Hospital Bag Checklist: What To Pack In Hospital Bag

The packing of the hospital bag should begin in good time; it is not possible to predict your exact needs for the immanent birth of your baby, but with a little extra time you can add items.  This article lists and explains everything you need to pack in your hospital bag to support your hospital birth.

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Chances are, you’ve spent the past several months dreaming of the day you finally get to meet baby. You’ve stocked up on baby gear, decorated the nursery and maybe even figured out how to correctly install that infant car seat. But don’t forget one of the most important third trimester to-dos: Deciding what to pack in your hospital bag—for baby, you and your partner. So where to start? You don’t want to leave out any essentials, but there’s also no reason to overdo things—which is where The Bump baby hospital bag checklist comes in handy. Read on for when to pack that hospital bag and what to put in it.

WHEN TO PACK A HOSPITAL BAG

They say timing is everything—but when it comes to choosing when to pack your hospital bag, you have a little flexibility.

“If a woman has a high risk pregnancy and her OB feels she may go into labor early—for example, an expectant mom of twins—I’d recommend packing at around 35 weeks,” says Nicole Randazzo-Ahern, medical director of the newborn nursery at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. “In other cases, I’d recommend somewhere between 37 and 38 weeks. This way your basics are there should labor begin early and modifications can always be made if needed.” Of course, if you want to get a jumpstart on things, by all means start earlier—when to pack a hospital bag is up to you! But it’s a good idea not to leave it for later than 38 weeks: You want to have that hospital bag ready to go whenever baby is.

Read more: https://www.thebump.com/a/checklist-packing-a-hospital-bag

 

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