What you need for both you and baby in your hospital bag.
The last thing you need when you’re close to due date is panicking about what you need in your hospital bag for not just your little one but for you too. This is why we’ve come up with this straight forward and concise checklist to make the whole process that much easier and as panic free as possible.
It is recommended that you have your hospital bag ready by around 35/36 weeks, just in case baby decides to appear early.
What does mum need?
First things first, make sure you have bits and bobs to make yourself feel comfortable during labour.
- – Dressing gown is a must in our eyes. Amazing for wondering around the hospital when in labour and if you need to stay in for a few days post-birth, it’s nice to have it for then too. Plus, who doesn’t love being in their dressing gown?
- – Slippers are also good when wondering around the hospital, make sure they’re easy to just slip on and off.
- – A cosy pillow. You may or may not have a pillow at home that you find really comfortable, maybe one you’ve used through your pregnancy. The hospital will provide pillows but anything to make you comfortable is a good thing to have.
- – Nightdresses are the best thing to wear both through labour and post-birth. The looser and softer, the better.
- – Depending on what you like doing, we suggest bringing some things with you to help the time pass. Whether this is a book, a tablet or music.
Toiletries that you may need during labour.
- – Lip balm. Your lips may get chapped during labour so have some lip balm handy and close by.
- – A flannel/cloth you can get wet. You will most likely get hot during labour so having a cold, damp flannel to put on your forehead is always soothing.
- – Body lotion. You can always persuade your birthing partner to give you a massage to help relax you. Hopefully they’re willing in your time of need.
Toiletries for post-birth
- – Heavy duty maternity pads. It is completely normal to bleed after birth so please don’t panic. Maternity pads are a lot more comfy and absorbent than the usual sanitary pads.
- – Your usual wash bag essentials. Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, make up wipes etc. Remember hair ties/hair band to keep your hair off your neck and face!
- – Glasses or contact lenses if needed.
- – Any other luxuries you would like that make you feel a bit more like you. Perfume maybe?
Clothing for post-birth
- – Comfy underwear. You don’t want anything tight, go full on Bridget Jones style
- – Bras. You will need nursing bras if planning to breast feed. Again, go comfy, soft and nothing too restrictive.
- – Nightdresses (as mentioned above)
- – Clothes to wear if staying in hospital and for leaving hospital. Loose clothing is always best, comfy tracksuits and baggy jumpers are great.
Hospital bag for baby
- – Nappies, nappies and more nappies. Take lots so you’re prepared and for the just in cases. Make sure these are for new-borns so they fit and you can avoid the umbilical cord.
- – Baby grows. The best are the ones which are quick to undo and fasten. Also, take note of what season you will be giving birth in. Whether you need some warmer bits if its winter.
- – In addition to this, a going home outfit. You may just want to stick to a baby grow or if its chilly, a pram suit might be worth getting.
- – A blanket to keep them warm.
- – Muslin squares. These are good for breast feeding and being draped over your shoulder for privacy or when burping. They are the handiest piece of fabric you’ll ever come across!
- – Wipes. Water based wipes are good whilst baby’s skin is so sensitive.
- – Booties to help keep little ones feet nice and warm.
- – Hats to keep babies head warm. They lose a lot of heat through their head.
Extra handy things to pack
- – Phone charger
- – Ear plugs – the maternity ward can get somewhat noisy.
- – Food and drinks. Keeping hydrated is key and have straws with you, just make it as easy as possible for yourself. Ensure you have snacks that are nice and easy to nibble on.
- – Take your hospital notes with you. Just in case you quickly need access to your medical history.