We suggest that you start packing your labor bag (aka hospital bag) at around 34 weeks pregnant. Stock it with everything you think you’ll need at the hospital. That way, as soon as you go into labor, you’re all set. Here’s our list of labor bag necessities…
To wear in the shower at the hospital and also to wear home (your feet may be still be puffy after delivery)
- Hair Tools:
Hair ties, barrettes, a brush and a comb to keep your hair out of your face during labor.
- These Documents:
A few copies of your birth plan, your driver’s license, insurance card, and hospital registration forms.
- Items to sleep in:
A comfy nightgown or PJs; they’re so much more comfortable than staying in the provided hospital gown after delivery. Also, bring a robe for walks, and extra pairs of underwear.
- Footie socks and slippers:
These will keep your feet clean (and warm).
Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, face wash, lip balm, pads, and moisturizer.
- Clothes for you to go home in:
Pick something comfy and loose-fitting that’ll fit your post-delivery body (your belly will still likely be round).
- Music, Movies, Books, and/or Magazines:
These items can help distract and entertain you while waiting for labor (and starting labor!).
- Nursing Items:
Breast pads, lanolin cream, nursing tops, and nursing bras
- Tools to help you relax:
Such as a back massager, white sound machine, soothing music, stress ball, and massage oil. You might consider also making a homemade hot pack to bring along. The hot pack is made by taking a sock and filling it with rice or beans. Warm it up in the hospital’s microwave for great pain relief during active labor.
- Snacks and Candy:
Sugar-free hard candies or lollipops to avoid dry mouth during labor, Also, bring snacks to share.
- Your own pillow:
Hospital pillows are usually stiff and uncomfortable. So, by bringing your own, it may help you relax.
Feel free to print this list out or save it to your smart phone, so you can look at it while you’re shopping for labor bag items.
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