My Maternity Bag?
The ideal time to pack your bags is between 32 – 35 weeks as you can go into labour – any time after 8 months. You should pack two bags, one for yourself with things you need before and after delivery and one for the baby.
Make sure to have all your bags in the same room, preferably closer to the door. In case of an emergency, you need to load the bags to the taxi by yourself – as it has happened to many mothers.
What Should I Pack?
Most hospitals in Sri Lanka do not issue such lists but will be able to produce a rather dated list of things on request. The best option is to ask a friend, who had just had a baby, what she needed and then compile your own hospital bag checklist.
If you have a normal delivery you will not need to stay too long in the hospital, maybe a day at the most. On the other hand, if you know you are having a C-section – and then pack enough clothes for a couple of days.
Here are some suggestions on what to add to your hospital bag checklist:
Items For The Mother
- Clothes – maternity blouses, sarongs, loose underwear, nursing bras and slippers
- Hair brush
- Pillows cases and sheet
- Toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, body cream and sanitary napkins
- Cell phone and charger
- Extra pillow
- Going-home clothes
Items For The Baby
- A few nappies and pampers
- Baby shirts
- Bath sheet
- Baby soap
- Baby powder
- Small clothes rack, for stays more than 2 days
Things For The Father
- Change of clothes
It is more than likely that your spouse will be able to go back home and look after himself but it never hurts to be prepared.
Important Documents You Need To Bring
- Pregnancy records
- National Identity card or any form of identification
- Hospital paperwork
- Pediatrician information
- Insurance card
Other than this list, there could be other things you will need in your maternity bag in Sri Lanka that are less important but can’t do without, for instance the brand of your shampoo or soap.
What You Should Not Bring
Do not bring valuables as it can be stolen or lost in a hospital. Often, the staff becomes prime suspects. You don’t need unnecessary drama, avoid it. Leave the following items at home:
- Credit cards and wallet
What If I Forget Something
Unlike in other countries, hospitals in Sri Lanka do not have a baby store in the hospital. These stores are stocked with paraphernalia and essentials that every new mum and baby need.
If you do forget some important things, you can
- Ask a friend for help
- Send your spouse back to the house or shop
- Ask a relative to bring them
- Borrow from a friend or relative close to the hospital if you live far away
- Order online so that you get it delivered within the day
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