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Pre-Hospital Checklist

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You’ve got so much to keep straight at this point in your pregnancy, it’s probably getting overwhelming. With your due date creeping closer and the reality of labor sinking in, here’s a few things you might need help remembering to get done before you’re heading to the hospital.

1 – Pack your hospital bag. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll think you have all the time in the world and then suddenly you’re rushing off and nothings packed. Help yourself out a little and have your bag packed and ready to go before you think you might need it.

2 – Call your insurance. Find out specifically what is and isn’t covered by your plan. Some plans only cover a percentage of costs or some other fine print requirements you might miss. Calling your insurance ahead of time to understand the specifics of your plan can prevent any surprises down the road. 

3 – Think of the pets. If you already have some furry, feathery, or fishy children, make sure they’re taken care of – before and after you welcome your newborn into the world. Make sure they’ll still get the attention and love they need, especially while you’re at the hospital – find a friend or family member to check-in and care for your animal friend. 

4 – Take a recharge day. Soon you’re going to be so busy you won’t know up from down, so take a day to do you – relaxing and recharging. Whether it’s shopping and get a pedicure or spending the afternoon reading that true crime novel you’ve been trying to get through, give yourself a chill day before it’s all baby, all the time. 

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5 – Sort through the stuff. You’ve had your baby shower and received so many hand-me-downs and gifts that you don’t know what to do with it all. Sitting down and sorting through what you do and don’t have before you need it will prevent you realizing somehow you don’t have a stroller for your newborn as you’re leaving for your first walk around the neighborhood. 

6 – Install your car seat early. You’re going to need an infant seat installed in your car to leave the hospital. If you install the seat early enough you can get it verified by a CPST so you can drive in confidence that your little one is as safe as possible. Correct installation helps safety technology, like Air Protect and G-Cell, properly protect your child. If you’re struggling with a Maxi-Cosi product, we can FaceTime to help!

Check out our hospital bag essentials if you're currently planning on bringing two full suitcases with you to the hospital!