What do I pack in my maternity bag?

Mimi - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi all, I'm expecting my 1st child due in June & I'm wondering what are the most important things I should pack in my maternity bag? I appreciate all suggestions & great tips from u experience expecting mommies! =)
Thanks,xo.

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Stefie - posted on 03/08/2010

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I had this huge bag packed for the birth of my first DD. I barely tocuhed anything in it, and everything I acutually needed I had to send my DH for.
Here is what I am putting in my bag for my DD due in May
- life savers (yes you can not eat while in labor or drink, but they allow hard candy)
- chap stick (my lips got awful dry in labor)
- change or snacks for my hubby
- hair brush and several hair ties (also if you need a product for your hair for after delivery, to start to feel better)
- tooth brush and tooth paste for me and my hubby
- two clean outfits for me and one for my hubby
- a going home outfit for baby
-- hat, onesie, footie pj, and blanket (car seat should be kept near or in car)
- what to expect the first year type book
- prize for big sister
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Stevie - posted on 03/08/2010

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Panty liners! The long overnight ones with wings. And comfy loose clothing and underwear for yourself, warm socks with grips on the bottom or slippers, flip flops for the shower. What I did was try to go through everything that I will be doing in my head and write down everything I think I'll need/want it will be a very long list! There are lots of websites that have hospital bag lists on them try finding a few different sites and I bet you will see things on the list you wouldn't have thought of but will be really glad to have with you. Also ask any mommy friends you know!

Amy - posted on 03/07/2010

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I am a first time mom and due in June too. But this is the list I am working on from other sites and friends.

Must-Haves:

[ ] Insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one)

[ ] 2-3 pairs of warm, nonskid socks that can get ruined (for walking the halls before and after labor)

[ ] A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause

[ ] 2 maternity bras -- no underwire -- and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection)

[ ] Lip balm (hospitals are very dry)

[ ] Toiletries and personal items -- hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (as if), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)

[ ] Eyeglasses

[ ] Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips -- they’ll probably poke you)

[ ] Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)

[ ] Pen and paper

[ ] Lots of change for the vending machines and non-perishable snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed)

[ ] Cell phone and charger, phone numbers of people to call after birth, prepaid calling card (if your hospital doesn’t allow cell phones)

[ ] Camera, film or extra memory card, battery or charger

[ ] A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner

Take it or leave it:

[ ] Extra pillow (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)

[ ] Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes (or, just wear the clothes you came in… sorry, but they’ll probably still fit)

[ ] Bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one)

[ ] Hairdryer

[ ] Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky)

[ ] A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy and others find gross)

[ ] A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more human)

[ ] Breast pump, if you plan to use one

[ ] Slippers that can get dirty

[ ] Very light reading (think mags and newspapers, not War and Peace)

[ ] Your MP3 (loaded with your favorite tunes, of course)


For Dad
[ ] pj pants
[ ] t-shirt
[ ] tooth brush
[ ] tooth paste
[ ] shaver

Carina - posted on 03/07/2010

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the only other thing i can think of that another moms haven't said would be bring your own comfortable underwear that pads would sit on properly. darker the underwear the better consider you bleed a lot for the first couple of days. hope you have a easy birth

Emma - posted on 03/07/2010

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Pj's (preferably a night dress so they have easy access if they need it,) clothes for baby, warm socks, clothes for you, maternity pads, cotton wool (to clense baby,) something you enjoy i.e a book just incase you're in a little longer than expected, nappies and if you feel comfortable in it a night gown. Good luck

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Sarah - posted on 06/18/2013

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I know its too late to post here,but this is for anyone else browsing through this page. Please carry sleep wears that have nursing facility.I got some night gowns from morph maternity and they had discreet openings for nursing.I would say they were a blessing!And also carry flip flops and toiletries.You will certainly need them.

Erin - posted on 03/08/2010

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I just had my early prenatal class last week and they mentioned swim trunks for dad so he can get into the shower or tub to help support / comfort / rub mom
I'm not sure if this is all hospitals but the RN that was running the course said that most don't like naked daddies around the hospital, lol
I never would have thought of swim trunks for him, but definitely glad i'll be bringing them now!

Mimi - posted on 03/08/2010

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@caitlin: sure sweetie. all the best and update us soon =) i'm so excited 4 u.

Angela - posted on 03/07/2010

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Bring a fan! Especially if you're hot natured anyway like me. During labor and after my c-section it was essential. The hormones made me so hot, I had the ac turned all the way down and still had my little table fan on high. Froze everyone else out that was in the room but I was still sweating. I brought one for my sis-in-law and she was VERY appreciative.

Mimi - posted on 03/07/2010

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Thank you all for the great responds. However since I'm living in Australia, in June its winter so I guess its good that I bring some warm clothing and robe. More suggestions are welcome.

Carolee - posted on 03/07/2010

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Toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deoderant, pregnancy clothes (because you'll still look about 5-6 months prego when you leave), baby's outfit, something to do in case you have a long labor (crossword puzzles, cd's, movies, etc.), back massager thing, snacks for support person/people. I ended up not wearing the jammies I brought because I was uncomfortable wearing them with how much I was bleeding, though.



Other than that, bring whatever your heart desires. I brought a lot of stuff but didn't use it all, but I felt better just knowing that it was there if I did end up wanting to use it. Good luck and congrats!

Belinda - posted on 03/06/2010

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I think everyone is different but I took a couple pairs of jammies and some ballerina slippers , and I had to take my make up..lol.For my go home day I wore a pair of sweats and comfy shirt, but since you are due in june prolly a pair of comfy shorts and tshirt.(whatever is comfortable for you) and for the baby i took a couple outfits and different sizes bc i didnt know which would fit or wouldnt.You might want to take a couple of pacifiers depending if you have a certain kind you want to give your baby.The suckers is a good idea, I didnt think of that.

Krystal - posted on 03/06/2010

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Don't FORGET to grab the suckers because you can not drink anything when in the hospital before baby comes. ICE CHIPS AND SUCKERS worked for me! but a cute outfit to get babies picture in the nursery taken and a robe if you are cold natured like me and some slippers. lol Good luck I wish you and your little family the best!

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