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What's in your birth bag?

Sure, you want to be as prepared as possible for giving birth. But what does that really mean in terms of packing? Well, we have a few bright ideas.
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When prepping for the hospital, some people tend to pack like they're moving to another country. Other people might only bring along their husbands. Either of those extremes is probably not the best idea, so, with that in mind, here are a couple of checklists you might enjoy. Take a look — there might be something we've thought of that could be useful for your big trip.


So — what do you want in your Birth Bag?


The basics: you've probably already thought of these, but...

  • Admission forms/papers
  • Baby name book
  • Camera and/or video camera
  • Film and tapes
  • Cash
  • Phone/phone card
  • Charger for your phone (don't forget this one)
  • Gift for a sibling
  • Health insurance card
  • Pregnancy/birth reference book
  • Birth plan (if you have one)


Additional items to consider for labor:

  • Birth ball
  • Facecloth from home (maybe with a distinct color or pattern, so it doesn't wind up in the hospital laundry)
  • Hot water bottle
  • Lollipops and hard candy (for dry mouth)
  • Lotion and/or powder (for massage)
  • Massage/aromatherapy oils
  • Tennis balls (for back massage)
  • Watch or stopwatch (with a second hand for timing contractions)


Additional items to consider for the comforts of home:

  • Books/magazines
  • Small cooler with drinks and snacks
  • CD/audio player
  • CDs
  • Extra pillow (maybe with a colored pillowcase, so it doesn't get into hospital laundry)


Additional items to consider for your partner:

  • Change of clothes
  • Snacks
  • Reading material


Additional items to consider for after the baby arrives:

  • Address book
  • Baby book
  • Thank you cards/notes
  • Large bag to bring home gifts and hospital supplies
  • Phone number list


Additional items to consider for clothing:

  • Bathrobe
  • Loose, comfortable outfits
  • Nightgown
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Slippers
  • Thick socks
  • Underwear


Additional items to consider for personal care:

  • Barrettes/hairbands (ponytail holder)
  • Body soap
  • Brush/comb
  • Contact lens case/lens supplies
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Eyeshade
  • Facial soap
  • Glasses
  • Lip balm/ChapStick
  • Lotion
  • Makeup/cosmetics
  • Maxi-pads
  • Mouthwash/breath mints
  • Prescription medications you're taking
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste


Additional items to consider for the baby:

  • Approved car seat
  • Diapers for the trip home
  • Going-home outfit
  • Hat/cap
  • Receiving blankets


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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 574reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by And if you already have a toddler who will be visiting at some point, pack a few of his diapers or pull-ups with you. Chances are Dad will be having a hard time holding it together and may leave the diaper bag in the car when he visits. (Yes, this tip is based on personal experience!) August 15, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is good info to know.. 7 weeks left to go!!!! August 5, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This was a way overdone list for me. My hospital only kept me for 48 hours, and would have let me go sooner but I had tested Strep B positive and they had to keep her for 48 hours. So! I barely needed half of this! July 30, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Been looking for a good list. Great article! There's so many other articles out there and you look at it and think to yourself like why the heck would I take that? Some, list make you feel like you're backing for a vacation. I'm super excited! Only 6 weeks left. June 24, 2014
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