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Mom Monday: Dos and Don’ts of Packing Your Hospital Bag

Posted by Emily Newbold on

Time to prepare—the big day is near! As the final month of pregnancy approaches, now is a good time to pack your hospital bag. Some items are a given, such as clothes and hygiene products, while others don’t seem to be as obvious or important. Here is my honest list of items I found useful and not so useful to have in my hospital bag for baby number 2.

Five things you don’t want to forget:

  1. Baby mittens. Babies enter the world with fairly sharp finger nails. Our first put a nice long scratch down the center of her face mere hours after arrival. We only had some little socks to put over her hands that kept slipping off. Mittens work much better!
  2. Multiple sizes of baby clothes. Sure the hospital body suit will do, but we all love putting our fresh babies in adorable soft tiny outfits! One problem—not all newborns fit a size “newborn.” It’s good to have a mix of sizes in baby’s hospital bag from preemie to 3 months.
  3. A flowy dress. Maybe yoga pants sound like your perfect going home outfit, but you might want to rethink that. Childbirth hurts and your stomach will probably feel tender when you leave the hospital. A flowy dress keeps pressure off of your shrinking tummy.
  4. Make up. The process of birth makes us sweaty and smelly, which are two things a new mom shouldn’t feel like! It’s amazing how a little mascara can make a new mom feel like she’s glowing. It’s not vain, I promise!
  5. A soft fuzzy blanket. Hospitals always seem to be freezing and not even five of those thin white blankets will keep you warm! Cuddling up in a soft blanket from home with your soft new baby is hands down the best.

Three things you can probably go without:

  1. A razor. We are all well-meaning mommas when we pack a razor, but personally I don’t know a mom who was actually able to shave in the hospital. Seems to be the last thing on your mind when you have a fresh face to smooch.
  2. A thong. This one makes me laugh. After birth you get to wear the most awesome giant pads you’ve ever seen. Basically, both you and baby will be wearing a diaper and granny panties are the only thing that will do.
  3. Books and “time killers.” Most hospitals have a TV in your room, but if yours doesn’t have one, then MAYBE you would benefit from a book. Otherwise, with a new baby to figure out plus a revolving door of visitors, your “free time” should be spent trying to sleep. You will benefit from that!

Remember, home is usually not too far away. The last thing you want to do is stress over your hospital bag during the anticipation of your little’s arrival. A family member or friend will probably be more than willing to swing by your home or the store if anything is forgotten. Lastly, make sure someone will bring you delicious coffee—that one is hard to pack! Congratulations on your next adventure, it will be one of the best.

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