How to Pack Your Hospital Bag? All the Essential Things You Need in A Hospital.
From the time parents know that they are pregnant, they start dreaming about the day they will meet their baby. Undoubtedly, it is the most exciting day, full of happiness and emotions. After all, it’s a new and lovely addition to your family.
Before you daydream holding your little cutie in your arms, have you prepared for the big day? Do you know what should you pack in your hospital bag?
No matter, if you are going to be a mother for the first time or you already have two children, packing a hospital bag takes a lot of energy. But good planning can make every thing easy.
Sometimes, we wonder what should we pack, are we packing enough, are we packing extra. To answer all your questions, Little Teether has brought a complete list of hospital bag essentials that you might need during your stay at the hospital.
Continue reading to pack your hospital bag like a pro.
Hospital Bag Essentials for Mommy
Here are a few things that you must keep in your hospital bag:
- Important Documents
Never forget important documents or forms at home. Keep your photo ID, insurance info, and hospital forms in an envelope, so it would be easy for you to carry them.
- Cell Phone and Charger
When your due date is near, try to keep your cell phone charged all the time. Also, take your regular USB charger and a portable power bank with you.
Thinking of going to the hospital without toiletries is not a good idea. You might have to stay in the hospital for more than a day.
So take your toothbrush, hairbrush, headband or ponytail holder, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, face wash, dry shampoo, and lotion with you.
- Comfortable clothes, pillow, and blanket
Maternity wards are usually hot so keep light and comfortable clothes with you for your stay. Don’t forget to pack your favorite pair of slippers and your undergarments. Take some nice and comfortable clothes for the day you leave for home.
Your hospital will provide you with a pillow and blanket. But in case, you need a more home-like feel you can take yours. Similarly, hospitals usually provide small and thin bath towels so you can take your own.
Hospital Bag Essentials for Baby
It is recommended to pack a separate hospital bag for your baby so you won’t end up finding things when you need them urgently.
Take the following things with you, for your coming bundle of joy:
- Baby Clothes
Don’t rely on one or two dresses for the little one. We know your baby will be so small to make the clothes dirty but a diaper change can surely make a mess.
So pack two outfits for each day and take two or three extra dress sets with you. A complete dress set includes baby inners, regular clothes, socks, caps, shoes, and mittens if it’s too cold. Don’t worry they won’t take too much space.
You will also need a warm comfy baby blanket for your ride home.
- Infant Car Seat
You must have an approved infant car seat with you to take your baby home.
- Some Other Baby Essentials
Don’t forget to pack your baby’s accessories with you like a feeding bottle, diaper bags, newborn diapers, unscented baby wipes, and some burping clothes. Keep extra disposable bags with you to throw used diapers and pads.
When Should You Start Packing?
Babies are unexpected and who knows your baby is coming 1 week before your due date? Or he or she would be late for like two weeks.
You don’t know about your baby’s timing but you can prepare yourself before time. If your practitioner feels that there are chances you may get into labor early, you must have all your essentials pack before 35 weeks. Otherwise, packing between 37 and 38 weeks is recommended in most cases.