When should I start preparing my hospital bag?

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The earlier you prepare for hospitalization in preparation for the birth, the less likely you are to panic when the first signs of labor appear. Even if there is still some time before hospitalization, you should make preparations when you are in good physical condition.

In this article, we will introduce what to prepare for an expectant mother who is due to give birth soon, as well as some useful goods to have during labor. Let’s prepare not only goods for the baby but also those necessary for the mother so that she can go into labor with peace of mind!

When should I start preparing? Things to check before preparation

When you find out that you are pregnant, you may be tempted to collect all kinds of goods for the baby. Many expectant mothers may have bought a lot of goods because they could not wait to get them.

However, goods for mothers are also necessary for childbirth. Necessary items, such as waist and pelvic nippers to tighten the pelvis after delivery, should be prepared as soon as possible after the eighth month of pregnancy when you are in good physical condition. In some cases, such as scheduled C-sections and planned deliveries, the date of hospitalization may already be set, but for others, you do not know when you will be hospitalized.

For others, the timing will vary: some will be admitted after labor pains come on, others will be recommended for admission immediately after the checkup, and others will be admitted after their water breaks. It is important to pack your belongings so that you will be ready to be hospitalized at any time.

In some cases, the hospital will provide diapers and underwear for newborns. Please check in advance.

 What to prepare for hospitalization?

Let’s take a look at the necessary goods for mom and baby respectively.

Goods necessary for mothers at the time of hospitalization

  • Maternal and child health notebook
  • Health insurance card
  • Medical examination card
  • Money
  • Bath towels and hand towels
  • Toiletries
  • Cosmetics
  • Slippers
  • Pajamas
  • Pregnancy panties
  • Pregnancy nippers
  • Waist nippers
  • Nursing bras
  • Breastfeeding Pads
  • Postpartum panties

Goods for the baby to be used when leaving the hospital

  • Baby dresses
  • Diapers
  • Diaper covers
  • Underwear and socks
  • Gauze handkerchiefs
  • Child safety seat (in case of a car)

 Useful goods to have during labor

When labor contractions begin, try to relax your mind and body to get through them. The following goods are useful during labor.


You will feel the heat during labor. It is helpful to have something to keep you cool down.

Straw and drink

You will be thirsty during labor, so please drink water as needed. If you have a straw cap for a plastic bottle, you can drink while lying down.

Tennis ball

Pressing a tennis ball against your waist or holding it tightly can help to relieve pressure.


Use a cushion to maintain a comfortable position, or if the pain is severe, hold on to it or tap it to relieve pain.


If you are sensitive to cold, socks can prevent your feet from getting cold.

 Food for contractions

Labor pains are physically exhausting. It is helpful to have bananas, and jelly-like foods to eat quickly while the pain is subsiding.

It is convenient to prepare a small bag with items to be used during labor so that you can carry them around the hospital.


As we have shown in this article, when you are hospitalized, you will need not only items for the baby but also for you. Check what to bring with you as soon as possible to avoid last-minute rushing around. When you enter the last month of pregnancy, you may feel happy that you are finally going to meet your baby, but at the same time, you may feel various anxieties.

At such times, preparing the necessary items for hospitalization as early as possible will help you feel more relaxed and less anxious at the same time. Please start making preparations so that you will be ready to welcome your baby at any time.

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