Are you all packed up and ready for the big arrival? Your baby might make an appearance a little earlier than expected, so it’s worth having your bags ready during the eight month of your pregnancy and this checklist will hopefully help you be prepared.
In the next few weeks I will cover different checklists for you to be prepared for your babies arrival and a stay at the hospital. Once all the bags are packed make sure you keep them handy, either leaving them in the car or placing them near the front door.
Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom
- Paperwork – Have copies of your medical records handy, so that your doctors can easily review your medical history and any other documents you might need.
- Your Birth plan – Of course this one is optional and just if you have a birth pan. You might have discussed your birth plan with your doctor or midwife, but having a few copies printed and available for four the big day could help answer any questions arise.
- Comfortable Robe – A comfortable robe will be useful should you be pacing around the hospital and afterwards.
- Slippers – Slippers are the easiest to get on while walking around the hospital.
- Flip Flops – Another great idea is to pack some Flip Flops for the shower.
- Lip balm – Your lips might get dry during labour and keeping them hydrated will help keeping you comfortable. My favourite is this one (I am not affiliated, just really like this one).
- Body lotion – Your skin might get dry during your hospital stay and you can also use it for massages during labour.
- Spray bottle – You might get hot during labour and it is nice to get a refreshing spritz. I recommend something like these bottles for the dual purpose of refreshing spritz and water bottle in one.
- Favourite pillow – If yo are anything like me I have my favourite pillow and bring it everywhere. Of course you will be receiving a pillow at the hospital, but it might just not be as comfortable as yours and trying to be as comfortable as possible is our goal.
- Entertainment – You might be at the hospital for a while so make sure you are prepared for hours of entertainment. Pack some magazines, books a tablet with your favourite shows and movies or your favourite music.
- Eye mask and earplugs – The hospital is usually very busy and to get the rest you will need make sure to pack some ear plugs and eye mask to help you drown out the craziness of the maternity ward. You will need some well deserved sleep after you welcome your new baby!
If you have any other suggestions to add please contact me to add your suggestions to this checklist! Looking forward to hearing from you!
I am a Maternity and Newborn Photographer based in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.