Hospital bag check list

Are you ready to give birth?Do yourself a favor and have your bag packed (or house stocked) around 37 weeks .

 

Here’s what experienced moms recommend packing:

For You:

A picture ID and insurance card:

Have copies of your medical records handy, so that your doctors can easily review your medical history.

Eyeglasses; if you wear them.

Bathrobe:

A soft bathrobe is useful for pacing around during labor, or afterward, if you spend some time in the hospital.

Nightgowns.

You’ll need something comfortable to sleep in during your hospital stay, and a soft, loose nightgown is a good option. Choose a front-opening style if you plan to breastfeed.

Underwear.

Pack several pairs of comfortable underwear that are large enough to wear over heavy-duty maternity pads.

Bras.

Be prepared with a few nursing bras or other comfortable, well-fitting bras.

A going home outfit for yourself

(something loose—you’ll still look several months pregnant—and with easy access for nursing)

Charger for your phone and any other devices

Toiletries

(Don’t forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, and moisturizer)

For babies:

An installed car seat

You won’t be able to drive your baby home without it, so make sure you do this ahead of time.

A picture-taking outfit ;

Since your baby may be photographed in the hospital.

Going-home outfit:

include socks if the outfit doesn’t have feet.

Diaper bag ofcors!

When you’ve gone through the hospital bag checklist and are satisfied you’ve packed what you’ll (all) need, stash your hospital bag in your car or by the front door if you plan on taking a taxi to the hospital—and get ready for baby’s arrival!

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