What New Moms Should Pack in Their Hospital Bag
Amid the excitement of impending motherhood, have you thought about your hospital bag? The anticipation of bringing home your newborn can feel overwhelming, but the task of packing for your hospital stay need not be. With over four decades of experience caring for new mothers and infants, I’ve gained valuable insights into what you’ll require (and what you can do without) during your time at the hospital.
Efficient Preparation for Your Hospital Stay
Ditch the Overpacking
While it’s natural to want to be ready for anything, remember that a few essentials will suffice. Given that most new moms return home within three days, plan your clothing and toiletries accordingly.
Simplicity for Tiny Ones
Hospitals generally provide blankets and onesies for newborns. If you wish to bring your baby’s own attire or a special outfit, that’s perfectly fine, although not obligatory. Don’t overlook a weather-appropriate ensemble for your baby’s journey home.
Skip the Glam
Many moms lug their entire makeup collection to the hospital, only to realize that their focus shifts to caring for their newborns and themselves. Minimize excess baggage. A pleasant-scented soap or shampoo for your first post-birth shower can offer a touch of indulgence. A shower cap is handy if you prefer not to wash your hair. Plus, consider comfortable flip flops or slippers for swollen feet and a suitable bra.
Hospital Comfort and Convenience
Hospitals typically provide items like pads and non-slip socks for moms, as well as caps, shirts, and swaddles for babies. These essentials will suffice as you concentrate on post-birth recovery and your infant. Inquire during your hospital tour about available provisions.
If there’s a specific garment, playlist, or pillow that brings you comfort, bring it along. However, avoid irreplaceable items, as the hospital environment can be unpredictable.
Utilize Hospital Time
If you have breastfeeding equipment, like breast pumps and pillows, bring them along to practice during your hospital stay. Lactation consultants can guide you in their proper use and help you get acquainted before heading home. It’s also an ideal opportunity to learn how to swaddle your baby.
Leave Distractions Behind
While you’ll want to capture those precious moments through photographs and maybe even share them via video calls, there’s no need for a full-scale office setup. Pack the essentials for documentation, but refrain from carrying fragile or extraneous items. And don’t forget your phone charger.
Remember the Paperwork
Ensure you have your identification, insurance cards, and other necessary documents for a seamless discharge process. Some hospitals might require you to choose a pediatrician in advance. Additionally, be prepared with a check or money order if your hospital mandates payment for processing the birth certificate.
As you prepare for this transformative journey, streamline your hospital bag by considering these tips. Your comfort and peace of mind are our utmost priority. Feel free to contact us for any inquiries or further guidance as you embrace motherhood