The anticipation of the new baby is overwhelming.
And as the eager moms that we are,we love to be prepared on every front.
The hospital bag is like a reality check that the beautiful journey of pregnancy is about to end.
When do you get the bag ready?
Now,I would like to be prepared with the shopping stuff atleast a month before the due date.Not only cause we enter the so called ‘term period’ after the completion of the 36th week but also because it becomes increasingly difficult to walk about with the TERM tummy and admit it,we are already easily tired now!
So,the ideal time would be after the completion of 36th week.
As the baby can pop out anytime now!
What do I fill the bag with?
#The Mommy stuff
All the stuff the new mommy is gonna need during the hospital stay.
1.Maternity night gowns/nighties
Not only these are breast feeding friendly but also the ones with buttons on the entire length have an added advantage if you ought to have a c.section.
Helps in checking the wound soakage and also to perform dressing over the wound.
While some hospitals provide their own pads,a few don’t.
The immediate postpartum period you have considerable amount of bleeding.So make sure the ones you buy are larger sizes.
Although the hospitals these days are equal to star hotels providing everything you need,still having stuff of your own will be comforting and useful in ways you wouldn’t imagine.
Everything you love using for yourself.
Be it a comb or shampoo or facewash.
5.Maternity clothing and lingerie
You would wanna buy brasserie suitable for nursing and nursing pads to prevent the milk staining the clothing.
When it comes to the clothing I like to customise them before hand.
It helps a lot getting loose clothing stitched with hooks or a simple zip to help breast feed the new born.
Even if you are gonna wear the clothing on your way from hospital to home,you would be surprised how much its gonna be useful.
Customise the same during the entire breastfeeding period.
#The Baby stuff
This is the fun part!
Not only cause you have been waiting for the baby all along but also you would really love shopping for the new one beforehand.Gives you all sorts of emotions!!
Its always best keeping the baby warm.So,I would suggest newborn sized rompers.
As you don’t know the gender of the baby in India beforehand,better buy gender neutral colours if you are specific in regards to colour.But you can’t resist the cute onesies no matter what the colour,trust me!
- Baby caps-2
- Mittens-2 pairs
- Socks-2 pairs
Baby wraps are separately available in the market.
If you aren’t pro buying the wraps,small sized thin towels can be used too.
The agenda is keeping the baby warm.
Buy soft towels for the baby.we don’t wanna harm that sensitive skin,right?
You would really be surprised by the brands and types available exclusive to the babies.
I would recommend that you research on what product to buy atleast 3 months before the due date.
- Baby body wash/soap
- Massage oil-not exactly needed at the hospital but you never know when your ‘old advisor’ would wanna massage the lil one.
- Baby powder
Make sure its not too scented,babies tend to be too sensitive.
You don’t know what might trigger allergic reaction in the baby.
And avoid the vaginal area in the female baby.
Have a big pack of nappies ready for the lil one.
You have no idea how many times the lil pooper’s gonna keep exploding.
You gotta buy hypoallergenic,soft and warm blankets.
Apart from this you would find handwash,newspapers,snacks pretty useful.
Come what may I’m sure you will not forget your cellphone and its charger.