What to and what not to pack in a diaper bag for the hospital?
Photo identification card & insurance
One of the most important thing that you need to remember to bring to the hospital is your photo identification card
It helps the hospital to register every time you visit the hospital weather just for regular check-up or delivery. This makes it extremely easy to get a patient's history when needed.
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Prenatal records and medical history record
Next, you must bring your prenatal records
and medical history record
as it helps doctors understand your particular case and situation without wasting any time. Also, it helps in making the proper decision when you are not at the regular hospital during your delivery.
Other than the above-stated items, it's a great idea to bring anything that makes you comfortable and relax
. Here a comprehensive a list of items that you may like to bring in your backpack diaper bag
Many hospitals provide gowns and disposable underwear, pads, slippers, however, we recommend you to carry your own as it's always good to be prepared beforehand.
It's always a good idea to get a bathrobe or front open loose sweatshirt or something similar as sometimes it can get chilly in the hospital.
You should also take a camera phone and or a camera along with the charger to take beautiful one in a lifetime snaps.
Prepare a phone call list beforehand to give them the exciting news after the baby's arrival.
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Music & Books
Music, books, magazines are recommended to pass time as labor might take some time.
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Some moms like to use their own toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, napkin, and towel.
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The labor process takes a lot of energy from you, so to get some energy, bring your snacks and water bottle as hospital canteen's hour may differ.
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The delivery process may be over but you must also be prepared to take the baby home. So refer to the instruction manual properly and install a baby car seat.
Some items that you should not bring to the hospital during labor:
Jewelry - including wedding bands
- Large sums of money
- Some hospitals discourage you to bring diapers, wipes and diaper bags as they provide the necessities there itself. So, you should first consult the hospital before bringing your stuff.
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