Full disclosure: my hospital bag had very little impact on my birth experience. In fact, I‘m even tempted to say it made no difference at all, but since there’s a good chance I’m not remembering certain details (childbirth is distracting), I could be forgetting a crucial moment with socks or lip balm or something. That said, while it’s certainly not the only indicator, or even a very scientific one, there are some key things hospital bags say about your parenting.
For example, I was wooed during the tour I took of my hospital’s birthing wing, essentially awe-struck by that the rooms that had TVs and DVD players. So, I packed some movies in my hospital bag. I mean, I worked up until my 39th week of pregnancy, so the thought of having a few extra hours to catch up on TV before my son arrived was downright luxurious. However, as you may have guessed, at no point did I watch any TV, and never did the DVDs I optimistically packed come out of the bag.
Of course, every mom and every birth experience is different, so I have zero doubt that there are other moms who’ve used those TVs and used them well, just like there are other moms who’ve surely enjoyed a little more use out of their hospital bag than I did. I imagine underlying factors — such as the type of birth experience, the length of the labor, and the duration of the hospital stay — can all influence a great deal. However, regardless of how it’s used, the contents of a hospital bag can tell us quite a bit about one’s parenting, including but not limited to: