Get Ready For The Arrival Of Your Baby With A Hospital Bag
Packing your Hospital Bag
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be both daunting and exciting. Get ready to welcome your new family member and feel more prepared by packing your hospital bag with all of the essentials you need.
It’s a good idea to get your hospital bag ready at least two weeks before your due date just in case your little one decides to arrive early.
You’ll need to pack everything you need during the labour and birth and for caring for your baby after he or she is born. As well as the essentials you can choose to put in a few personal items, such as pillows or a blanket from home, to make you feel more comfortable and familiar in the environment. Pick a bag that’s easy to carry but also not difficult to find things in, you don’t want to be rummaging through items when you need something.
You’ll need items for both you and the baby and you can also get your birth partner to pack a few items too, such as drinks and food, a fan or spray and of course a camera to capture a picture of the new arrival.
Essentials to pack for you:
- Your birth plan and hospital notes. While your hospital should have these it’s a good idea to have them on hand just in case.
- Comfortable clothes are a must. Pick out something that is loose and doesn’t restrict you from moving. You should also pack some extra nightwear for in case you are required to stay longer than expected and some clothes to go home in. Don’t forget to include comfortable nursing bras & nipple cream if you have decided to breast feed.
- Toiletries and make up. Take a small bag of toiletries and make-up so you can freshen up after labour, including toothbrush, hairbrush, sanitary towels and any items you would typically use.
- Items to help pass this time. You may be in hospital a while and taking magazines, books, music or a tablet computer can help keep you entertained.
Essentials to pack for the baby:
- Several pieces of clothing. Pack at least a couple of sleepsuits and a going home outfit for your new baby along with socks or booties to keep them warm. You can also add some accessories, such as a hat or scratch mitts, and include a jacket or snowsuit depending on the season.
- Lots of diapers. You’ll no doubt get through plenty of diapers so make sure you pack enough for your stay in hospital.
- Baby car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave without a baby car seat so be sure you have one ready and have a practice using it beforehand too.
- Swaddle blankets and muslin squares.