If you Google “What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag” you will get over 7 million results that pop up. Checklist from popular sites like Parents, The Bump and the BabyCenter are the most popular. I think having a checklist is a great idea and they have some great list out there believe me. In fact, it may seem overwhelming to pack your hospital bag for some and you go beyond the list and ask your friends in addition to many checklist from Google which is a good idea. I am not going to give you that check list today.
The checklist I have in mind are a few things you should do and include in your packing that you have not thought about. Here is a tip that I highly recommend unless you have a very disorganized partner and that is to let them pack your hospital bag. Honestly, you need to let your partner pack the hospital bag. It’s one way to have your partner be involved in the labor process and help you during labor. You would just need to put out everything you need from your checklist and set them aside to be packed. The things you need to include that are not on your checklist:
A big, dark towel. Those hospital towels are not the greatest towels if you have not heard. Taking a shower after baby may not seem like a big deal, but drying off with a nice, soft towel versus a small, scratchy, hospital washed towel is not what you want.
A nice shampoo and body wash. This will be the first shower after baby and many women say it is great and scary at the same time. Having a nice smelling body wash will make you feel better after giving birth. Goes great with the dark towel.
An extension cord. Sometimes the outlets aren’t close enough to have your phone and be charging at the same time. You maybe using your phone a lot. Have the extra gadgets like an iPads, your partner’s phone and charger, camera then grab a power strip in addition to the extension cord just in case. Nothing sucks like have a low battery.
Spandex shorts. With all the stuff you get after birth, spandex shorts to keep the after-birth huge maxi-pads (and ice packs) in place.
Coming home tip: I highly recommend putting a few damp newborn diapers in your freezer for when you get home! They are excellent absorbent flexible ice packs for in your panties afterwards and for any boos if you have toddlers or preschoolers!
Still need a checklist? Here are some of my favorites:
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Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.