Oh, the hospital bag. That thing that movie moms always direct their frantic husband to grab as they rush out the door after the dramatic 2am water breaking moment. It’s an iconic image but what really goes inside it? There are about as many answers to “What should I pack for the hospital?” as there are to “What should I name this baby?’.
Some women opt to bring a lot of the comforts of home like gowns, robes, and pillows. Others pack labor and nursing aids. Yet others pack as little as possible so they have plenty of room to stash any supplies they can snag from the hospital. (It’s totally allowed for you to grab diapers and wipes before you go! Oh, and those big old maxi-pads too. You’ll want those.).
I’m all about wearing the gowns, socks, and mesh undies the hospital provided because I didn’t want anything of my own to get messed up so my bag is pretty basic – some sweats, an outfit to wear home, baby’s going home outfit, and toiletries. But here are a few little extras that you might not think of when you’re packing for the big day!
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