When your water breaks and it’s time to head to the hospital, you won’t want to waste time packing a bag. Here’s what you should prepare in advance.
As your due date approaches, you’re going to have a lot on your mind. You’ve probably got baby names picked out, and a list of friends and relatives to call. However, one aspect that often gets forgotten is packing a bag. This is something you’re going to want to do in advance, as nobody wants to be hurrying around cramming things into a suitcase after your water breaks!
So, what do you need to include in your hospital bag? Obviously everyone’s needs are slightly different, but in general you should consider the items on the following checklist.
Your wash bag
Remember, you could be in the hospital for a few days, and you’re going to start feeling uncomfortable if you don’t bring your toiletries with you. This should include your toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as a hairbrush and hair ties. You might also consider bringing soap, moisturiser or deodorant; whatever will help you feel most comfortable throughout the birthing process.
Your birthing plan and notes
You should be taking your maternity notes with you wherever you go, so there’s a good chance you won’t have to worry about them. However, it’s a good idea to keep a copy in your hospital bag in case you forget them in the rush. The same goes for your birthing plan, if you’ve made one.
Something to do
You might be waiting around after your water breaks before labour starts in earnest, and it’s not the most entertaining experience. Make sure you bring a book, or something to listen to on your phone like a range of podcasts. Speaking of phones, you’ll want to bring a charger so the battery doesn’t run out.
A labour outfit
You’ll want something comfortable and loose for when you go into labour. A nightdress is perfect, or even a t-shirt that’s a few sizes too big. You should be able to move around in it comfortably, and not become too hot. You can always bring extra layers if you think you’re likely to feel the cold.
A way to cool down
You’re likely to get fairly warm throughout labour, and having something available to cool you down will make the whole thing more comfortable. This can be as simple as a portable fan, but you might also want to invest in a water spray for an extra cooling effect.
There’s not a lot to eat in a hospital, and you don’t want to deal with pregnancy hunger (and the anger that comes along with it)! Pack healthy food and drink that will fill you up. Dried fruit and nuts, cereal bars, bottled water and fresh fruit are all good options.
Last but not least, make sure you’re going to be as comfortable as possible. Hospital beds aren’t renowned for being particularly nice to lie on, so bring a pillow or two. If you think you’ll be happier with a blanket or even with your favourite stuffed toy - admit it, you still have one - then bring them along too.Did we miss anything? What did you put in your own hospital bag? Make sure you share over on Facebook and Instagram and help first-time parents!