Mamas can be so focused on the needs of her soon-to-be-arriving bundle of joy that she often forgets to pack what she needs to be comfortable when at the hospital. Whether you’re only spending the night or are going to be at the hospital for several days, these are the mother hospital bag essentials you should have packed and ready to go for when you go into labor.
Paperwork and Insurance Information
Not the most exciting item on our list, but it’s one you will appreciate having ready to go. Having your medical records easily available as well as your ID, medical cards, and insurance documents will make it easy for the hospital to review your medical history and check you in.
The Birth Plan
Print out one or more copies of your birth plan so that everyone involved in the birth and delivery of your baby understands your wants and needs. It can also take care of any immediate or last-minute questions.
A Bathrobe, Socks, and Slippers
Think you can escape wearing the dreaded open-backed hospital robe? Think again. Even doubling up the hospital robe, so your backside isn’t out for all to see, isn’t exactly comfortable for moms pacing the hospital hallways while in labor.
A soft bathrobe is ideal for keeping mom warm and comfortable both during labor and after the delivery of your baby. Socks will prevent your feet from being chilly, and a pair of slippers or flip-flops will be useful if you find yourself putting miles into your labor walks.
Often forgotten but desperately needed, lip balm will save your lips from chapping during and after labor. Not only can hospital air be incredibly dry, but the breathing exercises you’ll be executing during labor can also be tough on your tender lips.
Don’t leave your personal comfort to chance by relying on the hospital vending machine for these items. Top toiletries to include in your bag are:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hairbrush and hair ties
- Body lotion
- Shampoo and conditioner
A lot of moms also strongly recommend face wipes and dry shampoo.
Glasses or Contact Lenses
Mom is going to spend hours gazing into the face of her newborn. Make sure you’re able to see your baby’s adorable little eyes, cheeks, chin and nose by packing your glasses or contact lenses.
Phone Charger (or Backup Battery)
News of baby’s arrival is sure to spread fast, which means taking a lot of congratulatory phone calls from caring friends, family, and loved ones. If possible, bring a phone charger for both you and your partner so that both of you can field the many phone calls you’ll have coming in.
A comfortable and breathable breastfeeding bra like our underwire-free bamboo nursing bra is a great choice for new moms. Our bra is designed to easily hold nursing pads which will protect your clothing from leaks and your skin from wetness.
Another great item to pack is your breastfeeding pillow. Not only will this enhance mama’s comfort, but the helpful hospital staff will be able to show a new mom how she can nurse her little one while using the pillow.
Finally, don’t forget about bringing comfortable clothes to wear while in and when leaving the hospital. The vast majority of moms will be challenged when trying to find clothing that will properly fit and complement her postpartum body.
We at Peachymama have taken care of this for you. We offer a number of breastfeeding bundles and our super comfortable High Waisted Post Partum Leggings have just the right amount of support for a postpartum belly (and they can be worn after both a natural and c-section delivery!).