Getting things prepared and organized prior to the big day can help calm any body jitters you might get before this exciting life-changing experience. By getting all prepped up for this beautiful day, we meant to ensure your hospital bag is all set to go! Pack all things you need before your depart for the hospital or birthing center. Because there’s really no point in waiting, your impending birth probably won’t be as frantic as shown in the movies, but your infant could still emerge faster than usual or even on the early side. So, hedge your bets and be ready with your hospital bag that’s all set to go at least a few weeks ahead of your due date and leave it near the front door or in your car trunk. This could really help save your time and energy, no scrambling to pack once you go into labour. For some advice on what to stash in your must-haves catchall, we have articulated a list of things you’ll need right after baby is born! Scroll down to read.
Blankets and Swaddles
The hospital might have blankets available, but chances are they’re going to be unclean and dirty. Also, they may not be very comfortable. So, it’s better you pack some of your own to keep the little angel protected and swaddled against cold. Blankets will come in handy when leaving the hospital; you can cover up your little one with their blanket in the hospital and use it for the car ride home.
Clothes to Wear Home
When packing your hospital bag, think ahead of the time in which your baby will be born. What would the weather be like? Your baby is going to need something to wear home, so plan correspondingly! If it is going to be cold, don’t forget to pack some mittens, a hat and a bunch of socks. These items can be amazingly useful in the keep drafts off your baby’s sensitive skin. Plus, you wouldn’t want to screw baby’s first picture, you would want to click pictures too, so make sure you pick an outfit that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. You can even save it as a keepsake.
One thing that should never slip out of your mind when packing a hospital bag is, Burp cloths! These little pieces of fabric are one of the most essential thing that you cannot miss. Make sure to at least pack three or four. Babies are most likely to spit up frequently, but burp cloths can help keep your clothes and your baby’s clothes and blankets nice and clean.
A nursing pillow is truly a lifesaver! If you choose to breastfeed, this will be your new best friend. The nursing pillow props up your little one and supports their head, along with providing some extra support for you while nursing.
The hospital staff probably diaper your baby the first time, but make sure that you pack your own diapers for any changes thereafter. However, if you’re trying to cut down on the items you have to add to your hospital prior to your delivery date, find out if they provide diapers for newborns. If they do, you can skip this item and save a lot of space in your bag.
Bear in mind; you may only be in the hospital for one or two nights. Though that may seem like a long time, you’re going to be busy recuperating from delivery and feeding and changing your baby. Neither you nor your baby need a bunch of designer outfits or stuffed animals that your family already bought. So, it's better to stick to the essentials to have a happy delivery and a smooth trip back home.