If you are 37 weeks pregnant and do not have a hospital bag ready for the big day, it is time to get one ready, just in case you go into labor and need to go to the hospital in a rush. Even if you do not need to hurry, when the time comes, you may not be thinking as clearly with all the excitement. Why not put a bag together and be ready.
What will you need:
- Comfortable PJ’s, preferably ones with boob access if you are planning to nurse. Do not pack your favorite PJ’s, unless you are OK with blood stains.
- Your hospital may provide disposable underwear, but in case they do not, pack some from home. Not your sexy ones, but granny ones you do not care too much about, as you may have to throw them away.
- Most hospitals also provide sanitary pads, but just in case, bring some for postpartum bleeding.
- Socks! If it is winter bring slippers as well! You will be walking around on your hospital room floor before you are released.
- If you are the robe type, bring one!
- Clothes to wear when you are released from the hospital. You will most likely NOT fit into your pre pregnancy jeans. Maternity clothes will do just fine at this point.
- An outfit or two to take your baby home in. Consider bringing two different sizes – new born and 0-3 – you never know exactly how much your baby will weigh.
- Receiving blankets, burp clothes.
- Toiletries: body soap, shampoo, conditioner, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, etc.
- Toiletries and a change of clothes for hubby (he may be spending the night in the hospital with you.)
- Snacks for hubby – chips, energy bar, etc. While you will not be allowed to eat during labor, hubby does not need to suffer with you.
- Your body pillow if you use one or any pillow from home. If you are at the hospital for a while, why not be comfortable.
- Cell phone and charger.
- Books and magazines. You cannot anticipate how long you will be in labor. Have something to help you pass the time.
- Cash for the vending machines.
- Car seat for the baby, already installed.
- Hospital registration forms, completed. You do not want to deal with paperwork when you get there.
- Birth plan, if you have one.
- Insurance cards.
- Your ID or driver license, for admission.
Happy delivery experience!