Congratulations on your growing family! I am excited to be part of this journey!
Check & Tour your Hospital
When preparing to welcome baby and prepping your hospital bag make sure to take a tour of where you will be giving birth! If and when you are able to tour your birthing place make sure to ask what they will provide for postpartum care!
Most hospitals provide:
- Peri Bottles
- Mesh Underwear
- Breast Pads
- Witch Hazel Pads
- Numbing Spray
Prepare for Comfort
Especially if this is your first baby you may get excited for all the baby love and pictures you’re going to take! That is all amazing and fun but make sure COMFORT is your number one priority! Having a baby , C-section or vaginal, is a lot for your body to go through so make sure you take care of your body!
Hospital Bag Checklist:
When I had my first daughter I sadly really relied one the hospitals toiletries. Let me start by saying that was a TERRIBLE idea. I obviously was not expecting to say there as long as we did but there is nothing that compares to what you are use to. So make sure your bring:
And anything else you find you use often!
2. Loose Clothing & Socks
This one is a given. As I stated before make sure comfort is your number one priority. I really enjoyed nightgowns when I was in my early postpartum days! A button up nightgown was the way to go so that way nurses could access my stomach without getting up to take my clothing off. A button up nightgown also helped with getting the hang of nursing! Easy access and comfort all in one!
3. Sleep Mask
Now this is one that I was so grateful I remembered for both of my births! I really didn’t think I would use a sleep mask but I did! And let me tell you it was amazing! I love sleeping in the complete dark but when you are in the hospital its almost impossible to achieve that because of all the monitor and computers in the room. A sleep mask was definitely a must have in my hospital bag.
4. Lip Balm
Lip balm may seem like an odd one to have as a hospital bag must have but let me tell you it was a life saver! When you are getting close to pushing time you will soon realize how important your breathing is! This being said your lip may and most likely will start getting chapped! Having some lip balm on hand is extremely handy! Just make sure your birth team knows where it is so when you are in the zone they can have it ready for when you need a bit of relief in preventing cracked lips.
5. Hair Ties
Again! Something so simple yet life changing!
Now if you have short hair you may not have to worry about this as much. But for most having the option to pull your hair back and out of your face is a big help.
6. Sandals/ Slippers
Some comfortable footwear is a great go-to as well. Like I said before comfort is key during your postpartum season.
7. Nursing Bras
Now this may vary from mother to mother but nursing bras where a must have for me!
These nursing bras are my FAVORITE! I wear them even when I am not nursing my babies!
8. Breast Pump
Again, this is another one that may vary from mother to mother. But having your breast pump on hand is very handy. The nurses or lactation consultant can assist you before you go home to make sure you know what you are doing as well as doing what you need properly.
And of course snacks! Lets face it hospital food isn’t always the greatest!
Also most hospital have certain hours you can only get food! So its best to have snacks that are available to you all around the clock!
10. Phone Charger(s)
And last but most definitely not least a couple of phone chargers!
Having an extra long one next to your is a great option being that you may not want to get out of bed for a bit!
Also include what will help you with whatever birth plan you may have! Keep an eye our I will be sharing what I did soon!
Congrats Mama! You will meet your new baby soon!
Don’t let packing the “perfect hospital bag” take away from this amazing and joyous experience! Take care and soak up all those newborn cuddles!