If you are a first-time expectant mother and have a clueless idea on what items should be included in your hospital bag, you are on the right page. Although deliveries may differ according to individuals, it is essential to note that this article is meant to cover the basic understanding of what to expect during your stay.
1. Sanitary pads/ Adult diapers
You will bleed a little if not a lot in post-delivery. This justifies the needs for your go-to sanitary pad. Or even better, adult diapers to avoid leaking and the like. You also don’t have to bother about washing the stains on your underpants later. If you choose to go green, bring tonnes of cloth pads as an alternative.
2. Kitchen roll
If you went through normal delivery, or as they say Surgical Vaginal Delivery (SVD), peeing or pooping can be pretty daunting and you will need to wipe the related areas thoroughly before leaving the bathroom. As opposed to the typical toilet roll, kitchen roll has tougher surface and that it’s thicker which would reduce the chance of it being torn apart while wiping. As it is important to make sure that your wound does not catch any residual, kitchen roll is a relatively safe material to opt for.
3. Clothing for you and the newborn
Your baby and you will be asked to put on hospital attire throughout your stay. So preparing a set of clothes for each of you to wear when you are discharging from the hospital is sufficient, especially if the space in your hospital bag is limited. Yours would be a top and bottom, a tudung and a pair of socks at least. As for your baby, he/she will need at least 2 pairs of mitten and booties and a romper.
4. Kain batik (sarong) and cloth napkin
These items work wonders in many ways! They can help with wiping, cloth mat, blanket, a backup plan for your bottom and many other possible circumstances. It also brings a huge sense of comfort especially on the ones that you have been wearing because it carries your homey smell to the hospital. So remember to include them in your bag.
On a different note, one of the items that is not as essential to bring to the hospital is your breast pump because you only produce a spoon or two of breast milk at this stage. In fact, the nurses would encourage you directly nurse your baby as latching requires some skills. Apart from that, if you have already joined an antenatal class that your hospital had organized before, you would be familiar about their facilities and the available items in the maternity ward. This would be even more helpful in planning your hospital bag.
Having that said, what would you like to add in your hospital bag should you experience another round of delivery? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s exchange an idea or two!