Complete Checklist of Items in Your Delivery Bag
When a baby is born in and Indian family, everybody in family is on run except the new mother of course! Because of 2 reasons: One to inform relatives and friends and second is to collect all necessary items now new mom and baby are going to need. The new father, poor fellow is not even aware what he is looking for!! You can avoid this chaos by preparing before delivery.
Planning is a must for a stress free delivery. Once you are around 4 weeks away from your delivery date, you must be prepared with your bag with all the essentials needed during your stay in the hospital so that you will be ready to go to the hospital as soon as your baby is ready to arrive in your life.
Most of the hospitals provide with some of the facilities but taking the things you need with yourself will be the best option. Packing your bag at least 4 weeks before the delivery date will give you time to think about the things which are to be taken with you as you will not get any time to think while you are leaving your home for delivery.
First of all, the most important thing you should have is the reports of doctors or the maternity notes of doctors as it would be asked for as soon as you visit the hospital. Along with it the most important things like your mobile phone with fully charged battery for getting into touch with your friends and family in times of emergency need, and you should also carry cash with you because sometimes the card facility can be missing. Along with these three important things many of the other should also be taken care of;
Things to be packed for the time of labor:
1. An old night gown or a t- shirt :
Labor is a bit messy work, it would end up with all stains on your clothes. So it is preferred to wear an old gown or a t-shirt so that it can be thrown away after that use. It should be comfortable and light weight enough so that you feel free to move.
2. Water spray:
As delivering a baby is a tiring and could be long process, the cooling spray is used on your face to calm you down during the labor.
3. Hair bands and hair brush:
If your hairs are long then it is important to tie them up so that it would not come on your face during labor. Shower caps can also be used to cover your hairs.
4. Lip balm:
You sweat a lot during the labor; the salt in your sweat can dry your lips very fast. So it is important to have a lip balm to use it frequently.
During labor you can feel cold. So it is advised to wear socks at the time of labor.
Things to be packed for after baby birth:
1. Nursing bras:
Nursing bras are must for a new mom to breast feed comfortably. It becomes more convenient to feed with it and supports your breasts very well. While buying nursing bra in advance consider taking bra of larger size than your current size. As after delivery breasts become larger. You may need to use nursing pads, in that case you need extra space for pads between bra and breasts. You may want to buy only 2 at first and after baby’s birth observe what size and type is comfortable for you so you can buy it later.
2. Night wear or a t-shirt:
During the stay in hospital you should prefer night wears as it is comfortable and it should have a front opening from the neck so that breast feeding becomes easy and you would not have to drag your whole clothes up every time you breast feed.
3. Cotton panties:
Take a few extra cotton panties. Cotton panties would be comfortable and its elastic would be up on your waist for comfort.
4. Maternity pads:
There are some special maternity sanitary pads available in market now days. They are big and absorb more. Hospitals do provide but keep at least one pack with you.
5. Breast pads:
Some mothers may not find breast leaking in first few days but it is a good idea to keep a pair of breast pads with you as a precaution. It is always helpful to be extra comfortable.
It is important to have some of the basics like face wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer, face wipes and so on to freshen up, in a small travel sized container as it would take less space in your bag and hospital too.
7. Shower gel and towel:
As you may be sensitive after a normal delivery (not cesarean) so it is suggested to use a less scented shower gel and a clean towel.
8. Cotton wool balls:
There are many baby wipes available in the market but doctors recommend it’s use after the baby is ~2 weeks old. Till ten cotton balls can be used to clean the new born baby.
9. Nappies , nappies, nappies:
Indian mothers prefer homemade cotton nappies over diapers for at least a month for new born. Very frequently you need to change the nappy of a baby as he wets it and there is no place to wash them. So it is recommended to take large quantitu of nappies with you to the hospital. You may also want to buy the baby detergent and keep it at home. So when baby’s clothes come home for laundry your home is ready with the special detergent.
10. Baby clothes:
It is very much important to keep the baby warm. For that each and every cloth is important like baby tops, caps, socks, blanket, cotton sheet, etc to keep her warm. A pair of 2-3 should be kept for changing.
11. Water proof sheet protector:
To avoid the mattress to get wet, water proof sheet protector should be used. (Most of hospitals provide it).
Pillows for that comfortable sleep and a breastfeeding pillow could also be carried to hospital.
13. Baby car seat:
For a safer journey to home you could use a baby car seat for your new born.
Every woman wants to look fabulous in her social network updates. To get that perfect click with your little one you should look good. There are even many visitors coming to hospital to meet you so you should be presentable to them. So don’t miss cosmetics.
15. Extra new clothes for the time of going home:
You should also carry a pair of new clothes for yourself as it will be needed while you are going home from hospital. The clothes should be loose and comfortable and a new one as you might not fit in clothes you used to wear before pregnancy due to a weight gain.
During all these preparations we forget to pack our partners bag which is also very important.
– Very importantly he should have ATM or the credit card as he would be the one responsible for payments. He should also carry some cash in case there would not be any facility for ATM cards.
– A camera, for capturing that first precious moment with your baby.
– Extra clothes and toiletries like soap, face wash, towel should also be brought for him as he would also need one after the delivery for getting fresh after a long day run.
– Some snacks and liquids should also be taken for him as it would be a tiring long day for him. (Check if the external food is allowed in your hospital, some hospitals with their own canteens, do not allow external food)
You can also stock some nappies and towels at home for your baby in advance so that you can take rest and take care of your baby after coming home rather than getting to work immediately.
So enjoy packing your bag for hospital before its late and avoid a rush full delivery and have a peaceful and convenient time in hospital at the time of labor and enjoy your precious time with your family and the new born.