What are your maternity essentials? Many of you responded to us on Instagram! Here are all your ideas to packing the best maternity case.
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.
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.
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 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:
- 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
For your stay in the maternity ward