Most expectant mothers pack their labor bag somewhere around 36 weeks. There is no real reason to wait that long if you are anxious or excited, or just trying to be overly cautions.
If you are experiencing preterm labor or are at risk for preterm birth, you should pack your bag around 32 weeks.
When you are packing your bag for the hospital you may not be sure what all to include. Here is a list of some of the common items that new Moms and laboring Moms might like to have when away from home. Check with your health practitioner or the hospital because they may have a list of items you should and should not bring as well.
_____ Birth Plan
_____ Glasses (to change out of contacts)
_____ Chapstick or lip balm
_____ Reading material (magazines, books, etc.)
_____ Picture or focal point
_____ Good luck talisman
_____ Contact Solution
_____ Eye drops
_____ Hair brush
_____ Change of clothing
_____ Shoes and socks
_____ Snacks for you and/or your labor coach
_____ Change for the vending machine, or money for the cafeteria
_____ Nursing bra and breast pads
_____ Car Seat
_____ Baby’s going home outfit and/or outfit for hospital picture
_____ Receiving blanket
_____ Baby socks or booties
_____ Baby hat