By the time you are 35 weeks pregnant, you might want to keep your bags ready to be able to rush to hospital or birthing center at shortest notice. It is important to keep a list of what to pack for delivery ready and bags prepared and kept at an easy to reach place in your house, maybe even in your car.
You should ideally pack two bags, one for yourself and another for the new arrival. It is convenient to keep them separate instead of packing everything in a large case which will make it difficult to find anything when it is needed. The time of the year when you are going to deliver will also influence your packing.
Keep a handy folder in your bag to hold all your documents.
- Your maternity record file
- Insurance card and papers (You may get this sorted beforehand if you are having a planned delivery on a set date)
- Id proof
- Doctor’s number and Hospital number
- Pen and a small diary
- Couple of Nightgowns or loose-fitting maxi dresses
- Hospitals usually provide gowns for expectant mothers, but if you prefer to use your own you should have 2-3 in hand and then ask someone to get fresh, clean ones from home. Whatever you choose, they should be 100% cotton, loose and comfortable.
Take a set of lotions, toothpaste, brushes, combs, deodorant, Vaseline, creams etc. even though hospital might provide some of these things.
- One shawl or warm sweater
Take a cardigan or front open sweater which is easy to wear and take off.
- 2-3 pairs of socks if it is cold weather.
- Hair bands or rubber bands to keep your hair together
- Camera with charger, video camera
- Mobile phone and charger
- Wallet with some cash, credit cards, bank ATM cards etc. You could let your partner take care of these things.
Labor can drain you out and you may want to have some snack, so pack some simple snack like crackers, biscuits, nuts, chocolates etc.
If you are not comfortable using the ones provided by hospital, you should carry one large towel, one hand towel and couple of face towels and get your partner to bring fresh ones from home whenever needed.
- A pair of comfortable slippers
- Some magazines or books to read
- A nice dress to wear when you come home with baby
- 2-3 pairs of onesies or sleepsuits. Hospitals provide the first pair and then they expect you to provide others.
- A going home dress or suit
- Couple of swaddling blankets or quilts if weather is cold
- Warm sweaters or hat if it is cold
Your hospital may or may not provide below. You may check and pack these to avoid last minute rush for your partner.
- Newborn Diapers
- Baby wipes
- Baby soap
- Baby’s Towel