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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 Thanks for the list. There are definitely some added things that will be going on my list. It is always good to be prepared! March 11, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by i see fewer items than i was expecting but i am really dont understand why i would need tennis balls March 3, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by ITs also a really good idea to just bring travel sized things of toiletires and your own robe to feel more at home. I actualled packed a HUGE hospital bag and honestly I barely used anything out of it. February 5, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by It's a good article. You definitely can't go wrong with what's on the list. My advice is keep your bag in the car. For baby number two My contractions sped up while I was grocery shopping and my husband forgot to bring a camera, my toothbrush and contact solution. My biggest items if you don't have much time: toothbrush, paste, floss, contact solution, make up, face wash, a change of clothes, nursing bra (night time one stretchy) and a camera (for when hubby shows up right before baby comes. Music, movies would be nice but once baby comes I'd rather look at her than watch a movie. Or just sleep bc unless your mom is coming to your house no one will really understand how much help you need at home.. January 24, 2015
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