Realizing you left something important at home on the day your baby arrives just isn’t a good feeling. The last thing a soon-to-be parent wants is to get to the hospital and think, “Why didn’t I bring a camera?!” You should consider the items you’ll want and need to have on the big day so you won’t be kicking yourself later. Let’s face it, when it comes to labor and delivery, you don’t get a re-do. Here are some things you should think about as you create your hospital checklist.
Labor can last a while, especially if you’re being induced, so it’s nice to have something to do. You should think about how to keep yourself entertained while you wait for your baby to arrive. Bringing a music player or a light magazine are both popular choices. But you could also bring something to play games on, like a phone. If your labor goes on for a few hours, you’ll be glad to have something to keep your mind and help you relax.
You’ll likely be in bed for the majority of your hospital stay, so you should think about how you’ll stay the most comfortable. The hospital gowns, blankets, and pillows provided by the hospital just aren’t appealing to some moms. If you tend to get chilly, you might want to bring a sweater and a pair of non slip socks. If you don’t think comfort is important now, remember this: Once you leave the hospital, you’ll be taking care of your newborn and sleeping less, so you should use your hospital stay as a chance to get some good rest.
As you’re creating your hospital bag checklist, think about how you’ll want to capture the memories of child’s birth. You’ll probably want to bring a camera or video camera, but you might also want to bring a journal. Depending on the type of phone or computer you have, you might also be able to video chat with close relatives who live out of state and want to say hi to your new baby. One thing you should also think about is that you’ll probably want to be in some of those pictures and videos. You might not think you’ll need make up now, but you should consider whether it will help you feel more comfortable being in photos.
You should find out what items your hospital provides to mothers and babies, and what you’ll be responsible for bringing on your own. Many hospitals will provide new parents with shampoos, soaps, and diapers for their baby during their stay. But there are also things you won’t be provided with, like a car seat for the drive home.
Putting some thought into which items you’ll want during your hospital stay could mean a big sigh of relief later. Making a list with all of these items will prevent you from forgetting anything for yourself, your birth partner, and your baby. If you have questions or concerns about which items to bring to the hospital, your OBGYN can give you tips on things to bring along. The doctors at Contemporary Women’s Care have worked with dozens of moms and can give you advice on popularly packed items.