Wondering what to bring with you to the hospital before your labour day? Get your hospital bag ready packed and ready with our simple checklist! Here’s what you’ll need to have in your labour bug-out bag:
1. Important Documents
Bring copies of your IC, health insurance information, and any hospital registration forms. Do put it in a plastic folder for safekeeping.
2. Smartphone and Charger
Ensure you and your partner has your phone chargers handy, too. Besides needing a phone for obvious reasons, you might want to download helpful apps, like a contraction timer and white noise app for meditation.
Deodorant, body wash, shampoo, facial cleansing wipes, toothpaste, and a toothbrush are necessities. Don’t forget the lip balm and moisturizer too! (air-cond tends to dry people up)
4. Hair Care Products
A hair tie or headband will help keep your hair out of your face during labour. Bonus – a brush and dry shampoo will help ensure that you look fab in those first photos with your new baby.
5. Cash and Change
Bring at least RM100 in cash and change for snacks, gift-store runs, and any of your miscellaneous cravings.
6. Homecoming Outfit for Baby
Pack a new-born-size kimono-style shirt (for size flexibility), with footed pants so you don’t have to bring socks.
7. Homecoming Outfit for You
You’ll probably still look about 5 months pregnant, so pack your favourite maternity dress instead.
8. Sleepwear, Robe, and Underwear
A cotton pajamas/robe will be much more comfortable than a hospital gown, and a robe will come in handy for walking the hallways. Several pairs of undies are also a must – for obvious reasons!
9. Slippers and/or Heavy Socks
Keep your toes toasty and clean, whether you’re in bed or strolling around on the cold tile floor. Bring a pair that’s easily laundered, as they may get a bit dirty after some walking.
10. Extra Undies and Extra-Absorbent Pads
You’re going to really need these after delivery. It might also be helpful to pack Lidocaine (LINK TO LIDOCAINE WIKI) spray or witch hazel pads (to relieve pain from tearing).
11. Nursing Bra
Bring a nursing bra that’s comfy enough to sleep in.
12. Music, Movies, and Magazines
Either bring physical copies of this or load up your smartphone or tablet with tunes and anything you might want to watch on.
13. Relaxation Tools
Labour time can be quite stressful so consider bringing a back-massager, stress-relieving squeeze ball, and massage oil or lotion.
14. Soft Pillow
The pillows in the hospitals may be uncomfortable, and bringing one you’re familiar with may help you to relax.
15. Snacks and Candy
Keep everyone happy by bringing enough snacks for you and your partner to share. Lollipops are especially great for conquering dry mouth during labour.