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The Best Hospital Bag Snacks To Pack For Labor

The Best Snacks To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

When you’re packing your hospital bag for the birth of your baby, don’t forget to pack snacks! You’ll be hungry after delivery, and you’ll want something to keep you going, especially during those night feedings.

In this blog post, we will share a list of the best snacks to pack in your hospital bag. We’ll cover both savory and sweet snacks, as well as include some healthy & maybe not so healthy snacks to pack. We’ll also include several snack ideas for dad. Plus, we’ll give you tips on what needs to be refrigerated and the best beverages to pack for labor and postpartum.

So whether you’re a first-time mom or dad, or you just want to be extra prepared this time around, read on for the best snacks to take with you to the hospital!

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The Best Snacks To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

The Best Snacks To Pack In Your Hospital Bag When You’re Having a Baby

One of the most often forgotten items in mom and dad’s hospital bag are the snacks! After delivery, you’ll undoubtedly be hungry, and you may find yourself in a bind if the hospital cafeteria is closed since, well, it’s 2 a.m. Plus, in the days post-delivery you’ll want some snacks to keep you going especially during those late night feedings.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the greatest snacks to include in your hospital bag, in order to hopefully save you and your hungry spouse from the terrible turkey sandwich at the hospital. Although they do taste wonderful when you’re hungry.

Always keep in mind that during active labor, you may not be able to consume everything you want. Discuss this with your medical team before and throughout delivery.

Also, check with your medical providers or the nursing staff during your hospital tour to see if you’ll have a refrigerator in your hospital room. Some hospitals may not have a refrigerator in each individual room, but they may have one that you can store food in in the nurse’s lounge. It’s always preferable to verify ahead of time whether or not you ‘ll have access to a fridge.

Now onto the good stuff! The best snacks to pack in your hospital bag when you’re having a baby!

pregnancy mom packing her hospital bag

Hospital Bag Snacks: Healthy Ideas

1. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

These are a great source of fiber and nutrients, and they’re low in calories. Pack carrots, apples, oranges, grapes, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, or any other fresh fruits or vegetables that you like.

2. Nuts

Almonds, peanuts, cashews, and other nuts are a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They’re also a great snack to have post-delivery when you’re breastfeeding.

3. Energy Bites

Energy bites are a great way to pack in lots of nutrients and energy. They’re also easy to eat, especially if you’re not feeling very hungry after delivery. Make a batch ahead of time and bring them with you to the hospital.

4. Protein Bars

Protein bars are another good source of protein and energy. Choose one that is low in sugar and high in protein.

5. Applesauce

Applesauce is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. It’s also easy to eat and doesn’t have to be refrigerated.

6. Bananas

Bananas are a great source of energy, potassium, and vitamin B-12. They’re also easy to digest and don’t need to be refrigerated.

7. Granola Bars

Granola bars are a good source of fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. They also come in a variety of flavors, so you can find one that you like.

8. Raisins &/or Dates

Raisins and dates are a good source of fiber, potassium, iron, and magnesium. They’re also easy to eat because they don’t have to be refrigerated. Plus, dates are one of the many super foods known to increase breast milk quantity, which is especially important to moms who’d like to breastfeed.

The best snacks to pack in your hospital bag when having a baby

Hospital Bag Snacks: Savory

9. Trail Mix

Trail mix is a great snack to have on hand, especially if you’re breastfeeding. It’s packed with fiber, healthy fats, and protein, and it’s easy to eat on the go.

10. Crackers or Pretzels

Pack some whole grain crackers or pretzels for a quick and easy snack. They’ll give you some energy and help to keep your stomach calm.

11. Popcorn

Popcorn is a healthy snack that’s low in calories and high in fiber. It’s also a great source of antioxidants. Make it at home ahead of time and bring it with you to the hospital.

12. Chomps Beef Sticks

Beef sticks are a good source of protein and healthy fats. They’re also easy to eat on the go.

new mom holding her newborn

Hospital Bag Snacks: Sweet Treats

13. Muffins

Muffins are a great snack to have post-delivery. They’re packed with fiber, carbohydrates, and protein, and they come in a variety of flavors.

14. Cake

Yes, you can bring cake to the hospital! Just make sure it’s a healthy option like carrot cake or zucchini cake. These cakes are packed with vitamins and minerals, plus they’re delicious.

15. Chocolate

Chocolate is a great source of energy, antioxidants, and healthy fats. It’s also easy to eat on the go. Just make sure you pack some dark chocolate or milk chocolate instead of white chocolate (which isn’t as good for you). Pack it in individual servings so you don’t have to worry about it melting.

16. Fruit Snacks

Fruit snacks are a great way to get some vitamins and minerals, especially if you’re not feeling very hungry. They also come in a variety of flavors, so you can find one that you like.

new dad holding baby

Snacks To Pack in the Hospital Bag for Dad

17. Beef Jerkey

Jerkey is a good source of protein and healthy fats. It’s also easy to eat on the go.

18. Instant Oatmeal

Instant oatmeal is a quick and easy snack that’s packed with fiber, carbohydrates, and protein. It’s also a great source of magnesium.

19. Protein Shake

A protein shake is a good way to get some protein and energy after delivery. Just make sure you choose one that is low in sugar and high in protein.

20. Pop Tarts

Pop tarts are an easy snack to pack for dad. They’re packed with carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. They may be just the comfort food that dad will appreciate.

Refrigerated Snacks for the Hospital

21. Hummus

Hummus is a great source of protein and healthy fats. It’s also easy to eat on the go. Just make sure you pack some fresh vegetables or whole grain pita bread to dip in it.

22. Yogurt

Yogurt is a good source of protein, calcium, and probiotics.  Just make sure you pack a small container of yogurt or choose one that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

23. Cheese Sticks

Cheese sticks are a good source of protein, calcium, and healthy fats. They’re also easy to eat on the go.

24. Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are a good source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins. Not only are they tasty, but they’re also simple to consume on the run.

25. Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Uncrustables are an easy and convenient snack to pack for the perfect midnight snack. They’re made with whole grain bread and are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Beverages to Pack for the Hospital When You’re In Labor

26. Water

Water is the best drink for you post-delivery. Make sure you pack a large water bottle that dad can fill with ice and water so you can stay hydrated. You may even want to pack an extra insulated water bottle just for ice. So many moms love to chew on ice to help them stay awake during breastfeeding.

27. Tea

Tea is a great drink for post-delivery. It’s packed with antioxidants and can help to calm your stomach.  Be sure to pack your own insulated mug, and ask the nurses to fill it with hot water when you’re ready to enjoy some tea.

28. Gatorade

Gatorade is a great drink for post-delivery. It’s packed with electrolytes, which will help you feel better if you’re feeling nauseous or dehydrated.

29. Coffee

Coffee is a great drink to have if you need that extra pick me up. It will give you energy and help wake you up if you need it! And don’t worry, it’s perfectly ok to enjoy some caffeine after delivery.

new mom packing hospital bag

FAQ’s About Hospital Bag Snacks

What can I snack on during labor?

Prior to enjoying a snack during labor, speak with your nurse or doctor to get the ok. Sometimes they may ask you to refrain from eating anything heavy, but this is based on your individual situation. So be sure to ask before bringing out all those great snacks you packed.

Some good snacks to have during labor include fruit snacks, trail mix, hard boiled eggs, and yogurt. You may also want to pack a protein shake or energy bar for later in the day. Just make sure you avoid anything that’s high in sugar or artificial flavors.

Can I bring food into the hospital?

Yes! You are allowed to bring food into the hospital. Some hospitals do not allow you to have any food or drink during labor so be sure to check with your nurse or doctor prior to doing so!

What snacks should I pack for my partner?

Your partner is going to need some energy too, especially if they are going to help coach you through delivery. Some good snacks to pack for your partner include fruit snacks, trail mix and beef jerky.

Do I have to bring food from home?

You can bring food from home if you’d like but it’s not necessary as most hospitals have a cafeteria or vending machines where you could purchase something during your stay. You are also welcome to order takeout food from restaurants nearby. Just ask the nurses, they’ll know the best places.

Why should I pack snacks in my hospital bag?

Packing snacks in your hospital bag is a great idea. It’s important to keep your energy levels up during labor and delivery. Snacks are also helpful if you’re feeling nauseous or need something quick when baby gets hungry at two AM! If dad needs an extra boost, he’ll be happy for the food too!

What snacks does the hospital provide?

Some of the snacks that hospitals typically provide include cookies, crackers, fruit cups, and Jello. But again, it’s best to bring your own just in case.

So, those are some of the best snacks to pack in your hospital bag when having a baby! Just make sure you choose healthy options that are easy to eat on the go. And don’t forget to pack an insulated water bottle to help you stay hydrated during labor and delivery. Congratulations, mama!

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