Our advice: don’t wait for D-Day to pack your suitcase. In the rush to leave for motherhood, you may well forget something. So anticipate …
Step 1: The essentials to take with you to the maternity ward
- Take a pajama top or a nightgown. You will put it on when you arrive at the maternity ward. You will keep it during childbirth so remember to comfortable clothes.
- If you are cautious, plan a small vest and a pair of socks to put on in the workroom.
- The contractions and childbirth itself will make you sweat. Remember to take away a fogger, your guide will be able to refresh you. You are not allowed to drink.
- Sometimes the dilation can be very long, so just in case (and if you have the strength to) take magazines, a CD of your favorite music. Maybe they can relax you.
- And of course don’t forget to take with you all useful documents (vital and mutual card, family record book, blood group card, everything concerning your pregnancy follow-up file).
Step 2: Products and clothes for the maternity hospital stay
Remember you are not going to a fashion show. So yes you want to be the prettiest mother, but first think about your comfort.
- Opt for a soft terrycloth bathrobe, a loose nightgown, slippers, a sweater, a shawl. Also take one or two boxers, legging style, wide enough so that it does not press on the stomach and tunics or wide blouses that button on the front. More practical if you have decided to breastfeed.
- As for shoes, take the ones that hurt your feet the least. Ballerinas will be perfect. Don’t be afraid to be cold, maternity hospitals are well heated.
- On the lingerie side, bring washable or disposable panties and a bag to slip in all your dirty laundry. You will need two special breastfeeding bras depending on the feeding method you have chosen for your baby, breast pads and a nursing pillow.
- Finally bring three or four towels, your toiletries and a hair dryer.
- To brighten up your stay in the maternity ward, do not hesitate to slip into your suitcase your favorite snacks (tea, dried fruits, cakes …) and of course your camera and / or camcorder.
Step 3: Your baby’s things for the maternity ward
Before preparing your baby’s suitcase, check with your maternity ward to find out if she provides you with the diapers, sheets and towels for her toilet.
Bring him five or six bodysuits, five pajamas, one-piece and bibs. Because he may be cold, bring too socks, one or two vests, a sleeping bag or failing that, a cover.
To protect him, when leaving the work room, take him a birth cap for its first hours and small mittens if he scratches his face.