“Do you have your hospital bag packed yet?”
This is a question every soon to be mom will be asked…especially once she is approaching her due date. In an effort to help you be ready for baby’s arrival we’ve partnered together with AdventHealth for Women to help you get your hospital bag ready to go with all of the essentials for your new baby’s arrival and beyond!
What to Bring on Delivery Day
When the time comes to deliver your baby, it’s easy to forget to bring certain items that can help make you more comfortable during your labor and subsequent hospital stay. We recommend that you pack the following items in advance, so you’re prepared to head to the hospital immediately when the time comes.
Items for Mom
- Your Birth Wishes by AdventHealth for Women is designed to accommodate your every wish. Birth Wishes is a great way to share your preferences with your OB/GYN team
- Two or three night gowns, unless you are going to wear hospital gowns
- Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to wear home
- Robe or sweater
- Nursing bras and nursing pads
- Lip balm
- Hair-care items including hair ties, headbands and a brush
- Contact-lens case and pair of glasses
- Massage tools
- Extra pillow with colored pillow case
- Aromatherapy (non-flammable)
- Your favorite music playlist
- Camera with extra batteries or charger
- Phone charger
Items for Your Partner
- Personal toiletries
- Change of clothes
Items for Baby
- Outfit for the baby to wear in his or her first pictures
- Outfit for the baby to wear home
- Baby blanket for the journey home
- Infant car seat installed in your car
To make life even easier for you, AdventHealth for Women has a free app, Baby Place Academy App, to help you with evidence-based information on prenatal care, labor and birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and newborn care including lots of videos. The app is available in 15 languages and also contains feeding logs and much more.
Being prepared, especially in the case you go into labor early or in the case your doctor sends you to the hospital because of an emergency, is critical as you enter your third trimester. Better to be safe than sorry! What other essentials would you add to this hospital bag checklist?