The delivery date of our little one is getting closer so in order to be prepared for the big day I’ve already packed my hospital bag. In this post I share what I will take with me when I’m giving birth in Stuttgart soon.
I’ve heard that it is better not to take a suitcase but a bag with you to the hospital (as there’s no place in the room for a suitcase but you can fold the bag together and put it in your wardrobe). So I’ve borrowed a sport bag from Moritz for the occasion 🙂
I decided to separate some of the things I’m taking with me.
First of all I put together a smaller bag with everything I want to have with me in the delivery room:
- snacks (I decided on a selection of muesli bars)
- lip balm (as I’ve heard your lips can get really dry during delivery)
- warm socks (cold feet can apparently prolong the time of the delivery)
- massage oil (your partner is not with you to do nothing, right?! :-D)
- washcloth (so that Moritz can cool my legs from time to time with cold water – something we’ve learned in our prenatal class)
- a spray with thermal water (it’s supposed to get really hot again here in Stuttgart… :-/)
I’m also considering to take a tumbler with me so Moritz can fill it up with tab water from time to time.
Moreover, I’ve put together a list with tipps I got during the prenatal class (breathing techniques for example) that I want to be reminded of from time to time and things I want the doctors and midwifes to know but which I maybe can’t communicate myself anymore at some point.
In my hospital bag itself I’ve put the following:
- 2 breastfeeding nightgowns and 1 pyjama (loose around the waist and with buttons in the front so that I can breastfeed easily)
- 6 breastfeeding tops
- 2 breastfeeding sweaters
- 1 pregnancy trousers (I assume normal ones won’t fit me anymore)
- 1 breastfeeding dress (one want’s to look nice on the first pictures with the little one, right?! ;-))
- 3 breastfeeding bras
- a bunch of granny style underwear (loose and nothing too fancy as I maybe have to throw them away after the hospital)
- a big towel (I’ve heard you sometimes just get small ones)
- bathing shoes
- two jumpers for the little one for the way home (two because you never know how big your baby is in the end so I take two sizes with me)
- wash bag with the essentials you need for a few days (tooth brush and paste, hairbrush, shampoo…)
- mobile phone and charger
As I’ve heard that the hospital provides nursing pads, diapers and clothes for the baby during your stay I won’t take those with me.
I thought I better take some more tops and nightgowns/pyjamas with me as I’ve heard you might be sweating a lot at the beginning and thus need to change more often than usually. Better be safe than sorry, right? 🙂
An then there are of course some documents you have to take with you:
- Mutterpass (Super important! They will send your partner back home to get it if you haven’t it with you!)
- Insurance card
If you want to register your baby at the Standesamt directly (some hospitals offer this service in house so make sure to ask for it beforehand!) you need the following documents:
- passports of you and your partner
- birth certificates of you and your partner (must be translated to German)
- marriage certificate or declaration of paternity (must be translated to German)
- maybe registration documents of you and your partner, depending on which residence permit you are
Some more things you want to consider:
- The car seat for the baby should be installed in the car already otherwise you can’t drive home with it.
- Your partner might want to pack his/her own hospital bag as he/she wants to change after delivery as well. And if you get a family room and can stay together for one or more nights, your partner needs a pyjama and a wash bag as well.
- Bring some change so that your partner can buy some snacks for you in the hospital.
I hope I haven’t forgotten anything 🙂
If you have given birth in Stuttgart already and want to share what you took with you in your hospital bag, please do so in the comments! We can all only learn from each other.
I will also review this post once I’ve given birth and add if I’d take something else with me the next time.
For more information about pregnancy in Stuttgart check out the posts I’ve written so far here.
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