When should you pack your hospital bag?
Babies are unpredictable! They come on their own time. Sometimes their early and sometimes their late! A good rule of thumb is to pack a bag with everything but your day to day items (tooth brush, phone charger, ect) when you are 36-37 weeks pregnant.
However, the truth is that labor is loooong and most of you will have time to pack a bag to get to the hospital the day labor begins if you really need to! My youngest was 2.5 weeks early and my husband and I had time to leisurely pack our bags that day. On the other hand, my labor with my first child was fast, intense pain from the very beginning and I was grateful we packed out bags weeks before!
What to pack in your hospital bag?
I completely overpacked with my first two kids. I finally learned by my third kid that less is more! Here are my secrets so you don’t make the same mistakes I did!
For Mom: You will most likely wear a hospital gown the majority of the time you are there. I hate to break it to you, but you’ll be wearing adult diapers and whipping your breast out to feed your baby the entire time you’re at the hospital so a hospital gown is actually the easiest thing to wear!
-Nightgown: that is breastfeeding friendly if you don’t want to wear the hospital gown constantly
-Toiletries: shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, medications, ect. Pack as much as you can in advance!
-Nipple cream (if breastfeeding)
-Breast Pump (only if planning to exclusively pump!)
-Going home outfit: Pick something loose fitting or even maternity wear. Unfortunately, women still look about 6 months pregnant when they head home from the hospital so it can take awhile to get back into your “normal” clothes.
-Boppy (optional): A breastfeeding pillow can be helpful, but also a hassle too if it’s constantly out of reach. An extra hospital pillow to prop your arm up while nursing works just as well!
Prescription medications (if applicable)
-Going home clothes: The hospital will have clothes for them to wear while they are there that are easy to get on and off for their frequent checks. All baby needs is a going home outfit! You can pack a size newborn and 0-3 month in case your baby is bigger or smaller than you expected!
-Pacifier: Most babies love infant pacifiers! They are sanity savers! Some popular newborn pacifier brands include: NUK, Avent, Ryan and Rose, Dr. Brown’s and Itzy Ritzy.
The Ingy Bingy Band is a pacifier wristband that is an essential for your hospital bag. A pacifier clip has been the most common option for years. The Ingy Bingy Band is a new, safe, and cost effective alternative to the pacifier clip! This pacifier bracelet velcros around baby’s wrist so you always know where the pacifier is! No more worrying about dropping it on the ground or getting lost in the hospital sheets! The Ingy Bingy Band keeps the infant pacifier right where your baby needs it whenever they need it. Set your baby up for self-soothing success with the Ingy Bingy Band!