What Do I pack for my Labor Bag?
Personally, I think this was one of the most exciting parts of getting ready for the arrival of my baby. It reminds me of getting ready for the first day of school. I remember scrolling through the mom’s groups on Facebook looking for ideas and tip pack in my bag. Like I wanted to make sure I had everything I needed without looking like I was moving in the Hospital.
Your typical labor bag should be somewhat like a carry- on bag that you bring on the airplane. A gym bag would also be a great one.
Couple change of clothes for mom. I say atleast four different outfits just to be safe. Comfortable clothes though. Like maybe leggings with stretchable waste band and tops that are breastfeeding friendly for the breastfeeding mom. A robe that you will feel comfortable wearing after shower and for nursing in.
Bring Panties and nursing bras. Might not want to bring thongs or the small cute panties but the kind of underwear that will be breathable, cotton, in other words granny panties. You will thank me later.
Pads. With the wings. Overnight heavy flow is the best kind. The hospital or birth center should already have their own mesh underwear and oversized pads. But, when the bleeding get lighter you might want to wear something that don’t make you look like your wearing adult diapers.
Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, tooth brush, body wash, moisturizer, makeup, face towels/ drying towels, comb, brush, hair holders, and deodorant.
Nursing Pillow is great. Makes feeding baby so much more comfortable.
Snacks and water; Hospital food may not be delicious to you and may not be enough especially after a long labor. I cannot stress this enough. You do not want to hungry AND sleep deprived. A quick healthy snack will come in handy when hunger strikes. And the hospital should bring you ice cold water pitcher but be sure to make sure you have the kind of water you like coconut water.
Outfits for the baby and newborn diapers. The hospital will supply newborn diapers while you are there but if you are brand specific or choose to cloth diaper bring your own.
Chapstick, lip gloss. Lips gets so dry during labor that it can be annoying not having anything for it.
Cell phone, charger and wallet.