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March 01, 2021 3 min read

The maternity case  

What are your maternity essentials? Many of you responded to us on Instagram! Here are all your ideas to packing the best maternity case.

The real maternity essentials  

A night light

In the middle of the night, you will need a light to change, feed and rock your baby. The only light in your room will be neon, which is rather harsh at 3 a.m. Opt for a soft nightlight.

Earplugs

Maternity wards are noisy. When dad is there or when you leave your baby at the nursery, your earplugs can help you enjoy some proper noise free restful sleep.

A nursing pillow

The base for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. A great help to help you settle in your bed after the marathon of birth and the pain that goes with it.

Household linens

Dressing gown, bath towel, bath mat, pillowcase… things that come from the house to make you feel at home. 

A skin-to-skin band

The best way to tenderly welcome your baby. We wrote a whole article on the benefits of skin to skin here. In short: ideal temperature for the baby reassures them, and you. A must have for you and dad.

A letter for mum or dad

A cute little note written beforehand to offer your other half on D-Day. Why? To tell them how much you love them, of course. A letter to take out in moments when you feel low or after an argument to remind you of the good times. Don't forget the handkerchiefs to go with it. 

A baby sling

To stay glued-tight from the start while keeping your hands free.

Chocolate and sweets

Food in the maternity ward is not to everyone's liking. You will need to gain strength, so indulge yourself.

Soft toilet paper

In case of tearing or similar, you'll be happy to have a soft tissue with you. We've even heard of a spray bottle, but the team hasn't tested it.

 

The essentials for your baby 

The childbirth bag

Your midwife will ask you to prepare a separate bag for D-Day in order to dress your baby after birth, so plan on:

- Pyjamas

- A bodysuit

- A bra or warm vest

- A pair of slippers

- A pair of socks

- A hat

- A sleeping bag

 

The list of maternity clothes for baby

For your stay in hospital, we have some useful information for you to remember:

Whether you feel like dressing your baby up or leaving them in their pyjamas all day, it's fine!

Newborns cannot regulate their temperature, hence overheated maternity wards.

If you give birth by caesarean section, your stay in the maternity ward will be longer than a normal birth.

Don't forget the photos! You will still be looking at your maternity photos in 20 years time. Choose outfits that won't date.

 

Our list for the baby 

  • 5 pyjamas (better to choose 1 month as newborn size is often very small and little used except for premature babies)
  • 5 bodysuits
  • 4 outfits for the day (top, bottom)
  • 1 jacket
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • 1 bonnet for maternity and the day of discharge
  • Socks
  • Booties
  • 1 bathrobe
  • 5 bibs and/or cloths for bottles or breastfeeding
  • 2 soft toys
  • A few nappies, although most maternity hospitals provide them

 

The maternity case for mum

For childbirth

  • A large T-shirt
  • Socks
  • A spray bottle

 

For your stay in the maternity ward

  • A nice comfortable dressing gown
  • A pair of slippers
  • 3 nighties or pyjamas that are easy to open if you are breastfeeding (hint, Tajine Banane)
  • 1 jacket
  • 5 T-shirts or tunics that are easy to open if you are breastfeeding
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 2 or 3 pairs of socks
  • Disposable panties
  • Sanitary towels
  • 2 towels
  • 4 nursing bras and breast pads if you are breastfeeding
  • Your toiletry bag with your favourite products
  • A bag for dirty laundry
  • Phone charger, etc.
  • A speaker for soft music

Happy packing!


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