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Based on my experience, I’ll tell you what one must carry when going for their delivery. However, I suggest you make a list of all the items you think you must carry. When you pack your bags, check each item in the list. Or if someone else is packing the bags for you, just hand over the list to them.
- The first thing you must carry without fail is your documents. These include hospital records, ID proofs, medical insurance ID proofs and if possible note down the phone number or email ID of the point of contact for medical insurance (if you have plans to claim).
- Next, pack bags for both the mother and the newborn baby. So here is what you would most likely need.
- If you are planning to get your delivery done at a multi-speciality hospital you might not need to carry any or most of these items. Because big hospitals do provide all these. Otherwise, you might want to carry these-
Items for the Mother
- Clothes: It is best to carry feeding gowns. Wearing a pyjama/legging especially if you have undergone a C-section at least for the first 2-3 days would be extremely difficult. During winters and rainy season, you may also want to carry sweaters.
- Inners: Carry some inners. It is best to carry old ones so that in case if they are stained due to heavy bleeding you can just dispose of them.
- Pads: This is most probably provided by the hospital. But some hospitals only provide pads that look like a heap of cotton. If you wish, you can buy post-delivery pads.
- Toiletries: You would need items like your soap, brush, toothpaste, comb during your stay in the hospital.
- Slippers and socks: You may want to carry your slippers. Keep a pair of socks handy especially when the weather is cold.
- Breast pads: It is likely that your breasts will be full and milk may ooze out from them making all your clothes wet. This is irritating and causes discomfort. You may want to buy breast pads.
- Sanitizer: You may need a sanitiser.
Items for the Baby
- Baby clothes: Your newborn would need some clothes to put on. It is best to buy, wash with mild soap and some antiseptic liquid and dry the clothes.
- Diapers, wipes and rash creams: Now it’s a choice you make for your baby. Even so, using diapers while in hospital is a wise choice. Most parents are sceptical when it comes to the use of diapers because they think it causes rashes. However, this is a myth. If used appropriately, diapers do not cause rashes.
- Swaddle sheets: Babies can’t just fall off to sleep in this new environment. From a very comforting and secure environment when they step out, they need to feel secure. Swaddling is the best thing to do for your baby to sleep peacefully. You can buy swaddle sheets online or use cotton dupattas as swaddle sheets.
- Toiletries: Oil, soaps, lotions. You can just buy a baby set which has all these items.
- Towels: After bathing your baby, you would need towels to dry your baby.
- Antiseptic liquid
- A bowl and a small spoon
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