Friday, June 17, 2016

Amy's Ultimate Pregnancy Checklist Series: Hospital Bags

Mom’s Hospital Bag:
  • Towel & Garbage bag for the car. (If your water breaks on your way to the hospital, lay the garbage bag over the seat and put the towel over the top, it will keep your car clean.)
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Empty bag and folder for items you get from hospital (believe me on this one, you’ll get a ton of stuff!)
  • ID & insurance card(s)/wallet/purse
  • Birth plan
  • Hot pack/ Ice pack/ Stress ball (for labor)
  • Music/movies/games/ whatever you want to use for distraction during labor
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Lotion
  • Hair bands, barrettes, pins, comb, brush
  • Toothbrush/ toothpaste/floss
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup/ lip balm
  • Disposable underwear/ Maxi pads
  • Breast pads, lanolin, & nursing bra
  • Paper Clip or bobby pin (track which side you’re on for breastfeeding)
  • Nursing pillow
  • Homecoming outfit (choose something loose & comfy)
  • Nursing nightgown (so you can be comfortable, but modest when visitors come)
  • Bellyband (no one likes to have a floppy tummy after birth)
  • Robe (Hospitals can be cold, and it's nice to cover up sometimes)
  • Flip flops and/or slippers (Some people like to shower in their flip flops. I like to bring slippers because they’re warm and more comfortable than the no-slip socks they give you)

My Tips and Tricks:
Obviously, the less you have to take with you, the easier it will be when you go home. But if you need or want something and don’t have it with you, it can be frustrating. I could go without the nursing pillow, the belly band, or the robe. But I definitely wouldn’t go without slippers, disposable underwear and maxi pads (at least enough for the ride home), and my bathroom bag, those are my absolute necessities.

Dad’s Hospital Bag:
  • Change of clothes (or 2)
    • shirt, pants, underwear, socks, shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Pillow (the hospital may have one for  him to borrow, but you never know)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush/toothpaste/deodorant/comb/soap/shampoo)
  • Camera/Video Camera/ Cell phone
  • Chargers
  • Cash & change (if the hospital's cafeteria is closed, you might want something out of a vending machine)
  • Snacks/Candy/Drinks/Gum (for you and him)

Diaper Bag:

  • Homecoming outfit (I always pack two newborn outfits & two 0-3 outfits. Two, just in case little one decides to have a blow out right as you are going home. The different sizes because you never know how big your baby is going to be, the newborn size may not fit.)
  • Socks/onesies/hat/mittens (depending on the season)
  • Diapers/wipes/bags for dirty diapers (6 diapers are plenty, the hospital will provide you the rest that you may need)
  • Burp cloth(s)
  • Nipple shield & lanolin
  • Pacifier & pacifier clip (some people think a pacifier shouldn’t be used until nursing is well established, or that it could mess with their ability to latch on. Others think it’s fine. Really it’s personal preference, whichever you choose.)
  • Tissues (the hospital usually gives you a bulb)
  • Baby nail clippers and glass file
  • Blanket/receiving blanket
  • Toy or anything you want for hospital pictures

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