Your challenge: After months of preparation, classes and daydreaming, the moment you’re getting ready to leave for the hospital to meet your baby can still feel a bit frantic. (It’s really time!) But while you’re in labor, the last thing you want to do is scramble around the house to pack that hospital bag.
The solution: Aim to have the majority of your hospital bag checklist items packed long before you think you’ll need it. That way it will be ready to go when it is finally go-time—and you can enjoy the benefits of your preparation when you are cozied up with your newborn baby in the hospital before long.
Comfortable clothes for you: It takes about 40 weeks to grow a baby—and it will take a while for your body to feel quite back to where it was before pregnancy. (Many moms report feeling like they appear to be six months pregnant for the first few weeks postpartum.) During this transitional time, the name of the game for your wardrobe is “comfort.” Pack those loose, black yoga pants, a cozy robe and nursing tanks for when you’re ready to ditch the standard-issue hospital robe.
A cute outfit for baby’s homecoming: Meanwhile, it’s baby’s turn to shine! One of the fun ways to pass the time during pregnancy is to track down the cutest, most perfect outfit for your baby to wear on the way home from the hospital. Even if it’s just for the purpose of dressing them, taking some pictures and driving home—something sweet for your baby to wear is worth adding to the hospital bag.
Support for breastfeeding: While you’re hunkered up in the hospital with baby, it’s a good opportunity to kick off breastfeeding on the right foot. (Especially since many hospitals have lactation consultants ready and willing to help.) Rather than rely on a clunky arrangement of pillows to support baby, bring along a breastfeeding pillow to help you both get properly situated.
Items to make you feel human: They don’t call it labor for nothing! After this major workout, it’s nice to take a good shower, do a little bit of skin care and maybe even dry your hair. As hard as it can be to tear yourself away from gazing as your new (perfect) baby, you’ll be thankful you took the time to clean up.
Pro tip: Postpartum undies provided by most hospital are all-but legendary—so there’s no shame in sticking to those stylish mesh versions during your hospital stay.
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