When your due date gets closer, there is a lot of preparation that needs to be undertaken, both emotionally and physically. You also need to prepare a hospital bag which would include things needed at the time of birth and during your stay there. Below is list of things that you should carry. Remember to do this before you go into labor (irrespective of what kind of delivery you would be expecting) to save yourself and your loved ones from the 11th hour shopping.
- Medical records: Keep all your records near you just in case.
- Phone and phone charger: You would love to make an announcement once you have given birth!
- Toiletries: This would include lip balm, wet wipes, hair-brush, hair band, moisturizer and anything that you think you would need to look like yourself post-birth
- Cozy clothes and nightwear: After that stressful labor, you would want to change into comfortable clothes. Make sure you pack clothes that are easy for nursing and loose fitting. Pack in tons of huge undergarments, nursing bras, even a light sweater in case you want to keep warm. Also, carry a change to go back home into.
- Pair of socks and roomy slip ons: To keep your feet warm at all times.
- Maternity pads: The bleeding is heavy post-birth. Make sure that you carry at least two packets.
- Pillows and cushions: Don’t ditch your pregnancy pillows yet. These are also great to sleep in the hospital post-delivery.
- Cash and change: Just in case you feel like grabbing something to munch on from the hospital canteen (of course, after taking doctor’s permission)
- Baby clothes and diapers: For your bundle of joy look his/her best.
- Baby care books and manuals or iPod: Hospital stay can be quite boring and this would not only keep you busy, it would also help you in relaxing.
The best time to pack would be when you are in final homestretch, which means by the 36th week your hospital bag should be packed and ready, in case of any emergency. However, remember to check in with your hospital about the items that you can carry.