I was all set for the D-Day after the roller coaster ride of 9 months
Even though- I was bit lost with what I needed to get before I got my tummy roll home. Our Indian tradition says- you shouldn’t buy anything before your child is born, superstition yes, possibly also just a way to tell you to keep your expectations low, just in case complications of whatever nature may arise. After-all, birthing is not an easy Task, females go through hell and back when in labour. However, me being the enthusiastic chicken that I am, and All Pregnancy Books I read gave a glimpse of what things might be requied for few days while I will be in Hospital Room with the little bundle of joy.
I had packed a pair of night dress, a pair of slippers and a Pair of Bedsheet, for myself, and nothing for the Newborn yet to arrive. We still belive in not buying anything before the baby arrives and I had asked a relative to pass on some newborn clothes of her child which didn’t happen. First thing required was a big cotton cloth to wrap the baby, we used one of the bedsheets from my Hospital bag. Next- My Husband and sister went to a shop nearby and bought a packet of newborn diapers and some new clothes, nappies, socks, caps, towel, wipes and nailclipper.
We kept the baby wrapped in cotton clothes, and newborn diapres for a day and new clothes came in washed and dried next day. But now there was an issue, he got heat rashes on his body and we went to the doctor, he said- it’s because of new clothes as well as heat caused due wrapping the baby, let him be free, don’t keep him in boiling temperature. I had called another relative to ask for some newborn clothes, which I got the next day. We just washed them all once and he wore them for arond 20 days and only then we gradually moved to new clothes.
2.5 years later, Again I am all set for the D-Day but, with prior expeience and huge Hospital bag ready with all the required stuff. You can consider the below list of newborn hospital bag for yourself too. I had packed newbon clothes in fact almost eveything of my first child, means no new stuff were bought except for the newborn size diapers.
Here is a list of stuff I kept, I have mentioned the quantities as well, so you could have a general idea of what went into the baby’s wardrobe as well. Don’t forget that you may recieve some gifts for baby as well in next few days like – clothing, accessories, toys, newborn packs, blancket, baby carriers & stroller. Besides, babies tend to grow pretty soon, so might not fit in those cute newborn clothes (In case you need to buy new ones)
New born diapers – Bought the smallest pack available
Wipes – Cloth wipes(made from old soft cotton Dhoti)
Dry sheet – 2(small)
Baby blankets – 2
Soft cotton wraps – 3
Soft towels – 2
Outfit to go back to home- 1
Cotton Shirts or t-shirts – 8
Coconut oil (you can keep a diaper rash cream if needed)
Diaper/Nappy Liners – 15 (had cut from old soft cotton saree/Dhoti/thin t-shirts)
Flats – 8 (had cut some old t-shirts)
Prefolds – 4
Cloth Nappies – 10
Wet bag -2
Newborn Cloth Diapers – 3
One Size Cloth Diapers – 2
I mentioned here the things went into my hospital bag. You can vary the quantities based on how many days you estimate at the hospital.
If you are here prior to your D-Day, hope this hepls you and all the very best for the new roller-coaster ride.