WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
It is a good idea have your bag packed by 36 weeks as you could go in to labour anytime in the weeks before your due date. Even you are having a planned caesarian section there is a chance you could go into labour before your scheduled date.
It is a good idea to have three separate bags , one for mum, one for Dad and one for the new baby
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Mother’s Packing Checklist
1. Packing List
Completed hospital forms
Health insurance card
Photo ID such as driving license or passport
Kinderarzt and Hebamme information
Toothbrush and toothpase
Hair brush and hair ties if you have long hair
Shampoo, shower gel,
Lip balm, hospitals are warm places and your lips often get very dry in labour
Glasses, contact lenses and solution
Because space can be limited, consider decanting your toiletries into smaller bottles.
A hanging toiletry bag can be helpful, since there's usually little counter space in the bathroom.
The hospital usually provides you with a gown for labour, but many women like to provide their own. Something that is cotton and sleeveless, this makes it easier for taking blood pressure or bloods and also takes into consideration that the hospital is warm.
Dressing gown Slippers- slip ons are often easier or flip flops
Socks- your feet often get cold in labour
Nightshirt or pyjamas for after the birth
4. Comforts for labour
Massage oils Music- birthing playlist
Movies Magazine to read After Your Baby is Born
Nightdress or pyjamas that are easy to breast feed in
Diposable underwear or high waisted cotton underpants, this is important if you have a cesarian section so that your underwear does not sit on the incision line
Postpartum girdle is optional for cesarian section mothers
Going home outfit-this needs to be loose
Birth Partner Packing Checklist
A change of T shirt/ sweater
Toileteries-deodrant, toothbrush and toothpaste
A pillow and blanket
Waterspray/portqble fan to cool the mother-to be
Your phone, ipad, camera plus chargers
Something to read
Snacks and drinks for yourself/cash for vending machines.
For The Baby
Infant car seat
Going home outfit, this should include, cardigan/jacket, mittens and hat
For The Sibling Big brother/sister
T- shirt Gift from the baby