If you are a first-time mom, then thinking about your experience during labor and delivery might be overwhelming. One of the best things you can do to reduce stress is to focus on what you can control, which includes your hospital bag. But are you wondering what to pack in a hospital guide? I’ve got a comprehensive but minimalist list for you to make sure your stay in the hospital with your new baby is as comfortable as can be.
What to Pack in a Hospital Bag: A Guide for Expecting Moms
When to pack your hospital bag
You can pack the stuff for the baby at any point. Then keep a list of what else you will need to pack for yourself when the time comes.
The truth is, if you start to go into labor at home, you won’t be rushing to the hospital right away. Getting the last few things in the bag is a great way to kill time while you’re waiting for contractions to get closer together. But having the list ready so you don’t have to think about it is helpful, because when the time comes, you’ll have a lot of other things on your mind!
Another thing to consider is if you end up going straight to the hospital after a doctor’s appointment. This happened with one of my children and my husband had to pack my bag for me. He was very thankful that I already had a list ready!
What to pack in a hospital bag for you
Here’s what you’ll want to pack for yourself, for before, during, and after labor.
- Photo ID and insurance card
- Any regular medications
- Nursing pillow (whether nursing or formula feeding!)
- Comfy clothes for the hospital and to wear home
- Nursing bras and tanks (if breastfeeding)
- Zip up sweater or hoodie (to allow for lots of skin to skin contact)
Have you tried Banza pasta made from chickpeas? It’s a big hit at our house!
Head over to Publix where you can get Banza Chickpea Pasta for only 34¢ right now with an eCoupon and Ibotta.
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I hope you can join me this coming Monday Night for our weekly Q&A.
We are going to cover a favorite topic for everyone, how to save money with mobile apps.
Apps are one of my favorite ways to save money on groceries (especially on produce) and on dining out. See which apps are my favorite and how to use them Monday night.
I don’t think I know a kid who doesn’t love to make glittery, love-filled Valentine cards. It’s a fun way for them to show the people around them that they care and get to be creative at the same time.
Here are some great ideas to get their hands busy and help them spread some love and cheer. Consider making a few extra and dropping them off at local assisted living facilities, or even hospitals!
DIY Valentines Kid Crafts
All you need is an empty toilet paper roll, some paint, paper and a willing baby. I found the idea for Toilet Paper Roll Heart Stamps from Prudent Baby and it’s such an easy craft!
Tip: After you shop the tube, tape it at the peaks of the heart so it will stay when your little Picasso starts stamping away.
Sign Language Cards
For the older kids try a Sign Language Valentine’s card from My Kids Guide. Your kids can trace their hands, cut them out and glue down two fingers to make the sign for “I love you.” They can glue their hand print on a card and write anything they want in the card.
Marshmallow Valentine Pops
How about edible art? Get the kids busy making a fun treat that is super easy. Crystal & Co. shares all the details, you’ll only need a bag of marshmallows, white chocolate and sprinkles!
Make a little note to attach to the stick or you can just keep them at home as little treats. Either way, these look delicious and fun to make!
This doesn’t need much explanation, the real question is how much you want to put into it. Grab paper and let them color the hearts, cut them out of felt… you just need paper scissors and some string.
Heart Sun Catchers
Follow this easy guide and then glue to their hearts content! You’ll need construction paper, tissue paper and some watered down glue. Save the supplies and make some for every holiday.
I have some extra ideas that you’ll want to check out over on our Valentine Craft Pinterest board. You’ll find some finger painting, heart garland made out of paint chips, crystal hearts and more.