It’s time to pack the bag, the one that goes with you to the hospital a.k.a the hospital bag. The hospital bag has all the items you need to help you bring your little one into the world. This bag is so important. Here is what I had in mine when we had little man.
I should just say, we had no bag when we bought our little lady into the world. I was so un prepared. She came two weeks early and well, we had nothing so if this does happen to you, don’t worry. The hospital have things to get you by until some one is able to pop out and buy you the things you need. The second time the bag was ready 3 months in advance.
What to pack for you:
Birth plan and notes: the ones that you have been carrying for the last 6 months.
A night-dress/ something to give birth in: don’t buy something special, it will get dirty.
Change of clothes: Something comfortable. Nothing tight.
Going home outfit.
Night-dress to sleep in if you have to stay overnight, something that opens at the front would be better for breast feeding.
Slip on slippers or flip flops.
Phone and charger, anything else you would like to pass time with; book, magazine, music, downloaded video that you would want to watch.
- Hair brush
- Hair band
- Body lotion
- Shower gel
- Lip balm
Pillow or anything else that would comfort you.
Nursing bra and breast pads as well as nipple cream.
Maternity pads and comfortable pants.
Money; I would just keep a note folded, just incase.
For your birth Partner:
Snacks: they may be waiting a while.
Phone and Charger: so they can tell the World the good news when the time is right.
Camera to take pictures in the first few moments.
Water spray: Evian do one, it’s nice just to spray during labour. It’s cooling and refreshing. I didn’t use this but lots of women I have spoken to liked having it with them.
For the new arrival
3-4 sleep suits and vests.
Nappies at least 10.
Cotton balls, wipes are too harsh for a new born.
Blanket: new borns like to be swaddled.
Muslins: I love the Sainsbury ones. We tried some from a few different brands the Sainsburys ones were my favourite.
Coat for winter babies.
Car seat: They do not let you leave the hospital without it! We used the Maxi cosi Pebble.
Go through the bag with your birth partner. Show them where everything is, so they are ready to go!
Hope this helps.