Photo credit: Alamay: If you’re reading this, then you are probably a first time mother who is looking for advice on what to pack in her hospital bag. The closer your baby’s due date gets, the more stressed and worried you may become. That’s why we’re here to give you a few tips on what to bring with you to make you feel more comfortable during your stay in the hospital.
1.Your favorite pillow or PJ: There are a few reasons to bring your own pillow and comfortable Pajamas. For one, it’s yours, it smells like home, and will make you feel a little more comfortable. Secondly, hospitals aren’t exactly the land of luxury, the pillows and clothes they supply you aren’t very comfortable.
2.Flip Flops: You may have noticed already that your feet are starting to swell up. This means they might not fit into your favorite shoes, plus you’ll be so exhausted that you won’t want to bother putting them on. Flip flops are the perfect solution, and they may even give you a little peace of mind to wear in the shower.
3.Maxi Pads: If you didn’t already know about this, then I’m sorry to break it to you, but after you give birth you will experience some after-birth bleeding. Hospitals do supply some pads, but you may feel more comfortable using your own.
4.Granny Panties: Trust me, during that after-birth bleeding you’re going to want some comfortable underwear to wear. You might also want to use some underwear you wouldn’t mind throwing away. All in all, don’t wear your favorite pair of panties to the hospital!
5.Toiletries: Nothing feels better after a hard day than taking a shower and getting all clean. So be sure to pack your shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, deodorant, faceclothes and whatever else you need.
6.Towel: No towel is quite like your towel. Plus it can be used for many different purposes while your in the hospital.
7.Nipple Cream: Because breast feeding doesn’t always go smoothly, thanks me later.
8.Snacks: We all know that hospital kitchens aren’t exactly the place to find 5 star foods. So bring along a few of your favorite snacks, plus after all the work you’ll have gone through I think you’ve earned it! Also, bring some gum for yourself because sometime you need to nil by mouth in case like me , I have C- section for this baby G (no water and no food for 24 hr!).
9.Your ID: For paying and things, you know the drill.
10.Phone and charger: Once you go into labor you’ll find there is a lot of “hurry up and wait” going on. So bring your phone or notebook along for down time. Also make sure you pack your camera to catch all the magic.
11.Spare Clothes: For you and your baby-to-be. That way you’ll both be comfortable for the trip home!
12.Diapers: The hospital does provide you with a few, but it never hurts to have a few extras packed just in case. No one has ever been upset about packing too many diapers.
13.Scratch Mittens: Believe it or not, when your little bundle of joy arrives, they will come equipped with sharp little nail on their tiny little fingers. Scratch mittens make it easier on you, and clipping your baby’s nails for the first time can give you a little anxiety. So save that for when you get home.
14.Baby wrap or Blanket: This will be used to wrap up your little bundle of joy and can also be used to give you a little privacy while breast feeding. It’s pretty useful.
15.CAR SEAT: YOU MUST HAVE A CAR SEAT FOR YOUR BABY. Seriously, if you forget everything else, at least have this. Your baby’s safety is very important.
The last tip we will give you is to ask your family and friends. They might have some secret tips to make your stay more comfortable. All in all, try not to get too stressed. Just try to make yourself more comfortable and hopefully these tips will make things go by smoothly!