As your delivery date draws nearer, it is a good idea to get your hospital bag packed and ready for your baby’s arrival. There is so much to think about that it’s easy to forget an item here or there.
Medshield Mom has put together a checklist of items you might want to include in your bag to make the labour, delivery and recovery process as comfortable as can be.
What to Pack:
- Small suitcase/travel bag
- Comfortable pyjamas: button-down pyjamas are the most practical for breastfeeding
- Slippers and a dressing gown: hospital rooms can get chilly
- A firm-fitting bra or breastfeeding bra: these hold breast pads in position when your milk starts to come in at around day three or four
- Breast pads
- Hospital/Disposable panties: these are soft against the skin for caesarean scars and will keep you from worrying about leakage
- Maternity pads: your hospital may provide these, but pack extra just in case (long ones are best)
- Toiletries: a good shower does wonders
- Comfortable loungewear: if you decide to change during the day.
- Snacks: pack some of your favourite snacks to enjoy after your delivery when you are ready to eat
- Your own pillow: comfort is key and this will also help with breastfeeding
- Cellphone charger and an adapter
- A going-home outfit: something comfy
- Medshield Medical Scheme medical aid card
- Disposable nappies
- Barrier (bum/nappy) cream
- Baby/wet wipes
- Surgical spirits
- Cotton wool
- Swaddling blankets
- Babygrows (long sleeve and vest)
- Car seat: for a safe and comfortable ride home
Keep your hospital bag near the door or even in the car. Some hospitals may provide many of these items for you, or require you to bring something more specific, so check with them before your delivery date.