Alright so you have probably been combing lists of what to pack in your hospital bag. It can be a little overwhelming especially if this is your first baby. Don’t you feel like you are going to be moving into the hospital, preparing for every situation you may possibly encounter while you are there? Not going to lie, I had 3 bags and a exercise ball I lugged into Franklin Square labor and delivery. Well, let me rephrase that. My husband lugged in. I was admitted at my 40 week check up for high blood pressure and we didn’t bring anything with us because we were not expecting to not come home from that appointment! That being said, here are a few things I learned, my must haves and my leave at home items when packing your hospital bag
Take the bag
Pack the bag early and take it with you to your appointments. I had mine packed at 36 weeks with a list on top of it of things like phone charger, tooth brush, pillow (things that I couldn’t pack early). That way when it was go time I wouldn’t have to think about what all I needed. Or in hindsight, made it easy for my husband to grab it all alone. I was smooth sailing, not dilated at 40 weeks so I would have never thought I would have needed it with me when I left for that appointment.
Things I wish I packed
Things I packed that I didn’t touch
Also worth mentioning at Franklin Square labor and delivery they had white noise machines. We didn’t know this until our second to last day but each room has a little white box and it plays all kinds of soothing noises. Much better than draining our phone batteries to have it playing. If you are delivering at another hospital I would recommend playing white noise. We still use it today with my son for sleeping.
Like most things in life I would rather be over prepared than under prepared so err on the side of that. And don’t forget to take your bag with you during those last few weeks. You never know what that little baby’s plans are!
Don’t forget if you are doing newborn photography to let me know when you have had your baby! It is a crazy time but the sooner I know the faster I can make time in my schedule to come meet them! I want to be next in line after the family to hear the news and get a picture! Just kidding, but really, send me a picture 😊
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