Things can get a little bit overwhelming when you're an expectant mom and your due date is fast approaching. Aside from keeping yourself and the baby healthy, you also need to prepare the things that you will need during labor and after delivery–and you can put all these in a hospital bag.
Packing a hospital bag should be a priority in your to-do list when you reach your third trimester to avoid scrambling when you go into labor. The best way to go about it is to start slow and early, then work your way until you’ve got everything packed. Make a list so you can double check that you did not forget anything.
Remember to communicate with your husband so he’s on board with the bag’s contents and where to find them. Another helpful tip is to pack your baby’s outfits and essentials for the day in different ziplock bags with labels of the contents, so it would be easier to get it from your hospital bag without digging through the other stuff inside.
This would also be helpful in case your baby needs to stay in the NICU and you need to give your baby’s things to the nurses on duty.
Here are checklists for you when packing your hospital bags:
When packing for your hospital bag, keep in mind the number of days you might be staying in the hospital after delivery. It may also help lessen the things that you need to pack if you ask your hospital what they will be providing to you after delivery.
These are some essentials for mom’s hospital bag:
- Important documents. Secure your photo ID, hospital forms, birth plan, and insurance in one document bag.
- Cell phone, charger, and extra power bank. Don’t forget the necessary cables, too.
- At least two pairs of warm, non-skid socks.
- A warm robe or sweater.
- Comfortable (or your favorite) pajamas or sleepwear
- One or two non-wire maternity bras and nursing pads.
- Extra clothes for when you get home.
- Prescription drugs, if you have any.
- A headband and a ponytail holder.
- A moisturizing lip balm.
- A bag for toiletries. This should at least include a travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, face wash and moisturizer, and contact lens case and solution if you use them.
- Sugar-free candies or lozenges to avoid dry mouth.
- Healthy snacks.
- Essential oil for relaxation especially during labor.
- Your favorite pillow to make you feel comfortable in bed.
- This is optional, some moms bring cord blood and cord lining collection kits, where you can store your baby’s cord blood and cord lining.
You can also prepare a bag for your husband or partner, who will be looking after you during labor and after delivery.
Here are some essentials for dad or partner’s hospital bag:
- Photo ID and insurance information.
- Prescription drugs, if there’s any.
- A bag for toiletries. This includes the same things as in mom’s toiletry bag, but add a razor for a smooth face when he meets the baby.
- Cellphone, charger, and extra power bank.
- Extra clothes.
- A book or an electronic gadget for entertainment.
- A camera, in case the cell phone camera doesn’t work when the moment comes.
A separate hospital bag may also be prepared for your newborn baby.
Here are some things you need to pack for baby’s hospital bag:
- A couple of blankets or swaddles to keep your baby warm.
- Infant clothes such as onesies, sleepsuits, shirts, pajamas, socks, mittens, bib, and hat.
- Baby wash for your newborn’s first bath by the hospital nurse.
- Baby diapers. To be sure, try buying small packs of different brands, as sometimes your baby might not be comfortable with a specific diaper brand.
- Baby wipes for cleaning your baby.
- Baby detergent, in case you need to wash some garments.
- A nursing pillow to make your breastfeeding at the hospital comfortable.
- Feeding bottles and infant milk. These are optional in case your breast milk won’t come out yet.
When it’s time to go home, make sure you also have the following:
- Extra clothes for your baby’s coming-home outfit. You may prepare trendy but comfortable clothes for your baby.
- An infant car seat installed in the back of your car.
- Spare baby diapers and wipes.
Meanwhile, due to COVID-19 pandemic, consider adding these essentials in your hospital bags:
- Hand sanitizer. Bring enough for your whole stay in the hospital.
- Face mask.
- Extra towels and blankets in case your hospital does not provide any.
- Sterilizer, optional if you use feeding bottles after delivery.
Once you’ve checked all the items on your list and packed everything neatly in your hospital bag, place it near your front door or inside your car. In this case, you’re good to go whenever your baby is ready.
Have a healthy and safe delivery, Mummy!
Original Publisher: theAsianparent