What You Actually Need in Your Hospital Bag For Labor and Delivery Check List
For some of us giving birth during a pandemic is a brand-new experience and we want to be prepared. I had the privilege of giving birth to my daughter during the pandemic and it was a fairly smooth process.
I am now detailing to you mommies out there who are soon preparing for delivery what you will actually need in your hospital bag now that I have experienced first-hand what I needed and did not need.
Be sure to check out my video for more information related to my experience and to know why I said certain things are optional or required.
My best advice is to also check the hospital you are staying at for information related directly to your stay.
Check your hospital for COVID protocols such as if your partner can go in and out of the hospital, whether or not you need a COVID test, and if masks are required to be worn during delivery and around personnel.
Here is a checklist with the essentials:
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__Face cleanser, lotion, toner
__Hair ties and headbands
__Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, mouth wash
__Chapstick, light makeup
__Nipple cream (Breastfeeding hurts!)
__Button up pajamas during stay (optional)
__Slippers, flip flops for the shower
__Socks (Hospital socks may be too big)
__Going home outfit- loose fitted
__Clothes for 2-3 days
__Small cooler (optional, communal fridge)
__Tripod- (If you plan to record)
__Nursing pillow (optional, but super convenient!)
__Going home outfit
__Picture outfit, picture accessories
__Mittens, hats, socks, receiving blankets
__Optional pacifier with clip, bottle, bottled water, and formula for the road (just in case)
__Manual pump (optional, long trip?)
__License, insurance card, payment for the birth certificate (May require a check)
__Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes
What's Normally Provided
(You may need extras for at home)
Mesh underwear- loose fitting
Perineal irrigation bottle
Electronic pump during stay- Check with the hospital
Blankets, hat, diapers, wipes during stay
Baby clothes, pacifier, formula (esp. if NICU baby)