The days of grabbing your keys, phone and wallet and heading out the door are soon to be over, and it all starts with the birth! Here is a comprehensive checklist devised by Mum Affairs members to help you with your first step on the journey of parenthood!
Browse through and choose the things that are relevant to you.
- Ante Natal Card
- Hospital Information
- Private Health Insurance details (if applicable)
- Medicare Card/Details- very important
- GP’s details
For Mum during the birth
- Lip balm as your lips can become dry during labour from heavy breathing. This may offer some relief.
- Soothing music of your choice for during labour- could be from your phone.
- Something comfortable to wear e.g a nightie.
- A bedside clock- After birth you’ll frequently be asked about your babies feeding and dirty/wet nappies.
- Two to three nightie/pyjamas if you are staying at the hospital
- Two to three nursing bras/tops
- Two boxes of disposable breast pads
- Underwear: it pays to have some old ones in the bag that can be thrown away in case of staining in the days after birth.
- Maternity Pads – at least two packets – your partner can always bring more if needed.
- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hair bands, make up, deodorant, liquid soap, moisturiser- You want to look good when visitors start coming.
- Nursing bra (2 or 3)
- Day clothes: bear in mind that you will be sore, so loose fitting clothes are suggested
- A roll or two of your own soft toilet paper. You are bound to be tender and don’t want to be using something hard and scratchy! Some women prefer flushable wipes.
- Breast Pump: in case there is a need to express, if your baby can’t be breastfed directly
- Feeding bottle and formula- In case you don’t lactate immediately
- Plastic nylon for dirty clothes
- Phone (or Digital camera) and charger
For your birth partner
- Panadol: some partners suffer from stress and tension headaches when watching their partners in pain and often hospitals won’t give medication to fathers so it can be handy to have some in your bag.
- A charged mobile phone to make birth announcement calls.
- Watch for feeding, nappy change records
- Diary/Notepad to keep notes of the things you may forget in the haste of everything.
- Magazines and books for reading when baby is sleeping (if you are not!)
- Framed photos of the other kids as it makes them feel special when they come in to visit.
- Four playsuits
- Four singlets
- Four pairs socks/booties
- Four cardigans (depending on season)
- One cellular blanket (for going home)
- Mittens- to cover your baby’s hands
- Hand sanitiser
- Nappies/diapers & wipes
- Cotton wool
- Going home outfit
- Toiletries: baby bath lotion, shampoo (if your baby has hair!, brush and comb, massage oil.
- Bar soap (most times, the hospital recommends their preferred brand)
- Warm hats/bonnets
- A correctly fitted car seat (if you can afford one)
- Big garbage bag and towel in case your water breaks in the car
When the birth is over you’ll have the single most important thing of all – your beautiful bundle of joy!