We’ve had our bags packed for the past few weeks, so it figures baby is taking its time. We did have two false alarms and having that bag ready to go was certainly a stress relief. This list is by no means exhaustive, but a good starting point when thinking of what to take with you to the hospital, especially if you are gluten free. Several of my mom friends offered suggestions as well.
- Gluten Free toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, moisturizer, cosmetics) – hairbrush, toothbrush, rubber bands
- Comfortable PJs (bring a couple) and a robe or warm sweater
- Socks, slippers and/or flip flops
- Something to relax you during labor – CDs of music, pictures of your other children
- Electronic devices for capturing the moment – iPhone, cameras and accompanying chargers
- Gluten free snacks – check out my gluten free snack blog post. Gluten free granola bars, Crunchmaster multi-grain crisps, and pretzels travel well.
- Phone numbers, Email addresses for contacting family and friends with the big news
- Nursing bra, comfortable sports bra, nipple cream
- Maternity underwear (several pairs) – the mesh undies the hospital gives you are good but you’ll run out quickly
- Yoga pants, tank tops, maternity outfit for going home – yes, you will be a smaller maternity size but don’t expect to wear regular clothes home!An outfit for the baby, including socks, onesie, diaper and hat, baby blanket
Contact Your Hospital About Allergen Free MealsSince you are going to a hospital, you’d think getting any dietary concerns you have addressed would be a given. Just to be safe though, be an advocate for yourself and contact the hospital to ensure you can get gluten free/dairy free or whatever allergen free meal service that you need during your stay. You can indicate that when you register at the hospital, but it’s a good idea to let the staff know once you arrive in labor & delivery as well.