What to pack for hospital

What to pack for hospital

Packing your pregnancy bag is a job you will either do too early or too late. No matter, because at least you will have everything you need to make your birth and first days with baby as comfortable as possible.

First, handy tips from Kidspot mums

Suze says: It's important you find out whether the hospital you're going to will provide nappies/wipes/singlets/blankets etc for the baby. Some provide everything, others a few of these things and others provide nothing at all.

Another Mum says: Put some oil on your baby's bottom before you put on that first nappy. It is wonderful when it comes to the baby's first poo. My goodness, when I think of trying to clean that sticky poo off my first baby's bottom!! Second baby, with the oil on, it just wiped straight off. You will need to keep putting it on for a day or two until the meconium has all gone. Best oil are carrier oils (not scented) - olive oil, apricot oil, etc.

Now for packing the hospital bag ...

What Mum needs for her hospital pregnancy bag:

 

  • Maternity bras
  • Nighties
  • Casual day clothes
  • Slippers Shoes
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Makeup
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lip balm
  • Lots and lots of undies
  • Any medications you have been taking (please bring the medication to the Hospital to show your admitting doctor and arrange for this medication to be returned home);
  • Any previous pathology reports,
  • X-rays or ultrasounds
  • Storage containers for glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, or dentures;
  • A phonecard or change, for public telephones;
  • Magazines
  • Ipod and charger
  • Mobile phone and charger

What baby needs:
 

  • Baby clothes and a blanket to take your baby home in;
  • Newborn nappies
  • Snappy Nappy fastener if you are using the hospital’s cloth nappies
  • Ensure a car restraint is organised for taking your baby home
  • Formula, bottles, teats and sterilising equipment, if you plan to formula-feed
  • Olive, apricot, almond oil for coating baby’s bottom before the first nappy goes to make cleaning eas


What Dad or the support partner needs:
 

  • Swimming togs - for assisting you in the water/shower.
  • Change of clothes - they may be there for a long time.
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Copy of your birth plan
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • List of phone numbers to send a text
  • Change for vending machine, phones and parking.
  • Camera, charger and spare film.
  • Video camera and charger.
  • Books, newspapers etc for reading during a long labour.
  • Healthy snacks for both of you.
  • Ipod and charger

Find more related articles and links for preparing to go to hospital

 

 

This article was created for Kidspot – New Zealand's parenting resource for during your pregnancy.



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