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Inside: Many hospital bags checklists include way too many items you won’t really need! So here is a simple and practical hospital bag checklist for labor with the things that will actually use during your hospital stay.
For my first labor, 5 years ago, I wanted to make sure that my hospital bag has everything I need. Although I tried to keep the packing list to a minimum, I still packed a lot of things that I didn’t use at all.
The hospital provided most of the things I needed so I ended up not using many of the things in my bag.
With that experience in mind, I created another hospital bag checklist for labor that only includes the things that were helpful the first time. There are plenty of hospital bag lists available on the internet but many of them include way too many items. This is why I decided to share my list as well, with the hope that it will help other future moms choose the best items to include in their bags.
My simple and practical hospital bag checklist for labor
If you are going on a hospital tour before birth it is helpful to ask what supplies they provide and take them out of your list. Many hospitals provide most of the essential things you and your baby will need during the hospital stay, so you’ll be able to pack fewer items in your bag.
Hospital bag checklist for labor: Things to pack for you
- documents (photo ID, insurance card, hospital forms)
- cell phone and charger
- camera and charger (if you don’t want to use your phone for pictures and videos)
- your birth plan
- socks – I chose these non-slippery yoga socks because they are nice and practical.
- comfortable clothes – Make sure to include clothes that you can easily put on, especially if you will have a c-section. I’ll pack some comfy pants and nursing shirts, but I’m sure that I’ll also use the hospital gowns during my stay in the hospital.
- nursing bra
- nursing pads – After my first birth I used these disposable nursing pads and they were helpful. This time I plan to try these reusable nursing pads because they seem a better alternative.
- warm robe – This is a must-have item in my opinion! A robe will help you feel comfortable during your hospital stay and it’s also great for when you’ll get visits. I like both this simple model and this model with cute designs.
- snacks (or some cash for the vending machines)
- comfortable going-home clothes – Remember that your belly will still look like 6-month pregnant so choose something comfy.
- essential toiletries and personal items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, dry shampoo, hair ties, shower gel, makeup)
- bath towel
- extra-absorbent maxi pads
- underwear (and mesh underwear if you want to use it instead of the maxi pads)
- compression belt – Having an abdominal binder after my first birth (a c-section) was very useful for my recovery. An abdominal binder helps the recovery process and also reduces discomfort, so I recommend you to add it to your hospital bag. For my first birth, I used a simple compression belt like this one, but now I discovered some belts that seem even more efficient. You can check them out here and here.
- nightgown (optional, if you don’t want to sleep in the hospital gown).
Hospital bag checklist for labor: Things to pack for the baby
Many hospital bag checklists suggest bringing baby clothes for the hospital stay, but the hospital also provides supplies for the baby, so it’s up to you if you prefer to add more clothes to your bag or not.
- infant car seat
- comfortable going-home clothes
- blanket (for going home)
- pediatrician’s contact information (the hospital will ask for it to send the baby records).
I hope I didn’t forget anything important! I’ll update this article after the birth to make sure that it includes everything you’ll need for your hospital stay!
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