The Essential Baby Bag Checklist

 

Everything You Need to Prepare for Baby’s Big Arrival

Congratulations! You have a healthy, happy little bun in the oven – and the feast is about to begin. You’ve read the books, you’ve got your birth-plan ready and your doctor is on high alert.

You’re belly-ready, but are you bag-ready too? Here’s what to bring to the hospital to make labour and delivery (and your stay!) go more smoothly.

When should I pack my bag for the hospital?
Nothing is more unpredictable than the arrival of a baby. So, have your bag ready by the time you’re about 36 weeks pregnant since you could go into labour at any time in the weeks before your due date. Keep your “go-bag” near the door – or even in the car.

Having your bag ready ahead of time is a good idea even if you’re having a planned C-section because labour could start before your scheduled date.

Packing for the Star of the Show
With all the hustle and bustle around your baby’s delivery, you may forget to take care of that other important person… you! Now more than ever, you need to remember to nurture yourself, so you can better nurture your baby.

While there will be no time for spa treatments and luxuries, it’s a good idea to ensure you have the basic toiletries and necessities to see you through labour, including comfortable slippers, a change of clothes, a calming face & body was and a soothing moisturiser to ensure you get a fresh start – whenever you need it.

We know, you’re never without your phone, but be sure you (and your partner) have chargers handy too. Besides needing a phone for obvious reasons (calling, texting, and updating your social accounts with your exciting news) you’ll want to download helpful apps, like a contraction timer and white noise.

We’ve included a checklistchecklist for your birth partner as well. We suggest packing your bags together so you can double-check that you’ll each have everything you might need – it’s also a great time to bond over the arrival of your baby.

Preparing for the Guest of Honour
You’ve done it! Your newborn baby has just arrived. This first, precious, golden hour is upon you. What happens now? Many practitioners will allow you to have the baby placed directly on your abdomen or chest. Warm towels or blankets will be placed over both of you to help keep your baby warm. It’s time to bond with your bundle of joy.

After the various standardised tests, your first duties as a parent begins: it’s time to feed, clothe and take care of your baby. From cute outfits and soft blankets to nappies and bum cream, your baby bag should contain everything you need to ensure your baby is warm, comfortable and well-fed.

If you decide to bathe your baby before heading home, remember to use a cleanser that is soft and gentle on your baby’s newborn skin, while cleansing thoroughly to avoid infections. You will also need to put cream on your baby’s skin to protect the natural moisture balance, giving your baby the best protection from day one.

More Ways to Prepare for Your Baby’s Birth
Now that your bag is packed and you have everything, you’re ready to go… right? Not yet. Before you leave the house, there are a few more things you can do to ensure baby’s homecoming is as close to perfect as possible.

Most first-time mothers are concerned about getting the nursery ready before the arrival of their little ray of sunshine. But don’t stress if it’s not perfect by the time you get back from the hospital. All you need is a Moses’ basket or cot, some bedding, nappies, wipes and Babygro’s. It can all be prettied up later. If you insist on having it ready, note that you should wait at least 6 weeks before bringing infants back into a painted room. You will also need to ensure the room is correctly ventilated and use fans or open windows as much as possible. If you are due in the colder months, ensure your baby’s room is equipped with a safe, approved heater to ensure the temperature is just right for your little one.

Once baby is home, cooking a 5-course meal is going to be the last thing on your mind. Preparing and freezing food in advance is a great way to ensure you and your partner can focus on what’s important. Just pop your pre-made meal in the microwave and voila! You’re ready to go.

Get Ready with Sebamed
It might seem overwhelming right now, but being prepared for this day will help things run smoother and give you time to focus on what is important: your growing family. This checklistchecklist will help you prepare everything you’ll need for yourself, your partner and your new baby: