Its 1:43AM and baby is on the way! You quickly grab your bag, hop in the car and are on your way. As you rush to the hospital, the last thing on your mind is the contents of your hospital bag. Though it might sound crazy, packing your bag at least a month in advance is a great way to make sure you have everything you need for the big day.
When Should You Start Packing A Hospital Bag?
You are probably asking yourself, “when should I start preparing my hospital bag?” The quick answer is the sooner, the better. You should have your hospital bag ready to go between the 32 and 35 weeks of pregnancy. You may start packing it at any time in your pregnancy, but it is important to have everything packed by your 35th week in case baby comes early.
A good time to start preparing your hospital bag is around the 28th week mark or at the start of your 3rd trimester. You can prep your hospital bag by creating a checklist of what you will need for baby’s arrival!
What Should You Pack In Your Hospital Bag?
Here is a checklist of essential items to pack in your hospital bag so it is ready to go well before baby’s arrival
Clothes to Wear During Delivery and After Giving Birth
Comfy pyjamas, a cosy robe, and fuzzy slippers are a must. You’re not going to want to wear that stiff hospital gown the whole time, so make sure you have some comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and possibly throwing away after your stay at the hospital. Having cosy items like a robe and socks will make the cold, hospital environment seem a little more comfortable. Plus, an open-front robe will make breastfeeding more convenient.
Camera, Phone & Chargers
This is an extremely special moment that you will definitely want to document. Be sure to have a camera packed in your bag, along with the necessary chargers, batteries, memory cards, etc. Also, make sure you have your phone and charger packed so you can send your family updates as you welcome your baby into the world!
After all that time in labour, you’ll want to freshen up a bit before the visitors start rolling in and the camera comes out. Pack some face wipes, a toothbrush, hair brush, and make up for the after birth photos. Your future self will thank you.
A nursing bra or, a bra one size up from your pregnancy size for moms who plan on bottle feeding. Moms who give birth naturally may get some benefit from mesh underwear! Moms who deliver via Caesarean section may find high waisted underpants that don’t cut into the wound site are more comfortable.
Your baby may take its time coming into the world, so make sure you have some things to distract you while you wait. Whether it’s your favourite magazine, a deck of cards, or the latest series on Netflix, make sure you have something fun to pass the time.
Snacks & Treats
Labour can take time and especially in the early stages you’re likely to feel hungry. Be prepared with some healthy but high energy snacks to help you through. Granola bars, fruit, smoothies and sandwiches are all great options that will keep you going. Remember your birth partner will need to keep their strength up as well so they’re able to assist you so make sure you pack enough for two!
Outfit for Baby To Wear Home
This is a no brainer, of course baby needs the most adorable first-day-home outfit!
Something for Mom To Wear Home
You are going to want a fresh outfit to put on for the ride home. Something comfortable would be the best option.
Insurance card, ID & Birth Plan
Do not forget to include your insurance card, ID & birth plan in your delivery bag in Dubai. You are probably thinking, Duh! But you’d be surprised how often people forget these very essential items to take out of your daily bag and put in your hospital bag.
Your Cord Blood Collection Kit
If you are going to be collecting your baby’s stem cells, make sure you have your kit in your hospital bag. It is easy to accidentally leave it home during the hospital rush. Should you go into labour before receiving your kit, CellSave will hand-deliver your kit to you at the hospital, just call us on 8002796.
What is in the Stem Cell Collection kit:
CellSave Collection Kit
validated for durability and temperature
temperature controlled and monitored during transport
Cord Blood, cord tissue, placental tissue, and cord vessel collection material
cord blood collection bag
cord tissue collection cup
placental tissue transportation container
cord vessel collection cup
maternal blood collection vials
healthcare provider instructions
data collection record
service agreement (including informed consent, medical health history questionnaire)
The CellSave Collection Kit supplies all you need for a proper cord blood or tissue collection at the time of your delivery. If you’re in a rush for a kit, easily access our emergency kits in the hospital or call us and we will hand-deliver the kit to you. Kits are stored in most hospitals for same-day delivery, which is perfect for clients experiencing an early or unexpected delivery.
Learn more about stem cell banking, call us today on 8002796!