First & foremost, I think it’s important to point out that what you pack in your hospital bag depends on what is important to YOU! This is simply a guide to help you narrow down your list & get some advice from a Mama who has been there! I want all of my clients to feel prepared to welcome their sweet bundle of joy & feel as comfortable as possible during your hospital stay.
Let’s start out with WHEN to pack your bag! To avoid scrambling + anxiety just in case your baby decides to come a few weeks early, I recommend having your bag packed & ready to go out the door before you are 35 weeks pregnant. That way when you start going to your weekly appointments at 36 weeks you have peace of mind in case your OB tells you it’s time OR your baby decides to come in the middle of night. Whatever the situation may be- you will be ready!
FIRST, make sure that the car seat is installed! This is an absolute must + they won’t let you leave the hospital without it. I also recommend having the car seat installed before 35 weeks pregnant. You never know when baby will want to make their grand entrance!
Now, we can start adding to your bag!
Now, you will also need a hospital bag for baby! I just packed everything in their little diaper bag + I found that backpack diaper bags are my favorite! I got a great one from Target with lots of pockets + a wide mouth (easier to find everything + roomier).
Finally, Dad will need a few basics too! We had enough room to just pack Dad’s stuff into my bag. We thought the less we had to take the better! He will just need a change of clothes, toiletries, a phone charger + any entertainment he wants to bring! We packed our iPad as well. Dad can, of course, run home if need be but it was nice to have some things on hand!
We tried to pack as minimal as possible but it’s still nice to have things that make you feel at home & any comfort items you may need that the hospital doesn’t provide. I hope this helps you feel more prepared to pack that bag and be ready to welcome your sweet baby! Ready, set, GO!
March 4, 2022
First & foremost, I think it’s important to point out that what you pack in your hospital bag depends on what is important to YOU! This is simply a guide to help you narrow down your list & get some advice from a Mama who has been there! I want all of my clients to […]