag checklist for momDocuments, Toiletries and Personal Items
- Begin with the paperwork: any documents or medical reports, hospital ID, birthing plan, insurance card (if applicable)
- Toiletries like toothbrush, some body lotion, deodorant. Also pack some extra hair ties and hair brush.
- Moisturiser and lip balm are essentials for moms as they will provide the hydration and comfort you need during and after labour.
- Also keep handy an extra phone charger, and a book or music etc. to keep calm.
- Hospital towels and pillows aren’t exactly mom-friendly; we would recommend bringing those from home so you’re as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
- A nursing bra is one of the most essential items to pack in your hospital bag, as it’s not only comfy but also provides gentle support. The best thing about a nursing bra is that it has a slide-over design that gives you easy nursing access. You will not have to worry about clasps or buttons and will sleep soundly.
- Also pack a comfy robe, slippers, warm socks, and a loose top or leggings that you can slip on easily. If you’re packing PJs, choose the ones with an elastic waist or drawstring.
- Belly support wraps are designed for new moms and help with back ache, posture, and provide comfort and support after a C-section.
- Maternity pads are provided by the hospital usually, but keep some absorbent and soft heavy-duty pads in your bag, just in case. Bleeding might be heavier than usual after the birth.
- Undergarments that are larger in size and comfortable to wear over maternity pads are a must. It’s also good to invest in C-section underwear that is designed to take care of swelling and recovery of the incision.
- An eye mask and a pair of earplugs can be blessings in disguise when you need some peace and quiet in a noisy maternity ward.
Hospital bag checklist for baby
- Go easy on baby swag, but make sure you have a going home outfit for both baby and you in the bag! Honestly, a hospital bag is incomplete without a swaddle and a beanie hat which will not only keep your little one cosy and warm, but also looking cute in their first photo shoot.
- Socks, booties and a blanket will keep the newborn warm on your way home.
- Rather than packing a lot of tiny clothes, get a set of rompers or body suit for the baby that is easy to put on and remove, and can be fastened at the front.
- Last but not the least, keep a car seat for the baby so you can ride home with your bundle of joy all safe and sound.
There you have it! These essential items are definitely going to make birthing a comfortable and relaxing experience. At the end of the day, stay put, stay happy and enjoy this experience to the fullest.