Feb 5, 2021
Essentials to pack in your hospital bag for delivery day
For every woman, seeing the results on a pregnancy test kit, is always a special moment - one that stays with her forever. It is from this moment on that she starts planning a life for the little one, who’s yet to come. The next nine months are spent preparing for the arrival of the baby. This includes setting up the room, stocking essentials, childproofing your home and much more.
This moment is made even more special with test kits like Prega News that gives you efficient results in just 5 minutes. You find out the good news as soon as you miss a period and you get plenty of time to prepare for the baby’s arrival. Technology has also made it so much easier for parents who are anticipating the birth. With the due date calculator you can now have an approximate D-Day date, which can help you plan accordingly.
For the D-day, there are certain things that you must keep ready beforehand, before you go into the hospital. Whether you’re having a normal delivery or a C-section, you will need certain things for the hospital. And as new parents-to-be, things can get too exciting and jittery so it's best to take into account all the preparations you will need for the baby’s arrival. Thus, we have drawn up the perfect list of essentials that you should pack for the D-Day.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom during delivery
The mom-to-be will be under extreme pressure, pain and there will be too much happening around her. Thus, sit down with her a few weeks before the due date and make a list of all that she needs. While the list of essentials will be the same, there may be specific requests like a special sleepshirt or that favourite record that soothes her etc. Once you have taken care of special requests, here are the essentials you should pack in the labour or delivery bag:
- Toiletries: While most hospitals provide the basic things like toothbrush, cleanser etc. it’s always wise to carry your own thus ensuring that all the items you need are included. These will include toothbrush, scrunchies, toothpaste, hair brush, bathroom slippers, lotions, maternity pads etc.
- Clothes: Again, while the hospital may give you the basics, only you know the absolute comfortable clothes that are a must-have. Whether it’s a sleepshirt or PJ’s, choose the most comfortable clothes to pack for the hospital. Don’t forget to include clothes to go home in.
- Maternity underwear & feeding bras: Every mother knows the importance of comfortable and stretchable underpants both pre and post delivery. You will also need feeding bras so you can feed your little one with ease as soon as he/she is born.
- Electronics: If you need relaxing music or want to be in touch with your family over calls, don’t forget to pack in a music player/speaker and your phone and charger.
- Snacks & beverages: Think ahead and pack what you would generally like to munch on or sip on while you are timing your contractions or waiting for the delivery.
- Pillows: If needed, carry your own comfortable pillow if it helps you relax and stay calm.
- Weather appropriate wear: Depending on the weather, you may want to carry sweaters, coats etc. that are both warm and comfortable. You can also pack in a blanket if that works for you.
- Medications: If the mom-to-be is taking a certain medication, remember to pack in the same for the hospital bag.
Hospital Bag Checklist for the Baby
It is also important to pack in some essentials for the baby since you want to ensure the baby’s comfort and warmth. Here are some things to keep ready before the arrival of your little one:
- Baby clothes: From warm weather clothes to going-home outfit - keep plenty of options for the baby as their clothes tend to be soiled frequently.
- Diapers & wipes: While you may easily get some at the hospital pharmacy, it’s always safer to pack these in, so you are rest assured that you have just the things you need. Blankets & socks: Apart from clothes, pack in blankets, socks, hats etc. to make sure that the baby is comfortable at all times.
- Baby carrier: Whether it’s a small baby carrier or a pram - there are many options to choose from and choose one that works for you and your baby.
- Car seat: The baby’s safety is of utmost importance and while taking your baby home, it is imperative that you invest in a good car seat that ensures baby’s safety.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Dad
Yes, there’s this list too and it’s just as important - as the attention is focussed on the mother and child, it is important that someone takes care of the other essential things. Here are some things you can keep in mind while taking your essentials to the hospital:
- Birth plan: If you have one, the hospital may ask for it on D-Day. Insurance & money: Whether you’re covered or not, there will still be expenses so it’s always good to carry some cash and keep the cards in your list of essentials. Do remember to pack in your papers for insurance of any kind.
- Previous records: Previous check-up records, scans, medication prescriptions etc. should also be kept close as the doctors may want to come up to speed.
- Camera: Whether you’re clicking yourself or have a photographer, remember to capture this special moment in the best possible way. Clothes: As a partner, you may also have to stay for a long time till your baby arrives - so it’s best to pack in a change of clothes.
- Toiletries: Births can last from an hour to a day - so it’s a good idea to pack a small bag of your toiletries in case you need to spend a long time at the hospital.
- Vehicel keys, home keys: Last but not the least, carry the usual essentials - keys, wallet, glasses etc.
Well, with these three comprehensive lists, packing essentials for your hospital bag should be a breeze! All the best!
Disclaimer:This blog solely intended for the educational/informational/awareness purposes and is not a substitute for any professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your doctor/healthcare professional before acting on the information provided on the blog. Reliance on any or all information provided in the blog, is solely at your own risk and responsibility. Mankind Pharma Limited shall not be held liable, in any circumstance whatsoever.
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