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Preparing for the arrival of your baby is great moment but it is also sometimes a bit confusing. Your baby is very small but will need plenty of stuff you have never thought about before.
First of all, I would like to make a list of the main things that you will have to take with you at the hospital in order to be ready to face all situations. Note that this section will include a mix of stuff you need to remember before leaving as well as things you will have to buy.
What you need in the emergency room:
First of all, you need to gather some documents that will be helpful to your healthcare provider: ID, blood card, blood tests you did during the pregnancy as well as the results of ultrasound of your baby.
Think about your comfort! Delivery is a tiring and sometimes painful time. Take with you everything that will help you feeling better: water spray, refreshing wipes, stress ball. Take with you comfortable clothes, socks and slippers.
Don’t forget to take with you a watch, your camera and camcorder with full batteries and don’t forget a few things for the father to be: money to buy snacks, magazines as well as his cell phone in order to announce the good news to the family!
If you have one, take your pregnancy pillow. It will be very helpful, particularly if you decide not to have an epidural.
Make apart a small bag with the clothes of your baby in order to give it rapidly to the father. This bag will include bodysuit, sleeper with a hat as well as socks.
For you : pajamas, toiletries, make up, disposable pants, nursing bras, a mirror, a bag to pack your laundry, hydro alcoholic gel mainly for visitors, sanitary napkins, flip-flop to shower. It might also be useful to take some food with you as what you will receive at the hospital might not be very tasty. Having your own toilet paper, cleaning wipes for the toilets, tissues and nipple cream can also be of use. If you already have some other children take with you a present for them. They will be very happy to receive something from the new baby.
For the baby: bodysuits, sleepers, socks, slippers, hats, pacifier, a blanket, a bunting, bibs, diapers, saline solution to clean his eyes, cotton, diaper cream, cleaning milk, soap, and towel.
Prepare your bag in advance in order to not forget anything. Even if some of this stuff doesn’t seem useful you might have to reconsider your judgment during your stay. Don’t forget that the more you will be ready, the less stressed you will be.