On the weekends we throwback to older but still awesome posts.

 This post was originally published in April of 2012.

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Packing a hospital bag is important for not only the mom-to-be, but for the person’s labor partner as well. Who wants to travel back and forth from the hospital to the house when you can spend 30 minutes and pack it prior to your due date?!

Here is a list of items you can pack in your bag.  These will provide you with a little more comfort and strength when preparing to welcome your new bundle of joy.

  • Driver’s license, insurance card and any other hospital paperwork
  • Birth Plan (if applicable)
  • Eyeglasses (as well as storage and solution), as well as sunglasses for when you get out of the hospital
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush and comb, makeup
  • Are you particular with the hair products you use?  If so, remember to bring your favorite body wash, shampoo, and lotion.
  • Bathrobe, pajamas (thin, stretchy and comfortable), slippers and socks
  • Stress Relievers.  If you are someone who is anxious or easily stressed (of course, who wouldn’t be during labor?), consider bringing your own pillow, music, photos of family, stress ball and anything else that will take your mind off the pain (besides an epidural if you are going that route!).
  • Camera and/or video camera. Be sure to bring extra batteries, charger and memory card.
  • Healthy snacks and possibly some gossip magazines!
  • Cash for parking and for vending machines (pending your labor partner isn’t already at your favorite restaurant picking you up food)
  • Maternity tank tops, nursing bras (or sport bras) and underwear
  • A going-home outfit for you AND the baby! You can never go wrong with leggings and a stretchy shirt with sandals.
  • Installed car seat – the hospital will NOT let the baby go home without one
  • A receiving blanket

Of course, you don’t have to bring everything on the list, but do bring whatever will make you feel comfortable and calm. Also, after some research online, here are a few other items you can bring that I thought were great ideas:

  • Bring the baby book. They will need to get footprints and while they are doing it for the birth certificate they can use the rest of the ink and make prints for your book.
  • Bring baby nail clippers or an emery board. Some hospitals do not offer these to babies because of liability.
  • Nipple cream
  • And last, but definitely not least, bring some coffee, pastries or treats for the nurses caring for you. You can leave it at the nurses’ station and they will truly enjoy and appreciate it. A happy nurse means an even more happy mom.
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