The Ultimate Hospital List !!!
(Written on: 28th January,2010)
QUESTION: Assalamu Alaikum. Do you have a list of stuff to carry to the hospital? I obviously have to walk with like change of clothes etc for myself right? what about baby pampers? or does the nursing home see to that? [Organizing Mummy, (Monday 25th January, 2010 9:37 AM)]
Wa Alaikumu Salaam,
Now when the sister above asked me this question, I quickly rummaged through my diary and looked for a copy of the list my doctor had given me on behalf of the hospital. I then took a look at the list I had created for myself and became reminded of just how deficient the hospital’s lists are. I mean, sure, they are good as a general guide of what to bring along with you when the time comes, but every woman is different, and when you get down to it on a more personal level, there are so many items that should be on that list, that can even help you though the labor process!
I changed up a few of the personal details on my old hospital list and sent it to the sister and then thought, maybe it would be a good idea to share it with my readers as well!
It’s a list that will have you ready before labor, during labor and even in the weeks post-partum! So here we go Inshaa Allah:-
“Better to be over-prepared than under-prepared” (written by Azizah)
– 2 packs of maternity pads
– Nursing pads
– 3 night gowns (button down front for breastfeeding baby)
– One pajamas
– Change of clothes to leave hospital
– 3 comfortable hijabs (preferably the one-piece ‘throw over’ kind)
– Plastic bags (for dirty and bloody clothes)
– 4-5 pairs of underwear
– Hair brush
– Limocol/alcolado (A scent that is soothing to you. The Limocol will give your hair a breezy feel)
– Muscle Rub (let your husband give you back rubs during)
– 2 towels
– Change of clothes for your husband
– 2 wash rags
– Toothbrushes (You and husband)
– Voice recorder?
– Baby album(s)
– Special pillow or comfort item…
– Pack of newborn pampers
– Changing pad
– Jar of petroleum jelly
– Baby powder
– Brush and comb
– 4 to 5 sleepers
– 2 to 3 vests
– 4 socks/booties
– 2 bath towels
– 3 caps/baby hats
– 1 to 2 pairs of mittens
– 3 blankets
– 1 shawl
– Baby wipes
The ‘Don’t Forget’ Checklist!
*GIRL NAMES I Have Chosen:-
BOY NAMES I Have Chosen:-
2) VOICE RECORDER
3) SQUISHIE PILLOW/Comfort item
5) Muscle Rub
6) Purse (with cell phones & Wallet)
7) Husband’s Cellphones & Wallet
8) Tooth Brushes
9) Hospital bags
*THINGS TO MENTION BEFORE BABY IS BORN:-
1) I WANT TO BREASTFEED BABY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!
2)TELL THEM I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE BABY WITH ME IN THE ROOM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
3) Inform them that you are Muslim and would not like any male nurses attending to you if possible.
4) Make them aware of your dietary needs (e.g you only eat halaal chicken, no pork, etc…)
5) Make them aware of any allergies you have to particular medications, etc..
*THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN BABY IS BORN:-
1) CALL CLOSE FRIENDS & FAMILY
2) Request that they check Baby’s Blood Type after Delivery??
3) Make sure to tell them I want to breastfeed baby ASAP!
4) RECORD LIST OF VISITORS IN BABY ALBUM
5) TAKE PICTURES (of room, etc)
6) TAKE PICTURES OF NURSING HOME
7) TAKE PICTURES OF ANY PRESENTS/BOUQUETS
8) KEEP BABY’S HOSPITAL BRACLET SAFE!!!
9) PAY HOSPITAL BILLS !!!
*PEOPLE TO CALL:-
(list everyone you would like to call on that day. Names & P hone Contacts)
POST – PARTUM (CHECKLIST)
[ ] MAKE SURE ‘BIRTH CERTIFICATE’ IS IN ORDER
[ ] IF IT’S A BOY, INQUIRE ABOUT WHEN TO DO CIRCUMCISION
[ ] ORGANIZE APPOINTMENT WITH PEDIATRICIAN
[ ] BUDGET & SEE HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE LEFT
[ ] BUY/GET CONTAINER FOR SIDZ BATH (If Necessary)
[ ] GET ENOUGH NEWBORN PAMPERS & WIPES
[ ] CALCULATE DATE OF AQUEEQAH
[ ] LOCATE & PURCHASE ANIMAL(S) FOR AQUEEQAH
[ ] ORGANIZE FOR THE AQUEEQAH
[ ] SHAVE & WEIGH BABY’S HAIR
[ ] PAY THE AMOUNT BASED ON WEIGHT OF HAIR. (GOLD)
[ ] ENSURE THAT BREAST PUMP IS WORKING (IF NOT, BUY ONE?)
[ ] BUY NURSING PADS!!! Lots & Lots OF THEM!
[ ] MAKE APPOINTMENT TO SEE GYNO. 4-6 WEEKS AFTER.
[ ] START DOING LITTLE EXERCISES TO TONE BACK BELLY
“May Allah(swt) grant the pregnant mummies out there a manageable and safe delivery… Ameen…“