Pack your hospital bag as soon as you complete your seven months. Make a list of all the things that you will require during your stay at the hospital post delivery.
Pack all these things in your bag and put the bag in a place from where it can be easily retrieved. Packing your bag for the delivery will make you feel more comfortable and at ease with the idea of spending time at the hospital.
Clothes for Mom
Carry at least six sets of pajamas with you. Regardless of the duration of your stay in the hospital you will need to change pajamas twice daily. Include shirts and tops that will help you breastfeed comfortably.
Put slippers and towels in the bag. Don’t forget to carry nursing bras and old underwears in case you bleed heavily post partum. Also pack an outfit that you will be going home in. immediately after delivery you will only be able to wear clothes that you wore during the sixth month of your pregnancy.
Carry your toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, body wash, face wash, shampoo, lotion and deodorant for your shower post delivery. You can also include your favorite perfume if its smell will help you calm down after the rigors of labor. Packing a decent lip color is also a good idea as it can prep you up immediately for post delivery pictures. Do not use any other make up in case it irritates the sensitive skin of the new born when he comes in contact with you.
Usually the hospital provides you with medicated sanitary pads immediately after delivery. The medicated pads help prevent infection post partum. However, you must also include sanitary pads in your hospital bag. Keep pads that are especially meant for heavy flow.
Put your insurance card, hospital forms and any other pregnancy related papers in a file. Pack this file in your hospital bag. You never know when any of the paperwork might come in handy.
Carry your own newborn baby diapers, wipes and nappies. Also include cloth nappies, clothes for the baby, swaddle blankets, socks, mittens and sterilized bottle and formula (if bottle-feeding). You will also have to pack baby’s going home outfit.