My hospital bags have been packed a couple of weeks now so I thought I would share with you what is in both my bag and in our baby’s bag (post coming later this week).
My bag has everything I could need during labour and for me during our hospital stay (which I hope will be short, if not we only live 10 minutes away so I know my husband can bring extras in). I’ve also packed a first outfit and nappy for the baby so that we can leave the baby bag in the car and my husband won’t have to rush straight out to get it.
- Maternity notes
- A few nighties (nursing friendly), including one that I picked up in the sale so can wear for labour and not worry about it getting ruined.
- Slip on slippers
- Cheap, big, black knickers
- A couple of nursing bras
- maternity pads (I’ve packed 10 but unsure if I should pack another packet, even though it was only 3 years ago, I can not remember how many I will go through a day).
- Socks (apparently your feet can get really cold in labour, I don’t remember this last time though).
- Snacks and drinks for labour and during my stay. I’ll probably add some crisps and cereal bars as well as what ever my husband wants to take. I didn’t eat very much during labour last time (other than sweets!) but I know every labour is different and I’m sure if I don’t eat them in labour, I will after.
- Nursing pads (These are just supermarket own brand ones that are fine before your milk comes in but I found Lansino ones best once my milk came in until it settled down).
- Lansino nipple cream. I don’t remember having much problems with cracked/bleeding nipples last time, nor can I remember how often I used this cream. I found an almost empty tube though so I must have used it a lot. Hopefully prevention is better than cure and I will be using this after feeds from early on.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Mini toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, facial wipes, mosturiser, deoderant, dry shampoo.
- A small mirror and a very small amount of make up.
- A mini hand sanitiser
- hair brush
- TENS machine (not pictured). I found this helped a lot last time round so I hired one this time round too.
- Charger for my phone
- headphones for my phone
- first outfit and nappy for the baby. This is an up to one month vest, babygrow, hat and mittens. The babygrow and hat were the outfit that the ladybird wore to come home from hospital in. I’ve only bought one new babygrow this time round and that will be the baby’s coming home outfit hopefully.
- a present for the ladybird from the baby. This is a magnetic dress up toy which hopefully keep the ladybird busy when she visits.
- A soft toy with a rattle in it that the ladybird is going to give the baby.
I have a list on top of the bag with a few last minute bits to add such as glasses/contact lenses, going home outfit etc.
I think that is everything. If I have to go in for induction I will add something like a magazine to help pass the time. I think I will try and remember to pick up a handheld fan as you never know we could be experiencing a heat wave and hospitals are hot at the best of times.
If you can think of anything I have forgotten, please let me know in the comments.