10 Most important things to put in your maternity bag before giving birth
Find out what the most important things your maternity bag should contain before heading to the hospital to deliver!
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Because of all the things to remember and prepare for the much anticipated D-day, or delivery day, you may forget about certain things that, although seemingly simple, are truly important things you'll need with you once you're in the hospital.
So in order to have a comfortable and stress-free delivery, it's best to prepare your maternity hospital bag three months before your due date.
Here are 10 things you shouldn't forget to bring with you on the day you head to the hospital to delivery your little one!
1. Personal items, especially slipers, robe, and pajamas
Bring one to two maternity dresses, for going out and staying in, as well as a bath and face towel. Don't forget to bring sets of underwear. You need to be comfortable yet presentable, because you'll surely be entertaining visitors at the the hospital. You can also bring a make-up kit, with face powder, lipstick, blush, perfume, and a hairbrush, if you don't want to look pale or flushed when you face visitors.
Include two packs of sanitary (maternity) napkins and a blanket, in case the hospital-issued ones won't suffice.
2. Clothes for you and your baby
Of course, it's best for both mom and baby to prepared for photos on the day they're discharged from hospital. Remember to dress your baby from head to toe, with a bonnet, onesie, socks, mittens, or swaddling blanket! Don't forget your baby's cloth or disposable diapers, as well as your own outfits and comfortable shoes.
3. Camera, cellphone, batteries, and chargers
The day you deliver is one of the most important days in your life and your child's life, so it's important to document it through photos and videos! Make sure to charge all of your cellphones, as well as your camera's batteries.
This includes your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, mirror, and other items you use daily. Bring hair accessories, too, like a headband, hairtie, clips, or clamps.
5. Baby items
- 5 to 7 baby clothes, 2 to 3 clothes slightly bigger than infant size, in case your baby is born above average size
- 2 to 3 bonnet or head covering
- 2 to 3 baby blankets
- disposable diapers (1 to 2 packs)
- 3 to 4 infant socks or booties
- cotton buds, alcohol (ask your pediatrician what kind), baby oil
- pacifier (optional)
6. Delivery Survival Kit
This is a medium bag containing items you think will be useful while awaiting labor. This depends upon the mother's preference: gadgets like a tablet or MP3 player, pillows, blankets, massage oil, books, magazines, and other items that are important to you, to keep you entertained while you await labor.
7. Wallet with bills and coins
Entrust your checkbook or credit card to your husband or any trusted companion, as well as your ID and insurance card.
8. A small container with your favorite food or snacks
After giving birth, you'll surely want to reward yourself. Why not bring your favorite chocolate, polvoron, cereal, or anything you can eat later on, that won't spoil easily?
9. Important documents
Bring a copy of your marriage certificate (if available), ID, health insurance information, SSS, Philhealth, and others.
10. Breastfeeding kit
If you plan to breastfeed, you need to prepare a kit that contains a breast pump, nursing bra, nursing cream, nursing pads, nursing pillow, ice pack, 1-2 plastic bottles (for breastmilk or formula, as needed). You can also purchase a nursing cover, which is a triangular piece of cloth used as a cover-up when breastfeeding.
You can also add other items, depending on what will put your family feel at ease or secure, especially you as a new mom. All the items on this list are the most important items to bring and will surely help you during your hospital stay after bringing your precious baby out into the world.
This article was translated from its original version, which was written in Filipino, by Anna Santos Villar