From the time you find out you’re pregnant, you’re inundated with information about what you need for your baby. You’re always hearing about the latest baby gadgets, and what you should put on your registry from friends, relatives, and advertisers. As you come closer to your due date, your thoughts will focus more on bringing your baby into the world. You’ll be making decisions about where you want to have your baby, working through your preferences for the birthing experience, choosing names, and a whole host of other things. Eventually you’ll come to the point of packing your “birth bag”. Your baby’s coming! What are some birth bag must haves? There are some things that you’ll benefit from having on hand before during and after your birth, regardless of where you’re planning to have your baby . Over the years, National Capital Doulas has supported hundreds of clients like you, and we’ve put together a handy cheat sheet to help you out.
If you have them, wheeled suitcases make for great birth bags. We suggest packing two smaller bags rather than one large one. Pack one with items you’ll need during the birth and shortly after, and a second with things you won’t require until after your baby has been born. The second bag and other sundry items (nursing pillow, etc) can be left in your car until needed. There may be items personal to you that aren’t listed above – like medications or perhaps you’ve opted to privately bank your baby’s cord blood so you need to bring the kit. This list will see you through your baby’s birth and the earliest days with some of the commonly used birth bag must haves.