WORRIED YOU'LL FORGET TO PACK SOMETHING IN YOUR HOSPITAL BAG? I'VE GOT YOU COVERED!


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!

For Baby

Nappies/diapers

Wet wipes/cotton wool

5 x Baby vests

5 x Baby bodysuits

3 x Hats

Mittens

Socks or booties

Cardigan

Muslin squares

Jacket/Coat

Baby blanket

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)

Baby bottles

Car seat (to take your baby home!)


For Mum

For Labour…

Maternity notes

Birth plan

2 x Night dress or old T-shirt

Dressing gown

Socks

Slippers

Bikini

Lip balm

Snacks

Drinks

Hairbands

Music

Pictures

Spray water bottle

Fan

Hot water bottle

Tens machine

Massage lotions or oils


After Labour...

Towel and wash cloth

10 x Nursing Pads

Nipple Cream

5 x Dark or disposable knickers

Nursing Bras

Pack of maternity pads

Night dress/shirt with button front

2 x Comfortable change of clothes

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Hairbrush

Face wash

Body wash

Shampoo

Conditioner

Deodorant

Toiletries

Makeup

Ear plugs

Chewing gum

Mobile phone and charger

Plastic bag for dirty clothing


For Daddy

Change of clothes

Toothbrush

Deodorant

Comfortable shoes

Swimwear (should dad want to join mum-to-be in the birthing pool)

Snacks

Drinks

Mobile phone, camera, camcorder, chargers

Gift for baby number one from baby number two


Additional items…

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.


If you found this article helpful, please share with your friends and family.


Have any additional items you used that are not listed, please share in the comments below.