I’ll be honest — I was so excited about my birth, I think that I started packing my birth bag around 30 weeks — maybe even earlier. I carefully planned out everything that I could ever possibly need, what nursing bra I would labor in, sleep in, and wear during my stay in the mother baby unit. Every time I thought of something new that might be useful, I would run to Target or order it on Amazon and add it to my bag.
You probably don’t need to pack your bag at 30 weeks, and you probably don’t need nearly as many things as I packed, but it is a good idea to have it packed at least a few weeks before your due date just in case you go into labor early. Most likely, you’ll have plenty of time in early labor to pack everything if you really need to, but if you’re like me, I was too nervous and excited once labor started and I know I would have forgotten a lot.
Earlier this week, I posted a survey on my Facebook and Instagram to find out what others forgot, or deemed important, in their hospital bags. Between their responses, and the things I have found to be helpful through my own birth and my experience as a photographer, here’s a list of things (outside of the basic necessities like your clothes and toiletries) that you may want to include in your bag!Read More