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When Should You Pack The Hospital Bag? (Hint: Before Your Third Trimester – Here’s What To Include)

How soon is too soon to start packing your hospital bag?

If you’re already in your 3rd trimester… you should have your bag packed already!


It’s important to pack your hospital bag early and tuck it away in the car for each doctor’s appointment, and in case of an emergency (or early delivery).

It’s called PEACE OF MIND.

Having that bag packed and in the trunk of your car is such a comfort.

No matter where you go, you’ll have what you need — just in case.

This is not to scare you. Early labors are not common, especially in first pregnancies.

However, you could be at a routine OB exam when the doctor decides to admit you for bedrest, or she sees danger signs that mean an immediate C-section is necessary. You just never know.

If you haven’t settled on the perfect going-away outfit for baby, that’s okay.  Just pack the essential products you will need (and skip these non-essential items).  Visitors can bring you anything else that you need.

You’re worried about packing your toothbrush and other toiletries so early?

Buy extra ones. Or better yet, buy a travel-size toiletries kit — with shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and new toothbrush.  You’ll be glad you did!


Here are some of the best hospital bag packing lists I’ve seen:hospital-bag-for-new-mom

A tip for the thrifty: Ask your hospital what they provide for babies and mothers, and take those items off your list. Source

If you don’t already have a diaper bag selected, this is a good excuse to buy one you love.

Fill the diaper bag with baby’s essentials, and then use an airline carry-on bag for Mom.

Here are some tips for prepping a hospital bag for Dad.