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After going through 9 months of labor, the last thing a pregnant woman wants to worry about is if she has packed the proper necessities to help her make it through the big day. Of course you don’t want to pack too much, but you also don’t want to pack too little either. Here a few things you should remember to pack in your hospital pregnancy bag.

Toiletries
Aside from the toiletries you would normally pack for an overnight trip such as deodorant, lotion, body wash and shampoo;  you might want to consider including items like hair ties, lip balm, absorbent pads, and extra underwear.

Attire
Depending on how your labor and delivery goes you might be at the hospital for at least three days or more, so be sure to pack a comfy nightgown, robe, and warm socks (hospital floors tend to be cold). Don’t forget to pack a nursing bra or two! Make sure they are comfortable enough to sleep in.

Music
Whether is classical, Jazz, Hip hop, or country music, playing the song that soothes you the most can be very helpful with changing your mood and providing a relaxing vibe in your room. So, be sure to pack your ipod, tablet, or a bluetooth device will allow you to play music.

Camera
Giving birth is one of the most beautiful, life-changing experiences one could ever have. Many families ask that a professional birth photographer be in the room or they have a family member record the experience for them. Whichever you choose be sure to pack your phone, camcorder or another video recording device, and chargers.

Tools for relaxation
It’s a well-known fact that relaxing during pregnancy is no easy task. Try using massage oils or lotions, stress balls, or a much needed back massager.

Going-Home Outfit
Not just a going home outfit for you and your labor partner, you’ll also need to pack an outfit for the newest member of your growing family- your baby. Your baby’s going home outfit does not have to be anything too elaborate or complicated. Keep it simple and pack the following items:

  • Bodysuits (4 to 6)
  • T-shirts (4 to 6)
  • Long pants (2 to 4 pairs)
  • Gowns (2)
  • Sleep Sacks (1 to 2)
  • Caps (1 to 2)
  • Socks or booties (4 to 6 pairs)

Wash any and all of the clothes you purchase for your baby before your baby’s arrival.