You're nesting like crazy. You're days, weeks or maybe months away from meeting your new babe. You absolutely need another project to prep before the little guys arrival: time to pack a go bag for the hospital.
Okay... wait, what the fork do I pack in my go bag? Am I only supposed to have one bag for myself, my partner and my baby? Do I have one bag for each of us? What is enough? What is too much?
Mama, let me help you. First, I'll break down the essentials, then get to the good-to-haves and some bonus items to consider. Finally, I'll discuss some items to skip. Let's get packing!
The essentials of a go bag are all about items that will get you through a several day stay at a hospital for your baby's birth. Consider your essentials to be personal care items and clothing.
Wait, that's it, that's all that is considered an essential? Yeah! Hospitals are supplied with many other essential items for your birth, postpartum and even for your babe, so if you're running out the door and packing a two minute go bag, just make sure you grab these items.
Now, the idea of the bare essentials isn't super appealing to most. There are several additional items that help make your stay in a hospital during your birth feel more at home and comfortable.
You'll have a wealth of supplies at your hospital as you transition to your postpartum room. This includes all of your postpartum care supplies, including peri bottles, pads and mesh underwear. Most hospitals also have amenities like a hair dryer, lotion and socks. Your baby will also be taken care of with hats, diapers, wipes and swaddles.
There are little touches that can help elevate your birth experience. Some of the items may seem pointless to you, while others seem like a perfect fit. My suggestions are called add-ons for a reason: they help make your experience perfect for you, but not every items is the right fit for your family.
As I mentioned earlier, how many bags do you actually need? Well, there is no perfect answer because the right one is however many you pack. I do have a couple items you could safely ditch to help lighten your partner's three trips to the car.