You're expecting a sweet little baby to join your family! You've found a care provider, decided where you would like to give birth and you may have even hired a doula to help guide you through this memorable journey into parenthood.
But what's next? Nesting, packing and waiting for baby to arrive.
"What should I pack in my birth bag"?
I have been working with growing families for over 2 years and in that time I have seen under packing and over packing, the type of packing that easily leaves a hospital room cluttered. I believe in this case, less is more. The hospital has all the necessities to get you through your stay should you forget something at home. However, you want to be comfortable during labor, birth, and postpartum.
Here are some ideas to help ensure you are comfortable during such an exciting time!
What the hospital provides.
Did you know the hospital has quite a few items to help you through your stay?
The hospital I'm familiar with has the following items although you may have to ask for some of them. One thing to keep in mind is having unnecessary laundry when you return home.
Packing for you and your partner.
Below is a list of items that are often necessary to get you through the few days you are in the hospital. Note that some of the items the hospital provides will be generic. If you have preference to scent or brand you may want to consider packing your preferred items.
Packing for baby.
Although babies are very dependent of their parents, the first few days they can get by with very few items. The hospital has the necessities to get baby through your hospital stay, but again personal preference will be a deciding factor on how you pack for their stay. Again I'd like to point out less is more.
When talking with expecting families the top items on their list of must haves were:
I wish you all the best in the packing of your birth bag. Remember less is more!
Congratulations to you and your growing family!
This list has been compiled using the opinion of myself and numerous others through blogs, discussions, and surveys. Note that every birth experience is different and this list was made to help you through the initial 2 or 3 day hospital stay.
If you would like to add your experiences or favorite items please comment below!
Samantha Martin is a professional doula and childbirth educator from Big Lake, MN. She comes from a loving family and is the oldest of six children. Although she has yet to start a family of her how she very much enjoys guiding expectant families through they're journey into parenthood.