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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 oh my, this list is waaayyy too long. i went to the hospital with one bag. your only in the hospital 2 days unless you have complications. so for normal delivery 2 days is no time. i wore hospital gowns the entire time i was there so only needed the one outfit i came home in, i had 3 outfits for baby and hospital provided everything else for baby while i was there. i needed shampoo and conditioner and toothbursh and toothpaste, hairbrush i took a camera, and cell phone, and pocketbook and pen thats about it. i would loose my mind trying to pack everything on that list. November 20, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Great tips! Hard to remember everything esp with pregnancy brain so I love this list :) October 22, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I found this very helpful. As a first time mom I was waffling as to what I should include in my bag. This has given me a really good guideline to follow. October 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I am a first time mom....just delivered a week ago and I'm going to say stick to the basics!!!. I'm going to start my list with an installed car seat, your medical card, id, cash for food,toothbrush,toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash,deodorant, makeup (if it vain enough to care at the time), ! Cell phone, charger,pj for your significant other, comfy bra(wireless),baby outfit (don't forget socks and gloves),going home loose warm outfit for mom and a receiving blanket. October 10, 2014
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