New Moms’ Hospital Bag Essentials: What to Pack for a Smooth Deliver. Recommendations from your Charlotte Maternity Photographer

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Becoming a new mom is an exciting and transformative experience, and preparing for the arrival of your little one includes getting your hospital bag ready. Packing the right items can make your hospital stay more comfortable and stress-free. This comprehensive guide will help you ensure that you have everything you need in your hospital bag for the big day.

  1. Important Documents: Before you pack anything else, make sure to gather and organize essential documents. Having these documents readily available will help streamline the admission process.
  • Photo ID
  • Health insurance information
  • Pre-registration forms (if required)
  • Birth plan (if you have one)
  • Any necessary hospital paperwork
  1. Comfortable Clothing: Comfort is key during your hospital stay. Pack the following items is recommended
  • A comfortable robe or nightgown – Opt for something that opens in the front for easy breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact.
  • Flip Flops, Slippers or non-slip socks – Hospitals can be chilly, so these will keep your feet cozy and clean.
  • A going-home outfit – Choose something loose and comfortable for your trip home.
  1. Toiletries: It’s important to feel refreshed during and after labor. You will love that first shower afterwards! Pack a toiletry bag with items such as the ones listed below.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Shampoo and conditioner.
  • Body wash or soap.
  • Hair ties or clips.
  • Face wash.
  • Deodorant.
  • Lip balm.
  • Contact lenses or glasses (if you wear them)
  • Remember to pack a towel and washcloth if you prefer your own to the hospital’s.
  1. Nursing Supplies: If you plan to breastfeed, consider packing the following:
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pump (if you have one)
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Nursing cover or Cute Nursing Robe (if desired)
  1. Electronics and Entertainment: Labor can be long, so bring items to keep yourself occupied and connected
  • Smartphone and charger
  • Tablet or e-reader
  • Headphones
  • Camera (if you want to capture special moments)
  1. Snacks and Drinks: You might not have access to the hospital cafeteria around the clock, so pack some snacks and drinks to keep your energy up.
  • Nutritious snacks like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit
  • Protein Drinks
  • Sports drinks or electrolyte drinks.
  • A reusable water bottle
  1. Comfort Items: For a little extra comfort, consider packing the following:
  • Your own pillow
  • Blanket or throw
  • A small fan for personal comfort
  1. Baby Essentials: Don’t forget the baby! Pack items for your newborn:
  • Coming home outfit for baby
  • Hat (always great to keep baby warm)
  • Outfit for pictures in case you choose to hire a photographer for Fresh 48 pictures or utilize the hospital’s photographer.
  • Baby blanket for going home for the car seat.
  • Car Seat – Make sure to install it in your car before heading to the hospital.
  1. Miscellaneous Items: Other helpful items to consider packing
  • Pillow for you and your partner or support person.
  • Change for vending machines.
  • Your partner’s essentials and an extra set of clothes.
  1. Important Contacts: Make sure you have a list of important contacts your doctor’s number, your partner’s number, and family and friends you may want to notify.

In conclusion, preparing your hospital bag for your new arrival is an essential step in ensuring a smooth and comfortable delivery experience. With this comprehensive list, you’ll have everything you need to feel prepared and relaxed during your hospital stay. Don’t forget to pack your bag well in advance of your due date, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re fully prepared for the big day.

Congratulations on your upcoming journey into motherhood!

Don’t forget to book your maternity session too!! If you are pregnant reach out to schedule your maternity pictures when you hit your second trimester. The ideal time to shoot is 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. Fill out our contact form and let’s chat more.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

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