Either you are having a scheduled c-section or emergency c-section, the last thing you want to drive you crazy is the hotchpotch in packing your bag to hospital. To wind down your stress and spare you from that hassle of the last moment packing, we have created a list of things you need to pack for the hospital. Even if you are planning for vaginal birth, it might be worth throwing a few extra items in another bag and keep it ready just in case if you have emergency c-section.
One of the best things you could do is categorize the essentials - For you, for your baby and for your birth partner. Keep 3 different bags. And if you want to avoid the confusions, label it and let your birth partner knows what all items are available in each bag.
In your bag:
- All the documents, medical records and other paper works needed at the hospital.
- Your wallet with some extra cash and card.
- Books and magazines or tablet or e-reader: To keep you engaged before your surgery.
- Comfortable clothes such as loose shirts (preferably buttoned one for breastfeeding the baby) and pyjama bottoms. Alternatively, you could also get maternity wear. Preferred colours are darker ones to avoid the visibility of stains.
- Undergarments with not very tight waistbands so that it doesn’t hurt the incision.
- Nursing essentials such as nursing bras, nursing pads and nursing cover.
- Muslin square: For mopping up the milk your baby brings up.
- Sanitary pads/Maternity pads
- Socks and comfortable footwears (backless slip-on slippers or flip-flops).
- Lanolin ointment or cream, just in case if you have sore nipples due to breastfeeding.
- A wrap or shawl: Cause at first it might be difficult to twist to get your cardigan or jumper on if you feel chilly.
- Fibre-rich snacks such as dried prunes and apricots to avoid constipation.
- Peppermint tea bags: It soothes the pain or trapped wind which you may after surgery. The smell of peppermint also relieves you from nausea which you are most likely to feel after surgery.
- Washbag: Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo and deodorant.
- Mobile and charger: To be in touch with your friends and family and destress yourself by listening to music or playing games.
- Eyes mask and earplugs if you have trouble sleeping in brightly lit and noisy ward.
In your partner’s bag:
- Your partner’s wallet and some change for vending machines.
- Snacks and drinks: To satisfy his hunger and thirst while he is busy looking after you.
- Camera: If you want to take the photos of the delivery or photos with your newborn baby in the hospital.
- His phone, charger and headphone.
- His toiletries
- A comfortable pair of clothes
- Socks and comfortable footwear
- Blanket: Either he sleeps on the couch or in the waiting area, he will definitely need an extra blanket.
- Keys: An extra pair of keys of your house and car.
In your baby’s bag:
- Sleepsuits or onesies with socks: at least 5 pairs
- Baby blanket: To swaddle and keep your baby warm.
- Nappies: If you are planning to use disposable nappies, your baby will need as many as 12 a day.
- Several pairs of socks and booties.
- Baby caps: to keep your baby warm.
- Baby scratch mittens: Your baby might have long nails by birth. These mittens help to avoid accidental scratching of face or body.
- Jackets: If it is chilly outside, your baby will need jacket while going home.
- Infant feeding bottle: It could be used if your baby is having any latching problem.
- Baby toiletries: Baby shower gel, baby talcum powder
- A cute outfit for the baby to wear while going home.
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