Deciding what to pack in your hospital bag can be a scary thought. You will have limited space and there are some things that aren’t necessary and some things that will be a godsend. Hopefully this list will help! I used a weekend holdall type bag for hospital.
- Food and drinks. Cartons with straws are great, flat energy drinks, anything that is easy to drink while you are in labour and will give you the energy you need. Bottled water (which you could freeze in advance so that it stays cold!) Lots of snacks for you and your birth partner as you may not want them popping out to the cafe or vending machine.
- Big granny pants and big sanitary pads. Pants that are enormous (so if you have a c section they will still be comfy) and that can be thrown away afterwards (for obvious reasons). Plenty of these and large sanitary towels too! You can also get disposable pants but they aren’t as comfy.
- A towel (ideally dark in colour). I’m sure I don’t need to tell you why!
- Several pairs of pyjamas, a light dressing gown, slippers and flip flops (for the shower) and nursing bra’s. Unless you have already experienced leakage you probably won’t need breast pads until your milk comes in. A pair of thick socks as your feet can get cold during labour.
- Ear plugs and an eye mask for the ward are a great idea. Labour wards can be really noisy and an eye mask will make it easier to nap during the day if you need to.
- Phone and charger to keep your loved ones up to date and take first pics of your new baby. Either put your favourite relaxing music on your phone or ipod or your hypnobirthing podcast.
- Pillow. It’s always so much nicer to have your own pillow from home!
- Toiletries including face wipes, baby wipes, dry shampoo, lip balm, anything that makes life easier. Hair bobbles.
- A baby blanket such as a cellular blanket. Cellular blankets are safe and breathable for your baby and are perfect for all year round.
- A few of each thing for baby, babygro (and or vest depending on season/weather) , newborn nappies, cotton wool (most hospitals advise against wipes on newborn skin), muslins. Your babies first teddy or toy.
Make sure you pack early, as your baby might arrive before planned! Good luck! Please share this post if you know someone who might find it useful.