Monday, March 23, 2009

Packing your hospital bag-

Just got a great tip from another Doula about Packing your bag for the hospital-


Ask you hubby or partner to do it. Lay out everything you want to take on the bed, and have your support person pack the actual bag. YOU are going to be too busy to be rooting around in the bag for what you want, so HE will need to know where to find it! The best way for that to happen, is for him (or her) to pack the bag.

Pack more than one bag- pack one for labor, one for postpartum, one for baby, one for support person.

Things to pack:

  • Birth Plan
  • lip balm
  • pillow cases (the smell of home)
  • toilet paper (hospital parer is scratchy!)
  • tooth paste and tooth brush
  • hair brush , and ties or clips
  • warm socks or slippers
  • rice sock
  • glasses or contacts and supplies
  • books or videos
  • music and player
  • snacks
  • juice, Popsicles
  • money for incidentals (soda, cafeteria)

Partner's Bag
  • Birth Plan
  • Cellphone and Charger
  • Camera and Charger
  • clean clothes
  • swim suit (in case she wants you in the shower or tub)
  • toiletries
  • books
  • Contact list for after the baby is born

Mom's Postpartum Bag

  • cosmetics and toiletries
  • robe
  • nightgown
  • nursing bras
  • underwear
  • going home clothes
  • breastfeeding video or books
  • cell phone and charger
Baby's Bag

  • clothes for baby
  • Baby Blanket
  • baby sling
  • Diapers

Car seat

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