A couple of midwife appointments ago, Wendy- the lovely midwife who takes care of me and bump- said, it’s probably a good time to start putting my hospital bag together. Ahaaaa, little did Wendy know that I had already started a list of items to round up for this mysterious bag! Mostly, it was tips that my sisters told me to pack – such as a jug of sorts to help post birth stingy wees (more on this in a bit) and big granny knickers. But apart from that, I was a bit clueless as to what else needed to go in. I turned to Youtube (a pretty helpful resource!) picked my friend’s and sister’s brains for what they brought, and more or less gathered a handy list of stuff to pack and purchase for delivery day.
For mum? Yes, that’s you now! You’ll need a wash bag of your own to pack for spending a night or two in hospital. I knew I’d need more than the essentials- but what? I stocked up in Superdrug as they had so many handy travel sized bits and pieces. So here’s what I packed for my wash bag needs:
A Dove mini travel kit containing small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and deodorant.
Lip balm (I’m told your lips get dry!)
Simple face wipes
Anti Bac gel
Travel size toothbrush and toothpaste
Ear plugs (post labour wards can be noisy)
Eye mask (to block out those hospital lights!)
Hair ties (although to be fair, when am I ever not wearing a spare black one around my wrist?)
Make Up essentials – now I probably won’t even bother wearing any afterwards, but just in case, I’ll be bringing the bare necessities; eyeliner, bronzer/concealer and maybe some mascara.
But what about stuff, you know…for after the birth? What to pack for that minefield? This is where I hand on heart, had the most fun sourcing stuff! I need that for what now?!
A personal bidet. SO MANY MUMS warned me about those stinging post birth wees and how splashing water on your bits was the way to go. I also watched a Youtube video from Louise Pentland recommending them, so- seeing as Mums are always right- I purchased mine from ebay for less than a fiver (this one)
Lasinoh nipple cream. I’ve never used this stuff and I’m not sure I’ll need it. But it came up again and again in other hospital bag lists so often that I added this to the pile.
Maternity pads/Breast pads/Maternity mats- all fell under the Boots 3 for 2 offer, so I stocked up. Those mattress size sanitary pads, well…I am in for a treat. And maternity mats? I bought those as a precaution, because I am not about to do a leaky cauldron all over the sofa.
Tucks witch hazel pads – to put on top of your maternity pad afterwards. They’re meant to be cooling and healing for after birth.
Pack of nappies! Size 1 for Newborn.
Pack of Water wipes- to clear up the first of many poops. (or you can bring cotton wool and a plastic bowl, but I’m okay with water wipes too)
This was the part I was really uncertain what pack. I knew I’d need something for me to wear during birth, after birth and going home, as well as something for the baby. Or more like things for the baby. Because I’ve already learnt that a baby comes with lots of add ons!
A night tee. The only thing I can sleep in anyway. I hit Primark for my hospital PJ’s- it needed to be dark coloured, loose, and have easy access to the ladies if I was able to breastfeed. I found what I needed and accidentally picked up an XXL. LIVING MY MUMU WEARING DREAMS. It’s the size of a tent. But it was £4, so *shrugs*
A lightweight dressing gown. Try finding a lightweight dressing gown, in England, in Winter, that isn’t made from flannel. THANK YOU PRIMARK.
Hospital slippers- my mum bought me a pair that I’ve already been wearing around the house. Oops.
Hospital flip flops – for that post birth shower (again, 90p from Primark)
BIG GRANNY KNICKERS. I bought 2 packs of 3, in black. They’re enormous. I can’t wait to jump into them (they’re like parachutes)
Black harem pants. Now, I’ve never worn harem pants. But I picked these up in the middle of my Primark spree and they were loose, soft and not leggings. I bought these to wear when going home from the hospital and figured I could pair it with a top and cardi from my own wardrobe.
I was going round in circles finding separate pieces to make up an outfit for our baba. In the end, as I was casually browsing M&S, I found what was essentially a bringing home baby kit. It had everything packed together- a short sleeved suit, a long sleeved suit, a bodysuit with booties, little scratch mittens and a hat plus a spare pair of leggings and a vest top. All in one- I popped it in the trolley and job done. This is the outfit set I picked up.
A couple of basic spare bodysuits just in case.
A cellular blanket- to wrap her up in when we leave
A big muslin- to act as a spare blanket/swaddle/any other purpose that muslins are there for.
In other words, a list for Robin to be in charge of. Whilst I’ve got the handle on things like clothing and toiletries, he’s been put in charge of gathering other essentials together. At our last NCT class he told everyone he would create ‘an entertainment system’…yeah. But, no.
Spare chargers for our phones and iPad (not that I plan to be catching up on Netflix or anything)
Headphones- one set for him, one set for me (to listen to hypnobirthing playlists and maybe, possibly an audiobook)
Lucozade tablets- to administer when required! I’ll be needing extra boosts of energy.
Snacks- mostly for him, as he has the appetite of a rugby team. A vending machine just isn’t going to cut it, so my Mum has given us a stack of tupperware to bring food.
A spare clean top and toothbrush for him too, because we don’t know how long we’ll be in hospital for.
And lastly, the car seat! We invested in the Doona, because it folds up and down and has wheels.
…and finally, what Mary Poppins style bag am I fitting all this into?!
I did have mental images of something cute or pretty to bring to hospital with me, but in reality, I’ll just be using a normal weekend bag- the kind of holdall you take to the gym!
Other things to add would be:
- Your maternity notes
- Birth preference/plan (take a couple of copies)
- Arnica cream to help with bruising (recommended by my sister)
- Face mist spray in case you get hot
- Maybe some spare change for vending machines or car park (although my hospital doesn’t actually have one?!)
One last tip I came across was to have your partner pack the bag so that whilst you’re busy you know, delivering baby on the day, your partner will know where all the bits and pieces are if you need anything.
Have you put one together before? What items did you bring along that you found to be a lifesaver?