Before your water breaks, you will want to prepare your hospital bag with all the things you will need before and after giving birth. Aside from an infant seat for your car to bring baby home, here are a few more things you will need…
This is a must for you comfort. ILANAWILES of Babble says,
“Personally, I’m a pajama fan, especially since I’ll be walking around the corridors of the hospital. “ Be sure to bring your favorite PJs or buy a special set of new ones for the occasion. Fun prints may just lift your mood and make your hospital stay a better experience.
You do not want to miss this amazing moment in your life and that of your newborn child. Be sure to bring a quality camera or video recorder to capture the moments!
“You’ll want to immortalize every moment of those first few hours with your new baby. Don’t forget the chargers, and confirm that your hospital allows video cameras.”
Terri Isidro- Cloudas and Emily Turnier, Parents Magazine
Terri and Emily do not want you to forget your cell phone charger either,
“Be sure your partner has a cell phone when you head to the hospital. He can call friends and family to update them on your progress—and announce the big news when your baby arrives.”
3. Personal Care Items
• Lip balm (hospitals are very dry)
• Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (as if), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)
• Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips — they’ll probably poke you)
4. Fun “Distractions”
“An iPod, a book, or a magazine will help to take your mind off the excitement of seeing your baby or any worry you may have over what’s to come. Perhaps bring something you and your support person can enjoy together. Crosswords, Mad Libs, or a deck of cards would work nicely and provide some last-minute one-on-one bonding time. Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones who finds it easy to sleep, but just in case, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.” blogs.babiesonline.com
5. Homecoming Outfit for You and Baby
A lose fitting outfit will be perfect for you to look like that amazing, radiant new mom while staying comfortable. For baby, “Skip the sleep sack and tight-fitting outfits. Instead, pack a kimono-style shirt, with footed pants so you don’t have to bring socks. Bring a receiving blanket and hat (a heavy, warm one in the winter and a thinner cotton one in the summer).” Resource
6. Don’t Forget the Documents
Do you have a birth plan? Bring it along. Also do not forget your health insurance information, picture ID, and hospital registration forms. “Even if you’ve already registered at the hospital, some hospitals need to confirm your records before they can admit you.” Parents.com
7. Nursing Supplies
Nursing bras, tanks, breast pads, and a pump if desired. “Even if you don’t plan on nursing, you’re likely to fill up with milk and there is bound to be leakage. There are many options for nursing pads, such as reusable, cotton, or gel inserts. Do a little research and check out your local baby store and choose what you think will work best for you.” Lauren Ballew
Also, check out our article on “Who Makes the Best Nursing Bras for Large Breasts”
Also check out Nurse Mary Ann’s recommendations here:
Wishing you a healthy and easy birth.
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