When it gets close to the time your baby is due, it’s a good idea to prepare a bag with the things you’ll need while you’re in hospital. How long you’re in hospital for it will depend on whether you have a normal childbirth or a caesarean section. As a guide, we recommend bringing the following:
Hospital bag for the mother
- Short-sleeved nightdresses or pyjamas, with straps or buttons at the front to make it easy to breastfeed.
- Nursing bras, according to each mother’s own preferences. They’re not essential but they are more comfortable. The important thing is that they should not be underwired.
- Briefs. We recommend disposable net briefs or normal ones that are a suitable size.
- Toilet bag with toiletries. Hair dryer if you need one (not available in the rooms).
- Clothes for going home in, preferably loose and comfortable.
- The hospital has a vending machine where you can buy nipple shields and breast pump accessories.
- Don’t forget to bring all the things you think you’ll need while you’re in labour.
- You don’t need to bring sanitary towels.
- You don’t need to bring towels.
IMPORTANT FOR YOUR COMPANION:
We have a sofa that your companion can sleep on, but we do not provide sheets, pillow or blankets. You can bring these from home if you think you will need them. If you like, you can purchase a voucher from the dispensing machines located next to the emergency desk in the Women’s Health Area and we will then provide you with bedding.
All the clothes need to be washed with neutral soap before being used for the first time and all the labels should be cut off. We recommend choosing natural fabrics and avoiding synthetic material that can cause skin allergies.
- 1 or 2 packs of nappies.
- 4 comfortable cotton or linen outer sleepsuits.
- 4 changes of underclothes (can be rompers or vests and bodysuits).
- 4 pairs of socks.
- 2 cotton hats.
- 2 baby shawls (piece of cloth or blanket to wrap your baby in).
The clothes may be warm or light, depending on what time of year the baby is born. We don’t recommend clothes with ties or zips, and it’s better to avoid items that have to go on over the head, because your baby’s head will still be very sensitive.
Baby’s toilet bag
- A small bag to take into the delivery room with: a nappy, a baby hat and the mother’s Spanish ID card (DNI) or other ID document.
- 1-2 packs of nappies (choose the size according to the estimated weight).
- Natural sea sponge (optional).
- Changing mat.
- Wet wipes.
- Dummy: we don’t recommend dummies before babies are twenty days old, so there is no need to bring one with you to the hospital.
- Earrings: babies born in our hospital can have their ears pierced before they go home if the family so requests, but remember that it is not a medical service or a medical recommendation. The hospital offers this service for a fee while the mother and baby are in hospital, but you have to provide the earrings yourselves (we don’t recommend hoops). The service costs 30 euros and the money goes directly to the hospital charity programmes. You can purchase a voucher from the vending machines located next to the emergency desk in the Women’s Health Area.
- Mother’s ID card (DNI), passport or residency card.
- Parents’ healthcare card or insurance company card (if the person registered with social security is not the mother).
- Family book or marriage certificate, if applicable.
- Birth plan.
- Documents related to monitoring the pregnancy (pregnant woman’s identity card, test results, etc.).
- Pen for filling in forms.