The rule of thumb for packing your partner’s bag is everything that doesn’t fit in yours! It’s important to first note what your hospitals protocols are: if caveats like swab test results are required, etc.
Of course, your newborn child can’t carry their own diapers. Many first-time mothers may wonder why a diaper bag is essential versus using a big bag that can accommodate all their child’s needs. It’s perfectly fine to use your own bag, but there are quite a few reasons why diaper bags are more convenient.
First and foremost, it’s tailor-made for all the essentials you’ll be bringing for baby. There is allocated storage to keep bottles safe and warm, compact space for diapers, pockets, and pockets for washcloths, wipes— in other words, you name it, it’s got it. And for accidental messes, that split-second of wondering, “Where did I put that ___ again?” can be the difference between a job well done or a disaster.
Canvas bags and wet bags
It’s always safe to have extra bags for any other needs that can’t fit your bags. The spare foldable canvas bag can be kept in any pocket for extra storage, and the wet bag can serve as the savior of things kept safe away from any spit-up, leakage, or surprise from baby.
Extra face masks and shields
Can’t have too many!
While childbirth is an amazing milestone that many women dream of, it’s also a stressful and daunting feat when you are waiting for it just moments before. Like your pambahay clothes and slippers, bringing your own pillow to the hospital can provide familiarity and comfort throughout this life-changing experience.
Labor isn’t like what you see in the movies. It will take hours, and a lot of waiting (before or during the contractions) is involved. Have some healthy snacks prepared with you, or some sweets!
Extra charger and power banks
It’s best to have your charger cords, power banks, and extras for your stay at the hospital, both for entertainment or documentation and communication with your loved ones for the big news!
You’re all set, mama! For convenience (and also lessening your worries), we’ve prepared a downloadable checklist for printing or saving on your phone!
it’s highly advisable to prepare your hospital bags anywhere between the 28th to 34th month. Next up is preparing your newborn baby’s needs once you bring them home!
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