So being a first time mother (FTM) and being in a nuclear setup, I’ve turned to google to come up with the most comprehensive list of the things that will be required to take to the hospital for the first few hours of labour and the stay thereon.
I’ve broken up the list for better, organised packing:
- The Mother’s Bag
- The Baby’s Bag
- A Bag for your Labour Partner (Hubby, Mom or anyone else who is there to help you)
- An Extra Bag at Home if in case you run out of things at the hospital
The Mother’s Bag:
- Medical Records
- Insurance Papers & Hospital Pre-registration Papers
- Maternity Gowns/ Pyjama sets (Preferably front-open ones, to help during feeds)
- Feeding Cover
- Disposable Panties (You may use old ones as well, but washing them will be a bit of a task during your stay at the hospital)
- Towels- Hand, Face and Bathing
- Home going outfit- prefer a dress, or something flowy so it does not irritate any of the stitches put during delivery.
- Maternity Bras
- Maternity Pads
The Baby’s Bag:
- Quick Dry Sheets
- Receiving Blankets
- Muslin Swaddle Cloths- which can be used to cover the baby if its summer
- Burp or Wash Cloth
- Sleep Suits
- Cotton Nappies (Even if you don’t intend on using them for too long, or at all for that matter, its just safer to carry them, just in case)
- Toiletries- Baby wash, Baby Shampoo, Diaper Rash Cream, Wet Wipes
- Nail Clipper
- Hair Brush (Your little one may come out with a full head!)
- Small bottle of pure coconut oil to be used during nappy changes as the meconium-the first few poops are very sticky and gluey.
- Cotton wool balls/ cotton roll to clean baby’s bums because the wipes might not be as effective with the meconium.
Bag for Your Labour Partner:
Since your labour partner will be doing the running around in the hospital, the following will be required to be packed separately:
- Hospital Card
- Insurance Card
- Dry Snacks
- Medicines for the Mother and the Labour Partner
- List of Things in Each Bag
- Small Detergent Soap
- Personal Toiletries- Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Face wash, Earbuds, Bodywash, Shampoo
P.S.: Avoid using deodorants/perfumes as it may not suit your baby, additionally, the natural smell of the mother helps in bonding with your little one.