Hospital bag 101: Key items to have in your hospital bag
Even with a delivery date set, there's no guarantee that you will give birth on that exact day. Thus, the need to be prepared for anything.
The one thing you must have is a hospital bag that is packed and ready to go when the time comes. But what should go into this bag?
Essentials of a pregnancy hospital bag
Clothes to wear
Pick out something that you can comfortably wear during delivery and after you give birth to your child. You can wear a hospital gown, but not necessarily. This is especially true if the hospital doesn't have a more stylish maternity hospital gown. The best choice of wardrobe is a cosy robe, comfortable pyjamas, and fuzzy slippers.
Make sure your hospital bag contains a toothbrush, face wipes, hairbrush, and makeup. You need them to freshen up before receiving visitors and, in this age of social media, taking pictures.
If you plan to breastfeed, the correct undergarments will make a difference. Since you will be nursing right away, pack a nursing bra. If you don't have one, a bra that is one size bigger makes a great alternative.
Super soft and pulls wetness and mess away, your baby will thank you for that dry and comfortable swaddle you wrap them with. Choose one that is soft to the touch.
Baby and Mum clothes
When it's time to go home, you must have an outfit ready for your baby. The same is true for you. It doesn't matter what style as long as the fresh outfit you put on for you and your baby is comfortable. Your child's outfit should be cute and adorable too.
Some of the baby items you can pack in your bag is a short sleeve onesie, a pair of socks and mitts, a hat, and a long sleeve zipper sleeper.
Snacks and treats
Although you may not be able to eat before or during labour, you're going to need something to munch on after giving birth. Bring some of your favourite snacks or cookies that will spare you from eating hospital food.
The snacks and treats you bring will also come handy when you deliver at a time when most of the cafeteria and restaurants are closed. It's best to have access to delicious treats post-baby delivery.
Camera, phone and charger
You would want to document such precious moments. So make sure to pack a camera, complete with batteries, chargers, and memory cards, to capture the big event.
On the other hand, you're going to need your phone and charger to keep your family updated on your baby's arrival into the world.
These include a birth plan, insurance card, and ID. Since you're likely to be using these leading up to your delivery date, you need to set a reminder to take them out of your daily bag and into your hospital bag.
If your baby takes time to come into the world, it's best to keep a deck of cards, magazines, crossword puzzles, tablet, or whatever it is to keep you entertained while waiting. The same items can be enjoyed by your husband or other accompanying parties.
If there's still room, you can place other items in your hospital bag. But the items listed above are a must.
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