What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

What to pack in a hospital bag is always a point of much concern for first time mums (and occasionally us second timers too!). It’s a concern not to take too much or too little. Some of us like to have EVERYTHING packed so we have all of our ‘stuff’ around us (me!). Some of us like to pack sparingly. If you live 5 minutes from your hospital or birthing centre, you might be less concerned than someone who lives an hour away. 

During the coronavirus outbreak, soon to be parents have been asked to pack light, so this film and post have been focused very much on keeping things streamlined. If you’re in for a longer stay you might like to have a second bag which you can keep in the car for your birth partner to send up to the ward and if you’re SUPER organised, you could pack three small bags; one for labour, one for post-natal and one overflow bag. The choice really is yours and what you would prefer to do.

Some people like to put all of the things in their bags in itemised zip lock bags. Others throw them in willy nilly! It’s all down to personal choice.

So here is the list of things I included in this video (see at the end).

For mum:

  • Maternity pads (thick)
  • 2-3 pairs large knickers
  • Breast pads
  • Spare tops 1-2
  • Spare comfy trousers or pj bottoms 1-2
  • Phone charger
  • Tens machine and pads
  • Slippers/flip flops
  • Ipad/tablet/phone
  • Earphones/hands free kit
  • Book or E-reader
  • Towel (optional)
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair tie
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (optional)
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Facewash/cream
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Plastic bag
  • Snacks
  • Harvested colostrum (if you have it)
  • Water bottle
  • Change for parking
  • Hospital notes!

For baby:

  • Nappies (don’t panic if they are too big/small as the hospital will be able to help)
  • Water wipes/cotton wool
  • Muslin squares x3
  • Vests x3
  • Babygrows x3
  • Going Home outfit (optional)
  • Cardigan & Hat (depending on weather)
  • Baby Blanket
  • Car seat

If you’re packing an overflow bag you may want to add these things– this will however heavily depend on when the limits on partners on the wards are lifted:

  • Spare bras/nursing bras
  • Spare PJs
  • Spare underwear
  • Underwear/change clothes for partner
  • Extra food
  • Spare baby grows and vests
  • Nappies and Wipes
  • Charger for your partner

If you’re not planning on breast feeding they will have bottles and ready made up formula in the postnatal ward so please do not panic about bringing all of your kit with your or formula. Having been through this all myself I was really pleased with the help given and the items provided by the wards. I didn’t rely on these however.

I hope that helps and please do comment below if you think you can add anything helpful! If you’d like to watch the film please see below!

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