Labor and Delivery Hospital Bag Essentials

There is so much to do before welcoming your baby into the world. One of the last things to prepare is the hospital bag. Packing a huge suitcase and all of your makeup and styling products will not be necessary. Believe me, makeup will be the last thing on your mind when the contractions hit. 

Its a good idea to have your hospital bag ready 4 weeks before your baby is due to arrive. Add last minute toiletry items before you leave for the hospital. (Or buy duplicates to keep in your bag.) You can choose to wait a week before like I did with my last child, but I wouldn't advise it. Apparently I have a comfortable uterus, and the occupants have to be persuaded to exit. 

This list of items for your hospital bag should make the packing process go a little smoother. I used the list provided by my hospital and also added a few things I thought were important. 
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Hospital Bag:

For labor
A picture ID (driver's license or other ID), your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need
Your birth plan, if you have one
A bathrobe, a nightgown or two, slippers, and socks
Whatever will help you relax
Here are some possibilities: your own pillow (use a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn't get mixed up with the hospital's pillows), music and something to play it on, light reading material, a picture of someone or something you love, anything you find reassuring.
For your Husband/labor coach
A camera or video camera with batteries, charger, and memory card
Comfortable shoes and a few changes of comfortable clothes
Snacks and something to read
Money for parking and change for vending machines
After you deliver
A fresh nightgown, if you prefer to wear your own
A list of people to call and their phone numbers, your cell phone and charger or, if you'll be using the hospital phone, a prepaid phone card
Comfortable nursing bras or regular bras
Several pairs of maternity underpants/pads
Comfortable outfit and shoes for going home
Gifts for older siblings
A notepad or journal and pen or pencil
Track your baby's feeding sessions, write down questions you have for the nurse, note what the pediatrician tells you, jot down memories of your baby's first day, and so on. Some people bring a baby book so they can record the birth details right away.
What you will need for Baby
An outfit for hospital pictures
An installed infant car seat
A going-home outfit
A receiving blanket
 Diaper Bag
 Diapers/ Wipes
 Burp Cloths
 Pacifier (if using one)
 Enjoy your new baby, and take a ton of pictures.

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