is what your insides look like at the end of your third trimester (40
Courtesy of BabyCenter Partners
Childbirth (research and pick one that matches your birth
- Baby Safety and CPR
- Baby Basics
- Daddy Boot Camp
- Sibling Class
. . . Classes like these are available at most hospitals
Tip – Make sure to schedule your hospital tour if it is not included with a class you are taking!
Tips for the 3rd Trimester
1. Take a practice drive to the hospital before the big day. Don't put this off. . . babies can come early.
2. Have your bag packed for the hospital, your wife has enough to worry about.
3. Know the plan on the big day so you can handle doctors, families...etc.
Instead of wearing the ugly gapping hospital gown, check these out ($24-$42).
What to Pack
for the Hospital
May we suggest packing all of your bags
by week 36, sometimes these little guys come early!
For Mom. . .
1. Nightgowns/Pajamas – We recommend wearing the hospital gown they provide the day you give birth, but by the second day when you are walking down the hall and having visitors you might want something a little more you. Make sure it opens in the front easily though for breastfeeding. You don’t want to pull a gown up all the way. If you are having a C-section keep that in mind; you don’t want an elastic waistband anywhere near your tummy. Two sets should do it.
2. Slippers or socks – if you are walking down the hall you will want something.
3. Bathrobe – also good for walking down the halls, unless your pjs cover you really well. Use your judgment here.
4. Nursing bra, pads and tops – this will make your life easier and the bra gives good support.
5. Underwear – You might want to wear the mesh ugly undies the hospital provides. Chances are they will get ruined. If you would like just to be covered (no pun intended) take a couple pair of comfy maternity undies. You may or may not use them.
6. Sanitary napkins – You might want to take some monster size ones of your own, but if you don’t the hospital will provide you with plenty. Make sure you have them in stock for your return home. You will need plenty. (Take any extras from the hospital)
7. Toiletries – It is not a hotel; go ahead and buy a travel size version of your shampoo, body wash or soap, conditioner, toothpaste and a toothbrush. Pack an extra brush. You shouldn’t need towels (plus you may not want to use yours anyway.) Take some lip balm also… if you are in labor a long time you may need it.
8. Cell phone and charger! Try not to forget in all the excitement.
9. Video camera, camera, extra memory cards or batteries.
For Baby. . .
1. Going home outfit – Take a look at the weather! Your kiddo will need a little hat if it is chilly, but the hospital will give you one, but if you want one that goes with the outfit take that too.
2. Diaper bag – you really don’t need to pack a lot of diapers and wipes, the hospital will have them, but it is a great way to take the stuff they give you home. TAKE THE BULB SYRINGE WITH YOU!! The hospital ones are the best and you can’t buy them.
3. Car seat – you are not getting baby home without one and sometimes the hospital will have someone available to check to make sure you have installed the seat correctly.
4. Receiving blanket – you might want to take one, but the hospital will give some. Babies love to be swaddled.
A Few Extras. . .
1. Snacks – for after baby or there will be a vending machine if you would rather do that
2. iPod or other music device – labor can be very long
4. Baby journal
5. Cosmetics – hey, there are a lot of pictures being taken!
Things To Do For Yourself Pre-Baby
Get a pedicure
2. Finish that book
3. Get your hair done
4. Go on a date with your hub
5. Have a Girls' Night
Make sure to pre register at the hospital to save time (you will still need to take your ID and insurance card with you, just in case).
Go to the Parents Guide to Cord Blood website for all the information.