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While most parents start to pack their hospital bags via the pregnancy checklist in the third trimester, they often forget to pack for a c-section! However, we wouldn’t even dare to push it all onto them as it’s common for most checklists to skip a c-section portion.
For this very reason, we at Parenthood Bliss have curated this article that will help you know what to pack in a hospital bag for c-section.
When Must One Start To Pack A C-Section Hospital Bag?
It’s always best when you have a scheduled c-section since you are aware of the date. In such cases, you must be ready by the time you are 36 weeks pregnant as there isn’t any guarantee, either way, the baby could choose to pop early or even late, so mama bears must be prepared!
Pro Tip: Once you have the c-section hospital bag ready, it is ideal to keep it in the car or by the door so it’s ready once it’s go-time!
C-Section Hospital Bag Checklist - What to pack in a hospital bag for c-section?
While packing a hospital bag it is important to be wise, realistic, and chop off the “fancy,” not everyone needs everything!
To help you be more organized and prepared for a c-section, we have curated a list of essentials that you must need along with items that you must pack for your new member and also for the partner to pack.
Are you a person who would rather pack everything in a c-section hospital bag, just in case? Or, are you one who believes in a more minimalist pack-the-basics? No matter where you fall, make use of this packing list as a guide to decide what you will pack in your hospital bag for your C-section. So, let’s get started:
1) What to pack in a hospital bag for c-section. C-Section Hospital Bag?
- Driver’s license and insurance card – Not only as a part of the packing list, but it’s also always a great idea to have these handy.
- A C-section birth plan – Irrespective of it all, you can still have a say in your delivery preferences, even with a C-section.
- Bathrobe – Not that you will not be provided with a bathrobe from the hospital, but it’s always best to pack your own hospital gown. Make sure to pick gowns that are dark and comfortable.
- Cardigan – It’s a good idea to pack an open front cardigan for when there are people visiting, or for when you walk down the halls, to cover and also give privacy at the same time.
- Nursing bras – Supportive nursing bras could be quite a delight as you’d be breastfeeding around the clock in the first few days.
- Nursing pads – These nursing pads are great to help prevent any breast milk leaks.
- Journals and pen – As strange as it might seem, it’s a good practice to maintain and journal and start jotting down the birth story, track the feedings, and have a list of important questions before the doctors come to check on you.
- Post-delivery outfit – Make sure to pack comfortable and loose-fitting clothes to wear while going home after the delivery to prevent any hurt against your incision. Try a loose maxi skirt or loose drawstring pants, they would just perfectly.
- Chapstick or lip balm – When traveling, at home, or even when delivering, chapstick is a lifesaver!
- Toiletries – You name them, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush, headband, hair ties, dry shampoo, wipes, soap, you need it all.
- Cell phone and phone charger – Given this time and a day without cell phones? Not happening, don’t forget to capture all the moments and read all the congratulatory messages!
- Slip-on shoes – Since bending will not be an option, you can expect the nurses to encourage you to walk down the hall and it’s only best with a pair of comfortable slip-on shoes. These will not only help you feel comfortable but are best for swollen feet.
- Flip flops – These, for the shower breaks and toilet runs.
- Magazines – You need more things to entertain yourself other than the cell phone, what better than a couple of magazines.
- Pillow – No it’s not weird. The hospital beds might do fine, but to have your pillow right beside you is the most comfortable pick and the easiest way to get rid of those unique patterns and hospital pillowcases.
- Nursing pillow –Once the baby comes, you’ll need a nursing pillow to help breastfeed the little munchkin, be it in the hospital or when you’re on your way back home in the car.
2) What To Pack For A Baby In A C-Section Hospital Bag?
Not a lot of things, but there are surely a few essentials that you’d need as soon as the baby is ready to go home once you are discharged. Listed below are a few things that you’ll need to include in your bag for baby:
- Baby swaddle – Got your maternity robe? Why not pair it with a baby swaddle? Might not be the ultimate requirement, but it could make the best “first” outfits and is surely the best cutest thing ever, making a perfect frame for a photo!
- Outfit – Make sure to pack a pair or two of the newborn as well as a 0–3 outfit, since you don’t really know how big your baby would be
- Car seat – You don’t want to have your baby in your lap and safety is a must, make sure you have the baby car seat already installed for their first ride!
3) What Should Your Partner Pack In Their C-Section Hospital Bag?
Here’s a list of things your partner must make sure to pack in order to fully support you and your baby during your hospital stay:
- Changes of clothes – You’re going to stay long, which means, you will need to carry a couple of change of clothes
- Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, grooming items, partners, you need them all!
- Snacks and coins for the vending machine – While mom will be provided with some food, dads would need to buy themselves meals.
- Books or magazines – You can’t keep staring at the wall, you’d need some entertainment while you wait.
- Medicines – Make it a point to include over-the-counter medicines as there is a chance for you to get a headache.
- Pillow and blanket – Yes, always carry comfort from home!
Things You Can Avoid Packing In The C-section Hospital Bag!
Listed below is a list of things the new-parents need not worry about packing as the hospital would provide plenty. However, make sure you check with the hospital beforehand to be double sure. Also, make sure you have these stocked at home as you’d need them during the postpartum recovery.
Tips For When You’re Packing A C-Section Hospital Bag
- The hospital rooms are going to be fairly small. Therefore, avoid carrying huge luggage as they might take up most of the space. It’s best to only pack the essential items and leave behind the things you aren’t sure about in the car.
- It’s ok to ask for help. In case you or your partner forgot to pack something that you really wanted, ask your friends or family to get it once they come and visit you and the baby in the hospital!
- Double-check with your doctors about the items you need to pack before you come to the hospital and avoid any confusion and misses.