What should you pack for the hospital?
Packing your hospital bag a little is always a good idea. You never know when will go into labor and once contractions begin, making sure your hospital bag has everything you need will be a feat of its own. Once, done, keep the bag by the front door. While you may feel tempted to pack everything under the sun, you should try to pack only the essentials for labor, delivery, and the trip home.
Here are hospital essentials for you and baby:
Stopwatch or watch with a second hand for contractions
Playlist with calming music
Cell phone, extra battery, charger (!), external battery
Lollipops for dry mouth
Hair bands or scrunchies
Stress ball or balloon filled with sand
Money for vending machines and cafeteria
Full coverage panties – one size too large
Large maternity nightgown
Personal items for dad
Hat for baby –if applicable
Stocked baby bag