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When And What Should You Pack In Your Hospital Bag For Delivery?

Tejal Singh
Pregnancy

Created by Tejal Singh
Updated on Mar 25, 2018

When And What Should You Pack In Your Hospital Bag For Delivery

During my second trimester, my friend Reena, who is a mother herself to a teenage girl sent me a gift--a big bag with lots of cartoons on it. I was thoroughly puzzled, wondering why she'd sent me a, gift as there was no birthday or anniversary in the family. I called her to thank her and she said you can use this bag when you go to the hospital once the labor pains start.

“To prepare a bag for delivery?” I remarked. “I am not going on a holiday. I am going to deliver a baby. Why will I need a bag?” I wondered. But after doing some research on the internet, I finally packed my “Hospital bag for Pregnancy”. My Pregnancy bag had everything about which I read, or understood from conversations with friends. Believe me, the thrill and the detailing to packing a pregnancy bag, was more fun than packing a bag for a holiday.

When Should You pack Your Hospital Bag For Delivery?

My first question was when to pack a bag? I was so excited after completing the 8th month that I decided to pack my bag and keep it ready. The other reason was, I was still continuing with work, and the routine was quite hectic. So, to save on time and be prepared for any emergency, I packed my bags when I was still in my last month. Packing the hospital bag depends on the condition of the to-be-mom and the view of doctor vis-a-vi the delivery date. Around 33-34 weeks of pregnancy is a good time to pack your delivery bag.

How And What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag For Labor?

A simple rule that can be followed is to prepare a check list a week before, when you actually plan to pack.

 

  1. The reason for preparing a list in advance is that you still have time to add items to the bag
  2. The checklist can be prepared on the mobile phone, PC, or tablet
  3. Before preparing to pack, you can check the essential that are actually required and remove other things which you think are unnecessary

What Should You Pack In Your Hospital Bag For Delivery?

So you know when to pack your hospital bag for delivery and how to pack it but did you know that your hospital bag for delivery should contain these below mentioned 10 must have items.

  1. Linen:Hospitals usually provide essential linen to the patient, but whether they make it available for the attendant of the patient or not is something you should check with the hospital. And in case they don't, it is advisable to include one or two essential bedding items in the bag
  2. Toiletries:These include toothbrush, toothpaste, hand wash, face wash, bathing soap, cream/moisturizer, comb, oil, hair bands, body lotion, towels, hand towel, and last but not the least sanitary pads. Most hospitals do provide the pads as well, but in case you are specific about a particular brand, then do keep them as well.
  3. Dresses:Two pairs of dresses to wear when you leave the hospital. Obviously, you will wear one but one more for any emergency
  4. Medicines:Try to keep one strip each of any regular medicine you take in your bag, although it is advisable not to take any medicine without the consultation of the doctor
  5. Slippers and socks:Comfortable slippers to wear in the hospital. Try not to keep a new pair, as they may make you uncomfortable. Stick to a pair that you are comfortable in but make sure the slippers are not slippery and have a good, firm grip. Keep at least two pair of socks as well in case your feet get cold
  6. Maternity wear:This includes a good nursing bra, feeding gowns and comfortable underwear. A good nursing bra and feeding gown ease your nursing time in hospital and even after you come back home
  7. Dupatta/feeding cover:Dupatta/feeding covers help a new mother in feeding the baby with ease and without awkwardness. Cotton dupattas/stole are good and feeding cover is readily available in the market and online, as well
  8. Snacks:Keep some biscuits or other snacks in the bag, but do check the expiry date. Glucose biscuits or salty ones are a safe bet. Avoid oily/fried or old snacks
  9. Wallet/Cash/ATM:Generally, the partner takes care of the cash requirements, but if you feel then you can keep one wallet with some emergency cash/ATM and a photocopy of at least one ID proof of the mother-to-be
  10. Baby clothes: Keep some comfortable clothes that belonged to an older sibling or a cousin.
    1. These should include a baby wrap/towel/blanket to wrap the baby, a soft sheet or blanket to cover the infant, mittens, socks, 3-4 pair of clothing (rompers or sets of shirts and pajamas meant for newborns), soft baby towels, wipes, a brush for baby hair, nappies, diapers/cloth nappies, and a cotton cap to cover the baby's head
    2. List of the items to be brought after the baby birth and can be handed over to elders of the family/partner to buy once the baby arrives

The most important thing to pack in your bag (heart) is Confidence, Faith, Love, Smile and Positivity. This all will make your journey from labor to delivering baby much easy.

Parentune Tip:If you are travelling, going out during the last month of pregnancy or even going to office every day, keep a docket of the photocopies of all your medical reports etc. handy in office, car or bike. This is helpful in case of an emergency.

How Long Will I Have To Stay In the Hospital After Delivery?

Your stay in the hospital will depend on the type of birthing experience you have had. So you need to be prepared for that as well and hence need to pack your hospital bag accordingly.

We wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy, and a safe delivery!

Did you like Tejal's blog? Please share your views and feedback as to what did you pack in your hospital bag or are planning to pack in your hospital bag.

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| Jul 15, 2018

thankyou it ws very useful fr me

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| Jul 15, 2018

thankyou it ws very useful fr me

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| Jun 25, 2018

can u guide me market address for buying babies item in mumbai

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| Apr 09, 2018

I would probably pack 3 nappies, 2baby grows and mittens with cute socks!

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| Mar 26, 2018

Thank you so much.. Very helpful

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| Dec 28, 2017

There are a lot many things which you should keep while you are about to deliver a baby is you must have the maternity wear,sanitary pads which would be used post pregnancy and lot more. For more such information please visit- http://www.parasbliss.com/

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| Nov 26, 2017

thanks a lot dear.. this is what exactly I was looking for ☺

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| Sep 17, 2017

Nice blog thank u so much dear

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| Aug 23, 2017

Thank you so much..

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| Aug 21, 2017

A great help for the expecting mothers . Thanks for the informative blog.

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| Aug 14, 2017

thank you so much.. the best thing i liked is confidence.. be happy ..

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| Jul 24, 2017

thnk u so much... it will really help me

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| Jul 24, 2017

very nice blog

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| Jul 24, 2017

A very informative blog.

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| Jul 03, 2017

very nice and informative blog... extremely helpful

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| Jul 03, 2017

nice blog

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| May 26, 2017

Great information guys. I found a url for a better prepared childbirth. Must watch!! https://goo.gl/EfTR9Q

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| May 24, 2017

nicely written .. gud information ... thank you

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| May 10, 2017

Very well written, thanks

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| Apr 30, 2017

Superb really very useful tips dear...

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| Apr 24, 2017

All the best apurva...

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| Apr 24, 2017

Thanks this was really helpful .... I am 30 weeks pregnant now can finally start packing

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| Mar 24, 2017

Thanks shilpa. All the best.

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| Mar 19, 2017

Superb and very useful tips dear.. am in my 6th month.. after reading this am getting ready with my checklist..

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| Mar 15, 2017

Thanks @krupali

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| Mar 13, 2017

very good tejal.... found very helpful...

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| Jan 16, 2017

Thanks @sonam

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| Jan 13, 2017

too gud

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| Dec 16, 2016

Thank you @swati

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| Dec 15, 2016

Very helpfull tejal...

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| Nov 13, 2016

very helpful

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| Nov 13, 2016

Thanks @Ankita

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| Nov 13, 2016

I must say it's very helpful..... Thanks

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| Nov 13, 2016

I just say it's very helpful..... Thanks

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| Oct 02, 2016

Very useful and informative

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| Aug 27, 2016

Waw

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| Aug 25, 2016

Thanks for your advice

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| Aug 25, 2016

Thanks @samina and @faozia

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| Aug 24, 2016

Thanks really helpful...

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| Aug 23, 2016

very helpful thankyou so much

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| Aug 09, 2016

Thank you @snehal.

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| Aug 09, 2016

Perfect bag... Specially the last few things

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| Aug 04, 2016

thanks @Paromita

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| Aug 04, 2016

thanks a lot for this info!

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| Aug 04, 2016

Thanks @nitin.

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| Aug 04, 2016

amazingly handy blog. very well put together Tejal.

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