Heading into your third trimester, you might be wondering what to pack in your hospital bag. If you don't want to forget anything but you also don't want to over-pack and have to lug around a bunch of unused stuff, here's our list of favourite things to pack.
It's everything you will need, and all the things you will want with you to make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible.
Comfy clothes: remember you just had a baby and trust us, you won't want anything to do with jeans.
- Zip-up sweater: a pullover won't really work if you have an IV.
- Big underwear.
- Loose fitting tee shirts.
- Nursing bra.
- Nursing tank tops.
- A robe is nice: if you plan to labour in the shower, you don't have to get dressed every time you get in or out.
- Slippers or flip flops: something easy to walk the halls in.
- Your own pillow: hospital pillows are not very comfortable. If you bring your own you might want to buy a cheap pillow case and then just toss it when you get home.
- An extra large towel: hosptial towels are tiny. If you plan on labouring in and out of the shower, you will want something you can wrap completely around your body.
- Pony tail elastics: having hair in your face during labour can drive you crazy. Make sure you bring a handful of elastics or a headband to keep it out of the way.
- Lip balm, gum, and mints: hospitals can be super dry. That, along with the effort of labouring, might have you end up with a super dry mouth. Some lip balm and something to suck or chew on will be a lifesaver. (Hey, Lifesavers would be a good idea!)
- Little bottles of your favourite shampoo and conditioner: your first shower after baby will feel heavenly and it will be nice to have your own products with you. Go ahead and splurge on something nice.
- Face wipes: good for a quick freshen up.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Dry shampoo: once the clean feeling of that first shower wears off and you don't want to attempt it again until you're home, some dry shampoo can transform hospital hair to picture-perfect with minimal effort.
- Water bottle with a straw: if you do want to bring your own water bottle, make sure it has a straw for minimal effort. If you don't bring your own the hospital does have cups with lids and straws, and the best ice ever.
- Button-down shirt: if you want baby to get as much skin-to-skin time as possible, don't forget Dad, and it will be way more comfortable for him to button down the top few buttons, opposed to going completely shirtless.
- An extra set of clothes: something that dries fast if you want your husband to support you in the shower. He might end up more than a little damp.
- Snacks: you might not want to eat during labour but your husband probably will need a boost to keep his energy up. Plus, if your baby is born in the middle of the night when everything is closed, you might want to pack something more appetizing than the toast provided by the hospital kitchenette.
- 2-3 sleepers with feet: something cute but practical to bring babe home in. Bring two different sizes in case baby is bigger than you think! A swaddle blanket that can double as a car seat blanket for the way home.
- A packed diaper bag: the hospital will provide diapers and wipes for when you're there, so just pack your diaper bag for the trip home
- A car seat: the hospital won't let you leave without one. Save yourself a step and have the base installed ahead of time.
- Black pen: after the birth of your baby, the hospital will give you a tonne of forms to fill out. Lots of these forms are for getting your baby set up with the government and they require forms to be filled out with black ink.
- Don't forget any important papers!
- Phone chargers and a small extension cord will insure that your phone can be plugged in close by, so you can easily respond to all those congratulatory text messages.
- A dirty clothes bag: a plastic bag or some sort of wet bag will do. Just something to keep your dirty or soiled clothes away from your clean stuff.
- Change or credit card for vending machines and parking meters.
What it all comes down to is packing whatever makes you feel the most comfortable and confident leading up to your birthing experience!
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