It’s almost time to bring your baby to the world and a perfect time to gather all the essentials for giving birth. Get your hospital bag packed during your 36th week of pregnancy.
Ensure that you understand the hospital’s policies on the allowed items. Doing so will enable you to enjoy a good relationship with the management as some hospitals have less space for many items. Here are the must-have items in your delivery bag:
- Important documents
Documents are a must-have in every maternity bag. Bring enough copies of your ID, health insurance information and birth plan (if you created one). You will also need the hospital registration forms; some hospitals require records verification before signing in.
- Slippers and socks
Always keep your toes clean. You should have your slippers on all times, regardless of whether you are strolling or visiting the washrooms. Besides, taking a bath necessitates the use of slippers and wearing socks keeps you warm at all times.
- Smartphone and charger
We all know the importance of phones so you can stay connected with your loved ones and friends while waiting in the hospital. With the internet, you can also download helpful apps like white noise and contraction timers. Having chargers in handy ensures that your phone remains reachable all times.
Body wash, shampoos, deodorants, toothbrush, and toothpaste are the toiletries to carry. Preparing for delivery doesn’t mean putting body care to rest. You may also carry your lip balm, light makeup and your moisturisers in your toiletries bag in case of visitations from relatives and friends after your delivery.
- Sleeping gowns and wear
Not everyone loves a hospital gown! Bring your own sleeping gown / comfortable clothes if you wish. Do not forget to buy several pairs of undies if you dislike the mesh underwear that some hospitals provides after delivery.
We have prepared a maternity bag list here which you may find useful!