6 Things You Didn't Know You Need in Your Hospital Bag

6 Things You Didn't Know You Need in Your Hospital Bag

June 10, 2016

6 Things You Didn't Know You Need in Your Hospital Bag

6 Things You Didn't Know You Need in Your Hospital Bag
6 Things You Didn't Know You Need in Your Hospital Bag

You’ve got the basics covered. From comfortable pj’s and toiletries to your phone charger, camera, and birth plan, your bag is packed with all the hospital stay essentials.

Here are a few items you may not have thought of that will be useful in labor:

  1. Electrolyte beverages. An easy option is Gatorade, but if you don’t like all the sugar and artificial ingredients, opt for coconut water or SmartWater. There are also some great recipes online for electrolyte beverages if you want to go that route. Pro tip: make sure to try them ahead of time! In the throes of labor is not the time to realize you hate the flavor of the drinks you made.
  2. Snacks for you and your partner. You both will need snack food and something to drink during labor. Aim for easy to eat snacks that are high in protein like trail mix, granola bars, or dried fruit. Also, make sure to pack reusable water bottles so that you don’t have to rely on the tiny styrofoam cups at the hospital. The CamelBak Eddy is one of our favorites because there are no lids to unscrew and no tipping involved. Pro tip: pack dollar bills in your hospital bag so your partner can quickly get food from the vending machine.
  3. A bathing suit. Do you plan on laboring in the hospital shower or bathtub at all? You’ll be happy you brought a bikini top. Pro tip: if you don’t want to labor in your beloved swimsuit, a dark colored sports bra or bralette will also do the trick. We love these black bras from Free People and Lululemon. Don’t forget about your partner–if they are interested in potentially climbing in the tub with you, you’ll want to remember a swimsuit for them too.
  4. Cute socks and a pretty robe. You will be spending a lot of time in a very unflattering hospital gown so you might as well accessorize with some fun socks. Our favorite brand is Woven Pear. While you’re at it, grab a pretty robe that you can wear after delivery. These Plum Pretty Sugar robes make us weak in the knees! One of our BabyList users said “A nice robe is a hospital must-have. It’s so awkward when people come to visit and you have a giant pad in your pj pants and nursing pads in your top. It was nice to be covered up in something cute.”
  5. Your own pillow and a blanket. It is the little things that will make you feel more comfortable in the hospital. Bringing your pillow from home and maybe a favorite light blanket will make the (potentially several day) stay in a hospital bed just a little bit better.
  6. A playlist. Creating a labor playlist on Spotify can be really fun. Include upbeat songs that make you want to turn up the volume and dance. Add songs that are emotional and meaningful. You’ll want an array of mellow and high-energy tunes. Pro tip: make sure to download it so it is available offline in case the hospital wifi is spotty.
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