Giving birth can be a very daunting experience especially for first time mothers. Being prepared can help ease up your nerves. If you are a mother-to-be who likes to be in the know or you have no one to turn to, we’ve created a basic checklist of essentials that you will need to pack in your hospital bag.
- Nightgowns (the looser, the better)
- Nursing pads
- Books, tablet, music or anything to keep you distracted while in labor because it might be a while
- Postpartum underwear and pads (as many as you can pack)
- Nipple cream
- High fiber snacks
- Hemorrhoid cream
- A few changes of clothes
- Baby oil
- Sleeping bag or swaddle for sleeping
- Formula (Just in case)
- Feeding bottles
- Pacifier if you plan on using it
- Diaper cream
- Car seat
*If you’re giving birth in Winter, then pack some warm layers for you and the baby to go home in.
If you or your spouse are into photography and the regular phone camera just doesn't do it for you, then pack your camera kit to snap those cute pictures of your little one on their first days in the world.
A very common question that most mothers-to-be ask is when should I start packing my hospital bag? There’s no rule but starting week 36, you should probably be ready since you can go into labor anytime. It won’t hurt to be ready earlier than needed so we recommend packing your hospital bag as early as possible so you can be relaxed and ready for meeting your little one.