Packing Your Push Pack (aka Hospital Bag) Checklist
Hooray Hooray, your newborn baby is on the way! You’ve probably heard of a Push Present, but before a Push Present, we want to make sure you’ve packed the best Push Pack (aka. Hospital bag). We are here to help when you’re starting to nest and then ready to organize your Push Pack for your big “Labor Day”.
Read on for what we would suggest you put in your Push Pack. We do recommend packing your Push Pack between 37 and 38 weeks to both ensure you’re ready and to also have your favorite current things at your fingertips. Congratulations in advance; you are about to be a new mom, and a supermom at that!
- Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms andbirth plan (if you have one)
- Cell phone and charger
- Hair tie and hairbrush
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, lip balm
- Loose, lightweight sleepwear and clothing (after baby is born, you’ll still feel pregnant, so keep it comfy!)
- A go-home outfit for your newborn – the cutest!
- Two pairs of warm, nonskid socks (for walking or dancing the Labor & Delivery halls before and after labor)
- Twonursing bras and nursing pads so you are ready to breastfeed* your newborn
- Nipple balm – we recommend getting an organic option.
*Most new moms set out to breastfeed their newborns, and we salute you, mamas! You can read about the many benefits of breastfeeding to both mom and baby here.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants are exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding while introducing complementary foods for at least 1 year.
As experts in breastfeeding, we’d like to suggest that you start off your breastfeeding journey on the right foot (or right boob) with comfortable and functional nursing bras. Simple Wishes is here to help with our many product options made for the go-getting mama. Simple Wishes is run by a team of entrepreneurial sisters. As moms, we understand the tremendous benefits of breastfeeding and also appreciate the challenges. We've been there. Our mission is to alleviate some of those challenges and empower moms to continue providing the wonderful nutrition of breastmilk to their baby.
- A warm robe or sweater, slippers
- Portable speaker and charger
- Non-perishable snacks (if you’re like me and like to have your favorites with you)
- Breast pump – our sister company Pumping Essentials is a great resource for breast pumps, insurance and more. If you happen to stay in the hospital longer than expected and need help getting your milk to come in, sometimes a breast pump is helpful. You could just keep it in your car in case you need it.
- Comfortable clothes for your trip home like yoga pants, sweats, comfortable shoes.
Now that your Push Pack is organized, you may have a whole new slew of questions occupying your mind. We’ve put together some common questions new parents have below and have provided links to answers to help ease your mind a bit. Just remember, all new parents go into this blindly and flooded with questions. You’re not alone and you’ve got this!
What’s on your mind?
- How do I know if contractions are Braxton Hicks?
- What’s the skinny on getting an epidural?
- How can I prepare to be a good parent?
- Will my baby be born with blue eyes? Will blue eyes stay blue?
- Will my child be tall?
- When can I hope my baby will sleep through the night?
- How do I know if my baby is teething?
- How do I take a pacifier away?
- Will I ever stop worrying about my child?
- When will my baby hit those milestones like crawling, smiling, etc.
Packing your Push Pack (and everything else) is so exciting. We’ve got you, mama and know you’ll be great!
Happy “Labor Day” to you,
The Simple Wishes mama crew