Even if you are planning a home birth (as I am this time around), you should still pack a hospital bag for delivery, just in case of an emergency.
A great time to pack your hospital bag is around 36 weeks in pregnancy. Unless, of course you have a planned c-section or there is a chance of early labor, like with twins.
So the question now is what do I need pack in my hospital bag?
Tip: Ask your hospital what they provide for babies and mothers, and take those items off your list.
- Insurance info, hospital forms, and birth plan.Must hospitals will let you pre-register before hand though, which saves you a lot of time and hassle!
- Clothes - one outfit for baby to come home in and one for you. You will most likely not be able to fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes, so plan on maternity or comfy clothing.
- Comfortable underwear you’re not afraid of ruining and feminine pads. The hospital will provide some, but we all have our own preferences too.
- Personal grooming items, because you know you will want to take a shower before you leave.
- Nursing supplies – A nursing bra, nursing pillow, cover, nipple cream, and nursing pads.
- Warm hats and blankets for the baby for the ride home.
- Money and small change for parking and vending machines.
- Cell phone, camera, and any electronics to help with long labor.
- Infant car seat installed in the car – They won’t let you leave the hospital unless it is installed first.
- Food and snacks - depending on what time of day it is, most hospitals will provide a meal for you, but not your spouse or anyone else.
What else do are you planning on bringing with you?