You Must Have These Items In Your Pregnancy Bag (You Are Probably Missing The Third One...)
Experts recommend that you pack your bag for the hospital roughly three weeks before your due date. Not sure what to pack, no problem, we have compiled a list of 10 essential item for your labor and delivery bag.
1. Undies and Pads
After you give birth you are going to need undies and extra absorbent pads. To relieve pain you may want to toss in some witch hazel pads or lidocaine spray.
2. Nursing Bra
If you are planning on breast feeding, you will need a good nursing bra. You should also toss in some nursing pads to prevent leakage and staining.
3. Birth Plan
You should keep your birth plan on the short side. Just cover what you want in the way of pain medication. You should also cover who you want in the room with you and what you plan is regarding breast feeding.
You are going to want to get some good pictures when your baby is born. For this reason we suggest bringing an actual camera. Make sure it is charged up, or has fresh batteries. Make sure you pack your phone and charger too for quick pics.
Music can help set the mood for your delivery. Bring a music playing device, like an iPod.
Bring the stuff you need for bathing like shampoo, conditioner and soap. You may also want to pack lotion and lip balm.
Unless you plan on wearing a hospital gown during your stay you will need a nightgown to wear.
Hospital floors are cold and dirty. Pack some warm socks with traction on the bottom.
9. Baby Outfit
You are going to need something to bring your baby home. Basic is better.
10. Tennis Balls
Massage is a great way to reduce pain during labor. Stuff three tennis balls in a tube sock and tie a knot in the end and have your partner massage you with it.
- Dan Canfield