by Sarah on 24. January 2012 in
Among the seemingly endless list of to-do’s in preparation for baby, is the task of getting your bag ready for your anticipated delivery and hospital stay. Below you will find our checklist of must haves when packing this infamous bag. There are obviously several things that will need to be thrown in at the last minute, but there are even more things that can be prepared and packed weeks ahead of time…just in case!
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS:
When your find yourself in labor, scrambling to find your insurance cards is probably the last thing you’ll feel like doing! Have these following items on hand and ready to eliminate unnecessary last-minute stress.
:: Insurance Cards
:: Hospital Paperwork
:: Birth Plan (if you have one)
:: Wallet with Checkbook, Credit Card, Spare Cash/Change
PERSONAL ITEMS FOR MOMMY (and a few for DADDY):
While there are many things that the hospital will provide for you, being prepared with your own personal items can only enrich the hospital experience and help you to feel all the more like yourself during this time of transition. We are firm believers that taking good care of yourself at this time will only make you feel better faster! Plus, with constant photo opts, and endless visitors, it’s always nice to feel put together (or somewhat…at least!).
Your Favorite Lotion
iPod and Earphones
:: Nursing Pads/ Nipple Cream
:: Nursing Bra/Sports Bra
:: Flip Flops (For Showering)
:: Nice Socks or Slippers
:: Sleepwear: Nightgowns or Comfy Pajamas, Bathrobe
You’re sure to feel better after changing out of that revealing hospital gown!
:: LIGHT Reading Material
Grab a People Magazine or two…save your deep reading for later!
Prepare a few playlists ahead of time… during labor or restless nights recovering, music just might be your saving grace!
Of course there will be food to be found at the hospital, but having a few of your favorite snacks on hand is always nice for both parents at any stage of the hospital stay.
Have a book set aside to record your birth story, feelings, gifts given, and hospital visitors.
:: Thank You Cards
You may find yourself with more time while you’re in the hospital to get through writing thank you notes than once you are home. They are also nice to have on hand if you have a particular doctor or nurse you’d like to thank before leaving the hospital.
When it comes to baby, the hospital will provide essentially everything you need during your stay. Here are a few items you’ll need to have on hand when you make that journey home from the hospital.
:: Swaddling/Receiving Blanket(s)
:: Soft, Warm Outfit for Baby to Travel Home In (see our Oilo Layette Sets here.)
:: Infant Car Seat