Let’s face it, there’s no telling when your baby will make their grand entrance – it could be any time from up to a week or two before your due date to a week or two after it. Normally mum’s are advised to have their bags packed at 37 weeks. In my case I’ve decided to pack earlier at 34 weeks, it’s just the organised freak in me wanting to make sure I’m all prepped just in case the baby decides to make an early arrival!
Yummy mummies some of you reached out to me asking what I’m packing in my hospital bags for the big arrival. So I thought why not share a quick guide with a list of all the essentials you and your baby will need whilst at the hospital.
Ideally you should have a labour bag containing items you’ll need during labour and birth and a bag for after the birth with your baby’s things and your going home clothes in it. In my case I’ve decided to pack two large bags to avoid carrying multiple bags. Your birth partner may want some personal items as well, in which case he or she may want their own bag.
If you are having a home birth it’s still a good idea to have your bags prepared so that everything is ready in one place. It also means that should you go into hospital at that last minute no one will need to rush around trying to gather things you want to take with you.
If you are having a hospital birth you may be able to take some items from home such as pillows or cushions, which will make you feel more comfortable and help to make the environment more familiar. I would advise checking the hospitals policy first or speak to your midwife as space may be a problem and there could be limits on what they allow you to bring from home.
*Some items are linked*
Your Labour Bag:
- Birth plan and maternity notes
- Slippers – for when you are walking around
- Nursing bras
- Breast pads
- Maternity pads
- Plastic bag for dirty clothes
- Socks – to keep your feet warm
- A lightweight dressing gown – a dark will help hide any stains
- 5-6 pairs of kickers – you may want to bring some disposable ones
- Washbag with toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair ties, face wash, moisturiser and other toiletries
- Towels – again choose dark shades
- Things to help you pass the time and relax – for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts
- A fan water or water spray to cool you down
- Front – opening or loose fitting nighties or tops if you’re planning to breastfeed
- A loose, comfortable outfit to wear home
- A camera
- Healthy snacks and drinks
- Extra pillows
- A TENS machine if you intend to use one
- Any medications you are taking
Baby’s Hospital Bag
- Baby clothes – vests, sleep suits, cardigans – at least three of each – and a hat and scratch mittens
- Muslins or bibs
- Plenty of nappies and wipes
- Baby toiletries (I have the Childs Farm skincare products) and cotton wool
- Baby blanket or shawl – for when you go home
- Baby car seat – essential if you’re driving home
- Soft toy
I hope you’ve found this information and lists useful as a guide to get you prepared for the big day. Of course reach out to me if you have any questions.
I would also love to receive any recommendations you may have! xoxo