In the last few weeks before your baby’s due date, be prepared to be a total wreck. You’ll be worried about everything, whether this is your first delivery or your fifth.
You’ll hope and pray that everything goes smoothly and you’ll try to troubleshoot every last detail so you’re as prepared as possible for anything that comes your way.
Packing your overnight bag for the hospital shouldn’t be one of the things you worry about though. To help you prepare, here is a short list of items you should include in that bag.
Hospital floors are cold and, even if they weren’t, you wouldn’t want to be walking on those germy surfaces with bare feet anyway. Who needs to pick up a superbug because they weren’t prepared?
Slippers will guard you against the cold and germs. Plus, they’ll make that hospital feel just a bit more homelike.
You’re going to be in that hospital for a minimum of a day or two. For a stay like that, you should pack some of the things you’ll need in the bathroom, whether it’s a toothbrush, a hairbrush or your favorite conditioner. The conditioner will come in handy when you’re allowed to take your first post-birth shower. That water will feel so heavenly you’ll never want to come out.
The extra clothes you should bring with you should be roomy enough to feel comfortable, particularly in case you have to go through an unexpected C-Section.
You need to remember that you won’t miraculously lose all the baby weight you put on right after you give birth. So you should make sure that your outfit is baggy in addition to being comfortable.
Also, you should pack extra underwear because you very well could need it.
A Bath Robe
Unless you’ve specifically asked visitors to stay away from the hospital to give you and your new baby some bonding time, you should plan on receiving guests at inopportune times. A bath robe will afford you some privacy in case people stop by unexpectedly as you’re breastfeeding.
You’re used to eating more while you’re pregnant. That can be a hard habit to break, especially if you’ve just given birth and you feel totally exhausted.
Placing a few snacks in your bag will give you peace of mind that you won’t starve in case you get hungry outside of normal hospital meal times.
You might want to bring onesies of different sizes because babies can sometimes surprise you when it comes to what they weigh.
You’ll want to take extra outfits too, in case your baby spits up on one as she learns how to keep down formula or breastmilk.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.