This blog was written by mommy blogger, Priya Sachan
By the time you are 35 weeks pregnant, you might want to keep your bags ready to be able to rush to hospital or birthing center at the shortest notice. It is important to keep a list of what to pack to be delivery ready and keep the hospital bag prepared and at an easy to reach spot in your house, maybe even in your car.
You should ideally pack two hospital bags, one for yourself and another one for the new arrival. It is convenient to keep them separate instead of packing everything in a large case which will make it difficult to find anything when it is needed. The time of the year when you are going to deliver will also influence your packing.
Keep a handy folder in your hospital bag to hold all your documents:
Your maternity/hospital record file
Insurance card and papers (you may get this sorted beforehand if you are having a planned delivery on a set date)
Doctor’s number and hospital number
Pen and a small diary
Mother’s Hospital Bag
These are my recommendations:
Couple of nightgowns or loose-fitting maxi dresses: Hospitals usually provide gowns for expectant mothers, but if you prefer to use your own you should have 2-3 in hand and then ask someone to get fresh, clean ones from home. Whatever you choose, they should be 100% cotton, loose and comfortable.
Toiletries: Take a set of lotions, toothpaste, tooth brush, comb, deodorant, vaseline, creams etc. Even though hospitals might provide some of these things, you still might want your own things.
One shawl or a warm sweater: Take a cardigan or front open sweater which is easy to wear and take off
2-3 pairs of socks if it is during a cold weather
Hair bands or rubber bands to keep your hair together
Camera with charger, video camera to record your experience and your time with your newborn
A safe and natural mosquito repellent like Goodknight Fabric Roll-On: Mosquitoes are a big menace in India and many studies have revealed that pregnant women may be more attracted to mosquitoes – this is because we have heavy breath and exhale more carbon dioxide and mosquitoes sense this carbon dioxide and land on us putting us at a higher risk of contracting diseases like malaria, chikungunya or even dengue fever. These viruses are spread easily & unfortunately, if you contract an illness like malaria, it may also affect your baby.
Baby’s Hospital Bag
You will also need some stuff for baby after it is born. Although this bag can be brought by a family member after the baby’s birth, you may want to arrange it beforehand so that it has everything you feel might be necessary:
2-3 pairs of onesies or sleepsuits – hospitals usually provide the first pair and then they expect you to provide others
A going home dress or suit
Couple of swaddling blankets or quilts if weather is cold
Warm sweaters or hat if it is cold
A mosquito repellent: Like mentioned above you can even use Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on babies; but till your baby is 2 months old instead of using it directly on their clothes, apply it on their bed and prams
Your hospital may or may not provide below. You may check and pack these to avoid last minute rush for your partner:
Once you have packed your bag, you can be rest assured that there will be no rush to gather things at the last moment, neither will there be the heartburn of not getting the exact thing that you want because others are not able to get it.