- Nightgowns – You’ll need something comfortable to sleep in during your hospital stay, and a soft, loose nightgown is a good option. Choose a front-opening style if you plan to breastfeed.
- Maternity pads or adult diapers – The hospital will provide some of these, but you may want to pack a few extra. It’s normal to bleed a lot after the birth, and maternity pads are softer and more absorbent than standard pads.
- Underwear – Pack several pairs of comfortable underwear that are large enough to wear over heavy-duty maternity pads.
- Bras – Be prepared with a few nursing bras.
- Toiletries – Hairbrush, comb, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, hair clips, and hair ties.
- Cosmetics and skin care products – If makeup is part of your usual routine, then don’t forget your cosmetics. Plus, make sure you pack some moisturizer, as your skin may feel drier than usual.
- Glasses and contact lenses – It may seem obvious, but sometimes it’s these little things that can escape your attention when packing your hospital bag. Don’t forget contact lens solution and a lens case if you use contact lenses.
- Phone and charger – Unless you opt for a little digital detox during this special time, don’t forget your phone and charger.
- Clothes – Aside from your nightgown, you might choose to take some comfortable clothes to wear during your hospital stay. Pack an extra outfit to wear home. Choose something loose-fitting.
- Robe – A robe is great to have and quick to put on to walk around the hospital or cozy up in if it is cooler.
- Snacks and drinks – Consider packing some of your favourite snacks or some comfort food during your hospital stay.
If you have any additions to this list please email me and I will make sure to add them!
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