As you enter your eight month, keep your hospital bag packed as you could go into labour anytime in the weeks before your due date. Here is a list of items that the team at Nappy Times finds essential to pack:
Nightgowns or Pyjamas
Hospitals provide gowns, but many prefer to carry their own gowns. At least 3 pairs of gowns that you wouldn’t mind soiling right after birth and a pair with front buttons which is easy to use during breast-feeding.
Slippers and socks
Hospitals can get chilly, so keep socks handy. And slippers for walking around the room or down the hall.
Incase your decide to stroll across the hallway to see your baby in the nursery.
Nursing bra, pads and tops
Essential for breastfeeding moms. Nursing bras also give you extra protection and support as compared to regular bras.
Hospitals provide mesh underwear, but most are comfortable in their own soft underwear. Comfort is most important post birth.
Get your preferred brand, as you do not know what the hospital will provide.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hairbrush, lotion shampoo are essential for any women even after delivering. Lip balm can be included because he heavy breathing can leave your lips dry.
The going-home outfit
One of your pregnancy dresses and comfortable flat shoes.
This is your baby’s first visit into the real world, so dress them up. Choose the outfit based on the weather and ensure to bring a cap for your baby’s head.
Bring a few diapers and some gentle wipes for emergencies. You might as well get used to carrying this around from the start.
Pack the soft and cozy wraps for your newborn even though most hospitals provide you with it.
Camera (and its charger)
Most hospitals allow videos during labour, else you would at least like the first baby picture and a lot more after that.
Even though you may not be allowed to eat these snacks, your husband can always rescue his hunger bangs with these snacks.
Mobile Phone and Tablets
Most of us are addicted to our phones or tablets to quickly update status and announce your baby’s arrival. Plus it provides entertainment during the stay.
Keep a notepad handy to jot down essential details to fill into the Nappy Times Baby Book. Get your babies first handprint or foot print if possible and add it to the Nappy Times Baby Book
A little kajal and lip balm wouldn’t hurt for all the photographs post delivery. And don’t forget the visitors who will be coming to meet you in the hospital.