Being such a fussy bee that I am, I had my hospital bag ready even before a month to my scheduled due date. I had scoured numerous sites and blogs and tested the patience of many of my friends to know what I exactly needed to carry in my hospital bag. Needless to say, when the moment actually came, I realized I had over-packed while completely forgetting certain basic necessities.
Here’s what to pack for your hospital bag:
- Maternity Nightgowns – Keep an extra for accidents. Believe me, it happens.
- In most hospitals in India, they have maids who wash patient’s and baby’s clothes. If you are not comfortable with the idea of them washing your clothes, you can ask your house maid to wash them.
- Nursing Bras (keep a few breast pads, just in case).
- Panties (I recommend disposable ones).
- Towels and Napkins.
Comb, hairband/scrunchy, toothbrush, toothpaste, tongue scraper, lip balm, body lotion, soap/body wash, toilet roll, Sanitary napkins (I know some people who have liked the comfort of Adult Diapers for extra soaking).
- Wet wipes, hand sanitizer.
- Sleepers – While, RiRi might have given birth to her daughter in kitten heels, not all of us share her fashion sense or the lack of urr, other sense which is apparently not so common these days. You would need a sturdy pair of sleepers to support your wobbly legs while you visit the washroom or walk the length of the hospital room.
- Somethings Fun – pack a fun novel if you are a book lover, crosswords, Sudoku etc, anything to while your time in case of an extended labor.
For the baby:
- Few pairs of clothes (check with the hospital if they provide baby clothes).
- Old dhoti – some families have the tradition of receiving the baby for the first time in an old worn out dhoti (basically, the dhoti made of soft muslin is soft to the new-born’s skin).
- Cloth nappies (some hospitals do provide diapers but it’s your call).
- Swaddle cloths.
- Foam sheets with attached plastic sheet.
- Baby wipes.
- Nappy pins.
Lastly, do not fret if you realize you have forgotten to pack in your hospital bag. Remember, this is India and the hospital is hardly far from your home. You can get anything you want later on in case you have forgotten something.