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Mommy Guide: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag (The Things that You Really Need)

The journey to motherhood is an exciting moment for all expecting mommies and for sure you've been dreaming of meeting the baby soon. 

Although most of it is filled with bliss and excitement is can also be a bit stressful at some certain points. Part of the stress is deciding on the most important thing you need to do during the third trimester: what goes into the hospital bag  

Some first-time moms tend to panic and they start bringing their entire universe but don't worry, we will help you organize and pack the necessities. One tip is to start packing about two weeks before your due date to make sure that you're ready for your baby's big arrival. 
Here are some suggestions on what to bring with you. 

Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one)

If you're a bit uncomfortable wearing open-back hospital gowns, feel free to bring your own robe, t-shirt, shorts or slippers. Also, if you plan on breastfeeding, loose shirts and a nursing bra are a must.

Since you'll be spending at least 2 nights at the hospital, it would be better if you have things to help freshen you up but we do recommend bringing the travel-sized ones because they take up less space.

You want to document your time there (probably not during labor) so you can remember it later.

Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity sizes, and flat shoes.

Just like you, your birth partner will also be spending at least 2 nights at the hospital, so better bring their comfy clothes and personal items to freshen up.

You don't want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you. If they bring some snacks and drinks with them, they can stay with you, rather than leaving the room to search for food.

Of course, your birth partner is going through this with you and will want to document this wonderful moment.

Bring at least 3 onesies or sleep-suits and vests. We recommend bringing  3-month sized clothes if you’re not sure how big baby will be. You also need to bring a pair of socks or booties and a hat.

Although hospitals are very warm, your baby may need a blanket if it's chilly outside when you leave.

We recommend muslin squares for mopping up any milk your baby brings up (possetting).

Newborns poo each time they feed.

Some hospitals won't let you leave by car without one.

You can use this to keep those small, memorable items like the baby anklet ID and bassinet name tag, for safekeeping. Some hospitals also send you home with extra diapers, wipes, and other baby products.