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The ultimate hospital bag checklist

Let’s be honest ladies. You don’t want your husband to bring your essential to the hospital while you are in labour. Because, let’s face it, only half of what you need would get to you.

I always encourage my clients to pack a “ready bag” at least a month before the due date.

Real life is not an episode out of Keeping up with the Kardashians. There may not be time to take a shower, put on make up and carefully pack a bag after your water breaks.

Some women have time, yes, but others, like my dear friend have maximum 45 minutes to get to the hospital and deliver twins! My advise: Be prepared!

Here is the complete checklist of what you may need during your stay at the hospital.

During Labour:

List your goals for this labour. A birth plan which you can show your doctor, because pain can spin off new ideas and reactions.

Also write down motivational reminders for yourself to help you through labour and even comfort messages in case things do not go as planned. Life can throw you a curve ball and you want to be prepared to catch it with ease.

PS
make sure to let the hospital know
in advance if you are allergic to things like feather pillows and flowers. And bring your own comfy pillow if preferred.

Breastfeeding can be very tiring because a new born has to feed every 2-3 hours, although I personally fed my first born every 4 hours. Choose up a gentle reminder tone on your phone, which you can set up as a breastfeeding alarm. It is important to feed your baby on time as directed by your doctor and nurse.
Choose A gentle, fairytale like sound as “wind chimes”, rather than a loud shocking alarm.

For home use:

My last tip of the day. If you are opting for a VB buy some surgical gloves, fill them with water and keep them in your freezer. There is no better way to calm inflammation in the vaginal canal then this icy helping hand. I will leave the rest up to your imagination.

Wow! What a list. This sure seems like a lot. But, the more homey and wholesome you create your space, the more relaxed you and baby will be. So pack your bag, stay calm and give birth!

During Labour:

  • Passports, IDs, Insurance, Marriage Certificate, Hospital Book etc
  • Water, electrolytes, and Energy drinks (optional) because labour can feel like you are running a marathon.
  • Healthy, fast energy release snacks.
  • Swiss Ball/ Peanut ball (some hospitals provide these)
  • Massage oil (i.e. mint oil as it creates heat and release tension)
  • Diffuser with a preferred sent
  • Books/ IPad with your favorite movies or series/ Music or meditation recordings
  • Camera.
  • And remember the chargers or power banks.
  • Your husband (and teach him where to apply pressure and massage techniques beforehand)
  • Comfy t shirt, night dress and robe
  • Socks for cold labour feet and slippers
  • Baby’s first outfit! Yay!
  • Toiletries, Face care products and Make Up
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Hand Sanitizer (although all hospitals have)
  • Nail polish remover. Because just in case an emergency C-section is called, the doctor would need to see the nail-bed.

For the hospital stay:

  • X6 New born outfits (For a two night stay)
  • Toiletries for baby if you have a preference
  • Pack of new born diapers
  • Pack of heavy duty pads, because after a VB there is a lot of bleeding.
  • A compression panty or belt (personal preference)
  • X 12 large comfortable panties
  • At least 3 comfortable nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • X 6 night dresses and comfy slippers
  • Folder to keep the birth certificate and immunization record.
  • Breast Pump
  • Pacifiers , bottles (Even if you plan on breastfeeding, pumping will stimulate milk production and it could happen that baby is not ready to latch)
  • Nipple cream
  • Breastfeeding pillow, because hunching over while breastfeeding can cause some serious pain and damage to the spine.
  • Baby’s home outfit and blanket
  • Car seat (have it set up in the car)
  • Stroller
  • Mommy’s home outfit and shoes
  • Clothes and toiletries for Daddy

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