What to pack in your hospi­tal bag

Es­sen­tial items for de­liv­ery day

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents -

’ve seen a lot of birth-bag check­lists in my time, and plenty of bags that are a panic-packed me­nagerie of stuff you sim­ply won’t use in labour. So, when it comes to your bag, take a mo­ment to think about the three Ws: What’s it for? Who’s it for? When’s it for? The an­swer is that it’s a bag of es­sen­tials for you to use when you’re in labour. It doesn’t need to in­clude your baby’s en­tire wardrobe, how­ever ovary-achingly gor­geous the con­tents of that might be – make this bag about you. Think of it as your hand lug­gage for the best trip you’re ever go­ing to take.

It’s es­sen­tial that your birth part­ner packs the birth bag. Yes, re­ally. I have seen so many fa­thers-to-be des­per­ately try­ing to find a hair­band that their part­ner needs now in the bot­tom of the bag, while fling­ing out baby blan­kets, ma­ter­nity pads and ex­tra-large black cot­ton knick­ers. Lay all of the stuff out on your bed, so you re­main in con­trol of what’s go­ing in, but let your part­ner pack it, be­cause it’s very likely that he’s go­ing to be the one nav­i­gat­ing the con­tents in labour; and if he doesn’t know the dif­fer­ence be­tween a san­i­tary and ma­ter­nity breast pad, we’re in trou­ble!

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