With twins, once you reach the seven-month milestone, it might be a good idea to pack your hospital bag and have it ready to go at a moment’s notice. The chances of pre-mature labour and complications in a twin pregnancy become much bigger at this stage and it also becomes more difficult to move around, carry suitcases or pack things.
Here’s a list of the items you will need before, during and after delivery for both you and your newborn babies. Please note: These are the things I packed when I had the twins and the list could change for every mommy depending on the hospital, situation and personal preferences.
Get a file together with written dividers, giving you quick access to the exact paperwork you need This will not only make it fast and easy for you, but also for your partner while you have your hands full with the babies. Paperwork could include any or all of the following;
- Your Id book
- Hospital Registration Forms
- Medical Aid card
- Medical Aid Pre-authorization papers
- Medical Aid Beneficiary addition papers for both babies
- Multiple copies of your birthing plan
- A page with your baby’s names and correct spelling
- List of people to call
Also leave space for any paperwork you receive from the doctors, hospital, specialists, etc. This could include bills, prescriptions, birth certificates, etc.
This is not only for the hours you will spend in-between feedings and not being able to sleep but also for your partner’s sanity while you rest or feed your little ones. Remember to include chargers for all electronic devices even if they claim to last for days.
- IPad / E-Reader
- Baby/Parenting Books
We all have those specific items that no matter what’s going on, will just take us to our happy place. Take things that will sooth you in the event of both a natural and a C-section birth.
- Your Favourite Snacks and Drinks
- A picture of your kids at home (if applicable)
- Lip Balm
- Your favourite scented lotion
- A soft pillow from home
With all the changes in your life, the best thing to do is to make yourself feel as comfortable as possible. Pack mini-versions of all your toiletries to save space, as you will only need a couple of days’ worth. Think of all the toiletries you use on a daily basis.
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Shower Gel and Soap
- Hairbrush, Hair Elastics and Clips
- Lotion, Face cream, Hand cream
- Contact Lenses, Spectacles and Contact solution
- Sanitary Pads for after the delivery
- Nipple Cream and Disposable Breast Pads
- Nail file
- Hair dryer
- An extra towel
- A clock/watch to time contractions (and later for timing breastfeeding sessions)
- Important medication, especially if you have a serious condition (make sure you inform/alert your doctor and the hospital staff)
Mommy’s Hospital clothes
The maternity ward is definitely not a fashion show, so this is the one time where you can put comfort first. Your body will be sore from both natural birth or C-section birth and the looser and lighter the clothing, the better.
- Stretch Pants
- Flip-Flops for the shower
- A Robe
- Open-front pajamas for breastfeeding
- Nursing Bra’s
- Comfortable Underwear (High-waisted underwear in case of C-Section births)
- Going home outfit
- Keep it comfortable and pack a jacket and tekkies for incase.
- You will still have a belly (it unfortunately doesn’t disappear overnight), so stick to your maternity wear.
Most baby toiletries also come in convenient mini versions, so even though you might have an entire cupboard with huge 1litre bottles of baby shampoo at home, opt for the smaller versions in hospital to save space and make the trip to the nursery easier.
With twins, it’s only really the diapers, wipes and cotton balls that need to be doubled.
- +- 40 Diapers / per baby (2 large newborn packs)
- With twins it’s important to pack both premature and newborn nappies due to the risk of premature labour.
- 2 x Baby wipes (for sensitive skin)
- Baby Bum Cream
- 1 large pack Cotton Balls
- Nail Clippers and/or Emery Board
- Surgical Spirits (for navel care)
- Mild Baby Soap
- Baby Shampoo
- Baby Powder
- Baby Oil
- Baby Lotion (preferably aqueous cream, fragrance free)
- 4 or 5 baby towels (a hooded towel works best)
- Petroleum jelly (to help remove meconium from baby’s bum)
- 4 or more burp cloths
- Infant colic drops
- Infant saline nose drops
Baby’s Hospital Clothes and Gear
This is where packing for twins becomes a little different than packing for one baby.
So for those having only one baby, just halve what’s in this list.
- 8 long-sleeved baby grows
- 8 body vests (long- or short-sleeved according to season)
- 8 pairs of baby socks (even in summer)
- 2 beanies or warm baby hats (a baby can lose a lot of heat through his/her head)
- 2 warm baby jackets or jerseys
- 4 pre-mature long-sleeved baby grows
- 4 pre-mature body vests (long- or short-sleeved according to season)
- 6 receiving blankets
- 2 warm baby blankets
- 2 pacificiers/dummies (optional)
- 2 newborn bottles + small tin of formula (even if you don’t plan to bottle feed, keep something ready as a backup)
- Breast Pump and Accessories (if applicable)
- Nursing Pillow
- In case of planned bottle feeding
- 4 or more bottles
- 2 tins Formula
- Bottle brush and detergent
- Sterilizing equipment
- Formula powder holder
- 2 Car Seats
- Install the car seats before-hand, ensuring you know how to use them before placing baby in the seat.
Packing for your Partner
With all the hours of waiting and worrying about you and your newborn babies, it might be a nice touch to pack some essentials for your partner.
- Extra Clothing (incase the babies mess on him)
- Snacks and Drinks
- Money for the vending machine
Nice to Haves
These are certainly no necessary but might come in handy.
- Spare cash and Change for vending machines, gift-store runs, etc.
- Extra Bag for all those hospital goodies and gifts from family and friends
- Journal and pen to jot down notes and questions for the doctors or to record feeding times and other details of your babies.
These items will help to make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Packing all the above items will also have you fully equipped for the first few days with your newborn babies. Some of these items could also be obtained from your hospital pharmacy, but do keep in mind that they run office hours before relying on that fact.
Each maternity ward have their own preferred list of necessities for you and your baby, so be sure to check with them before finalising your packing.