Steps to Take Before Your Delivery, and Knowing What to Have in Your Hospital Bag
Expecting a baby is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, but such times also come with a great need for preparation. Because you’re sure to sure to desire more hours in the day once your baby arrives, it’s essential you set the proper foundation for the newest member of your family. Find out what to do before your delivery and what items you should have in your hospital bag when your baby is ready to arrive.
Decide on Your Birth Announcement
You aren’t the only one who’s excited about the birth of your baby. Decide how and when you’ll share the great news with others with a birth announcement. You can share the news online with a photo website, or you can keep things simple with an announcement on social media. By taking care of this while your little one is still unborn, you’ll have one less thing to fret over when she or he arrives.
Enjoy the Quiet, Relaxed Times
As any parent can tell you, peace and quiet become things of the past when you baby arrives, no matter how eager you might be to become a parent yourself. With that in mind, you’ll want to take full advantage of any opportunity you have to relax and soak in peace and quiet. Kick your feet back and relax, take in a movie and enjoy the fact that no one needs you except for your baby
Invest in a Waterproof Bed Pad
Know that this suggestion isn’t for the baby, but for the mother-to-be. The reason we make this recommendation is that your water might break in the middle of the night. In your rush to get to the hospital and take care of everything else, you’ll likely either forget or simply not have time to clean up the mess made by amniotic fluid. Be sure to invest in a quality pad rather than settle for plastic sheeting or something similar that’s sure to keep you up and uncomfortable with the noise it makes.
Choose Your Pediatrician
Start looking at local pediatricians while you’re still pregnant and decide on one you feel is a solid pick for you, your baby and your shared needs. Check online reviews and ask friends and family for recommendations. When you find a few pediatricians you like, it’s a good idea to meet with them beforehand to get a sense for how well you think you and your baby would get along with them. This is another task you’ll be glad you took care of before your baby arrives.
Look into Baby Classes
If this is your first baby, learn how to breastfeed, give your baby a bath, change a diaper, swaddle a baby and anything else you never knew you never knew about caring for a baby. Check with your local hospitals and community centers to see if there are any baby classes you can take to educate yourself on how to properly care not only for your baby, but yourself as a new parent.
The Delivery Bag
Now that you have a few ideas of what you should do before your baby arrives, it’s time to learn what you should have in your delivery bag when your baby is ready to make her or his debut. A few essentials include:
- Your photo ID
- Health insurance information
- Eyeglasses (if you wear them)
- A robe, slippers, socks and a nightgown
- Maternity bras
- Lip balm
- Sugar-free hard candy (for the delivery to avoid dry mouth)
- A change of clothes
- Phone and charger
Items your partner should bring include:
- Comfortable shoes
- A change of clothes
- Some form of entertainment
- Money for the vending machine, or snacks
Things your baby will need consist of:
- An installed car seat
- A receiving blanket
- A going-home outfit
- Seasonal clothing, such as a hat or extra layers for the cold
It’s perfectly understandable to worry about bringing more items than you need for your baby. For that reason, it’s best you have the above items with you in your delivery bag and leave anything you’re unsure of in the car. This is better than and preferable to hauling unnecessary items around, which can become a serious hassle and take up space in your hospital room. It’s always best to have everything close at hand in the car rather than leave something at home, which might not be quick or easy to retrieve.
A Few Extra Tips
Because you can never have too much information when it comes to babies, here are a few extra tips for making your final selection about what should go in your delivery bag. If you wear both glasses and contacts, it’s a good idea to bring them both, along with some contact lens solution. Glasses can easily steam up during delivery, and mothers commonly want to see what’s going on. Something else to bear in mind is that pregnant women are fairly bursting with hormones, which can make them sweat much more than usual. With that in mind, we recommend packing more than a single change of clothes so the mother can remain as comfortable as possible after the delivery.
Disposable underpants are another good idea for mothers in delivery. While the hospital will likely have underpants available, they might not be the most comfortable. Keeping mothers happy and relaxed is essential when it comes to newborns, and the little things truly make a huge difference. In regard to making the baby as comfortable as can be, it’s best to pack either an emery board or baby nail clippers to trim the baby’s nails. This little tip could keep your little one from scratching up her or his face.
Nipple cream is another essential for the delivery bag. It can take a while for some new mothers to get used to breastfeeding, and in the meantime, their nipples can become seriously dry. A good cream is ideal for both mother and baby.
For even more excellent tips on what to do before your delivery and what you should pack in your hospital bag, reach out to us here at KAMO. We’re easily found on Facebook, on Twitter at @kamo_family and on Instagram at “kamofamily.”