It's such an exciting time as you near your estimated due date and one thing on your list of things to do before your baby's arrival is packing the hospital bags. But what will you need? If this is your first baby the process can be daunting knowing what to take to the hospital for yourself and your baby. As a mum to 3 children, I've made this hospital bag checklist to make the process much easier for you.
Ok, let's start off with your hospital bag, here is a list of items I found really important to have in the hospital during and after the birth of your baby.
Nipple Cream - (this is a must if you plan to breastfeed)
Supportive Maternity Bra
Comfortable Pyjamas and Slippers
Cardigan or jumper you can easily slip on and off as it can be quite chilly in your hospital room.
Comfortable Pants - Maternity ones are great with the support for your tummy still
A complete extra outfit because you just had a baby and you now need to be prepared for anything.
Toiletries - Toothbrush, hairbrush, hair ties, shampoo, body wash, make up etc
A good lip balm - those lips get dry during labour
Your own snacks
Your own pillow and blanket
The bag you decide to take with you will depend on your own needs but I found a small suitcase or a bag with wheels much easier. You don't need an extra bag for your baby's items, if you prefer to pack all of your belongings in one suitcase you can but read on to see my recommendations for what to bring to the hospital for your newborn baby.
What to pack in your newborn baby's hospital bag?
Newborn Nappies - (check if your hospital supplies these)
Long sleeve onesies - no matter the time of year it can be cold in the hospital
Going home outfit - (we all know we have had this planned for a while)
2nd going home outfit - (perhaps we haven't decided which one yet, we need choices)
Dummy/pacifier if you plan to use one
Bottles and formula if you plan to bottle feed
During Labour, your birth partner might need a few things too so it's a great idea to get them to bring along a bag which might contain
A spare change of clothes
Snacks and bottled water
Coins for the vending machines
List of people to contact like your Birth Photographer or Doula.
A copy of your birth plan and any other important documents you may need.