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What You Need To Pack For The Hospital When You Have A Baby

What You Need To Pack For The Hospital When You Have A Baby

What To Pack For The Hospital

How do you prepare for your hospital stay?  One of the big steps is having your bag packed and ready for the hospital!  It can vary if you are fully prepared based upon how early you go to the hospital to have your baby but you can definitely start getting your bag ready early on. You are going to want to pack items that make you feel more comfortable and feel like a person and less like a patient.  It helps our hospital visit feel more like a pleasant experience since we are going to deliver a baby rather than going for being sick.

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Labor to Delivery

When you arrive at the hospital to have your baby, you will want to be wearing comfortable clothes!  They will be checking you A LOT and it really helps if you have a nightgown on. This allows for them to check you without having to remove clothing and it helps for them to hook up the monitoring system.  If you are being induced or expecting a longer delivery, it can really help to bring DVDs and Music. Even if you aren’t directly watching or listening, it provides a familiar background noise and helps to take your mind off of things.  Giving birth is a very emotional experience and it helps to feel comfortable! Be sure to throw in your phone charger too. You will likely be on your phone a lot through this process, whether that be playing games, texting, checking on Social Media, or even taking pictures!

After The Birth

After you have your baby, you are going to want to feel like a person (not a patient).  Birth is no easy feat! Set yourself up so you can be comfortable. You should bring comfortable clothes, such as a nursing nightgown or some loose waisted pants and a nursing top.  You will still be getting checked a lot so you will want something that is easy for them to check you in and you will want easy access for skin to skin with your baby and nursing. This also makes sure you are not stuck in a hospital gown your whole visit.  Slippers or comfy socks are great things to pack. Those are much more comfortable than the hospital socks provided.

Other Essentials

Remember, you want to feel like a person after you have this baby.  A lot of moms will get a manicure and pedicure before they have the baby.  This cannot always be planned but trying to get one done a week or two before your due date can help!  This is a very happy occasion, so think about what will make you most comfortable. There are going to be a lot of pictures taken and it may be a while before you have much time to do yourself up.  You can bring a blow dryer and makeup to the hospital if you feel it will help lift your spirits and make you feel pampered. Other things you might not think of last minute is bringing your own pillow or a nursing pillow!  If you do not like sleeping on other people’s pillows, bringing your own is huge! Hospitals do not always have nursing pillows on hand and if you are planning to breastfeed, having one on hand can really help.

What to pack for the hospital

Treat Yourself

You just gave birth.  You need to treat yourself with food!  Many moms do not realize that once you arrive at the hospital to have the baby, your food is very limited in case of emergencies.  After you have your baby, you will be provided with hospital food and some very bland snacks. Make a list of snacks that you would like to have brought to you or even meals you would like brought in!  If you are breastfeeding, you are going to be extremely hungry and likely, the hospital meals will not cut it with the calorie intake you will be needing.

Packing Clothes For Baby

Packing for your baby can be extremely overwhelming.  Luckily, there isn’t a lot that you will need to pack.  There will be a lot of pictures taken at the hospital but you really only need to bring one or two outfits for the stay, one of which being their going home outfit. When planning for outfits, think of easy - you are going to be getting used to taking clothes on and off for accessibility for a diaper change.  The hospital staff will not cut the baby’s nails, so bringing the newborn mittens can be a great item to pack. The hospitals usually provide a cap which is left on during the hospital stay but you can bring your own if you would like.

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Other Newborn Essentials

The hospital will have blankets but if you would like to bring one that is softer or has the scent of home on it, that is a great item to pack.  It also makes sure that the blanket for the ride home is with you. The hospital will likely have a burp cloth as well but feel free to pack your own.  If you would like your baby to have a pacifier, be sure to pack one just in case. Many hospitals are moving away from providing pacifiers to be a Certified Baby Friendly Hospital.  If you plan to breastfeed, a nursing pillow is great to have. It helps to ease your tired body and find a supportive position to establish a good latch!

Other Newborn Resources

You can watch our Exclusive Webinar on Newborn Survival Tips with special guest, Pediatrician, Sharon Somekh, M.D.

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