If this is your first baby, you may be wondering what on earth you need to pack for the hospital. You don’t want to end up with your whole house in a bag but you do want to make sure you have everything you need. The hard thing about packing your bag is that you never know how many days you could end up in hospital.
When to Pack Your Bag
I think it is important to have a bag packed at least a month before you give birth. I was actually nearly 7 weeks early and it was an emergency so I didn’t have anything with me. My husband packed a bag for me and all that was in it was my iPad, a pair of PJ bottoms a daytime top and a charger… needless to say I sent him home with a list and he still came back with the wrong things (mennnn).
What’s Was On My List?
I have put together a list of the things that are absolutely required as well as some nice extras whilst you are waiting to meet your bundle of joy.
- Birth plan as well as all medical notes
- Maternity bras, nursing bra and breast pads and big comfortable knickers (disposable knickers are also good)
- A couple of sets of loose clothing for labour and for walking around the ward. *
- Snacks, water, drinks for labour and for if you need to stay in hospital ( there is never enough food in the hospital meals if you have to stay in)
- Toiletries, including lip balm, hair bands and hairbrush
- 1 pack maternity pads (hospitals do often provide these but you will need them at home anyway)
- Loose PJ’s (front-opening options will make breastfeeding easier)
- Dressing gown (I loved having my dressing gown for comfort)
- Slippers (make sure the soles have grip as the hospital ward floor can be very slippy)
- Bag for dirty clothing
- Phone and charger
- IPAD or tablet
- Music on an iPod or MP3
- Books and magazines
- Birth ball
- Tens machine if you are wanting to try using one
- Water spray to cool you down during labour
- Extra pillow
- Makeup (If your anything like me I wanted to stick some makeup on before any visitors arrived and before any pictures were being taken)
- Hot water bottle, for backache.
- List of phone numbers so your partner can text everyone once the baby has arrived safe.
- Your favourite sweet treat for after you have given birth (a reward which is much deserved)
Did this article help you? We have a full baby checklist for hospital too, which includes everything you need for both you and your baby.
Carla is the founder of MyBump2Baby. Carla has a huge passion for linking together small businesses and growing families. Carla’s humorous, non-filtered honesty has won the hearts of thousands of parents throughout the UK.
She has previously written for the Metro and made appearances on BBC News, BBC 5 live, LBC etc. Carla is a finalist for Blogger of the Year award with Simply Ladies inc. Carla is also the host of the popular Fifty Shades of Motherhood podcast and The MyBump2Baby Expert podcast.