The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist for First-Time Mamas

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Hey there, first-time mamas-to-be! As your due date draws near, it's time to start thinking about your hospital bag checklist. From essentials for mom to must-haves for baby, we've got you covered with the ultimate hospital bag checklist.

Plus, we haven't forgotten about dad, coz guess what this is your dad hospital bag checklist too! Whether you're preparing for a natural birth or a C-section, we'll help you pack everything you need to feel prepared and supported during this special journey. Let's dive into the hospital bag essentials and make sure you're ready for the big day!

Here are the essential things that you'll need :

1. For Mom

  • Comfortable pajamas or nightgowns
  • Nursing bras and breastfeeding pads
  • Loose, comfortable clothing for going home
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
  • Hair ties or headbands
  • Lip balm and moisturizer
  • Nursing pillow
  • Snacks and drinks for labor
  • Important documents (ID, insurance information, birth plan)

2. For Dad

  • Change of clothes
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Phone charger
  • Camera or smartphone for photos and videos
  • Entertainment (books, magazines, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • List of important phone numbers
  • Comfortable shoes

3. For Baby

  • Onesies or sleepers
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Hats and socks
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Baby lotion and diaper cream
  • Car seat (installed in the car)
  • Going-home outfit
  • Pacifiers (if you plan to use them)
  • Baby nail clippers or mittens to prevent scratching

4. Recovery Items

  • Extra-absorbent pads or disposable underwear
  • Perineal spray or cooling pads
  • Pain relief medication (as recommended by your doctor)
  • Nursing pads and nipple cream
  • Stool softeners
  • Comfortable pillows for breastfeeding support

5. For First Baby Hospital Photo Props

  • Milestone cards or signs
  • Special blanket or swaddle for photos
  • Cute hat or headband
  • Baby's first outfit for photos
  • Props for themed photos (if desired)

6. Other Personal Items

  • Phone and charger
  • Snacks and drinks for after labor
  • Entertainment (books, movies, etc.)
  • Comfort items (favorite pillow, blanket, etc.)
  • Notebook and pen for jotting down notes or thoughts
  • Change of clothes for going home

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There you have it! Remember, every mama's hospital bag will look a little different, so feel free to customize this checklist to suit your own needs and preferences. The most important thing is to make sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable, supported, and ready to welcome your little one into the world. Happy packing, mama!

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The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist for First-Time Mamas

5 Pregnancy Books That Every Mom-To-Be Should Read

5 pregnancy book moms should read

Hey Mama-to-Be!

Today, I'm dishing out the deets on the 5 pregnancy books that every bump-bearing goddess needs on her nightstand.

What to Expect When You're Expecting

by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

This one's like the mother of all pregnancy books , a total classic! It's your A-Z guide on the wild ride of pregnancy, with all the nitty-gritty on your body's changes and what's up with your growing little bean each week.

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

by Genevieve Howland

Calling all my natural mamas! If you're all about that holistic life, this gem is packed with crunchy goodness for your journey to motherhood.

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know

by Emily Oster

Buckle up, lovelies, because this book is about to flip the script on all the traditional pregnancy advice you've heard. It's all about getting the real deal with facts and figures so you can call the shots for your pregnancy.

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

by Jenny McCarthy

When you need a break from all the serious stuff, Jenny's got your back. She's serving up the LOLs with a side of real-talk about the messy, hilarious side of baby-baking.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

by Ina May Gaskin

And for a dose of birthing inspo, who better than the queen of midwives, Ina May? Dive into beautiful birth stories and pro tips on keeping things natural in the delivery room.

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There you have it, mamas! Whether you're looking for advice, laughs, or some good old-fashioned wisdom, these reads have got you covered. So curl up with a cup and start flipping those pages!

Got any faves that I missed? Spill the beans in the comments! 👇✨

5 pregnancy's books that mom to be should read