Packing Your Labor and Delivery Bag

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Packing the perfect L&D bag is something that many new moms stress over. “What will I need? How much of this should I pack? Does my husband need his own bag?” These are all questions that go through every mom’s mind. Here I have curated my list of the top things to bring to thew hospital as well as things you don’t absolutely have to worry about packing.

YOU’LL NEED TO BRING:

  1. Baby clothes. Your baby will be provided with a small shirt at the hospital, and you will probably have the perfect going home outfit packed for your little one already. However, you don’t always know how long you will end up in the hospital for. My first delivery I was in the hospital for a total of two nights, and with my second it was almost four due to strep-b. Having extra baby clothes and socks in case of blow outs, spit up, or chilly little toes are always a lifesaver.
  2. Speaking of clothes, lets talk about pj’s. Now, this is completely up to your preference as some prefer regular pajamas and other are find with the gowns they give you at the hospital. I personally, don’t like the coverage on the hospital gowns and don’t really like to put on pants after giving birth so I tend to go for nightgowns especially tailored to breastfeeding.
  3. Nursing bras. Now, the hospital will not provide you with these because not everyone chooses to nurse, however if you do you’ll want these handy bras to make sure you’re always easily accessible for your baby. The hospital does typically have disposable breast pads and nipple cream to help out though.
  4. Snacks! These aren’t necessarily for you unless you’re not into hospital food. During labor you won’t be allowed to eat or drink anything but ice chips (BOO! I know), but your husband is bound to get peckish while you’re there. Think about what kind of things he’d like to drink or eat while you’re at the hospital and save yourself from spending that extra money at the hospital.
  5. A camera is also a necessity! I know a lot of people just use their phone camera, or even hire someone to take pictures during labor or post birth, but in case your phone dies or you don’t want to spend the extra money on a photographer a family member wielding a camera is a powerful thing. You get a lot of fantastic raw photos that you’ll cherish as you reminisce one day.
  6. Change of clothes. While some women bounce back postpartum- HOW- many of us continue to look at least three months pregnant postpartum, so when you’re packing your clothes for the hospital try packing something comfy from early pregnancy  to wear on the way home. You’ll probably want to pack some overnight and change of comfy clothes for your hubby too because chances are he’ll be there the whole time you are.

WHAT YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT BRINGING

  1. Toiletries, your hospital will provide them. Instead of taking the chance of losing your favorite body wash or the toothbrush you bought just for this occasion check with your hospital and see what they provide there. Most hospitals will provide you with all of the necessities while you’re there so no need to worry.
  2. Diapers. Every hospital will provide newborn diapers, and some even have size one in stock so unless you’re expecting an extra large baby you should be set for the duration of your stay.
  3. Burp cloths or swaddle blankets. While it’s nice to have the sweet little things you bought for your baby it’s also nice to have one less thing to worry about. Your hospital will typically have the same standard blanket for you to swaddle baby in as well as burp cloths for the inevitable mess or two.
  4. Pads or pantie liners. Trust me when I say the ones from the hospital are gigantic, but they are so much better for that postpartum flow than anything you get at the grocery store.
  5. Pacifier’s  there is nothing more easily lost than a pacifier. Luckily the hospital has lots of those too so all the cutesy ones you bought for your new baby won’t get left behind when you’re discharged.

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! I hope that this list helps you in you as you enter your first season of motherhood.