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Low-Cost Tips for Packing Your Hospital Bag

The third trimester of pregnancy brings a world of excitement — and about a thousand items for your to-do list. One of the most pressing items is your hospital bag. Most sources recommend having your bag packed and ready to go by 38 weeks — but earlier is always better. After all, babies are notorious for having their own ideas about due dates and schedules, so it’s better for a packed bag to gather dust than to try and throw everything together during the early stages of labor.

As important as the hospital bag is, getting everything ready for it can also get pricey. Here’s how to figure out how to find low-cost indulgences and affordable basics like your My Brest Friend nursing pillow in order to pack a hospital bag that won’t break the bank:

What Clothes To Pack

Although some families only spend a day in the hospital following birth, there’s no way to know for certain how long your hospital stay will be. Packing clothes for the hospital bag is kind of like packing for a vacation you don’t have an itinerary for. However, it’s best to assume you’ll be there for at least a couple of days and pack accordingly. For the baby, three or four onesies will usually do the trick, but do check with your hospital as some actually provide these.

Pajamas and stretchy clothes are the name of the game here — it’s all about comfort. Focus on packing loose-fitting, high-waisted pants to avoid putting pressure on your abdomen following birth. Tops and nightgowns with nursing access are also a must. Shop online for affordable options. Secondhand shops often stock gently-used maternity and nursing gear, as well.

If you plan to have photos taken during or after the birth, odds are you’ll want something nice to wear. You’re going to be physically and mentally exhausted following the birth, and having a little something special on while you document that time can help you focus on the moment with confidence. Search for discounts and coupons at shops like Bloomingdale’s, Target, and Old Navy to find attractive and affordable options.

Supplies You’ll Need

While you’re in the hospital, most of the supplies you’ll need to take care of yourself and your baby (like diapers) will be provided for you. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you should bring from home. For example, you’ll get meals, but you won’t have much access to snacks in between, so it’s wise to bring your own. After all, you’ll be hungry — think, day-after-a-marathon hungry.

It’s also wise to bring any supplies you think you’ll use in your breastfeeding journey. If you wind up needing help from a lactation specialist (which is totally normal), then you’ll be best served by having your own materials there to use. For example, though they may have a nursing pillow to lend you, it’s best if they can teach you how to use the style you’ll have at home so you can carry those skills with you — My Brest Friend’s nursing pillows will be more than up to the task. Not only will this empower you with tools, but it will also save you money. You’re less likely to be tempted to buy the versions of tools you used at the hospital instead of what you already have.

The Bag Itself

It’s tempting to rush out and buy a special duffle bag or piece of luggage just for your hospital bag, but this isn’t necessary. Odds are you already have something that will work just fine. You can use a suitcase, gym bag, diaper bag, etc. You can even spread out your supplies over a couple of bags (although limiting it to two will make things infinitely easier to keep track of).

If you do need to buy a bag, make it budget-friendly by searching for something you can use again later on. For example, a lightweight suitcase will serve you well next time you travel, making it a far wiser investment. This is also a great item to throw on your registry, especially if you can find a full set that will work for your growing family.

The hospital bag can seem like a daunting task, but it’s worth the time and effort. You can’t replace the relief of knowing you’re ready to go once labor starts.

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