It’s the last thing you’ll grab as you head out the door—your overnight hospital bag.
Patti Valentini, director of Beaufort Memorial’s Birthing Center, says smart packing is key to a happy delivery. “Having practical and comfort items in your bag can make your stay in the hospital much more pleasant,” she says. “For example, your support person may not want to leave you during labor, so energy bars can really come in handy. Have your bag packed no later than 36 weeks—but let’s hope you go the full 40!”
Here’s a handy checklist of items for you and your future little one that will help keep you prepared and comfortable:
- Insurance card, picture ID, hospital forms and copies of your birth plan (if you choose to have one)
- Clothes, including socks (for walking the halls), underwear, a front-buttoning nightgown or pajamas (for easy nursing), a light robe
- Nursing bras
- Cellphone and charger or prepaid phone card
- Basic toiletries
- Change of clothes for leaving the hospital
- Book or magazines
- Snacks (for your support person during labor and you after delivery)
- Approved car seat
- Going-home outfit
- Outerwear, including socks and hat (babies are sensitive to cold)
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