The minute you go into labor (or think you're going into labor), chaos ensues. You and your partner are likely to get a little frantic, just like in the movies, so you most definitely want to have a hospital bag packed before the day comes. This precious bag should include all the necessities you may need during your hospital stay before and after you give birth, and you don’t want to overpack or under pack. Here are some essential products OB-GYNs say to pack in your hospital bag. As people who have seen it all, from the way over prepared new parents, to the totally underprepared, they know a thing or two about what people should and should not be including in their overnight tote.
To ensure you don’t end up like the stereotypical disorganized family that you might see in a comedy film or sitcom with a labor and delivery scene, it is probably a good idea to go ahead and pack that hospital bag a couple of weeks before your expected due date. That way, if baby decides to make his or her grand entrance early, you won’t be scrambling or having your partner run home to get stuff together while you’re stuck in the hospital. Plus, they may not know which favorite PJs or the right type of underwear to bring you, which, in the moment, can be a huge offense.