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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 When I gave birth, I had packed everything on this list including a thank you gift such as a box of fine chocolates for the wonderful nurses at the hospital who were there to guide me every step of the delivery. Let's face it, after mom, they do all the work and doc gets the credit! July 28, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Have two under two at home and expecting to have 3 under 3 very soon! With my second I brought corn starch as a baby powder and powered him up! I also brought Vaseline to put on his bum before he had a BM so the merconium didn't stick to his skin. July 23, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Good to know for when you don't know what you need to pack for the hospital. :) July 8, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by too much to think of...for me going to hospital was a suprise call. after an ultra sound taken, dr. asked me to stay for induction. i took nothing with me. At the end, my husband only bought me hairblower, child clothes, sleepers, cellphone, blankets, my changing clothes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and carseat. That's it. May 13, 2014
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