January 17, 2024
Pregnancy is an exciting journey, and as your due date approaches, it’s time to prepare for your hospital stay with a comprehensive hospital packing list. Ensuring you have all the essentials for both mom and baby will help make your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Pack loose, comfortable outfits for the hospital stay. Think cozy pajamas, a robe, and fuzzy socks or slippers for walks in the hall or to the bathroom.
Bring your favorite toiletries for a touch of home – toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and other personal care items to keep you feeling refreshed. Also, bring chapstick!
If you plan to breastfeed, pack nursing bras and a boppy or nursing pillow for added comfort and convenience.
Don’t forget to bring entertainment like books, magazines, music, or a tablet for downtime between contractions or feedings. And don’t forget chargers for your phone or tablet!
Pack a few onesies and sleepers for your newborn, ensuring they stay snug and warm during their first few days. The ones with zipper or magnet closures are way easier than snaps.
Soft, breathable swaddle blankets will keep your baby cozy and content during naps and cuddle time.
Don’t forget the car seat to. bring the baby home!
If you have a nicer camera, it’s fun to play around with some photos in the hospital and get some different photos than with a phone. You’ll cherish these memories for a lifetime.
Bring some of your favorite snacks for an energy boost during labor or those late-night cravings.
If you have a birth plan, make sure to bring a few copies to share with your healthcare team. Communication is key!
Enhance your comfort with your own pillow from home. A little touch of familiarity can go a long way. We also brought a fan for white noise/sleeping.
If you’d like a special photo with the a name plate or letter board with the baby’s stats, pack those, too. And a special wrap or outfit for that announcement photo!
Remember, this hospital packing list is a guide, and you can personalize it to suit your preferences. Pack your bag a few weeks before your due date, so you’re ready when the time comes. And don’t stress; hospitals have lots of essentials you can take, plus your partner or family member can always run things over to you if you forget them. Happy packing and best of luck on your incredible journey!
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