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Packing for the Hospital 101

Packing for the Hospital
What should you really plan to take with you to the hospital for the big day?

Packing for the Hospital

You don’t have to look far to find a plethora of suggestions for packing your labor and delivery bag. Some lists make it look like you’re packing for an extended survival camp, whereas other detail the bare minimum, leaving you to wonder if you’re nuts for wanting to pack more. So what should you really plan to take with you to the hospital for the big day?

  • Cute pajamas: Your own pajamas may make you feel more at home. As a mom of four, I never brought my own pajamas. You are going to be bleeding, nursing, getting rid of excess fluid, and filling up with milk. I personally preferred to use the hospital’s attire for of this.A cute robe: I do, however, suggest a cute robe to go over the hospital gown. It’s comfortable, will make you feel more presentable for visitors, and make
  • A cute robe: I do, however, suggest a cute robe to go over the hospital gown. It’s comfortable, will make you feel more presentable for visitors, and make for better pictures.Slippers: I used to work in hospital housekeeping. Trust me—you want slippers.
  • Slippers: I used to work in hospital housekeeping. Trust me—you want slippers.Hair products: A shower feels so
  • Hair products: A shower feels so good after all the hard work of delivering. Though you don’t want to use body wash if you’re nursing, shampoo and conditioner can go a long ways in making you feel human again. Ditto for a brush and hair bands.Toothbrush and deodorant: Again, that humanity thing.
  • Toothbrush and deodorant: Again, that humanity thing.Make-up: While it’s certainly not a necessity, you may want to have it on hand if it makes you feel more at ease.
  • Make-up: While it’s certainly not a necessity, you may want to have it on hand if it makes you feel more at ease.Glasses/contacts: You want to be able to see your new bundle of joy, not just a blob or blur.
  • Glasses/contacts: You want to be able to see your new bundle of joy, not just a blob or blur.Camera and extra batteries: Don’t forget the extra batteries. Really.
  • Camera and extra batteries: Don’t forget the extra batteries. Really.Cell phone and charger: The charger is super important. You don’t want the battery to die in the middle of a call to Grandma.
  • Cell phone and charger: The charger is super important. You don’t want the battery to die in the middle of a call to Grandma.Baby book and two pens: Most hospitals will put your baby’s footprints right in the baby book if you ask. Bring two pens in case one quits working
  • Baby book and two pens: Most hospitals will put your baby’s footprints right in the baby book if you ask. Bring two pens in case one quits working
  • Snacks: The nurses will usually bring you whatever you want, but they’re too busy to cater to your every hormonal whim. Bring your own and you won’t have to bother them or deal with cravings for something they don’t have.
  • Going home clothes: You WILL NOT fit in your normal clothes yet. Bring your comfy maternity clothes, big ugly cotton panties, and a bra. You may want some extra sanitary pads if you have a long ride home.
  • Stuff for Dad: A change of clothes, coins for the vending machines, toiletries, and maybe something to pass the time.
  • Baby gear: The going home outfit, receiving blanket, and car seat should suffice. The hospital has everything else and visitors will shower you with lots more stuff to take home.

Above all, pack what you think you will need to be comfortable. If you think you need more and don’t feel comfortable leaving it at home, by all means pack it in a separate bag and leave it in the car. If you need it during your stay, someone can go get it for you. If you don’t need it, it won’t be taking up space in your hospital room.

About the author

Crystal Plante

Crystal Plante

Crystal is a teacher, reading specialist, freelance writer, author, and married mother of four. In her spare time—or whatever spare time a mother of four has—she enjoys reading, cooking, watching television, and volunteering in her community. Crystal is an unabashed chocoholic and a long-suffering (but recently redeemed) fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. You can visit her website at http://www.ceplante.weebly.com.

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