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Labor bag checklist

Labor bag checklist

A well stocked labor bag doesn’t have to be huge but there are some basic items that most mom will want to have.  Here’s a handy list to help moms-to-be pack well without a lot of overkill.  I recommend packing your bag a month ahead of your due date and stashing it somewhere easily accessible.  This will help you be ready quickly when that much anticipated day arrives!

Labor Bag Checklist:

  • Insurance card, picture ID and any hospital paperwork
  • Your birth plan (give this to the doctor, nurse or midwife assisting your birth so they know what you want from your labor and can better support you)
  • A couple changes of clothes for both you and your partner (Think comfy clothes for the hospital and a decent outfit to wear home.  I recommend v neck shirts because they’re easy to nurse in.  Also don’t expect to immediately fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes.  I was shocked by how big your belly stays the first few days!  Choose outfits that fit when you were about 6 months pregnant.)
  • Comfortable pajamas
  • Maternity bra and breast pads (If you’re a first time mom your milk may not come in until you leave the hospital, mine came early and I was happy to have pads to prevent a wet shirt!)
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush, hair bands, chapstick and lotion (hospitals are notoriously dry!)
  • Contact case, solution, eyeglasses
  • Hard candy and snacks, some cash for the cafeteria/vending machines (midwives and some doctors are starting to encourage women to snack lightly during labor to keep their energy up.  I personally didn’t want anything to do with food but I was glad we brought stuff for Marshall to eat and to snack on afterwards instead of gross hospital food)
  • Clear fluids such as gatorade, juice or coconut water
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera
  • Outfit for baby (Choose your outfit based on the season.  Cotton onesies are great in warm weather, hats and fleece sleepers are good for the cold)
  • Infant car seat, installed in car
  • Optional but nice:
    • Underwear and long menstrual pads with wings (hospitals actually provide both of these but they’re HUGE.  If you want something more comfortable, bring your own)
    • Extra toiletries like shampoo and conditioner (hospitals usually provide these too but bring your own if you want a particular product)
    • Entertainment/distraction of some sort – book, smutty magazines, pen and paper, crossword puzzles, cards, etc.
    • Feel good items – music, pillow, photos, baby book

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