Pregnant women need to learn what preparing for labour means so that they don’t get to the hospital unprepared without the slightest item for delivery. This can be very embarrassing for the mothers and even the health professionals. The last thing you’ll want to worry about when labor starts is whether you have your toiletries or new ones stuff packed. To ease your mind in preparing for labour you should ensure that you get your bag together a few weeks before your due date. This is one reason you should keep yourself abreast of your birth process from the start in order not to be taken unawares. Make a comprehensive packing list for yourself and your baby to make your stay in the hospital a memorable one. The following may help you.
Before labour starts;
- Follow your birth process like; expected date of delivery, your midwife or doctor in charge, your registered hospital.
- Carry your significant person along with your plan; get a driver ready, inform him about the hospital location, get fuel in your car, have a phone handy at all times.
- Ensure all test and diagnostic investigations needed to aid the delivery process is done and ready and in your delivery bag
- Get your delivery bag ready and in a place where it can be easily assessed by anyone at any time
- You should already decide your preferences before delivery with your health professional before delivery date
- Carry your partner along with the whole process and decide if he would like to be present during the delivery and what your expectations are.
- Make blood donor arrangements as necessary.
Supplies for newborn
- Ensure that all your baby supplies are all in your delivery bag. These supplies include;
- Infant car seat (optional)
- Breastfeeding supplies (breast pump, feeding bottles, teats, bottle sterilizers, cups and spoons)
- Formula if you won’t be breastfeeding
- Small towels, wipes or handkerchiefs
- Baby soaps and sponge
- Diaper, diaper pins and diaper pail
- Changing table, cotton balls, wash cloths, mild soap, diaper rash ointment, hair brush, and thermometer
- Infant sleepers, T-shirts, socks, gloves and blankets
- Sweater and a cap for your baby
- Crib sheets and blankets
- Waterproof pads for crib or lap
- Crib, cradle, or bassinet
- Medical coverage information
- Loose fitting clothes
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, and hairbrush or comb
- Bath towel
- Sleep clothes
- Socks and slippers (flat)
- Support or nursing bra and breast pads
- Tampons and sanitary pads
- Toilet paper
- Lip balm
- Telephone numbers of family and friends
- Infant sleeper with legs (sacs or kimonos won’t fit in the car seat), or T-shirt and a diaper for baby to wear home
- Baby blanket
- Infant car seat
- Camera (optional if you have a good phone)