What to pack in the hospital bag for baby

Id like to consider myself to be an organized, highly motivated individual who likes to be prepared, but ahhhh what do I pack in the hospital bag for labor and delivery!
 
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I’m expecting my first child in August.  With only three months until the baby’s arrival my husband and I have been doing some research to prepare ourselves.
To all the moms out there, what did you pack in your hospital bag, and was there anything you wish you had packed, but didn’t?

After a thorough investigation I’d like to share my ultimate checklist.

For Mom:

Insurance card and ID: when you arrive at the hospital one of the first things you’ll be asked is what type of health coverage you have.  Make sure to have both your insurance information, and photo ID or driver’s license on hand.

Bathrobe/gown: As an expectant mom about to go into labor chances are you’re going to look, and feel huge, clammy and uncomfortable.  The backless uniform hospital gown will only add to the discomfort, so pack a loose fitting robe.  Check out pinkblushmaternity.com for some stylish labor and delivery gowns and robes.

Socks/Flip flops: Labor may go on for endless hours, or even days.  Pack some cozy socks, or flip flops that can be worn while you’re pacing around the hospital room, eagerly waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive.

 Chapstick: Cracked, chapped lips are annoying, and painful.  Having a simple chapstick, or lip balm on hand can’t hurt. Your baby will appreciate the soft lips when you are giving him, or her all of those first kisses.

Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap/Body Lotion:   At some point during your hospital stay you’re going to want to take a shower, and possibly wash your hair. If you’re somewhat picky about your products, or have sensitive skin pack your own shampoo, conditioner, soap and body lotion.  Chances are the hospital will have a limited supply of generic brand products.

Toiletries: Hairbrush, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and hair ties. Pack what you would use during your typical morning routine, it will help you to feel more like yourself as you await the moment when the doctor gives to okay to go home with the new addition to the family.

Glasses/Contacts: If you have poor vision you’ll need your glasses, or a spare set of contact lens to see your beautiful baby.

Phone/Charger: Your family, as well as some members of the hospital staff will take plenty of pictures, but you’ll still need your phone to take your own photos, and stay in contact with those close to you during this special time in your life.

Outfit: You’ll need a comfortable outfit to wear home. If you’re up for going glam go ahead, pack a dress and wedges, but also pack something soft and comfortable.  Clothes you can easily get in and out of are a must, especially if the birth doesn’t go as smoothly as planned.

Bras/Underwear: You’ll need a couple of nursing bras, and underwear to fit over the over-sized hospital pads.  Some hospitals will supply underwear, but they resemble more of a diaper.

Snacks: Your doctor may advise you not to eat anything once you reach a certain point in the labor and delivery process, but as the hours pass your birth team  (partner, mom, sister) might get a little hungry, and they will need to stay energized if they plan on supporting you when it’s time to push.

For Baby:

-Onesie: A onesie is a staple item in any baby wardrobe.  Sometimes warn as outer wear, sometimes as underwear they are always necessary.  A customized onesie with the baby’s name or initials is also a great idea for the professional hospital photos. Sports families; check out @rescue_mom_apparel on insta for affordable personalized onesies.

Socks/booties: Ten tiny toes, and two tiny feet, sure to get cold even in the heat.  Although the baby will be neatly swaddled by the nurses as they pop in for checkups the baby will need something to keep those tiny feet warm during the journey home.

Blanket: Check out Buy Buy Baby or Etsy.com for personalized swaddling blankets and hats. Some Etsy shops offer matching robes for mom, and t-shirts for dad.

Going home outfit: Introducing your baby on social media is a big deal.  You’ll want he or she in the perfectly outfit for the big Instagram debut.

 Car seat: It’s a large item, but easily forgotten in the mists of the chaos. 

 Side Note: Some hospitals offer free maternity tours.  If so use the opportunity to pre-register at the hospital where you plan to give birth, fill out your plan for child birth, and have arrangements made if you plan to donate your cord blood. These tours are normally scheduled around the beginning of your third trimester.  Use the time to get answers to any remaining questions you might have as you prepare for child birth.  The tour is also a great way to familiarize yourself with the atmosphere you will be in when it’s time to deliver your baby.

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