Hey guys. How is everyone? Today I thought talk about on of the more practical aspects of prep work in late pregnancy – packing the infamous Hospital Bag. Most sources will tell you have your hospital bag packed sometimes between 34 and 36 weeks, though I’ve heard some suggest you do it even earlier. A friend told me 28 weeks! I thought that was a little extreme. Personally, I started putting mine together last month (at about the 33 week mark) and just added things here and there. It is recommended that you have your bag ready within a few weeks before your due date because the baby could come early. 🙂
For Mom: 3 nightgowns, a bathrobe, toiletries, slippers, socks and a going home outfit.
For Baby: 2 nightgowns, 4 undershirts (or onsies), 2 receiving blankets, and a going home outfit.
My hospital also advised against bringing diapers and maternity underwear which, among other things, are provided by the hospital. Of course, every person is different – so there may be certain medications you have to bring with you and other vital things like your glasses (I don’t wear glasses so this doesn’t apply me). Additional items to consider, depending on your preferences, include: a camera or some other recording device (if the hospital allows it), snacks (you might get hungry after delivery), your focal point (something I learned in Lamaze class, it’s basically an object to look at and focus on in labor), something to read or watch like an ipad, and flip flops for the shower etc. Of course, you will also need you picture ID, insurance information, and any hospital paperwork as well as your birth plan (if you’ve made one).
So what am I planning to take with me to the Hospital?
Toiletries: Most of these are travel sizes. There’s some face wash (Boscia), Facial Moisturizer (Clinique), Mouthwash, Toothpaste, Shower Gel and Body Lotion, Cleansing wipes, and deodorant. Nothing to fancy, just the basics. And I tried to make sure that the items were either fragrance free or only lightly scented.
The baby’s clothes: Someone gave me a great tip. Pack each individual outfit (including the corresponding items such as hats, socks, blankets etc.) in a zip lock bag. This really helps to keep things organised and you can just hand a bag to the attending nurse when the baby needs changing.
Mommy’s cloths: I prefer soft shoes to slippers but I’ll also be throwing in some plastic slippers for the shower. I have some thick comfy socks (with plastic rubberized bottoms to prevent slipping) as well as some thinner socks, and three night gowns. I went with tops/pants and either short sleeve or sleeveless so to make it easier for the nurses to check my pressure etc. I’ll also be throwing in a sweater (and still contemplating a bathrobe). I don’t tend to get cold that easily but if you do, then additional layers may be advisable. Oh and there are some granola bars tucked away on the sides for post-labor snacking.
I’ll also be taking my camera and ipad with me, along with my id and other necessary documents. 🙂 So that’s it for today guys. The anticipation is nerve racking but I’m taking this time to relax and prepare myself (as much as I can). By the time this posts (I pre-scheduled just in case), the little one may be here already!
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