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Your Hospital Packing List – When, What and Why?

Your Hospital Packing List – When, What and Why?

Your baby might arrive soon. In fact, earlier than you’d expect. You might be nearing your due date but don’t bet on this! A vaginal delivery will take 2-3 days stay in the hospital while a C-section might take 4-5 days ; in either of the cases you’ll require early preparation. Ideally you should pack your bags when you’re 36-37 weeks pregnant, but it’s never early.

We’ve got a checklist for your hospital needs so that you could pack your bags before you go into labor (and it wouldn’t be a last minute rush)

A bag for yourself – The Mother’s List

Most of the hospitals and birth centers provide you with your basic needs and shred some load off your shoulders. While you could make your ward a personal space by carrying your pillows and snacks, too much of it can take away your room space.

Things you wouldn’t want to miss :

Medical records –  You’d definitely not leave them home!

Comfortable clothes –  Maternity nighty, pyjamas, maternity kurtas; basically cozy and restful apparels that could make you feel less itchy and stuffed and more liberated and loose.

You’ll need them –  Maternity panty (carry some post maternity pads for your heavy flow), a nursing bra can make your postpartum tasks easier, also can make you comfortable while you’ve got your family around. If you might want to extend your stay at the hospital for any emergency reason, you should pick your nursing shawl or a poncho, not only does it add to your style statement but serves various purposes.

Slippers – A pair of sliders with a good grip cause they are easy to get on and off.

Basic toiletries – Don’t keep them for the  last minute,  grab them now.  Your toothbrush, hair brush, lotions, contacts (an extra pair if you wear them)/ glasses. Some extra hair ties, tissues and face wipes (trivial stuff but can be very helpful). Don’t forget your shampoo, lip balm and nipple cream to ease soreness around your nipples (if you’re planning to breastfeed). If it’s cold a pair of socks might help. Suggested by mothers is a feeding pillow to add comfort to your back and baby while you feed.

Some entertainment like books, music and yes, don’t forget your charger and earplugs!

 A birth plan – This might not be very important, but you can fulfill your long dreamt wishes with a birth plan.

Snacks – Carry some healthy snacks for yourself. Share your happiness with some mithai  and keep some for yourself too(if you’ve got that sweet tooth)

For the newborn – Basics , like vests, cotton jhablas, sleepsuits, booties, baby caps, wipes, diapers, massage oil, gloves and go – home outfits, pack one outfit for yourself too.

Looks like we’ve pretty much covered all your hospital needs, if you’d want to check them out in real and probably wanna buy them, click here:

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