Your due date is getting closer and it’s time to think about what to take to the hospital for the birth. But what do you need? When should you pack? Our postnatal expert Melinda Hunt helps answer these common questions of mums-to-be.
What do I need to pack in my hospital bag?
By about the 35- or 36-week mark, pack a bag for yourself and a separate one for baby. Have it by the door and let your partner know it’s ready to go. If they’re planning on staying with you, it’s worth having a bag packed with some basics for them too!
Things to pack for mum:
- Passports, HK ID Cards, admission forms, insurance documentation, pen and paper
- Birth plan (typed up, ready to submit to midwife)
- Reading material and, if needed, glasses
- Mobile phone and camera (and chargers)
- 2-3 maternity bras, 2-3 nightgowns, 3-4 pairs of maternity underwear, 2-3 pairs of socks, and 1 cardigan, wrap or robe (private rooms may provide)
- Hairdryer (private rooms will provide a basic version)
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap, hairbrush, hair ties, toothbrush, lip balm, makeup, deodorant, sanitary pads, breast pads (hospital will provide a basic version, but bring your preferred brand)
- Bath towel (hospital will provide a thin basic towel)
- Pillow (if you prefer your own)
- Change for vending machines
- Snacks for during and after labour
- An outfit and shoes for going home in
Things to pack for baby:
- A blanket and swaddle
- Fitted car seat
- Nappies for going home in
- An outfit for going home in
Melinda Maternity is a bespoke postnatal care and night nurse service. A mother of five herself, Melinda brings first-hand experience and professional advice on topics, from feeding and settling to basic baby care.
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This article first appeared in the October/November 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.