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What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag for Birth

Here is the complete checklist...

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30 April 2019

What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

Preparing for the baby’s birth is a whole lot challenging, isn’t it?

Especially in the UAE when you have to abide by laws, renewal of housing contracts, sponsoring family for support etc.

One of the primary things that a couple should perhaps do is to prepare for the delivery at least 4 weeks prior to the due date. You never know when the little one arrives unexpectedly.

The very first thing after you figure out the hospital and obstetrician is preparing the hospital bag. ARound 34 weeks, mums-to-be gradually begin to pick items - and as easy as it might be to say, the task can be tough for first-time mums. It's always good to keep experienced mum friends and family members in the loop.

Doctors suggest that you be fully prepared by the 38th week of your pregnancy.

To help you prepare your hospital bag for birth, here are a few essentials that should go in there...

As a couple:

  • Foremost, sort out all documents in one place and make a folder. This includes both parents’ emirates IDs, passport copies and the attested marriage certificate. Some hospitals may ask to submit documents right when you first register for delivery.
  • If you have insurance to cover your delivery, keep your insurance cards and all approvals handy.
  • Deciding the name for the baby in advance, saves life as the birth certificate can be made during your stay at the hospital.
  • Pack of chocolates or sweets to give to the nursing staff and your doctor - not mandatory, just a sweet gesture to share your happiness.

For the baby:

  • Baby diapers (unless you want to pay double price at the hospital, and some hospitals may not even cover the costs.)
  • Baby wipes to help you & the baby keep clean.
  • Baby care items such as separate baby towel, shampoo, bath gel, and a lotion. Some hospitals may just provide a gift pack but while you’re being discharged. So it’s always a good idea to keep small sized handy bottles in bag.
  • Minimum of 4-5 full sleeves bodysuits as the hospital temperatures are generally too cold for the little one. And a few normal ones to wear under full suits.
  • 3-4 pairs of mittens and socks along with a few caps to cover the head.
  • 1-2 wrapping sheets as the hospitals generally don’t provide them.
  • 2-3 sterile BPA free bottles if your little one needs to be top fed or you decide to pump out a little.

Here are some suggested items for baby:

Hooded Towel

Wrap up after bath time with this hooded towel. Available in a range of stylish colours, their 100% cotton fabric is incredibly soft on baby's delicate skin.
AED 179

Bunny Knit Romper

This knitted romper features a white rabbit with textured tail detailing and is the perfect outfit for any occasion. Made with 100% cotton and nickel-free popper fastenings, this romper is super cosy and kind to baby's skin.
AED 199

Scratch Mitts

These scratch mitts are a much needed daily essential for baby. Made with 100% cotton, these mitts are cosy and kind to baby's skin. 2 pairs on 1 pack.
AED 39

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feed Bottles

Enjoy simple intuitive feeding with Tommee Tippee closer to nature baby bottles. These closer to nature bottles helps the switching between breast and bottle feeding much easier. The design is unique, with an easy-latch-on teat shape that mimics the natural flex, stretch, and movement of a mother's breast.
AED 72

For mum:

  • Keep your make up pouch handy so you feel good while taking few pictures with your baby.
  • Your personal care items like your shampoo, soap, deodorant, comb, hair ties and personal towel.
  • 1-2 comfortable clothes so you can easily nurse the baby if you choose to breastfeed. Some hospitals ask you to get in your own clothes as soon as you take bath after delivery.
  • Minimum of 2 nursing bras and nursing pads.
  • Pack of your sanitary pads comes in as a life saver. Some of us may be uncomfortable with the maternity pads we usually get in hospital.
  • Breast pump may save you when you’re exhausted and just need some sleep so you can pump it out.
  • Your favorite book or iPod in case you get a few moments to yourself before the baby arrives.

It is always great to pack the bag a few weeks prior to delivery, in case your water breaks at work or in a mall while you’re still shopping last minute and just need to rush to the hospital.

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