It’s a question every new mom asks and even many seasoned (and potentially sleep-deprived and memory-lacking) mothers ask: What should be packed in a labor hospital bag? Here are a few things you should consider tossing in there to make your stay at the hospital more pleasant.
Flip Flops, Slippers, Socks
There is just something unappealing about walking around the floor of a hospital room barefoot. You will eventually need to get up to walk around at some point during your hospital stay, be it to go to the bathroom or to take a shower. Slippers are a great option that many women bring along but you may want to consider taking some flip flops – especially for wearing in the shower. Socks are also something you may want to consider bringing.
Pajamas and Robe
It is nice to have something to wear aside from the hospital standard “sheet” gown. Bring a nice pair of pajamas and/or a robe so you can feel a little more human postpartum.
Nursing pads are great for soaking up all of that extra breastmilk that leaks from the boob that is not currently being nursed from – or just leaks from time to time like a dripping faucet. So unless you want gigantic wet spots on your shirts, pointing out the exact location of your areolas, toss a few nursing pads in your bag.
This one sounds funny but it is actually really important to have in your car for the ride to the hospital. If your water breaks on the way to the hospital or before, it can help save your seat and a trip to get your car detailed. If you don’t use it, it can come in handy for putting dirty clothes in at the hospital.
Don’t forget the essentials – shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, and anything to make your hair look better than it does after the birthing process would be great to take along. Bring your makeup too if it'll make you happy to have it.
Nipple Cream or Lanolin
If you plan to breastfeed your baby, toss some lanolin or nipple cream in your bag in case you hit some bumps on the breastfeeding road.
When you are in labor, you are often not allowed to eat but if you have the baby in the middle of the night and the cafeteria is closed, you will be thankful you packed some snacks. Plus, hospitals don’t always have great snacks on hand so it's usually a great idea to bring some healthy and delicious treats for yourself.
One thing that is often forgotten and regretted is a phone charger. You make it through labor and delivery and start contacting family to let them know the good news and your phone suddenly dies and you have no charger. Oops. Don’t make that mistake.
Going Home Outfit
Take something clean and comfortable to wear home, like yoga pants and a t-shirt or even a maxi dress if you want to look a somewhat put together.
- Olivia, mom & a pediatric nurse
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