The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Save ample of time and hassle by bringing the most important things - your official documents such as hospital forms, insurance card(s), and personal identification cards are crucial to ensure a smooth check-in to your ward. You’ll save a lot of precious time not going back and forth from home and the hospital.
Being comfortable is extremely important for a smooth delivery. Pack up a dressing gown, bathrobe, toiletries, slip-on slippers, socks, an old night dress or t-shirt, and comfortable pillows.
Besides the necessities, bring entertainment materials that will help time pass easily. Entertain yourself with some light reading from books and magazines, watch movies on a laptop and listen to music on a phone or music player. You can also ask the father-to-be for massages using massage oils or lotions to soothe swollen feet and tight shoulders.
These essentials would be more than enough for ultimate relaxation!
For the Fathers-to-be
Since fathers-to-be will be supporting and accompanying the mothers-to-be overnight and in some cases, more than a night, it is important for them to feel comfortable too.
They would basically need toiletries, spare spectacles and/or contact lenses, phone, camera, video camera together with extra batteries, clothes, a pillow, clothes and whatever they need to keep themselves entertained. If needed, a blanket should do the trick for a good night’s sleep.
When the night gets long and cravings strike, some loose change would be perfect to use for vending machines. Consider bringing along some snacks and water too.
Don’t forget comfortable clothes! Prepare proper attire such as comfortable home clothes and frontopening shirts for easier breastfeeding. Make sure your nursing bras are not underwired, so that you can breastfeed comfortably. Stretchy or disposable underwear would be ideal so that they don’t come in too much skin-to-skin contact with fresh wounds. And with wounds, don’t forget maternity pads as the bleeding from your womb will start right after giving birth.
With these fundamental tips, we hope that you and your partner will be more than ready for a great journey in parenthood!