Preparation of labor can be overwhelming for new parents especially preparing the hospital bag for the baby, but it’s completely okay moms and dads. There’s help , So let’s begin first you’ll want to get is a Baby Bag that will be used for at least for the first year from the time your baby is born. Once purchasing your bag or receiving it from your baby shower, the second thing you’ll want to do is pack your baby bag with items that you WILL need, some new parents often make the mistake of packing things they really don’t need to pack. So let’s me a smart list.
- A Picture identification Card (driver’s license or other ID), your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need
- Eyeglasses, if you wear them. Even if you usually wear contact lenses, you may not want to deal with them while you’re in the hospital.
- A bathrobe, a nightgown or two, slippers, and socks. Hospitals provide gowns and socks for you to use during labor and afterward, but some women prefer to wear their own. Choose a loose, comfortable gown that you don’t mind getting dirty. It should be either sleeveless or have short, loose sleeves so your blood pressure can be checked easily. Slippers and a robe may come in handy if you want to walk the halls during labor.
- Whatever will help you relax. Here are some possibilities: your own pillow (use a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn’t get mixed up with the hospital pillows), music and something to play it on, a picture of someone or something you love, anything else you find reassuring. If you’re going to be induced, think about bringing something to read or watch because it may be a while before labor is underway.
- A camera or Video Camera with batteries, charger, and Memory Card Someone has to document the big event! Some hospitals don’t allow videotaping of the birth itself, but there’s usually no rule against filming during labor or after the birth. If you plan on using your phone to take photos or video, make sure it’s fully charged and pack your charger. Note: Not all hospitals let you use plugs in the delivery room, so you might want to bring a battery-powered charger or another way to charge your devices that doesn’t require a plug.
- Comfortable shoes and a few changes of comfortable clothes
- Snacks and something to read or watch
- Money (or a credit card) for parking and change for vending machines
- A Bathing Suit. If you want to take a bath or shower during labor, you may want your partner to get in with you to support you or rub your back.
- Your Cell phone and charger or, if you’ll be using the hospital phone, a prepaid phone card. After your baby’s born, you or your partner may want to call family and friends to let them know the good news. Bring a list of everyone you’ll want to contact so you don’t forget someone important when you’re exhausted after delivery.
- Comfortable Nursing Bras or Bras. Whether or not you choose to breastfeed , your breasts are likely to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in, which can happen anytime during the first several days after delivery. A good bra can provide some comfort, and Breast pads can be added to help absorb leaks.
- Several pairs of Maternity pants. Some women love the mesh underwear usually provided by the hospital, but others don’t. You can’t go wrong with your own roomy cotton underpants. The hospital will provide sanitary pads because you’ll bleed after delivery. Make sure you have a supply of heavy-duty pads waiting at home.
- An installed Car seat. You can’t drive your baby home without one! Have a rear-facing car seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle your baby in correctly.
- A going-home outfit. Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn’t have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool. Make sure your baby’s outfit has legs (is not a baby “gown,” for example) so the car seat strap can fit between them.
- A receiving blanket. The hospital will provide blankets for swaddling your baby while you’re there, but you may want to bring your own to tuck around your baby in the car seat for the ride home. Make it a heavy one if the weather’s cold.
Most importanly bring your Love 💕