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Preparations and Packing a Bag: Cleaning it out and packing it up to get ready for your new arrival.
Have you found yourself suddenly determined to take every item out of your kitchen cabinets so that you can clean and disinfect all surfaces? Or, possibly you have been organizing and re-organizing your closets, trying to make space to put away all those clothes you can't fit into anyways? This sudden urge to clean and perfect things is part of the nesting instinct. Your maternal drive tells you that baby needs a nice, clean home to return to, and you feel powerless to resist.
If you are starting to feel this drive to prepare things, it is a great time to pack up a hospital bag. Try not to get carried away with what you bring. Some packing lists have you ready to move in for the long haul. You will only be there for a few days, and much of what you need will be supplied by the hospital. What should you bring?
- Insurance info and identification
- Hair ties
- Any props you plan to use during labor (photos/birthing ball/etc.)
- Socks and a comfortable nursing bra for under your gown
- You can easily wear the hospital gowns, which provide access for nursing and for the nurses to check your healing. If you want to bring your own, consider whether or not you will have easy access for nursing. You also want to think about whether or not it will be comfortable to wear over a c-section incision, or if it will allow easy access for the nurses to check your vaginal area after a delivery.
- The hospital will have disposable undies and pads. If you want a specific brand, you should bring your own. You won't be able to use tampons for at least six weeks after giving birth.
- Nursing pillow
- Laptop/telephone/whatever you need to spread the good news!
- Clothes to wear home (You can wear what you arrived in – it'll still fit!)
- The hospital generally provides shirts, diapers, and hats for baby while they are there.
- Knit caps
- Car seat
- Blanket, depending on the weather outside