15 Things You Must Carry In Your Hospital Bag For Delivery Day

15 Things You Must Carry In Your Hospital Bag For Delivery Day

24 Jun 2022 | 4 min Read

Sayani Basu

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All set for the big day? Your baby might arrive earlier than expected, so it’s worth having your hospital bag packed during the third trimester so that there’s no last-minute rush. The National Health Service recommends expecting mums to have their hospital bags ready to go between 32 to 35 weeks of pregnancy.

The hospital will provide the basic things you’ll need to care for yourself during and after birth. But having familiar items from home can make you feel at ease and comfortable. So, here’s the ultimate maternity hospital bag checklist. Take a look!

The Ultimate Maternity Hospital Bag Checklist

Here are some of the items that you should pack in your hospital bag:

  1. Your ID: Ensure that you make a folder that contains all your documents such as ID proof, insurance documents, and hospital forms.
  1. Medications list: At the time of check-in, you can be asked for the list of medications. If you are in labour, it might be difficult to remember everything you’re taking.
  1. Medications: If you’re on any common prescription medications, the hospital pharmacy can provide them but it’s better to keep them handy. Plus, if you’re on any less common drugs, the hospital might not have any stock on hand
  1. Credit card or a small amount of cash: You might want to use the vending machine or get something from the gift shop or cafeteria during your stay.
  1. Birth plan: If you have created a birth plan, bring it with you.
  1. Nightshirt and a nursing bra: You can pick a nightshirt with a front opening as it will also help with breastfeeding.
  2. Wet wipes: It is advisable to keep wet wipes handy for diaper changes. All you need to do is just take out a wipe.

8. Non-skid socks or slippers: If you don’t like the hospital’s pair of socks, you can bring your own, preferably the non-skid ones for safety.

9. Mobile phone and charger: Depending on how fast or slow everything goes, you might want some entertainment or even the option to call a friend while you’re labouring.

Plus, you know your social media friends would love updates!

10. Toiletries: You can go as simple as some travel shampoos, toothbrush/ toothpaste, a brush, deodorant, and a bar of antiseptic soap.

11. Pillows: Pillows can help ease the pain of contractions. Plus, remember to pack a breastfeeding pillow for use soon after birth.

12. Underwear and sanitary napkins: You will need extra pairs of underwear and sanitary napkins during your stay in the hospital after your delivery.

13. Accessories: Bring a couple of headbands and hair clips to help keep away the hair during labour. After delivery, these will also help you as you learn how to breastfeed.

14. Breast pads: Breast pads will help soak up any unexpected leaking of milk as you learn to breastfeed.

15. Going home outfit: Be sure to pack comfy clothes for you to wear when you are discharged from the hospital.

What to Pack for Your Infant?

Here’s a list of things that you should pack for your newborn baby:

  • Two to three bodysuits and vests and a baby blanket to keep your little one comfortable.
  • Ensure to pack as many nappies as you can as a newborn can go through as much as 12 a day.
  • Muslin handkerchiefs for mopping up any milk and a pair of socks and booties for the journey home.
  • A baby car seat to transport your baby back home as it is safe and comfortable.
  • A jacket or a sweater if the weather is particularly cold.
Don’t forget to carry a baby blanket that will keep your little one comfortable. | Image Source: pexels

Dr. Pooja Marathe, Community Expert – Lactation & Nutrition says, “Mums should not miss out on nursing Tops to be used post-delivery, comfortable pillows, a pair of nursing Pads to keep the breast soft and dry, maternity sanitary pads, moisturiser, and a diaper bag.”

Get your bag ready a couple of weeks before your ninth month of pregnancy. With our hospital bag list, you’ll have your maternity bag well-stocked for sure. We wish you the best from the bottom of our hearts!

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