If you haven’t already, now’s the time to start thinking about everything you’ll need once your little one arrives and, of course, what you’ll need in the hospital.
Feeding products may not necessarily be at the top of your baby preparation ‘to buy’ list because you’ll probably be planning on breastfeeding, but there are still some items that you’ll find particularly useful.
Expressing breast milk, after your milk has been established gives you the flexibility to help you breastfeed for longer. Expressing is really easy once you get used to it, and it’s worth investing in a good breast pump, such as the Philips AVENT Single Electronic Breast Pump that is designed to make expressing milk as quick and easy as possible. It’s best to wait a few weeks after the birth to allow breastfeeding to become established before you start expressing, unless your Healthcare Professional recommends otherwise.
Philips AVENT orthodontic pacifiers are suitable for babies from birth, respecting the natural development of your baby's palate, teeth and gums. All Philips AVENT pacifiers are made of silicone and are taste and odor-free.
Underwear, two or three packs of feminine napkins and a couple of nursing bras.
Basic toiletry kit, toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. Hairbrush and hair bands. Face wipes, lip balm and moisturizer.
Patterned towel and pillowcase – with pillow. Make sure it’s a patterned pillowcase so it doesn’t get put in the hospital laundry.
Nipple cream, breast pads, breastfeeding information to use when staff are busy.
Earplugs - maternity wards can be noisy. These will help you sleep if someone is watching your baby.
A little make up, tissues, glasses, contact lenses.
Baby Feeding Diary (or notepad) and pen.
A stash of snacks, drinks and a small amount of money.
Some clothes to go home in.
Optional extras such as an MP3 & speakers (check that’s OK with the unit), massage lotion, a magazine or book.
For your baby:
One pack of diapers, and wipes.
Going home outfit, socks and scratch mitts.
Several burp cloths
Blankets and warm outfit, including a hat, for going home. Hospitals have swaddling sheets and baby nighties.
This is a very basic list and you’ll probably use all these items. If you use for example, or have to stay in for more than a night or two, your partner should be able to bring in replacements.
Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical
advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance.
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