Maternity list: what to put in your suitcase?

Liste de maternité : que mettre dans sa valise ?

Is your delivery approaching? Among the list of things to remember, there is of course the maternity suitcase to prepare for the baby and mom. When to do it and what should you take with you to maternity? Checklist.

We can say that a month before the DPA (the Expected delivery date), it is reasonable to start prepare your suitcase for maternity, either at the end of the 8th month of pregnancy or at the start of the 9th month. Bring even two bags: a small suitcase with everything you need for your stay and that of baby at the maternity, and another bag (type backpack), which will be useful for you on D-Day.

  • 2 or 3 pajamas (nursing if it is your choice), or nightgowns
  • 2 or 3 pants (maternity pants or jogging pants, to be comfortable thanks to the stretch side)
  • 2 or 3 tops (those of pregnancy can always be suitable, or breastfeeding if you wish) light: it is often hot in a maternity!
  • 1 vest (if in spite of everything, you are a little cold)
  • 1 pair of slippers and a few pairs of socks
  • 1 dressing gown (optional)
Washable mesh panties, recommended for cesarean sections. Price: 7.99 euros. On sale in pharmacies and specialized childcare stores. © Orgakiddy
  • mesh briefs or stretch cotton panties
  • 3 nursing bras (if needed). Provide a size above your size at the end of pregnancy (example: for a 95 D at the end of pregnancy, take a size 100 D).
  • cellulose breastfeeding pads (if breastfeeding)
  • Lansinoh or Castor equi cream against crevices (breastfeeding), and silicone breast tips in case …
  • a toiletry bag with everything you need (shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, cotton swab, day cream …)
  • hand towels
  • magazines, a book, crosswords or a tablet if you have to wait while baby is waiting
  • a small night light or a lamp (often, the bedroom lights seem too bright for our little ones! Thus, we can be lit without disturbing our sleep).
  • some cash
  • Often, sanitary napkins are provided through maternity. Find out to find out what it is, in which case, plan a few.

It will serve you for the day of delivery. The maternity suitcase can wait in the car, you will have the necessary at hand, or rather at hand of dad!

  • a nightgown or a large t-shirt
  • a pair of socks
  • a fogger
  • your maternity record (including the latest examination results, especially those for the epidural if it is your choice, your blood group card, your vital card, your latest ultrasound and your birth plan if you have written one …)
  • a camera, video, or both
  • a CD, if the establishment allows it and you wish to give birth in music
  • baby’s birth clothes (one at birth and one in a month to be sure!)
  • cookies in the event of a little peckish
  • 6 to 7 bodysuits (mix the birth and the 1 month, to be sure that the clothes will fit)
  • 6 to 7 pajamas (same instruction)
  • outfit
  • 3 woolen bras or vests (depending on your child’s date of birth)
  • 2 cups
  • mittens (optional, may be useful if baby has long nails and scratching)
  • a sleeping bag or sleeping bag
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • 1 pacifier, in case …
  • swaddling clothes
  • a security blanket
  • 6 bibs
  • oleo-limestone liniment (optional) and cottons
  • hand towels
  • a bath thermometer
  • a small brush
  • a gift that baby gives to the elder (optional but appreciated by the elder!)
  • administrative side, your family book or early recognition

Habitually, the toiletries are provided by the maternity, as well as the diapers, physiological saline and compresses, and what is necessary to carry out cord care: ask the establishment that will welcome you.

Maternity suitcase, 175 euros. © Tartine et Chocolat

It is simply a question of providing, if you already have a rather young child, his necessary for him: will he be kept with his grandparents or a family member? Will the delivery take place at night? So many questions, some of which can be answered before D-Day: and having anticipated will always give you less worry! Here is a backpack that you can entrust to the loved one who welcomes your elder.

  • pyjamas
  • a pair of slippers
  • an outfit
  • a toiletry bag (brush, toothpaste, toothbrush …)
  • a little word from your hand
  • a little surprise
  • enough to keep him occupied: pencils, paper, small toys
  • if he is very young: a small lunch pot, a small evening pot, milk pods, one or two bottles with a pacifier, a bottle brush, a compote … to be completed on D-Day depending on what which is kept cool or not.
  • comforter and pacifier: to add at the last moment!

One last tip : establishing a small list that we check as you go will help you know where you are in the progress of preparations related to your famous suitcase.

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