Hospital Bag Checklist for Pregnant Moms (Hint: Don’t Forget a CupCase!)
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. To prepare for the arrival of your newborn, there’s an endless amount of to-dos and to-don’ts to learn. One of the last to-dos before the baby is born is to pack a bag for the hospital.
We attended a baby shower recently and the poor mom-to-be hadn’t even thought about her hospital bag. To help this gal out, we thought we’d make a checklist for her and other pregnant ladies out there who have yet to pack their bag.
We love The Bump for all things baby, and it has some of the following suggestions for packing the hospital bag:
1.) Paperwork like insurance information, hospital registration forms and birth plan.
2.) Nightgowns, robe, slippers and a few pair of socks for walking the hall when in labor – or walking anywhere in the hospital. Who knows what those floors have seen.
3.) Lip balm, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash (or a few of those handy facial wipes), makeup (got to look good for all those pictures!), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair dryer, contacts, eyeglasses and a headband or hair ties.
4.) Journal or notepad and pen.
5.) Cell phone, charger and a list of phone numbers and email addresses for spreading the new baby news.
6.) Camera, film, extra memory card, battery or charger.
7.) Clothes and shoes for wearing home. And don’t even kid yourself; pack maternity clothes, not pre-pregnancy clothes.
8.) Breast pump and nursing pads.
9.) Nursing bra. Breasts go through so many changes when pregnant and nursing. It’s important that the nursing bra provide proper support, fits in the cups and around the ribs, and is comfortable for you and the baby who will be trying to latch on. It’s a good idea to get fitted by an expert to avoid buying bras that don’t fit or aren’t practical when trying to nurse. It can’t hurt and might save you lots of time and money – two things new moms are often short on! Some hospitals have a lactation center and will fit as well as sell nursing bras there.
10.) CupCase Your Bras – Honey, if you’ve just shelled out a lot of cash on those expensive nursing bras, you might as well make sure they arrive at the hospital in style, as well as safe and sound! The CupCase will hold at least a couple of your nursing bras and protect them from getting crushed or snagged in your hospital bag. There will probably be a little room left over for your hair ties and jewelry!
Feel free to share this checklist with any pregnant ladies you know! And if you’re heading to any baby showers this summer, a CupCase makes a great gift, wink-wink. J