The dreaded hospital bag…you need to pack one but the question is when and with what? Here is a hospital bag checklist for labor and delivery to ensure that you have everything you need for your hospital stay so you don’t have to think twice about it!
The majority of women go into labor between 40 and 41 weeks but you are considered “full term” at 37 weeks so there is a chance you can go earlier than expected. I would recommend that it’s a smart idea to have your hospital bag for your labor and delivery stay mostly put together a few weeks before your due date so you don’t have to worry about it.
Lets get down to business…
- Photo ID
- Insurance card (remember to call your insurance company to add your baby to the plan within 30 days)
- Birth Plan
- Cell phone and phone charger
- Camera/Video Camera, blank memory card, charger
- Light bathrobe
- Slippers/comfy socks
- Nursing tanks/nursing bras
- Comfy big underwear
- Going home outfit (remember you will look like you are 6 months pregnant after giving birth so keep that in mind)
- Shampoo/Conditioner/Body wash/Face wash
- Hair ties/headband
- Pads (The hospital will provide them but they are 14 inches long by 3 inches thick and VERY uncomfortable)
- Nursing pads
For husband or significant other…
- Few changes of clothes
- Something to read
- Going home outfit
- Car seat
*The hospital will provide everything you need for baby during your stay including diapers, swaddling blankets, onsies, and pacifiers. However, if you want to bring a few changes for clothes for baby be sure to pack them!
- Pillow/Blanket – Hospital beds aren’t very comfy and having a pillow or two from home can help you rest.
- Healthy Snacks – You and your significant other might get hungry when the hospital kitchen is closed!
- Water bottle – its so important to stay hydrated
Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a chance you will have a c-section and you hospital stay will be four or five days instead of the normal one or two. I only mention this because this happened to me when I wasn’t expecting it so I had to send my husband home to bring me additional things I needed. I would recommend setting aside a few extra sets of clothes and leaving them home so your significant other can run home and grab them if you do end up having a longer than expected hospital stay.
I hope this hospital bag checklist for labor and delivery helps to put your mind at ease so you have one less thing to think about in preparation for the birth of your baby.