Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Hospital bag, what to pack for mum and baby

For me packing my hospital bag is sadly exciting, I love getting everything ready and like to know that I am organised. I usually start packing mine at around 32 weeks and aim to have it finished by about 36 weeks.

As it has been over 3 years since i last did it i had sort of forgotten what to pack in a hospital bag! It is so easy to get carried away and overpack but I have really tried to get it to the minimum as I aim to be in and out fairly quickly, I have a bag at home with some extras in that Phil can bring in if needed.
After having Seb I found that having mine and his stuff in one bag was a bit of a faff and because I had a difficult birth, Phil found himself going through everything trying to get the things out Seb needed while I was still under general anaesthetic. I learnt from this and with Alex I packed 2 separate bags and we found it much easier.

For the baby I am using our new changing bag. I haven't shown it off yet but I bought the BabyMel Grace bag in tan this time, my old Yummy Mummy bag is looking worse for wear and after over 5 years of carrying a changing bag around I wanted a handbag style of bag but of course still need it to be roomy and practical.
Hospital bag what to pack baby

Hospital bag baby, what to pack

Baby hospital baget,  what to pack, nappies

Baby hospital bag
  • 2 short sleeved vests
  • 2 plain sleep suits
  • Nappies; I have packed cloth nappies plus a wet bag but also some disposable just incase we have to stay in longer
  • Changing mat
  • Cotton wool
  • Muslins 
  • Coming home outfit; short sleeved vest, patterned sleep suit, hand knitted cardigan and hat (not pictured as grandma is knitting these)
  • Cellular blanket
  • Car seat (this will stay in the car until needed)

For my bag I am just using an overnight bag that I already own.
Hospital labour bag

Hospital bag what to pack

Hospital bag packing

Hospital bag ideas
  • Your maternity notes and birth plan
  • Button front nightie for labour
  • Flannel
  • Hair bands
  • Squirty water bottle 
  • Black bath sheet and flannel
  • Maternity pads × 20
  • Breast pads × 20
  • Lansinoh 
  • Nipple shields
  • Huge black pants (I got some massive ones in Primark)
  • Nursing bras
  • Dark pj bottoms for post birth
  • Top suitable for nursing
  • Socks
  • Toiletries(shower gel and body cream, deodorant,  shampoo, dry shampoo, face wipes,  moisturiser, antibacterial hand gel, lip balm, toothbrush and paste)
  • Make up and hairbrush
  • Camera, phone with charger and a book or magazines 
  • Snacks
  • Comfortable going home clothes(maternity leggings and a dark dress for me)
That is pretty much what I have packed. I do have some ready made bottles of milk at home but have decided not to pack these as I will be attempting to breastfeed and it can always be brought in if needed. Phil will have a spare top and snacks too incase we are in for a while!

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