Hospital bag checklist: What to pack for delivery
24th February 2022
Your big day is getting closer. Are you all set to welcome the little one? There are chances that the baby may arrive earlier than the due date. Hence, it's crucial to have your hospital bag packed well in advance. Here's a list of things you need to add to your hospital bag for comfortable labor and delivery.
Pack your hospital file and medical records so that the doctors can check your previous medical records and history. You will also require some form of ID card and insurance documents. It's best to check with the hospital ahead of time if you need to bring along any additional documents and reports.
Don't forget to carry your cord blood kit to the hospital. Make sure that you have checked the brochure and kit contents in advance to avoid any last-minute hassle.
You never know how long you’ll have to stay at the hospital. So it’s best to carry your cell phone and charger along with you.
Keep some money handy as you may require it to buy some stuff or to pay for parking.
Hospitals usually provide a dressing gown, but you can carry your own set of clothes.
It's essential to choose a loose and comfortable gown for labor. However, remember that the gown can get stained during the delivery process. And a front-open gown can help in skin-to-skin contact and make breastfeeding easier after delivery.
A pair of warm socks can keep the feet warm during labor. And slippers can make it easier to walk around the hospital.
Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, comb, lip balm, hair ties, etc.
You will require a supply of heavy-flow pads after delivery. The hospital will usually provide sanitary pads, but you can always bring your own. Also, make sure that you have enough stock of sanitary pads at home.
Buy some comfortable and well-fitting nursing bras in advance. After delivery, your breasts might feel a little tender or sore hence a comfortable bra will provide support and ease the discomfort.
You might have to stay at the hospital for a couple of days after the delivery. Hence, it's a good idea to pack some extra set of clothes. Maternity pants and loose t-shirts or dresses are a good option.
After several hours of labor, you might feel hungry. If you don't want to rely on hospital food, bring your own snacks, such as crackers, nuts and seeds, fresh fruits, granola bars, or whatever you like. If you've had a c-section, you can probably have fluids or may have you wait for eight hours or so before eating anything.
Pack your baby's clothes, socks, cap, and diapers. Babies can get cold, hence don't forget to pack some warm clothes and socks for your little one.
The hospital usually provides a blanket, but carrying your own blanket, is always a good idea. It can be vital during skin-to-skin contact and while traveling.
Carry a cotton or lightweight wrap cloth for swaddling your little one. Make sure that the cloth is well-washed and clean before using.
The baby's skin is sensitive, so it's best to use cotton wipes to clean the baby's skin.
You can use a large gym bag to carry all the essential items. But, if you're expecting twins, you might have to carry an additional bag. You can also take separate bags for your and your baby's supplies. With this hospital bag checklist, we hope that your packing becomes hassle-free.