And it begins….It is from this point not only are you having to worry about what you need to take to the hospital for you… you need to think about your baby too. There are so many things to think about when you are thinking about your baby’s hospital bag. You never know how many days you could up being in hospital for so it important to pack enough clothes but not too many… if you are to stay in hospital your room is likely to be small so less is better.
My son George was nearly 7 weeks early and was born via emergency C-section so I had to stay in for a week… Luckily the NeoNatal unit had tiny baby clothes which George was in until we could get out and buy him some of his own. We didn’t expect him to come so early.
I would strongly suggest that once you have sorted the nursery and where all your babies’ clothes are going, make sure you point out to your partner exactly where things are so if you do need more clothes he knows and brings the right stuff… even now I ask my husband to get me a baby grow and he comes down with a vest or a t-shirt (which reminds me… I really need to label those drawers).
Baby Checklist for Hospital
- 3 Sleepsuits
- 3 Vests
- Baby blanket
- Nappies (Newborns can go through up to 12 nappies a day so make sure you pack plenty)
- Wipes if you are using them but it may be advised to use water at first as your babies’ skin is extra sensitive.
- Bibs or muslin squares
- Outfit for the way home (make sure your baby is wrapped up warm)
- Car seat(the hospital will not let you go home without one)
- It is important to consider the time of year that it is and make sure your newborn is dressed warm
- If you are choosing to bottle feed the hospital normally provides you with milk however, if you would like to get some incase you can buy ready-made bottles with a teet from most supermarkets. (I would buy them just in case but make sure you use the freebies from the hospital if you can)
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