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Delivery Day Hospital Bag Essentials

Are you packing your hospital bag but not sure what needs to go in there..Don’t be worried. We have sorted you with a list of essentials necessary to cope up with. Check this article to know more…

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As my delivery day approached, I started obsessing over what to bring with me for my three day hospital stay. I have never ever had to be hospitalized (thank heavens!) and really had no idea what to expect. I’ve never been a big fan of hospitals, who is really, and the thought of being stuck in one of those tiny, hard beds in a tiny, airless room was completely stressing me out. My obsession with what to pack was my way of calming my nerves and controlling the only things I could control. Making sure I had everything I’d need to be as comfortable as possible. I realize that not all hospitals are as nice as the one I had the good fortune of delivering in which is why I strongly suggest making sure you pack a few comfortable products, regardless of how frivolous they seem. I promise they will help take the edge off of being stuck in that tiny, hard bed, in a tiny airless room! So here’s my list of delivery day must haves! I hope it’s useful to anyone heading for a stay at the hospital, whether it’s to delivery a baby or otherwise.

Essentials for Mom-to-be:

  • Nursing bra(s) – This supports swollen, tender breasts, and helps keep breast pads in place.
  • Breast pads – You will need these whether or not you are breast feeding because they stop leaks by absorbing milk.
  • Nursing pillows – These can be used if you are breast feeding or bottle feeding; either way they reduce the strain on your arms, neck, and back when feeding your baby. This is not a compulsion though!
  • Nursing Nighties– Make sure they open in the front if you are planning on breast feeding.
  • Slippers – During early labor it is always recommended to walk around. These will also come in handy as you make trips to the nursery to check on your new baby. I literally was in my slippers from the time of joining to until I reached home.
  • Socks – Many women complain of their feet being cold during the delivery, so have a couple of pairs in case one pair becomes soiled.
  • Going-home outfit – Choose one that fit you when you were around 6 months pregnant.
  • Toiletries – To be more comfortable, take a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, chap stick, makeup, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, lotion, hair dryer, hand sanitizer etc.
  • Sanitary pads – The hospital can provide you with these, but many women feel more comfortable when they bring their favourite brand with them. Remember, you are going to need a pad designed for a heavier flow.
  • Hair clip or band – if you have long hair- Women with long hair like to have it pulled out of their faces during labor and delivery.
  • Magazines– You will not have a lot of down time, but there could be a few minutes here and there when you could read.
  • Mints or breath strips– Many women experience nausea/vomiting during labor and delivery; these will help freshen your mouth or the mouths of your support people.
  • Candies – These can alleviate dry mouth.
  • Other Accessories – You might need your mobile chargers, camera, camera charger, headphones etc in the hospital premises.

Essentials for Baby

  • Infant car seat – You can use this beginning from when you leave the hospital for a comfortable ride back with your bundle of joy.
  • Going-home outfit –  The hospital does not provide you with any clothes.
  • Cap – Babies lose the vast majority of their body heat through their heads. So its necessary to wrap their head with soft cotton caps.
  • Booties/socks  To keep them warm
  • Receiving blankets – Newborns love to be swaddled, and these blankets are perfect for swaddling.
  • Newborn diapers – If they do not have the umbilical cord area cut out, make sure you fold them down. Sometimes hospital may provide a worst quality diapers so its better to keep a backup.
  • Wipes – Begin with the wipes that are designed for newborns or sensitive skin.
  • Mittens – Many newborns will have longer nails, so they can easily scratch their face and other parts of their bodies.

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