11 items you don’t need in your hospital bag

Don’t bother to include these things and you’ll save yourself the hassle of hauling a heavy bag to the hospital.

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In the lead-up to your baby’s much looked-forward-to arrival, you may want to take the time to sort out a minor abut vital necessity of your hospital stay — your hospital bag.

While it’s always good to be prepared, make sure you aren’t overdoing it. Remember, the beauty of giving birth in hospital is that you’ll have an army of trained medical staff to fuss over you and your kewpie’s every need. So, make it a point to leave these things out of your hospital kit…

1. Your laptop If you’re thinking of answering pressing work e-mails or watching videos to take your mind off the labour pain — don’t bother. Work will probably be the last thing on your mind when you are pushing out a mini-human out from “down there”. A smartphone is more than enough.

2. Makeup You’ll be tired and sore after giving birth ― besides, no one will take note of your appearance. The rush of hormones you feel right after giving birth will likely see you weeping emotional tears — of love and exhaustion. So unless you are keen on reapplying your makeup regularly, you really don’t need to pack any. If you really have to, stick to the basics, you want to look proper, not overdone.

3. Books It may seem like a good idea to kill time by speed-reading the last chapters of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, but once your contractions kick in, the last thing n your mind is reading. Your nurses will also appreciate it if you ensure that there are no flying projectiles in the vicinity of your bed when you get violent contractions.

Work will probably be the last thing on your mind when you are pushing out a mini-human out from “down there”

4. Breast pump Some mothers may take a while to produce breastmilk, so pumping breastmilk earlier may not be possible. In fact, most nurses will encourage you to let your infant latch on directly. This method should also boost your body’s release of hormones like oxytocin and endorphins, which are responsible for those feelings of love and happiness.

5. Milk bottles Unless you need more than two hours to travel from the hospital to your home, you should be home before baby’s next feed.