THE DELIVERY BAG


 

 

THE MOMMY COLLECTIVE - SECRETS

The Delivery Bag

A practical post, on preparing for Delivery-day!

As your baby is on its way to you, it's time for you to get all-packed-up-&-ready-to-go too!
Time: I started preparing this at 7.5 months, it took me a few weeks to get it ready! 

I. For me, the Mommy-to-be!

… Clothes 
I took my Favourite & most Comfy clothes...
For nursing it just helped if every top is front opening up to the navel …Button-down shirts from 

Shawls - thin thick thicker - and a soft blanket 

  • Useful to cover yourself when unexpected visitors walked in!
  • And very comforting at night to have my own blankie

Really loose bottoms - sarongs, pyjamas 
Button pyjama tops for night 
Rubber chappals, bathrobe

… Lingerie etc

  • Granny panties (wait high undies) - tight fit, loose fit... Depends on how you feel after delivery, on what fitting you will choose... Keep 3 of both type http://za.triumph.com/panties/style/shaper
  • Period Pads - heavy duty, preferably cotton, preferably the post-delivery kind 

Lots of comfy nursing bras, at least 6…

Mothercare, Mom & me, Just Moms … all have great brick & mortar stores too!

… Toilet bag
The Essentials: http://www.nykaa.com/
Face wash, face cream, Kaajal and lipgloss - it made me feel normal to put on a bit of Kaajal and lipstick on my face! 

The Non-essential:   
I took a hairdryer as well :) Felt Brilliant to have clean blowdried hair!

Tip on involving your partner!
Make a list of your specific toiletries (along with brand names), and give the daddy-to-be the list, to prepare the toilet bag – this an easy (and fool-proof way!) for him to be involved

II. For Baby, our most precious & delicate bundle!

… One set of clothes to get baby home
In Breach Candy Hospital, where l was, they didn't allow outside clothes for baby, so I just had 2 sets to get him home in, I ended up using the following 

  • Onesie with full arms and legs (toe closing, hands closing)
  • Swaddle cloth (the nurses will swaddle baby's head also in the wrap, for car journey)
  • 2 newborn size diapers (I didn't use mine, hospital keeps)
  • Pillow for car to keep baby on your lap 
  • 4 napkins for spit ups 
  • 4 burp cloths (also useful for visitors!... though I wasn’t comfortable with guests taking him!)

http://www.firstcry.com/ - great for bulk shopping such as diapers, wipes, baby toiletries, cleaning products
http://www.hopscotch.in/ - great for one-off items such an changing mats & covers

… For your nursing needs
A breast pump, so that nurse can teach you to use 
A nursing pillow - 'my Brest friend' brand - super useful from day one http://www.amazon.in

… Other things I took
a small cushion, jambox, candle, 6 toilet paper rolls, 3 boxes of tissue, 2 hand towels and 2 body towels (I was getting fresh ones daily from home and sending used ones back), my favourite hot chocolate powder, bananas, my fav jam, all found at http://www.naturesbasket.co.in/
 and not to forget... extra toothbrush, blanket, and small cushion, for whoever was staying with me!

… Papers!
A folder with hospital registration papers, along with your admittance fee money, in a folder.
A folder with all your pregnancy papers... tests reports etc. 
A folder for all the baby papers that they give 

Other Do-sies

  • Make sure your husband/mom know where what is in your hospital bag! Then you don't have to stress in the hospital
  • Keep extra napkins and burp cloths in a separate bag, these are very useful even when you're in the hospital, and keep swaddle cloths - these are just useful to spread on any surface before you put baby down
  • Ask your fam to sneak in foods that are good for lactation… upma, sabudana – khichdi, kheer, sandesh, poha 
  • Ask the nurses to help you with going to the loo & shower, since the body is really weak 
  • Ask the senior-most baby-nurse and lactation consultant to teach you how to feed, and care for your baby... Sponge, diaper change, swaddle, burp!
  • .... Decide what you want to wear TO the hospital! Keep it washed ironed and folded in an easy-to-find spot in your cupboard! I wore maternity leggings, a super loose full-sleeve tshirt, chappals, shawl!


Happy Mommyhood!

xoxo

Natasha 

 


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