What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag: A Helpful Guide
Here is the complete checklist...
15 November 2017
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 my husband and I did after we figured out the hospital and obstetrician, is preparing the hospital bag. It was 34th week and I still remember how gradually I was picking items. The task is tougher for first-time moms so it is always a good idea to keep experienced mommy friends and family in loop and ask for suggestions. My doctor suggested to be fully prepared by 38th week. So below are a few essentials that I think should go in the hospital bag now that I have an experience on the ones I missed out.
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 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.
For the Mom:
- 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. ;)