What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag? Guide for New Moms & Would-Be Moms
Are you in your last stage of pregnancy? That means your due date is near. Its time to pack your hospital bag moms! It’s one of the most important things to do when you are in your third-trimester; deciding what to pack in your hospital bag for you, your baby, and your partner. It is very essential to do this as much earlier as possible. So, you don’t forget any necessary item in a hurry or pack any unnecessary load. You can start preparing a check-list as you enter the second trimester or even the third trimester is also not too late. There is always a perfect timing for everything.
So, with HunyHuny before knowing what to pack, we see when to pack.
The Perfect Time To Start Packing The Hospital Bag
It is best to have your bag ready as you enter the seventh month of your pregnancy, since your baby may want to appear any time in the weeks before your due date. It will give you a bit of time for unexpected. Keep your bag in an easily accessible place. So, it will easier for you to grab it and go.
Disclaimer: Delivery facilities differ from hospital to hospital.
Important Advice: Ask your decided hospital, what they going to provide, and what you have to pack. Before rushing to the hospital, always remember to inform your doctor and hospital facility.
What To Pack In A Hospital-Go Bag?
Now, you got the idea when is the right time to start packing. So, let us begin with what to put in a to-go bag.
Essential For Would-To-Be-Moms
Here is the list of items you will need in the hospital during your stay.
- A photo ID proof(Aadhar card/driver's license or other ID), your health insurance card, and the name and phone number of your Gynaec. Check with the hospital’s birth center ahead of time-related any paperwork you should bring. And yes, don’t forget to bring a copy of your medical records.
- Toiletries. Pack a few personal items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, hairbrush, and hair ties or a headband. Some hospitals usually provide soap, shampoo, and lotion, but you might prefer your own. As space is limited, consider transferring your toiletries into smaller bottles.
- Eyewear, if you wear them. These are one of the few items which always get forgotten. If you use contact lenses, remember to bring both lens solution and a lens case. But, it is advised to use glasses as messing with your contact solution will be one of the last things you want to do during this whirlwind. Note: In case of a c-section, you'll be asked to remove your contact lenses before the process.
- A pair of Maternity Night Wears, slippers, and socks. Generally, hospitals and birth centers provide gowns for you to use, but some women prefer to bring their own. Remember to choose a loose, comfortable gown so that your blood pressure can be checked easily. Try investing in a specially made HunyHuny’s Birthing Gown for the occasion. This will also aide in breastfeeding later on.
- Cell phone and charger.
- Inform the service provider while heading for the hospital to collect the umbilical cord and cord blood cells, if you're planning to bank or donate your baby's cord blood. (Make sure you read and discuss the paperwork ahead of time.)
- Nursing Bra. A comfortable nursing bra (no underwires!) is a must for moms, doctors advice not to stop wearing bra post-delivery which is a strict no according to our elders. Choose whatever makes you comfortable.
- Your Pillow. Some hospitals do provide but they might not be comfy. That’s why many veteran moms recommend bringing your favorite pillow from home to help keep you as comfortable as possible during labor and to support you when you start breastfeeding.
- Eye mask and earplugs. These will aid you to sleep if your room is bright or noisy.
- A pair of Comfortable outfit, You might prefer changing out of your nightgown during your stay in the hospital, especially if you’re expecting visitors after the delivery.
- Sanitary pads. Usually, the hospital will provide sanitary pads specially made to absorb the heavy flow post-delivery, but if you have a specific brand in mind, feel free to bring your own. Make sure you have a full supply of heavy-flow pads waiting at home too!
- Going home outfit. Grab something roomy and easy to get into (you'll probably still look around 6 months pregnant) and a pair of flat or any comfortable shoes.
- Nipple cream. While you and your baby are learning to breastfeed in the hospital, your nipples may get sore. The cream will help soothe and protect them.
- Nipple shield. It will help you to master the latching process.
Essentials To Pack For Baby:
Here is the list of needed items
Outfit for baby pictures. You might like to pack something special for your baby to wear for their special photo shoot at the hospital.
A few stacks of Baby diapers. You can also like HunyHuny’s baby reusable diapers.
Receiving blanket, Some hospitals or birth centers provide blankets for swaddling your baby when they handover baby to you post all her medical check-ups, and some don’t. Anyway, you may want to bring your own.
Coming-home outfit. Same as you, your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties, a soft cap, and some hooded swaddles. Explore these wide ranges of cute HunyHuny’s Baby Swaddle.
Essential For The Partner:
But as your partner will spend days in the hospital with you, they will need these following items during their stay.
- Identity card.
- Comfortable shoes and a few changes of comfortable clothes.
- Snacks and drinks.
- Books and magazines.
- Cellphone for keeping family and close friends posted on labor and birth. And of course, to document the big event! Note: Not all hospitals let you use plugs in the delivery room, so you might want to bring a portable battery.
- Money (or a credit card) for emergency cases.
- Hand-held fan or water spray bottle to help her keep cool while in labor.
- Pillow and a small blanket, if you prefer to use your own instead of what's provided by the hospital. Labor partners need to rest during downtimes too.
What To Avoid In This Packing?
Here is the list of what not to bring to the hospital or nursing home.
- Lots of cash or other valuables.
- Medications, including vitamins. The hospital will provide all the medications if you'll need, or you can bring your medications and get the hospital's approval before you arrive.
Note: You should make a birth plan around your 6th month, where you can decide whether you want to go for normal delivery or c-section. Which hospital to choose. And what will you do if any complication arises during the labor? Talk to your Gynaec, visit a few hospitals, check the facilities, and book one for you.
“Trust in your ability to birth your baby, Birth is the epic center of women’s power”.
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