Posted on Jun. 12, 2014 (
In between contractions is no time for packing your bag. We want to help you be ready when your baby is.
The average hospital stay for new moms is 48 hours. A few items can help make your time during and after labor comfortable.
Here is our list of 10 essentials for your hospital to-go bag:
- Change of clothes. Wear something comfortable to the hospital and pack a pair of yoga pants and a nursing tank top to wear home. Don't forget slip on shoes. Bending over to tie your shoes isn't very appealing when you are recovering from labor.
- Lip balm. Labor can last for hours and your lips might get dry. It's a simple comfort you will be glad you have.
- Cell phone charger. A phone with a dead battery is the worst. A charger will make sure your phone can help you announce your new addition and capture those first memories.
- Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste and hair ties are essential.
- Snacks. You may or may not want anything to eat during labor. Having a few things to munch on in your birthing suite means your support team won't have to leave your side when hunger strikes.
- An extra bag. You're likely to go home with more than you arrived with. Visitors may bring gifts, and you'll have paperwork from the hospital. Place a bag inside your to-go bag so you can conveniently carry everything home.
- Clothes for baby. A sleeper and cap will keep your baby warm from head to toe. Going home is a special occasion so a "going home outfit" is a popular item to have in your bag, too. Pack newborn and 3 months sizes for each.
- Blanket. Your baby will spend most of his or her time wrapped in a blanket. Pack a blanket so you can swaddle and snuggle your baby.
- Diapers. Now that you’re a parent, diapers will be on your list of must-have items for most occasions. Babies can poop up to 10 times a day. Include a package of newborn diapers in your bag.
- Car seat. When you pack your bag, it's also a good idea to put the car seat in your car and bring it to a free car seat safety inspection with one of our Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Learn more about our car seat safety program.
Hospitals are like miniature cities. If you forget something like snacks or a tooth brush, don't worry, you can likely purchase it in the hospital gift shop or cafeteria.
We would love to hear what you think of our list. Did we forget anything? Tell us in the comments.
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