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Are you looking for hospital snacks to pack in your bag? Here are the best hospital snacks for labor.
When I was packing my hospital bag, I failed to plan hospital snacks. While packing at home, I thought of everything else I would need. Comfy clothes, slippers, a blanket, and no hospital snacks. Big mistake! You may be advised not to eat before labor, like me, depending on how you deliver. I was induced so I could not eat the day I delivered. However you deliver, there will come a time in your hospital stay when you wish you had a snack. Dad can have snacks at any point while anxiously awaiting to meet your little darling.
I remember having my daughter at 9:46 PM and it felt like a lifetime later that our late-night dinner was delivered. I was so starving I could have definitely used a snack to hold me over.
Since we are talking about hospital snacks, you are ALSO going to need a water bottle. The hospital will provide you with water, but it is really nice to have a water bottle of your own that will remind you of your daily water intake. THIS will without a doubt help keep you on track.
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Best Hospital Snacks
These snacks are for both Mama and Dad to enjoy at the hospital. Some hospitals instruct moms not to eat leading up to labor. I was induced and my nurses told me not to eat during the induction process.
We failed to bring snacks to the hospital with us. I felt so sorry for my poor husband during this long process. He slept in a very uncomfortable chair and was without a snack. I think any of these snacks would have made him just a little more comfortable.
After giving birth, you will be so hungry! Active labor is a huge workout and you are going to want to eat afterward. Once my baby girl arrived I was RAVENOUS. We ordered food but I desperately wanted something to hold me over.
Plus, you may have to stay at the hospital for quite a bit postpartum. Sure the hospital gives you meals, but snacks are a must. Quite honestly, hospital food is okay and not so filling. Hospital snacks are a bonus. Likely, your hospital won’t feed Dad meals. So snacks should always be handy.
Learn from me and do not forget to pack hospital snacks!
1. Trail Mix
Trail Mix is a great and easy hospital snack. It includes all the best ingredients: raisins, nuts, and M&M’s. You can’t have trail mix without some chocolate! This is the perfect snack if you are craving something salty or something sweet.
If you are feeling up to it, you can even prepare your own trail mix. These hospital snacks are a MUST!
2. Granola Bars
Granola Bars are always good to have around. They are a staple in our house. Their packaging makes it so easy to take with you on the go. Making this a perfect hospital snack.
3. Peanut Butter Crackers
Having a protein hospital snack is essential. You probably already know and love these peanut butter crackers. There is nothing better than peanut butter crackers.
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4. Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is another great hospital snack. You’ll definitely appreciate these banana chips.
Of course, you could also go with dried mango, dried papaya, dried pineapple, you name it.
5. Honey Sticks Pretzels
I am obsessed with pretzels. These honey sticks make the perfect hospital snack. Plus, they are already packaged for you. I love easy. You’ll EAT UP these hospital snacks.
6. Protein Bars
Yum! These protein bars are birthday cake flavored. Treat yourself to a protein bar that tastes like a dessert!
I am a massive fan of these crackers! Throw these in a ziplock bag (or bring the whole box) and they are ready for you to enjoy this delicious hospital snack. The flavor of these crackers is to die for.
8. Nut Butter
Nut butter is great because it is nutritious, delicious, and filling if you need a quick fix. You can smear this on some fruit or crackers. I love nut butter on apple slices with a little sprinkle of cinnamon. YUM!
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Larabars are so good. They often include dried fruit. This variety pack will keep you AND Dad happy!
10. Fresh Fruit
You could also bring fresh fruit with you. Some great fruit ideas are apple slices and bananas. Bananas are a great food to eat for energy. Fresh fruit is a great healthy snack.
Okay, so this one is not a healthy choice. I put this one on the list for the dads and the hungry mamas post-labor. Husbands and wives both love to snack on chips. Labor is a lot of work and afterwards, some of us are looking for a little junk food. This is a snack I would have loved to have while waiting for my late dinner to arrive after having my baby girl.
After labor, I JUST wanted junk food. This is one of the best snacks for your hospital bag!
12. Boiled Eggs
Eating boiled eggs is another great source of protein. I ate boiled eggs so much during my pregnancy.
13. Applesauce Pouches
Applesauce pouches are another great hospital snack. These are also great to take with you on the go. This is one of the best snacks to bring to the hospital for labor.
What is good food to bring to the hospital?
When preparing food to bring with you to the hospital you want to consider the following:
- How long will you be staying?
- If necessary, will you need to keep food fresh?
If you anticipate having a longer stay due to the type of labor and recovery time needed, you may need to bring more snacks.
Any of the food listed above makes for the perfect food to bring with you to the hospital.
You don’t need to bring everything on the list. Pick out your favorites!
Should I pack snacks in my hospital bag?
I shared my experience with not bringing snacks in my hospital bag and I instantly regretted it. This time around I will be more prepared!
So, YES! You should pack snacks in your hospital bag.
What are good snacks for Dad in hospital?
Any of the snacks on the list are great snacks for Dad in the hospital.
My husband is a big fan of snacking on chips. So for that reason, they made the list.
When you begin preparing snacks ask Dad what he wants to munch on while at the hospital and take that into consideration when packing your hospital snacks.
What food do hospitals serve?
When it was okay and safe for me to eat, my hospital served me three meals a day.
Breakfast was coffee, eggs, bacon, and fruit.
Lunch was a turkey sandwich with a side of pasta salad.
Dinner was chicken parmesan, a side salad, and a dessert.
Do you have to eat hospital food?
You do not have to eat hospital food. However, when I paid the hospital prior to going in for my induction I was informed that that money went toward meals.
So I figured that I might as well eat what they feed me!
I did share the food with my husband since they only feed Mom. Of course, we also ordered food outside of the hospital too. As I mentioned above, I was so hungry I felt like I could eat everything!
How to pack hospital snacks
Pick a handful of the yummy hospital bag snacks from the list above.
If you are packing food that needs to be kept cool, pack it in a mini cooler with some ice packs.