Your due date is coming and you have spent the last couple of months dreaming about the day you finally meet your baby. You probably have stocked up on the essentials, and decorated your baby’s room. However, don’t forget to prepare for your hospital bag. When the time comes, you won’t be thinking about what you need to pack and you don’t want to arrive at the hospital and discover that you forgot something. There are a lot of essentials you want to bring with you, but there’s also no reason to overdo things. Either way, we have you covered with our guide to help you prepare your hospital bag checklist.
When to Prepare a Hospital bag
Ideally, you should have your “go-bag” ready by week 35 to 36. It is quite flexible so if you want to start a bit sooner, feel free to do it. But it’s a good idea to fully prepare it before week 38.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Moms
You will need your photo ID, health insurance info, hospital forms and your birth plan (if you have one). It would be handy to keep it all organized in a binder, to make it easier for both you and the hospital. Also include your pediatrician’s contact information too as the hospital will ask for this information too.
We suggest bringing your charger cable and a portable power bank in case you can’t find any outlets close to you. Plus, an extra-long cell phone charging cord can also solve the problem.
If you plan on breastfeeding after delivery then you will need 2 maternity bras (no underwire). Moreover, you also need nursing pads. Whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak protection from it.
Toiletries and Personal items
You will need your hairbrush, shampoo, toothbrush, and lip balm. Also, remember to have extra contacts or glasses, if you wear them.
A warm robe or sweater
A comfortable robe is one of the best postpartum clothing items in there. But, there still are many options for postpartum clothes.
Pillow and a Bath Towel
The pillows in the hospitals may be uncomfortable. Therefore, bringing the pillow you’re familiar with may help you to relax.
Cash and Change
You should have at least $20 in cash and change because you may want some snacks or drinks. After you spent some time packing up for your hospital bag.
A car seat
If you’re driving home then this can be missed. Doctors won’t let you take your baby home from the hospital by car without a car seat, and it should be already installed.
We hope this checklist includes everything you need for you and your baby. Let us know if you think there is something to improve on this list.