As you approach your due date, it is normal to get anxious about your impending delivery.
Having a hospital bag ready as you enter your 34th week is one great way to feel prepared and less anxious.
We list down some must-haves for your hospital bag:
- Important Papers: Your hospital registration form/birth plan/ insurance papers/ id proof or any other essential documents are very important. If you are still working, keep them in your bag or wallet. That way you can go directly to the hospital and get started if you need to. A family member can pick your hospital bag from home later.
- Cash: Although a lot of transactions happen through the card, it is still advisable to keep some cash in your hospital bag. You don’t want to get stuck if and when you need it.
- Your Clothes: You will need comfortable clothing for your hospital stay. Those which are loose fitting and convenient for nursing the baby. Pack a light sweater or shawl if the hospital is air conditioned to avoid catching a chill. Keep appropriate winter wear if yours is a winter baby. Do remember to keep an outfit to wear for coming back home.
- Personal care: You will need quite a few things post-delivery.
- Pack sanitary napkins (for heavy flow), extra panties (disposable ones if you prefer) nursing bras and breast pads.
- Pack all your toiletries that you need. Don’t forget your toothbrush, comb and hair accessories.
- Baby Essentials: Most hospitals provide baby clothes and nappies/diapers for the initial days. However, some may not or you may choose to use your own stuff.
- Pack 3-4 sets of soft baby shirts and bottoms, 1-2 caps (cotton or woolen depending on the season), 1-2 wraps and a towel. During winters, pack 2-3 pairs of woolen socks and a warm blanket.
- A pack of newborn diapers and a diaper rash cream.
- Clothes for your spouse/companion: While this may not look essential but it will help to keep an extra set of clothes for your spouse or whoever will be staying with you in the hospital.
- Gadgets and chargers: Pack the gadgets that you will need and their chargers. Whether it is your camera or video recorder, tablet or Kindle, charge them before packing them away.
With your hospital bag ready, you can check off one important thing on your to-do list. Have a comfortable stay.