New Baby, What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag
Having a new baby, what to pack in your hospital bag and car. It is always a very exciting moment when the contractions start, the water breaks, and the soon-to-be parents are making their way to the hospital. Even though this is a joyous moment, it can also be very stressful, especially when the mom has not packed a maternity bag yet.
An expecting mom should pack a hospital bag weeks before the due date. This way she is ready even if the baby decides to come early. She can even pack her things in a nappy bag. There are many stylish baby bags, which can be used for both the mom and her baby. These designer nappy bags even have compartments and pockets just for the mom’s personal possessions, like her wallet and mobile phone.
Packing your first hospital bag can be a confusing. What do you really need, and what can be left at home? The following tips may come in handy.
• For the labor room – These rooms are often cold. Wearing a pair of socks can make you feel more comfortable. You will also need a couple of washcloths for when you start to sweat and a birthing gown if you do not want to wear the one provided by the hospital. These items are not essential as they are provided by the hospital and can be left at home if you are a light packer.
• For the hospital room – It does not matter if you are bringing one of your adorable baby bags, or a basic tot bag, pack a few of your best nightgowns and a robe. You want to look your best, especially if you are expecting visitors. If you feel more comfortable in sweatpants and a T-Shirt, you can pack those too. Just remember that your body will, most likely, not yet be in the same shape as it was before the pregnancy. Also, bring clean underwear and have slippers or comfortable footwear at the hospital. Bring your mobile phone if you want to contact friends and family with the good news.
• General essentials – If you like to wear make-up, pack a small assortment of your favorite products. You can also bring a hairdryer, curling iron, hair pins and clips, as well as other items you need to get ready.
• For the way home – When picking out an outfit for the way home, do not select anything tight. You will not be in shape yet, even if you start exercising right after the baby was born. Moms who are breast feeding should bring a nursing bra in case the baby is hungry on the way home. As we can imagine, not everyone lives 5 minutes away from the hospital. You will also need shoes and a jacket or coat, depending on the weather. You can also bring a couple of extra baby bags for the presents.
• For the baby – Aside from a car seat, you also need clothes and a couple of blankets for your little bundle of joy. Keep a swaddle blanket, diapers and baby care products in one of your nappy bags in case the baby needs to be changed or has trouble sleeping on the way home.
By packing your things in a couple of baby bags in advance, and keeping them either near the front door or in your car, you will always be ready for when your little prince or princess decides to make their grand entrance.
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