Your due date is rapidly approaching, which means your baby could arrive any day now! You’re likely excited and nervous about going into labor. You can reduce that stress by planning ahead and having your bags packed and ready, no later than four weeks before your due date.
You are probably wondering why you should pack four weeks in advance for your due date? Trust us, you’ll already be anxious enough about giving birth, and there are also chances that your baby will decide to arrive early. It’s never too soon to pack your hospital bag. The last thing you want to do when labour kicks in, is spend half an hour trying to find the sleepsuits and nappies you bought two months ago.
So the next question that arises in your mind is- What to pack? Don’t worry, we’ve put together the essential hospital bag checklist to help you.
Mommy-to-be hospital bag checklist for the mom and for the baby:
- Birth plan
Packing several copies of your birth plan and distributing them to the doctors and nurses helps keep everyone, who’s involved in the delivery of your baby, informed and on the same page.
- Hospital paperwork
You should not forget a picture ID, your insurance card, and the name and phone number of your baby’s doctor. Check with the hospital or the birth centre ahead of time regarding any paperwork you should bring. Carrying a copy of your medical records is a good idea, just in case things get difficult or there’s an emergency.
- Comfortable maternity clothes
Comfy pyjamas, nursing bras, and night dresses are a must. Having cosy items like a robe and socks will make the cold hospital environment seem more comfortable.
- Camera, phone, and chargers
This is an extremely special moment that you are definitely going to want to document. Make sure you have your phone, camera, and charger packed so you can send your family updates as you welcome your baby into the world!
- Toiletries & essentials
For the mom:
- A deodorant, body wash, shampoo, face cleansing wipes, toothpaste, and a toothbrush are some of the necessities you must pack.
- Nursing essentials like nursing pillows and pads
For the baby:
- A pack of baby wipes
- A set of newborn baby diapers
- Newborn baby clothing essentials like comfy onesies and rompers
- Whatever will help you relax
Possibilities include your pillow, a picture of someone or something you love, essential oils, a sleep mask, and anything else you would need to relax after going through a painful labour.
- Going home outfit
Don’t forget to pack the outfit you’re going to wear while going home with your new family member. You might want to colour coordinate with your little one. You can find some beautiful clothing at our online store.
Keep these items packed in your bag and the car, or by your front door, so that whenever the baby decides to arrive, you’ll be ready! Welcoming a new family member is a precious moment, live it to the fullest by keeping yourself prepared well in advance.