OK, so you’ve got a big day ahead of you. You and your partner are about to have your first baby.
You may not be sure exactly when the day will be here, but if she’s at least 36 weeks pregnant, you should be getting your hospital bag together now.
Trust me, the birthing experience will be much more comfortable and all-around better for both of you if you prepare all the necessary items and have them waiting by the door.
What will you need in said hospital bag, you ask? GrowingSquirrel has your back. Here are some of the fundamental items to start packing:
If you’re like most parents-to-be, you’ll be spending quite a while in your hospital room. Electronic devices will prove very handy, if not sanity-saving. Of course, both of you must remember to bring your phones, but you’ll want to consider bringing a laptop, tablet, and/or
Bluetooth speaker, as well. That way, you can watch your favorite TV shows or movies or listen to music before and after the birth.
Along with any devices you may need for your entertainment pleasure, be sure to bring chargers. Going to access your favorite content only to realize there’s no power to your device can be frustrating, to say the least. Plus, you want your phone to have plenty of battery while you’re snapping photos and reaching out to loved ones! Invest in a wireless charger that doesn’t require an outlet.
You and your partner will want to make sure you have all the clothes you need for a comfortable hospital stay. For her, pack nursing bras, tank tops, comfy joggers, leggings, and a robe. Include some pajamas, thick socks, and an extra outfit for both of you. You may also want to pack some casual slip-on shoes so that you can quickly throw them on if you need to dip out to see a nurse.
As with any trip, you don’t want to forget your toiletries — any of them. Head to the nearest retailer for some travel-sized items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, face wash, lotion, and lip balm. If your partner will be breastfeeding, make sure she
has plenty of nipple cream. Being able to clean up will make a big difference when you’re stuck in a hospital room for hours (or days) on end.
You didn’t think we’d forget about the baby, did you?! The truth is, the hospital should have most of what your baby needs, and you may even be able to stock up on complimentary supplies! But you’ll want to make sure you have the perfect going-home outfit for your little one, and if you’ll be bottle-feeding, you’ll need plenty of bottles. Of course, don’t head to the hospital without installing the car seat!
Finally, you’re going to want to have all of the administrative stuff with you when you get to the hospital; otherwise, you’ll end up making the birthing process more stressful than it needs to be.
This includes your license or ID, wallet, insurance card, and phone number for your pediatrician. If you have a birth plan (which is highly recommended), be sure to bring a copy for you and the hospital staff.
To make the childbirth process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, you must prepare well beforehand. Since your partner has plenty enough going on as it is (hello, she’s growing a human in her belly!), take it upon yourself to pack the essential items mentioned above. And be sure to talk with your partner about anything else that should be included in your hospital bag. It
takes a village, after all!
Are you still outfitting your nursery? Then look no further than GrowingSquirrel. From portable cribs to toys to organizational systems to baby carriers and more, we have anything you can need to keep you and baby comfortable.
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Written By - Cindy Aldridge