Ready. Set. Go! What to pack in your hospital bag.

When it’s game day, you’ll need to be prepared. I recommend having your Go Bag’s ready at about 36 weeks. Keep them by your door or in your car, so when it’s Baby time, you won’t need to scramble.

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Labor Bag:

Small duffle bag or small suitcase.
Take into the hospital when you arrive. You’ll want some if not all of these ready to go.

  • Hair ties — Don’t underestimate how many you’ll need. I would buy a fresh pack and have them in your bag ready to go.
  • Headband
  • Bobby Pins
  • Chapstick — Again, do not underestimate how many you’ll need. I always misplace my Burts Bees, so I’m going to have a fresh multi-pack in my bag ready to go.
  • Tissues
  • Slippers
  • Socks — I prefer the fuzzy socks with skid-free bottoms. You may want to walk around while laboring, and barefoot is not an option.
  • Robe
  • Swim Trunks — No, you’re not going swimming (well, unless you are). But you may want to get in the shower while laboring. Alternatively, labor can be wet. If your water didn’t break before the hospital, it could very well break while you’re there and your partner could be in the splash zone.
  • Water Bottle with Straw
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  • Gum
  • Trail Mix — You may need to put something in your tummy, as it can be several hours before your next meal. It’s advised not to eat once you’re in the hospital, but try telling a pregnant woman she can’t have food. This is a safe backup.
  • Tylenol & Ibuprofein — This is for your partner. I know, you’re in the hospital so it should be accessible right? Wrong. They will NOT give your partner any pain meds without a doctor’s order. Unless you’re OK with sending them down to the pharmacy which means leaving your side, I would highly suggest you have some of this on standby.

Mommy’s Bag:

Small duffle bag or small suitcase.
Take into the hospital when you’re moved into your regular room. If you have a Doula, he/she can go get this for you.

  • Pajamas or a Nightgown (optional) — I never changed out of my hospital gown, but I would still recommend bringing something comfy to sleep in.
  • Nursing Bra
  • Comfy Underwear — I’m not talking VS lacey sexy panties. I mean the super comfy cotton grannies.**
  • Going home outfit:
    • Nursing Tank**
    • Leggings
    • Flip Flops
    • Sweater

Partner’s Bag:

Small duffle bag or small suitcase. Alternatively you can probably squeeze this in your bag or combine with the Bathroom Bag.
Take into the hospital when you’re moved into your regular room. If you have a Doula, he/she can go get this for you.

  • Sweat Pants or Pajamas
  • Change of Clothes — don’t forget fresh socks and underwear!

Bathroom Bag:

Large bathroom bag. Alternatively you can put this in your suitcase or your partners suitcase.
Take into the hospital when you’re moved into your regular room. If you have a Doula, he/she can go get this for you.

  • Toilet Paper — Get the super expensive, thick, soft, comfy TP and have a few rolls at the ready. Your ladybits will thank you.
  • Hair Brush
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Shampoo & Conditioner 
  • Body Wash
  • Face Wash/Wipes 
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Nail File
  • Prenatal Vitamins
  • Makeup Bag
  • Hair Dryer (optional)
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Nipple Shield
  • Nipple Balm
  • Peri Bottle & Spray**

Baby’s Bag

Diaper bag or small bag.
Take into the hospital when you’re moved into your regular room. If you have a Doula, he/she can go get this for you.

  • Onesies (Newborn & 0-3) — You really won’t know how big your baby is until he or she is born.
  • Going Home Outfit (Newborn & 0-3)
  • Hats (optional)
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • Blanket
  • Wipes — I preferred to use these Dry Wipes with some warm water, or Water Wipes. No harsh chemicals, and we NEVER had to deal with Diaper Rash (even now at 18 months old).
  • Burp Cloth

Other Must-Haves:

  • Nursing Pillow**
  • Phone Chargers — Take into the hospital upon arrival.
  • Tablet & Charger — Take into the hospital upon arrival.
  • Camera & Charger— Take into the hospital upon arrival.
  • File Organizer — You’re about to get a TON of paperwork and important documents. You’ll need a way to keep these safe.
  • Snacks
  • Pillows & Blanket — Your partner will thank you since most hospitals don’t provide linens for sleeping. Plus, you may want your own pillow.

**See New Mom Must-Have’s for more details.

 

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