The Only 14 Things You Need in Your Hospital Bag When You’re Having a Baby
The ultimate delivery room checklist
OMG, you’re in labor. But you’re feeling cool as a cucumber thanks to your 47-pound hospital bag…said no one, ever.Good news: You really only need to pack 14 things. Plus, there are perks to paring down. (Namely, the fact that when you leave, you’ll have your hands full with a real live baby.)
A PHONE CHARGER
The one that plugs into the wall or the portable kind. And consider it a given that your hospital room will have only one working outlet that you and your baby daddy will fight over.
SOCKS AND SLIPPERS
Hospital floors are cold, man. Not to mention, the complimentary slippers they give out pretty much suck.
A lightweight robe or nightgown
It’ll make you feel like a human being and help you avoid any indecent exposure when you’re traipsing up and down the hallways trying to induce labor. (For the record, a dark color is best.)
Bring a few pairs of these. Because no matter how delivery goes down, you’re going to need something roomy.
Vanity Fair ($7)
Labor can last anywhere from 12 hours (fingers crossed) to 28 (bless your heart). Might as well pass the time crushing the latest season of The Good Wife or listening to Mozart on Spotify.
A few must-haves to include: A toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair ties, shampoo, conditioner, a hairbrush, contact solution, your glasses, lip balm, face wipes, etc. (Mascara is optional but only 'cause it makes you feel more like yourself.)
Le Sportsac ($40)
SNACKS (OR DOLLAR BILLS FOR THE VENDING MACHINE)
God forbid the hospital cafeteria is closed after you give birth.
A WATER BOTTLE
You’re going to be parched, and for some reason all the cups they provide you with are seemingly designed for toddlers.
Sure, you’re iPhone is great, but this is your kid’s first goddamn day of life. Go a little high-res.
GIFTS FOR THE NURSES
Gummy bears, a box of chocolates, homemade cookies--they just brought your baby into the world. Shower them with delicious (food-only) love.
A CUTE NEW BABY OUTFIT
Because, double duh.