Packing for your big day
As you enter your third trimester, it is time to prepare for labor and delivery. One part of the preparations is to do pack what you will need for yourself and the new baby in a bag ready for the hospital so that your things are ready to go if you have to leave suddenly or if you are too flustered to pack when labor begins. If you want until the last minute, you’re bound to forget something. So take a cue from the scouts and be prepared!
Our suggestions for packing for the hospital on the big day:
- Insurance information, hospital forms, and a signed birth plan if you have one
- Toiletries for yourself and your significant other or birth coach, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, and anything else you consider essential
- Camera, cell phone, and chargers for both
- Snacks and/or change for the vending machine (the hospital cafeteria may close or you may be craving something specific that they do not stock)
- Something soft to pull your hair back such as a ponytail holder or headband
- A going home outfit and receiving blanket for your infant
- A bathrobe, sweater, nightgown, and/or blankets from home, as hospitals are often chilly
- A pillow, sheets, or other things from home that will make you feel more comfortable during your stay at the hospital
- Maternity underpants and nursing bras, even if you do not intend to nurse because they have pads that will help with any leakage and be more comfortable to your tender breasts
You never know when you’ll need it
Pack your bag by the time you have reached 35 weeks so that you are all ready to go. If you are worried about bringing too much, don’t be – better safe than sorry, and your comfort is the most important concern!