Organising and packing my hospital bag for the imminent arrival of my new born baby had me a nervous wreck.
Every time I thought I had packed everything baby and I would need, I'd realise I'd forgotten something. So for baby no. 2, I made sure to re-visit my old checklist and even added a few items on for good measure.
So here it is, from baby clothes, towels and nappies to tens machines, slippers and snacks, the Active Mama, "what should I pack in my hospital bag" list!
Wet wipes/cotton wool
5 x Baby vests
5 x Baby bodysuits
3 x Hats
Socks or booties
Going home outfit
Baby milk (if you are unable or have chosen not to breast feed)
Nappy bags (please be careful, as nappy bags are a suffocation hazard)
Car seat (to take your baby home!)
2 x Night dress or old T-shirt
Spray water bottle
Hot water bottle
Massage lotions or oils
Towel and wash cloth
10 x Nursing Pads
5 x Dark or disposable knickers
Pack of maternity pads
Night dress/shirt with button front
2 x Comfortable change of clothes
Mobile phone and charger
Plastic bag for dirty clothing
Change of clothes
Swimwear (should dad want to join mum-to-be in the birthing pool)
Mobile phone, camera, camcorder, chargers
Gift for baby number one from baby number two
Gift for midwife and hospital staff (optional)
Ways to pack
Some people may choose to pack one hospital bag, while others prefer separate hospital bags. A bag for mummy, baby and daddy can be beneficial because:
You only need to take the bag you need in to the hospital with you
Less to carry when you arrive to hospital
Easier to find items
That’s not to say you can’t pack one bag, I did!
Here are a few tips for packing one bag:
Use an all in one shampoo and body wash.
Pack an adaptable charger that works on both your phone and your partner’s phone.
Leave excess items in the car in case your need a top-up of nappies, wet wipes and clothes.
Pack your partners spare clothes at the bottom of the bag, your baby’s items to one side and yours on the other for easy access.
Whichever system you decide, you got this, Mama. For a downloadable copy of list click here.
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