Every new time mom will inevitably ask herself “What do I pack with me when I go to deliver the baby?” Well, ladies, it not much – but you’re bound to be confused given the circumstances. Your due date can be approaching, and you may be flustered already!! It’s time to welcome your baby, get ready to bring home your bundle of joy – and to ensure that you have everything ready for her when she comes, use this checklist!
Here are 7 must-haves in your hospital bag.
Before heading to the hospital make sure you bring these essentials.
#1. Baby clothes
Very obvious! But yes let’s not leave anything off the list, shall we? Soft clothes made from pure cotton are a must for your newborn. Opt for baby clothes which can be opened easily like bodysuits, sleeper gowns, and infant shirts. This can be simply pulled up and the diaper changing job can be done easily. Pack side snaps tees for your bub as it will give her some space for the umbilical cord which would not have been cut of fully. Before packing make sure to wash all the clothes in unscented or baby safe detergent and sundry.
#2. Diapers and wipes
Most of the hospitals will give some of these to you, but it is always better to bring your own – (smallest) size diapers and wipes of your preferred brands. Choose a natural and chemical free brand if your budget permits. Pack enough of these for a week at least in your hospital bag – as when your baby begins pooping – they’ll be over in a giffy!
#3. Mittens and Socks
Babies are born with nails, with which they love to scratch their own delicate face. So pack few pairs of infant mittens as this will prevent the baby from hurting herself. Also, protect their little feet with infant socks as they are used to the warm temperature in the womb and may feel cold outside.
#4. Nursing Pillow
Nursing Pillows are versatile C shaped pillows, that will help you to comfortably feed your little one. You will get enough support as this pillow elevates the little ones head and brings her up to a suitable level. You can then nurse on demand without hurting neck, back, and arms.
Look for a cute print nursing pillow as these have multiple uses later on as well. Nursing pillows can be used in future as a backrest for babies when they begin to sit on their own. You can also use it during periods in between your legs to reduce the cramps pain.
#5. Swaddle Blankets
The hospital may gift you one, but it is always advisable to bring one swaddle blanket and a sleep sack. For initial few weeks, your baby will curl up into the fetal position you can use these to keep her cozy.
#6. Extra Undergarments and Extra-Absorbent Pads
Undergarments and pads are a must have in your hospital bag. It is advisable to pack extra pairs of undergarments and pads – as you are going to be needing them! Make sure that your panties are old and of cotton as any other material will not be suitable. Also, pack a pair of maternity hygiene panties, as they prevent the chances of urinary tract infection. Make sure the fabric of the undergarments is breathable, soft and comfortable. These undergarments also will support your belly.
#7. Nursing Wear
Check out and pick your favorite nursing bras and tops. You can also invest in leak-proof nursing bras as they will help you to feed little one easily even in public. A leak-proof nursing bra, the material is 100% leak-proof and is made using breathable fabric. All you need is to drop the attachment and this makes for easy nursing.
Make sure you have all these 7 essential items in your hospital bag for an easy and stress-free birthing experience. It is always best to pack your hospital bag 15-20 days before your due date because babies sometimes can surprise their mommies – they just can’t wait to meet you!!