When I packed my hospital bag for Ella’s birth, I did the usual of Googling what to include in it. And then, being me, I discounted a lot of the stuff as unnecessary!
I made the mistake of packing the bag as if I would only be in hospital for a few hours, as I was convinced that would be the case! Me and Ella ended up being in hospital for a week, and it was pretty frustrating to be constantly asking Sean to bring stuff in. Plus, he didn’t really have a clue what I was after! He brought breast pads instead of maternity pads for example!
So, this time round, I’ve decided to be a bit more prepared for a longer stay. I’m not going to assume the hospital bag is just for an outfit for me and the baby to go home in!!!
So, here are a few things I’ll be including this time round (when I get round to actually packing my bag!)!
1. Jelly babies
These have to go top of my list! I included them in my hospital bag last time, and I devoured the pack straight after labour! I hadn’t eaten anything throughout my labour and was feeling pretty depleted of energy, so the sugar rush was definitely welcomed!
Similarly, I guzzled down a bottle of Lucozade straight after delivery! I’d originally packed it to drink during labour, but was only in hospital an hour before I started pushing. But it was just what I needed after Ella was born!
3. Maternity pads
It’s amazing how many of these you will get through! Nothing prepares you for how much you will bleed after! I’m going to pack a couple of packs this time round, and make sure I know exactly where there are more at home to direct Sean to in case we need to stay in longer.
4. Big knickers
This isn’t a time for fancy pretty knickers! I’ve bought a multipack of cheap big knickers that will get me through the first couple of days, that I’ll probably throw in the bin after!
I was so convinced I’d be in and out, that I didn’t pack pyjamas last time! This time, I’ll be packing some maternity pyjamas that also have buttons to undo for breastfeeding.
6. Breast pads
I didn’t need this last time, as my milk struggled to come in and I was never really engorged or leaked. I will pack a few in the hope that this time will be different!
7. Nursing bra
Makes feeding much easier!!!
8. Lansinoh nipple cream
I remember sending Sean to buy some of this while I was still in hospital. I didn’t find it incredibly painful to breastfeed, but there was definitely some discomfort, so I’ll be prepared for that this time round.
I’ve bought a few travel size toiletries to include. Again, last time I had to send Sean out for shower gel, shampoo, etc. So, I’m including a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, dry shampoo, moisturiser, hair brush and bobble. I’m also going to pack a mascara, eyeliner and some concealer. I happened to have these in my handbag last time, and remember putting them on when I was feeling low and exhausted after a few days in hospital to make me feel a bit more human! It’s strange, because I can go days without wearing make-up. But for some reason, I really just wanted to look a little fresher in hospital!!
I didn’t even have a towel last time. Who knew that the hospital wouldn’t provide towels for you?!! I had to keep pinching the towels supplied for the babies until I remembered to ask Sean to bring one in!
11. Vital Touch Natalia Birth and Labour Box
You can read more about this here, but some great products to use while I’m in labour! I’ll probably keep this out to use at home, and hope to remember to add it in before we head to hospital.
12. Phone charger
There’s no time when the need for a phone is greater!
13. Going home clothes
Last time, I laboured in the t-shirt I was already wearing. If I do the same again, there’ll be a definite need for some fresh clothes to go home in!
I’ll take a whole pack probably! Newborns get through a lot of nappies!!
2. Water Wipes
I loved when Ella left the initial newborn stage and I could start using wipes instead of water and cotton wool. So much easier! I’ve discovered Water Wipes this time round, which are 99.9% water and suitable from birth, so no messing about with cotton wool!
In case there are any nappy rash issues.
4. Vests, sleepsuits, hat, mittens, booties
We don’t know whether we’re having a boy or a girl, so I’ve not gone OTT on the buying of baby clothes. I’ve just got enough plain white vests and sleepsuits for the first couple of days. I also know from experience that most presents are clothes related, so you soon start to see an influx of outfits! I’ve got enough to cover the first couple of days. After which I’m sure we’ll be gifted some or, if we’re still in hospital, I can send Sean off shopping! Ella was 9lbs1 at birth, and didn’t fit newborn clothes. She was straight in to 0-3 months. I’ve bought both newborn and 0-3, as I can pass on the newborn clothes if they don’t fit! I’ve also got a hat and booties that I crocheted myself, in the early days of me taking up crochet! So hoping these will fit baby!
I also crocheted a blanket as one of my early projects! Can’t wait to wrap our baby in it!
So now it’s just a case of actually doing the packing!! I think I packed my last hospital bag at about 37 weeks. I’m usually a last minuter, so maybe I’ll manage it a bit earlier this time round. I’m 35 weeks tomorrow, so best get cracking!