At 8 months pregnant, you’re close to giving birth and this is when you want to organize. Small details such as getting the night bag together for the hospital or birth centre will leave you feeling much more relaxed when the time comes. Anytime after eight months, you could go into labor — so pack two small bags in preparation.
One bag should contain all you need during labor while the other should have items for after giving birth. Considerations such as what you may need in the car as you drive to the hospital should also be taken. A towel you can dispose of later (along with a garbage bag) may prevent a major mess you’ll have to clean up later. A lot of advice has been given about what you should bring but the one unanimous items was disposable underpants.
What to Pack for Giving Birth
Driver’s license or other picture ID, insurance card and any other necessary hospital paperwork
Birth plan if applicable (if you’ve decided to communicate what you expect/prefer)
Glasses if you wear them (instead of your contact lenses)
Your own bathrobe, slippers, pillow and some music that relaxes you
A picture or personal items (for reassurance)
What Your Partner or Labor Coach Should Pack
A means to capture your giving birth, either a camera or video camera.
Snacks and entertainment (book, personal device)
Money for parking or change for vending machines
A bathing suit (in the event you want to take a shower or bath during labor)
A pair of fresh pajamas
Cell phone (to call family and friends about the news)
Favorite healthy snacks that give you energy
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, a brush, hair band or barrettes
Breast pads (to absorb leaks)
Your own book on newborn care
A journal with a pen (in order to track anything important — such as information from nurses or doctors, memories of the baby’s first moments, etc.)
An outfit to wear for the way home
Essentials to Pack for Your Baby
A pre-installed car seat. It should be rear facing and installed long beforehand. Make sure you and your partner know how to buckle the baby in properly.
An outfit for your baby to go home in. It should be a full baby suit with feet; otherwise, ensure you have booties and a soft cap if it’s a cool day.
A receiving blanket. The hospital will provide you a blanket but you may want to bring your own.
Baby nail clippers or an emery board
Things You Should NOT Bring
Valuables or excessive cash
Jewelry (Keep yourself as basic as possible.)
Any medications or vitamins you’ve been taking (unless the doctor feels it’s necessary during your stay)
Diapers (They’re not necessary as they are provided at the hospital)
A breast pump (Again, not necessary as the hospital provides this)
When moms were asked what essential items they brought for giving birth, some mentioned bringing a “baby book”. While the hospital takes the footprints of your baby for the birth certificate, they can use the ink to make a print in your book. Nipple cream is one thing you’re going to need to start using on day one of breastfeeding. Wear flipflops you won’t mind throwing away, some women said they didn’t have faith in the cleanliness of the floors. It’s essential that you’re comfortable because when the baby decides to come out isn’t really in your hands (unless you’ve scheduled a c-section, of course). If you’ve chosen to have a natural birth, you should prepare for days in the hospital.
Your time will be much more relaxed and enjoyable if you’ve got everything you and the baby need for the big event.
Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.
Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.
The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.
Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.
“Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
“As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
“One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
“Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
“You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
“Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
“There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
“Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
“There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
“I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
“Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
“I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
“Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
“For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
“A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
“You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
“I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”—JK Rowling
“Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
“I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
“A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
“Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
“Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles
Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.
They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”
If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!