10 tips to help you prepare for babies birth

What to put in baby’s bag:


  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby cream
  • Bum Cream
  • Wet Wipes
  • Baby powder
  • Baby face cloths x 2
  • Hooded towel
  • Receiving blankets or muslin wraps x 2
  • Newborn nappies
  • Newborn size dummy
  • Baby grows x 4
  • Vests x 4
  • Socks x 4 pairs
  • Cotton hat
  • Burp Cloth x 4
  • If you are planning to bottle-feed: Formula, bottles, teats and sterilizing equipment.

What to put in your bag:


  • Disposable underwear
  • Sanitary pads
  • Warm socks
  • Comfortable PJ’s
  • Dressing Gown
  • Slippers
  • Phone, charger and adapter


Toiletry bag:

  • Hairbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath soap or shower gel (whichever you prefer)
  • Face cream
  • Body Lotion
  • Bath towel
  • Facecloth


If you are planning to breastfeed:

  • Nursing bra x 3
  • Breast pads
  • PJ’s should be with buttons to make feeding easy

What to put in Dads bag


  • Change of clothes
  • Camera
  • Phone, charger and adapter
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste


If you are planning to breastfeed:

  • Nursing bra x 3
  • Breast pads
  • PJ’s should be with buttons to make feeding easy


Keeps plastic bags in your baby’s hospital bag, as certain liquids in the bag might spill and spoil your nappies clothing. You can also use them to be more organised and know exactly where everything is.


Put some soothing music on your phone.

Create a WhatsApp group to make it easy for Dad to share your good news and pictures of your bundle of joy.



Top 10 Tips to help your prepare


1. Pack your hospital bag

Since you baby could arrive early, it’s always a good idea to have your bags ready with the things you are going to need in hospital. Packing beforehand ensures that you don’t feel
rushed to remember everything when your water breaks two weeks early in the middle of the night

2. Prepare the birth announcements

Create a WhatsApp group for family and friends which will be easy for Dad to send the birth announcement and pictures.


3. Stock up on baby products

Stock up on nappies, wipes, baby bath and body products.


4. Install the car seat

Make sure your baby’s car seat has been properly installed – although a 100% fitting can be tricky the first time around. However, ensure you know how to do it and how to secure your baby in the seat for a safe journey home.


5. Get help

Set up a support system of friends, family and neighbours to help out during the first two weeks postpartum. Don’t try to be superwoman and do everything yourself. Accept offers to help with the dishes, laundry and meals.


6. Stock up on frozen meals

Lasagna, stews, soup, mince for bolognaise and cottage pie and be made in advance and frozen to be easily heated later. In the first few days or weeks after your baby’s birth, you might not feel like preparing food, but it’s always great to have a hot, wholesome homemade cooked meal to enjoy.


7. Choose a paediatrician

About 3 months before you’re due, start compiling a list of possible paediatricians. As for suggestions and names from friends and co-workers with kids. If possible, try to schedule a prenatal consultation before your due date with the paediatrician to see if you’re at ease with him or her.


8. Check expiry dates

Check the expiry dates on your credit cards and your driver’s licence. Ensure that everything’s organised and up to date or you might end up in a situation without any or some of your crucial documents.


9. Plan for your other children

Make arrangements for your children while you’re in hospital. Tell you’re kids in advance what the plan is and leave a “surprise” while you’re away, such as a new colouring-in book and stock up on their favourite snacks.


10. Wash and separate you baby’s clothes

Before baby arrives, all his clothes should be washed and packed away. This will make life much easier for you. After the baby shower you’ll probably have many baby outfits in different sizes, as well as many other toys and baby items. Separating clothes by size is the easiest since some of the outfits won’t fit your baby for months. Take all the clothes that won’t fit your baby for a while and store them in a safe place so you have enough space to fold and hang the clothing your baby can
wear immediately.