The days leading up to the birth of a baby are indescribably exciting. The joyful anticipation of knowing you’re about to meet the newest love of your life, however, is often accompanied by sky-high levels of stress. Not knowing when the big moment could come adds another layer of anxiety, which is why so many moms want to be prepared and packed for anything. You know you’ll need things like your phone, charger, slippers, and a robe when you head off to the hospital. But having some hospital bag essentials you wouldn’t think to pack ready to go for your delivery can mean less worries when the time comes.
The last few months of my pregnancy fell right around the holidays, which is a chaotic time even when you aren’t ready to pop. So even though I had a long list running in my head of things I needed to do to get ready for my baby’s arrival, I couldn’t always find the time to do them. One morning in late December, I woke up with a feeling that I absolutely had to get my hospital bag packed. After a long trip to Target that afternoon, I was ready to go — and none too soon, because I went into labor the very next day.
Having a bag stuffed with everything I needed made getting to the hospital — and getting through my stay — a lot easier. But there were quite a few things I wish I had thought to pack that would’ve been a big help. Here are nine things I wish I had taken with me, and that you’ll want to stash in your bag too.