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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

What to take to the hospital when it's time

I am 7 months months pregnant and 2 months from now, the baby is about to come out no matter what. Being prepared is what I always wanted even before I got pregnant.

Yesterday, I was thinking of what are the things to do. I'm done washing and ironing Dannielle's clothes and blankets and even put it up in her closet and drawers. I also arranged everything in her room from toys to gears. What I need to do it to prepare the things we are bringing to the hospital when the time comes. We already got it. It's just that I need to put it in a bag.

Today, I was checking a list or instructions I read over the net which I definitely put in mind. Tomorrow or within this week, I will surely prepare everything including mine.

Here's what I read...

Packing check list
  • Your medical records and birth plan.
  • Cosmetics bag, including soap and shampoo.
  • Sanitary towels.
  • Underwear.
  • Dressing gown and slippers.
  • Change of clothes.
  • Nursing bra.
  • Medication.
  • Camera and film for photos.
  • Change for phone and TV cards.
  • CDs or tapes of music.
  • Books, magazines or puzzle books.
  • Clothes and nappies for your newborn


  • The most important item to take is your medical records - don't forget them!

    Other things you will want to take are a cosmetics bag, sanitary towels (not tampons), clean underwear, slippers and a dressing gown. Even if you are not spending a long time in hospital, it can feel incredibly refreshing to take a shower and change into clean underwear.

    It might be a good idea to take something to wear after giving birth - after all, it will be your first opportunity in months to put on something other than maternity clothes.

    It can also be quite practical to have a nursing bra. If you're breastfeeding, you'll find this more convenient than taking a regular bra off and putting it back on every time your baby needs feeding.

    Comfort items

    If you like listening to music, it's a good idea to take some favourite CDs or tapes to the hospital. Studies have shown that music helps relaxation and is extremely soothing.

    Time can sometimes pass slowly when in labour so books and magazines may come in handy. If you are very tired, get a companion to read to you.

    What should I take for my baby?

    You may not want to bring baby things into the maternity ward, but it's a good idea to have a packed bag ready for the journey home from hospital. This could include:

    • nappies

    • clean underwear

    • a set of clothing for you and baby, suitable for the journey home.

    If you are planning to take your baby home by car, it's a good idea to have a carrycot and blanket ready. You must be able to fasten it securely so your baby can be transported home safely.

    Would you like to make a phone call?

    After giving birth, parents will probably want to share the good news with others.

    Mobile phones are not allowed to be used in hospitals, because they may interfere with sensitive electronic equipment there. So remember to take small change or a call card for phones. source

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