My Hospital Bag

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Monday, September 21 2015

Packing for baby has been one of my favourite moments of pregnancy! I’m a little ahead of myself packing at 30 weeks but the excitement has taken over. I’m happy to share with you my hospital bag and the bag I’ve packed for our little girl! Below are the basics, you can add or remove some of the comfort measures but I feel they are great to have on hand as you never know what you may like/dislike during labor.

 

Before we get into my list below, I wanted to expand on the importance of your Birth Plan. Having a Birth Plan is an important way of communicating with the midwives, doctors, and nurses who care for you in labour. It tells them about the kind of labour you would like to have, what you want to happen and what you would like to avoid, if possible. Here is an example I found online of a Birth Plan from Just The Facts Baby. My Birth Plan was attached to my preregistration papers that I received at my last Doctor’s visit.

 

Here is what I've packed in my hospital bag:

  • Health card & medical insurance card
  • Paper work from my care provider
  • Birth Plan
  • Nightgown & T-shirt for labor
  • Slippers & Flip Flops
  • Socks
  • Robe
  • Massage & Heating Pads
  • Bikini for the shower or bathtub
  • Picture of my family to use as a focal point
  • Flameless candles for relaxation
  • Lip balm
  • Tennis ball for low back massage during labor
  • Change for vending machine & snacks for my labor coach
  • Loose and comfortable clothing for when I leave the hospital
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • 3 comfortable pairs of underwear - NO THONGS
  • Nursing Bra
  • Nipple Cream
  • Breast Pads
  • Maternity Pads- The hospital will also provide you with these
  • Hair elastic
  • Cell phone and charger
  • iPod with speaker
  • Digital camera and extra battery

and here is what I've packed for our baby girl ...

  • Sleep Belt- Not a necessity but I highly recommend them and I use the Sleep Belt in my Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes. They are great for hands free skin-to-skin support for mom and baby! (Learn more at http://www.sleepbelt.net)
  • Hats (2)
  • Onesies (2-3)
  • Sleepers (2-3)
  • Socks (2)
  • Mits (2)
  • Receiving blanket (2)
  • Winter blanket
  • Newborn diapers- The hospital will also have these on hand
  • Baby wipes
  • Burp cloth
  • Baby Lotion

I tell my parents-to-be to start packing for baby about 4 weeks before your expected due date, but if you are a planner and simply excited about your baby like I am then there is no harm in packing a little early!

 

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Suzanne Toth