If you're having a hospital birth, there are items you need for sure, but also some that will just take...
If you're having a hospital birth, there are items you need for sure, but also some that will just take up space in your bag. A nice nightgown - it'll be thrashed. Wear something you don't care about, or plan on wearing a hospital gown. Diapers - the hospital will provide them during your stay. If you really want to use cloth diapers, wait until you arrive home, because what in tarnation are you going to do with all those messy diapers. A book or two to read - here's the deal, not to make labor and newborn care sound bad, but it's no vacation. If you go to the hospital late enough (read after labor starts) you won't have time to read, write birth announcements, jot down stuff in your baby book, or play cards. You won't; trust me. Leave anything time consuming at all, at home. Maxi pads - like diapers, the hospital will provide them. Better yet, they'll provide super big, catch everything pads. Not so attractive, but perfect for after birth. Bling - leave all the jewelry you love best at home. If you need emergency medial procedures they could try and take it. I have this ring that I've worn for years. It's not expensive, but it means a lot to me. I had a complicated labor and they tried to take it from me, saying, "It could get in the way." I think I did something like scream bloody murder and threaten death to anyone who got near my ring, but you might not feel so violent, and hospital security is not perfect, so leave jewelry at home. Your pre-pregnancy clothing - unless you feel like crying in front of hospital strangers, don't even go there.

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