Only a few weeks to go till baby number two arrives and my hospital bag is well and truly packed! I have honestly spent this whole pregnancy winging it and feeling so underprepared, so I can’t tell you how good it feels to actually have one thing fully organised. If you are looking for inspiration of what to pack in your hospital bag, I hope this post is helpful. There is also a free ‘Hospital Bag Checklist’ you can download and print here!
I packed my hospital bag so early because I kept having these crazy, vivid dreams that I was going to go into labour early. Has anyone else had these dreams during pregnancy? Having my hospital bag packed and ready to go has made me feel a lot better and even if I end up going overdue, at least I know its one less thing to think about.
One thing I will admit is that during my last pregnancy, I packed all the wrong things in my hospital bag. When I went into have my daughter I literally didn’t have anything I needed. What I was thinking when I packed that bag, I do not know.
There were a few things I didn’t take that I should have. For example, I should have probably taken a few different sized baby sleep suits (everything was way too big for her), I should have taken breast pads for leaky boobs, maxi pads (why did I not pack those – thankfully the hospital had spares) and comfy nightwear.
There were also a couple of things that I did pack that I really didn’t need. For example, some old pre-baby clothes (I somehow thought I might fit straight back into them after I’d given birth and that my maternity clothes would instantly be made redundant – yup that didn’t happen), lots of baby outfits rather than baby sleep suits and pj trousers (way too uncomfortable after birth).
What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag
Outfits For Baby
Try not to overpack with super cute outfits. Just basic sleepsuits and warm layers will do until you get home. Just don’t forget to pack something warm for the journey home!
- Vests x 2
- Sleepsuits x 2
- Going home outfit
- Warm layers for the car (e.g. cardigan/coat/pramsuit)
- Scratch mitts
Outfits For You
Just remember don’t take anything you don’t want to get ruined. I wore really nice pair of pjs and nightgown last time around and just ended up having to throw them away.
- Nightdress x 2 (a lot more comfortable than wearing pj trousers after birth)
- Disposable pants
- Nursing bra
- Comfortable loungewear/going home outfit
- Cardigan or jumper or dressing gown
- Comfy shoes
Don’t forget to take baby changing things! The hospital sometimes supply nappies, but not always!
- Breast pump – just in case there are any issues with my milk.
- Muslin squares
- Nappies + changing essentials
Food + Drink
The last time I went into labour I didn’t take in any food or snacks! Cue my birthing partner having to leave me labour solo while he sought out a shop and some food for both of us! This time around we’re going very prepared.
- Fruit – For some reason I love eating fresh fruit when I’m hot and bothered.
- Snacks – We’ll probably take Naked bars with us or some kind of biscuits
- Raspberry Leaf Tea – (apparently its amazing for softening your cervix)
You don’t know how long you’re going to be in hospital for, so make sure you pack at least enough for staying over night. You’ll also want to freshen up after having baby so things like shampoo and conditioner and toothpaste and a toothbrush are a must!
- Maxi pads
- Lip balm
- Hair brush
- Hair ties or clips
- Massage lotion
- Lanolin Cream/Nipple Cream
- Breast Pads
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Shower gel
- Shampoo + Conditioner
This is mostly for my birthing partner. I remember how boring it got last time. 12 hours of contractions, me in the zone and the two people that were with me (my Mum and Evie’s Dad) were just sat twiddling their thumbs.
- Book or magazine
- Notepad and pen
- Playing cards – (we’re taking UNO with us)
Also we’re going to make sure we pack a camera and a phone charger, but you can download the full handy ‘Hospital Bag’ checklist here!
If you’re wondering where we got this gorgeous bag from, it’s from a company called ‘Mubakid’ and it’s called the ‘gallivant bag’. It’s actually a changing bag and we’re going to be using it after hospital as our main bag for baby! You can find it here:
So, that’s everything I have ready to go in our hospital bag. I can’t actually believe that very soon I’m going to be updating this blog and showcasing our little newborn. I still haven’t fully wrapped my head around the fact that we’re having another baby. I am so excited to meet him though and my fingers are so crossed for the easiest labour in the world!
I hope this post was helpful to anyone else who is pregnant at the moment. If you are, I’d love to hear how far along you are. Also is there anything else you’d add to this hospital bag checklist? Let me know in the comments below.
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