What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag!

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag!
Congratulations, you've made it to your third trimester! Now is the time to begin thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag. Here are a few items that will ensure that you and your partner will be ready to go on delivery day!

HOSPITAL BAG FOR MOM

  • ID, insurance info & birth plan: This isn't the 'fun stuff' but it's the 'must-have' stuff! Make sure you have a photo ID, insurance card and your birth plan ready to go and easily accessible.

  • Bathrobe: A soft robe will be used for before, during, and after your labor when you spend some time in the hospital and want to be "covered" in comfort!

  • Nightgown: Consider getting a nightgown that opens in the front for easy nursing access and of course make sure it's one that's "picture and family" appropriate!

  • Toiletries: Bring your faves - shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, deodorant, face wash, lotion and don't forget your lip balm! 

  • Slippers: You'll want a pair that is easy to slide on as you move around the hospital - non-skid socks are another way to go!

  • Bras: Nursing Bras and sleep bras are a must whether you plan to breastfeed or not! Remember your breasts will be swollen and you'll want gentle support, day & night.

  • Nipple Cream: Yep, dry, cracked nipples are for real! Nipple creams, such as Lansinoh Lanolin, will help soothe and provide relief.

  • Underwear: While the hospital will provide some fabulously stylish mesh panties 😂 - we promise you'll want a few of your own as well. Make sure they are large enough to accommodate heavy-duty maternity pads...because that's for real too :)

     

  • Clothes: Yes, you'll want to look good for pics and visitors but think comfort first. Loose-fitting tops with your go-to leggings are a great option! Also, a pair of flats for the trip home!

HOSPITAL BAG FOR BIRTH YOUR PARTNER

  • Pillows:  Not everyone is a fan of hospital pillows, and if that's you, we suggest bringing your own. Your personal comfort is important... so bring items that will help you rest, as sleep is no guarantee. 

  • Entertainment: Grab your tablet, music player or anything else that will keep you entertained...although we think mom + baby will keep you plenty occupied!

  • Phone & Charger: Don't forget to bring your phone and an 'extra long' charging cable to keep in touch with your loved ones and to update your social profiles with your exciting news!

  • Snacks & Water: Grab a bag of your favorite chips, trail mix or granola bars as you'll want to fuel your body. Also, bring your water bottle and change for the vending machine is always a good idea too.

HOSPITAL BAG FOR BABY

  • Baby Clothes & Swaddle Blanket: You'll want to pack a "bringing baby home" outfit. Make sure it's easy to put on - onesies are great - and is seasonally appropriate. Also, consider a muslin swaddle blanket that's naturally breathable, soft, durable and most importantly will keep baby comfortable.

     

  • Car Seat: You can't leave the hospital without one, so be sure you get your car seat professionally installed long before your due date. There's nothing better than seeing it secured in your back seat (rear-facing) and knowing your baby will be taking her first ride in it!

BELLY BANDIT HOSPITAL ESSENTIALS

  • Belly Bandit® The Ultimate Labor & Delivery Kit: Our very own Ultimate Labor and Delivery Kit has everything is pre-packed with loads of items you'll need for your big day. Nursing pads, lip + face balm, socks, phone charger and more.

     

  • Belly Bandit® Belly Wraps: You'll want to start wearing your Belly Wrap immediately postpartum, so packing it in your hospital bag is key. Your Belly Wrap will provide much-needed support and aid in your recovery. We recommend continuing to wear it for 6-8 weeks post-delivery.

  • Belly Bandit® C-Section & Postpartum Recovery Undies: Our C-section and Recovery Undies will come to your rescue with targeted compression to help reduce swelling and with silver-infused fibers to help eliminate bacteria and odor.


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