Bringing your baby into this world is a big experience, and no doubt you’ll want to make it as smooth and stress-free as possible. Part of that is making sure you’ve packed appropriately for the day, and any on-going stay you might need in hospital, at least for a couple of nights.
Your baby’s delivery
day: It’s the day you’ve probably been daydreaming about and feeling anxious
about since the day you actually found out you were pregnant!
For many new mums,
whether this is their first baby or not, this day can feel like a rollercoaster
of emotions. You’ll likely be swaying between feeling extremely excited and
extremely scared - but we promise you’ll feel nothing but relief and love by the
end of it!
Bringing your baby
into this world is a big experience, and no doubt you’ll want to make it as
smooth and stress-free as possible. Part of that is making sure you’ve packed
appropriately for the day, and any on-going stay you might need in hospital, at
least for a couple of nights.
Have a read through
our helpful checklist guides so you can make sure you’re prepped and ready to
welcome your new bundle into the world:
Checklist for New Mother:
MUST have items:
‘Birth Book’ including all your medical
records and your baby birth plan that you will have put together with your
Clean, comfortable clothes for
after labour and if you end up staying in hospital for a few nights. While
you’ll be given a medical gown for the birth, you might want some comfortable,
loose and light fitting clothing for after. Remember you’ll probably bleed for
a couple of days after the birth and experience a number of hormonal changes so
more than one change might be necessary.
Nursing bras that will allow you
to comfortably breastfeed your baby.
Maternity pads and regular change of underwear - as mentioned, you will bleed for a day or two after the birth as
well as experience other bodily changes. Maternity pads are a must have for
after labour. Underwear that you are happy to throw out will also be necessary.
Your own set of toiletries -
think along the lines of an overnight bag. Things such as your toothbrush,
toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo etc. Don’t forget a hairbrush and
some hair ties too - you’ll definitely need a hair tie for labour!
Cell phone accessories and
will probably provide you with appropriate footwear such as slippers, but you
might want to pack your own just to be on the safe side.
A couple of small towels for personal use - Again
the hospital should provide these, but it’s worth packing your own if you want
A little make-up - after giving birth the last
thing on your mind might be a full face of makeup but some mums like to be able
to wear some if they end up in hospital longer than expected and want to put
some on before visitors or for photos.
favourite snacks or drinks you think
you’ll need. If you end up in a long labour or overnight stay, some comforting
snacks can make a real difference to your mood.
Checklist for your partner
Bring some snacks and
refreshments such as tea, coffee and juices.
Some extra set of clothes to
wear as the entire process of delivery takes quite a while.
You would also need a camera to
take pictures as well as to make video of this precious moment with you and
A cell phone with all accessories would be required to keep in touch with your
Checklist for your baby
Newborn baby grows - you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for a
night or two stay in hospital so pack a couple of newborn babygrows. The ones
with added booties and hand mittens are the best so you won’t have to worry
about extras. Some new parents also like to pack a ‘going home’ outfit for when
they do get to bring their new baby home.
Newborn nappies, nappy wipes,
talcum powder or nappy cream. The hospital should be
able to provide you with anything else you need and will advise what’s best for
newborn skin but it’s good to have these just in case.
Added layers for warmth - A little hat and cardigan are great for keeping baby warm,
especially on the journey home.
A soft cotton blanket - Again, the hospital will have blankets on hand but it’s nice to have
one of your own that you can wrap baby up in and take them home in.
Muslin cloths or small
flannels for baby spit ups and burping.
Baby toiletries - if you end up in hospital for a few days, you’ll be taken through
how to give your baby a bath. You can pack any toiletries that you have already
purchased and want to use with your baby.
Baby basket and car seat - for when you’re ready to take baby home.
of these lists are not exhaustive, and if you’ve had a baby before you’ll be
even more prepared with a good idea of what you’ll really need and won’t need,
but it’s a great starting point for any new mums who are worried about what to
anything you forget will be easily able to be bought either at the hospital or
if you need to send your partner on a shopping trip!
prepared is just a great way to help you relax and focus on the really
important part of the day - welcoming your new bundle of joy into the world.
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