Here's what I've packed for my labor and after for my birth/hospital bag.
What I packed for myself
Birth plan. print a few copies
Toiletries Don’t forget this!
toothbrush and toothpaste
extra hair ties
Comfy clothes that have easy access for breastfeeding after delivery have my nursing tank and nursing bra with loose pants like joggers or lightweight sleep pants.
Gown for birthing (no hospital gown for me)
If you plan on laboring in the water at any point, pack a dark-colored sports bra or a bathing suit top.
Crocs flip-flops for going home - I'm using the same ones I have for my shower shoes. Also, remember you wore shoes there...lol
Electrolyte drinks, like Gatorade or coconut water
Long cell phone charging cord to reach your bed
Nipple cream if you plan on breastfeeding
Washcloth and bath towels
Also, have your breast pump in the car just in case
Pads for after (because the hospital one are so huge)
Underwear to secure pad or you can use the whites that the hospital gives you
Portable Bluetooth speaker and Spotify playlist.
Going home outfit
A going-home outfit: I recommend packing two different outfits in different sizes (newborn or 0-3 months fit) because you don’t know how big or small your baby will be! Also, hats and/or socks, if weather appropriate.
Have your pediatrician’s contact information in case nurses or doctors request it
Bottles and formula (your preferred brand instead of what hospital gives you) if that's what you plan on doing.
Do not bring diapers or wipes! The hospital has all the diapers and wipes you’ll need.
IF YOU’RE BRINGING OLDER KIDS
Change of clothes
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