Preparing for labor? Don't forget to pack your hospital bag! Packing for labor and delivery is a lot like packing to go on a big trip to a place you've never been before: you don't really know what you need until you get there. Still, with a little help from some been-there, done-that parents, you'll at least get the basics into your bag. With this in mind, I’ve put together a Hospital Bag Checklist for expecting moms. It looks something like this:
How to Use Your Hospital Bag Checklist
- When you are in the middle of your 3rd trimester (or before that if you are getting antsy) print off the Hospital Bag Checklist
- Pack what you won’t need in the next few weeks
- Lay the list on top of the bag
- When you go into labor, run through it right before you leave and make sure you’ve packed everything on the list. By doing this you can feel assured you haven’t forgotten anything at home that you’ll really be needing!