Your Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist

October 26, 2018

Your Hospital Bag Checklist

Ready to meet your baby? It has been a long journey, congratulations on making it this far (without losing it)! Now at about 36 weeks, you want to have packed your hospital bag and have it ready to go at the door (or in the car) for the day you’ve been waiting for! As you expect to be in a lot of discomfort during this giving birth process, making sure you have everything you need for a pleasant stay in the hospital is called for.

We’ve put together a list of the essentials plus some extras to help you, your birth partner, and your newborn baby be as comfy as possible.

 *Packing a hospital bag is needed even if you are not planning a hospital birth during emergency cases when you might have to go in unexpectedly, so do prepare one anyway!

What to Pack: The Essentials

Don’t leave without the documents -even if you’ve pre-registered in the hospital, some still ask for these (again) so just have them ready with you to avoid any hassle.

  • Identification cards of both parents
  • Insurance card and details
  • Doctors’ Contact Info (OBGYN and Paediatrician)
  • Pre-natal records and your birth plan
  • Cash for taxi if you are taking one, address of the hospital in local language
  • Mobile phones, chargers, adaptors if needed

 

What to Pack: FOR YOU, During Labour

Comfy Night Gown

Prioritize yourself - it’s you who will be doing the hard work that day, after all! Relax and keep in mind that your comfort is of utmost importance. Check with the hospital which items are already available so you don’t end up packing more than what you need.

  • Light up the mood by staying fab. Pack dressing gowns - the hospital ones are quite “hospital looking / clinical” to say the least, pack your own to feel more human! We recommend lightweight dressing gowns preferably in a dark colour to hide any stains.
  • Put a spring in your step with comfortable slippers for pacing around the corridors and flip-flops for the bathroom. Pack socks for cold feet.
  • Massage oil/ lotion for that much needed massage during labour.
  • Lip balm, hairbands, hair clips, facial mist to cool you down. A hair brush will also come in handy for those first photos with your baby!
  • Snacks and drinks - bring your favourites. Now’s not the time to think of dieting, so go and spoil yourself!

 Nice to have: Non-hospital food. If there’s a way you can pack homemade food and treats, then we say, do it!

  • Entertainment - books, magazines, music, movies, perfect time to catch up on your Netflix series! Pack your headphones too.

 Nice to have: A portable speaker, a lullaby or classical music playlist ready for your baby.

Book Recommendation: We loved the book Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, 2nd Edition - it’s witty and humorous while providingsolid,   practical, balanced guidance that will enable parents to feel confident and guilt-free about their parenting skills, specifically about the reality of caring for a baby in the first eight weeks of its life.

  • Pillows - yes sure, hospitals provide them but an extra one (or two if space allows!) that you are comfortable and familiar with will be great to have and will make your stay a tiny bit more personal.
  • Birth ball if the hospital doesn’t have your size.

 

What to Pack: FOR YOUR BIRTH PARTNER

He also needs to be as comfortable as much as possible! Chances are, he will be feeling as overwhelmed and will be as sleep and shower-deprived as you are.

  • A change of clothes and footwear that are comfortable.
  • Swimwear if they are joining you in a pool birth.
  • Digital camera, batteries, chargers, memory cards and cables.
  • Entertainment (like mentioned above on “For You, During Labour”) as they may be waiting for some time.
  • Keep them hydrated and content with their own packed snacks and drinks so they don’t have to go out and buy, and will stay away from yours. No one wants a HANGRY (hungry + angry) birth partner!
  • Cash and change for any last-minute store runs/vendor machine trips/ cravings.
  • A folder to keep all records, receipts and any paperwork.

 

What to Pack: FOR YOU, After the Birth

Going Home Outfit

Yayyy, you did it (tears of joy)! Now you move on quickly to the next stage as if you’re on autopilot…but still in charge because you prepared for it and just because.. moms are amazing.You got this.

  • Going home outfit. Sad to say but you’ll still look around five months pregnant right after giving birth but hey, you’ve just been through a milestone so do wear something comfy and beautiful, you deserve it!
  • Nursing bras, breast pads, lanolin cream. We recommend non cupped, seamless bras right after birth to avoid discomfort and pain.
  • Breast Pump and milk bottles
  • Maternity pads
  • Nightshirts that are breastfeeding accessible. For a bit of luxury and photo ops with your newborn, some nursing-friendly nighties, pyjamas and robes
  • Toiletries, towels, hairbrush, and toothpaste, all in travel size.
  • Underwear, make sure they’ll fit and ones that you’re ok to get messy or stained
  • Eye mask, ear plugs to get you to sleep as much as possible!

 

What to Pack: For Your Baby

Hello little one! It’s so nice to meet you…let’s go home.

  • Two sleep suits and vests
  • Baby Blanket
  • 12 Nappies/day
  • Muslin squares
  • Socks or booties
  • Outfit for the trip home
  • Jacket/ Snowsuit, hat, mittens for winter babies.
  • Safety First! Carseat - some hospitals won’t let you take your baby home without one. It won’t fit in your hospital bag (lol) but it’s best to have this ready for the trip home.

Nice to have: A little token for hospital staff, like chocolates or cards to show your appreciation.

Enjoy this precious time with your newborn!



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