You're packing for the big day! You may have already checked out our birth bag and support bag blogs and checklists, but it's now time to think of baby. If you're birthing at a birth centre, you will be discharged anywhere between 3 and 6 hours and your midwife will visit you the following day. If you're giving birth in a hospital, you will be staying between 24 - 48 hours depending on the recovery necessary. In those first 24 - 48 hours babe doesn't need a whole lot!
Here's Spectrum's absolute essential things to pack in your bag for baby (click here for a baby + postpartum packing list).
Babe will need some clothes when you're not skin to skin, so 3 - 4 sleepers should be enough, and if you pack some burp cloths that will help save some of those sleepers from needing washing right away. A couple socks to help keep those tootsies extra toasty, some mittens to avoid scratches, and a hat to keep the warmth in.
The most efficient way to keep babe warm is for baby to lie on their parent(s). But as a new parent you need sleep too! The general rule is baby should be wearing the same amount of layers you are comfortable in, plus one layer.
At this stage in life, baby simply pees, poops, sleeps and feeds, so not a whole lot of 'toiletries' are needed in the traditional sense. But you'll want to bring diapers and wash cloths or baby wipes (yes! the hospital does not supply them). Disposable diapers are usually easier during the short hospital or birth centre stay, plus this will minimize the poopy laundry you'll be coming home with.
If you do plan to drive home from the birth centre or hospital you will need a car seat, which the postpartum nurse will make sure baby is in there nice and snug. If baby was born in the colder months, pack a warm cover. Babies need to be strapped in the car seat without a coat to be considered safe, so mittens, hat, and blankets are important.
If you are the one birthing, you will want to pack some loose fitting clothing postpartum for comfort, large menstrual pads, old or disposable underwear. And if you are planning on feeding baby from your body you may want to pack some nipple cream (or olive oil!), nursing bras/tops and or breast/chest pads.
There you have it! Now get packing!
If you've got some great packing tips, or some packing related questions, let us know by writing a comment, we would love to hear from you... as you are apart of our spectrum!
The Spectrum Doula Team