Having had two kids each, we now have a better idea of what to bring and specifically how not to over pack on your special day so you can focus on the most important: welcoming your little baby.
Here is our minimal maternity bag checklist whether you choose to give birth in the hospital or at a birthing center.
The number of items depends on your own situation like the place of birth, the duration of the stay and the type of birth you end up having. We’ve both had very different birthing experiences and this is the list we have come up with that sums up all the essentials you need for you, your partner and baby.
You and your partner:
Comfy and oversized clothes (ideal for comfort and if you choose to breastfeed)
High-rise undies for maximal comfort, especially important in the case of a C-section
Reusable breast pads
Adult diapers or sanitary pads. You can also get reusable ones for these
Slippers and warm socks depending on the season
Snacks so you can get energy back and flowing into your body. We love energy balls and fresh juices for both you and your partner
Insulated water bottle to keep your water nice and cold during labor
Music and speakers to play your chosen playlist or for HypnoBirthing
Books and Ipad in case of a longer stay
Magic bag to help with pain management ( check with your birthing facility if you can easily warm it up)
Your pillows! Not a necessity but we all sleep better with proper pillows
Wet bag for dirty clothes
Breastfeeding support. This can be so important in the beginning of your nursing journey.
change for coffee and snacks machine
notebook and pen to take notes
medical card and hospital card
birth plan and any other papers you may need
essential oils to create a calm oasis, optional but so appreciated.
In your beauty bag:
footed pj’s (1 to 3 months and a couple of newborn and preemie)
bodysuits (1 to 3 months)
hat and slippers depending on the season
newborn diapers, single use or washable
wipes, single use or washable
wet bag for dirty clothes
car seat with proper cover depending on the weather/season
Download our free printable checklist version to ease your packing
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