New­born Know-How

Expat Living (Hong Kong) - - Body & Mind -

Our post­na­tal ex­pert MELINDA HUNT

an­swers some com­mon ques­tions

What do I need to pack in my hos­pi­tal bag?

By about the 35- or 36-week mark, pack a bag for your­self and a sep­a­rate one for baby. Have it by the door and let your part­ner know it’s ready to go. If they’re plan­ning on stay­ing with you, it’s worth hav­ing a bag packed with some ba­sics for them too!

Things to pack for mum:

Pass­ports, HK ID Cards, ad­mis­sion forms, in­sur­ance doc­u­men­ta­tion, pen and paper

Birth plan (typed up, ready to sub­mit to mid­wife)

Read­ing ma­te­rial and, if needed, glasses

Mo­bile phone and cam­era (and charg­ers)

2-3 ma­ter­nity bras, 2-3 night­gowns, 3-4 pairs of ma­ter­nity un­der­wear, 2-3 pairs of socks, and 1 cardi­gan, wrap or robe (pri­vate rooms may pro­vide)

Hairdryer (pri­vate rooms will pro­vide a ba­sic ver­sion) Sham­poo, con­di­tioner, soap, hair­brush, hair ties, tooth­brush, lip balm, makeup, de­odor­ant, san­i­tary pads, breast pads (hos­pi­tal will pro­vide a ba­sic ver­sion, but bring your pre­ferred brand) Bath towel (hos­pi­tal will pro­vide a thin ba­sic towel)

Pil­low (if you pre­fer your own)

Change for vend­ing ma­chines

Snacks for dur­ing and af­ter labour

An out­fit and shoes for go­ing home in

Things to pack for baby:

A blan­ket and swad­dle Fit­ted car seat

Nap­pies for go­ing home in An out­fit for go­ing home in

Melinda Ma­ter­nity is a be­spoke post­na­tal care and night nurse ser­vice. A mother of five her­self, Melinda brings first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sional ad­vice on top­ics, from feed­ing and set­tling to ba­sic baby care. 5177 7240 | melin­da­ma­ter­

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