Going to the hospital to have your baby is an exciting and daunting time, but by planning ahead and being organized for your hospital stay will make it a lot easier and less stressful. Although most hospitals are equipped with everything you and your baby need for the first day or so you’ll be staying, there are a few things you’ll need when leaving to go home, and it will also be more pleasant to have some home comforts with you in the hospital.
Many parents, especially when they’re having their first baby are confused when it comes to packing their bag for hospital, so hopefully, the below list will help you feel more prepared and bring only the things you need so that you’re not having to carry more stuff than needed and giving yourself extra work.
A car seat:
Obviously this won’t be going in your hospital bag itself, but if you’re planning to take your baby home by car, then a car seat is legally required before you can leave with them, so it makes sense to have this purchased in advance and make sure you have it with you on the day you’re leaving and have some practice fitting it correctly.
Depending on where you live and the time of year, the weather be warmer or colder, so if it’s cold outside, then a heavier jacket, snowsuit and a thicker hat would be good to have for your baby to wear. Alternatively, a small cardigan and protective sun hat would be good if your baby is born in the middle of summer or a warmer time of year.
Comfortable clothing for you:
When you’ve just had a baby, the last thing on your mind will be trying to fit into a pair of skinny jeans or high heels – comfort is your first priority here, and there’s no reason you can’t still look stylish. Some loose fitting trousers and a pair of soft sneakers will make all the difference here, so go ahead and treat yourself to some nice new comfortable clothing for your journey home.
Babies want fed when they want fed, and a lot of times this can come without warning, so even if you only live a short distance from the hospital, making sure you have something like a bottle of formula or expressed milk ready to go can make things a lot more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Nappies and wipes:
Just as babies want fed, and will sleep at random times, they like to follow the same pattern for pretty much all bodily functions, so in the event of any unexpected spit ups or required nappy changes, then it’s always a good idea to be prepared with a few extra supplies to avoid a crying baby with a wet or dirty nappy.
When bringing your baby home, it can be tempting to bring more than you need, but really you just need to keep it simple. Babies don’t require too much for the journey home, so as long they’re safe, comfortable and being fed, they are usually pretty happy.