Good preparation gives you peace of mind. It’s a good idea to prepare a bag ready-packed with everything you’ll need.
Clothes for you:
Toiletries: Everything that you’d pack for a weekend away.
ID: Your ID/passport
Breastfeeding: Wear soft bras or breastfeeding bras that are the correct size. Choose bras without underwiring.
Slippers or warm socks: During childbirth most women complain of cold feet.
Glasses: Women who usually wear contact lenses should remember to take their glasses.
Mobile, camera, address book: For the first baby photos and to let family and friends know that mum and baby are doing well.
Clothes for baby on the way home:
Provisions: Stocking up on hygiene products and non-perishable food will make the first few days at home a bit easier.
Cooking in advance: The same applies to mealtimes. Cook and freeze a few portions so you can enjoy your time with your newborn without the hassle of cooking.
Delivery service: Alternatively, you might want to enjoy home-delivered meals, e.g. pizza, during this special time.
Enjoy your freedom: Enjoy your last few weeks as a couple by going to the cinema, theatre or restaurants or taking a weekend break in a hotel.