Hospital Bag Essentials
Your little one’s arrival can make you impatient and moody, which is absolutely normal! And amidst all the chaos and excitement, you may forget or not get enough time to add a couple things to your hospital bag, hence it’s always a great idea to pack your hospital bag in advance (between 35-38 weeks) so there’s one less stress for you and your birth partner.We’re here to help with a list of hospital bag essentials for you, your baby & your birth partner🥳
Before we get there, check with your hospital in advance, about all the essentials that will be provided from their end and what’s allowed to carry to the hospital, so there’s no confusion!
Documents & Birth Plan
Carry all the necessary documents which cover your medical history, insurance documents, ID proofs and copies of your birth plan if you have one
Essentials for the Mom-To-Be:
Pack All Things Loose for your stay at the hospital. Get your hands on maternity dresses with buttons on the front, for hassle-free breast feeding
Carry a good stash of Maternity Pads or any Sanitary Napkins of your choice, since you might experience heavy bleeding post pregnancy. Maternity pads are bigger and softer, hence they’re a good option
Labour can be long and tiring. If permitted, it’s always good to carry some comfort food to make this process a little easier
Don’t forget to carry nursing pads and nursing bras, or bras which you think would be comfortable while breast feeding
You don’t know how long your stay at the hospital is going to be, so it’s advisable to go fully prepared. Keep yourself distracted with some good books and magazines. Don’t forget to put in those earphones, they’ll come in handy!
Carry all your daily essentials- Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Towel, Rubber bands, Hairbands and clips, Body wash, Face wash, Perfume to name a few, and whatever you require on a daily basis
Carry the most comfortable pair of footwear you have and add a couple pair of socks in case you feel cold during labour
Skin care Essentials
You might need to pamper your skin a little more during this time as your skin might feel drier than usual. Carry your best moisturisers and lip balm and keep yourself and your skin hydrated
Essentials for the Birth Partner:
Phone, Charger, Camera & Extra Batteries
While a little detox may sound nice, it’s always good to stay connected with your loved ones during this time! Also, you’re definitely going to want to capture all the precious moments once the little one arrives, so make sure there’s enough battery and memory on your device
Clothes & Daily Essentials
This is an unpredictable process, you may want to carry a good amount of clothes and your daily essentials
A Good Pillow
It’s going to be a tiring process for you too. Carrying your own pillow will help you rest better (and you definitely don’t want to compromise on the sleep)
If permitted, do carry some of your favorite snacks since you might feel hungry every now and then with all the excitement and nervousness
Essentials for the Baby:
Welcome to the world, little one! Here are few things mommy and daddy need to pack for you:
Bodysuits and vests would be great, but you might have to consult your hospital in advance as to what they recommend for your little one.
You’ll need a lot of these, since babies need a diaper change almost every 1-2 hours
Warm Blanket for Swaddling, Caps & Socks
Carry a warm, fuzzy blanket to swaddle your little one as swaddling is great to soothe your little one and also sleep better. Blankets are a must-have also because babies tend to get cold easily and to avoid direct skin to skin contact in the initial few days. Add in a few pair of socks for their tiny feet and a cap to cover their head too!
A newborn baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, so avoid using regular baby wipes as they’re harsh on the skin. You could use cotton swabs with water or organic baby wipes
Burp Cloth or Napkins
These come in handy to prevent your clothes from getting dirty with all the baby drool and vomit
Don’t panic in case you forget something, someone can always get it for you.