Labor Day: Hospital Essentials
You're having a baby! How wonderful! As the due date approaches, you'll want to pack your hospital bag so it's ready to go when you are. Deciding what to pack can be a daunting task. Here's a list of items that new moms have said were a godsend to them during labor.
Unless you like the look of a hospital gown, bring something of your own to wear. Pack a comfortable robe and nightgown with front closures. The nightgown should be an old one since it will probably get soiled. Also bring along slippers or flip-flops for walking hospital corridors and warm socks to keep your feet cozy. Pack fresh pajamas, a nightgown with a front opening, or lounge pants and tee to wear after delivery.
Music, Movies, And Magazines
Bring something to lift your mood during the frequently long hours of labor. Pack your laptop or smartphone to entertain you and your partner with your favorite music and movies (don't forget the charger). If you're not plugged into the digital age, bring along a supply of magazines you've been meaning to read. If reading is your favorite pastime, pack a couple of paperbacks or your e-reader. Just make sure it's something light, like a breezy beach book, not a war story.
The drugstore item moms-to-be value most is lip balm. Hospitals tend to have exceptionally dry air, and all that panting you'll be doing won't help. Bring lip balm. Also, bring a soothing lotion that your partner can use to massage you with and you can apply to hands and feet later. Don't forget your toothbrush, paste, shampoo, conditioner, contact lens case, and solution. If you have long hair, you'll want something to hold your hair off your face, such as a headband or ponytail holder.
These are moments you'll want to remember forever. Pack a camera for your partner to record the labor, the birth (if the hospital allows it), and the first few moments of your newborn's life. Bring along the baby book for writing down your thoughts as labor progresses. You can also ask the hospital staff to stamp it with your baby's footprints and handprints with the leftover ink from doing the official ones. Baby's visitors can sign their names in the book.
Sugar-Free Hard Candy
While in labor, many hospitals won't allow you to eat or drink. The exceptions are hard candy and ice chips to suck on. Pack a stash of sugarless candy (no sugar; it will make you thirsty) to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you choose mints, they'll also freshen your breath. Also pack some of your favorite snacks, such as fresh or dried fruit, energy bars, or cheese and crackers for after delivery. Hospitals tend to feed patients at regular intervals, and you'll probably get hungry in between.
With a little planning and preparation, your labor and delivery should go smoothly. And don't worry if you forget something. You can often find it at the hospital gift shop.
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