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 for.
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).
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 round 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 (hospital 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
Tens machine if you are wanting to try using one
Water spray to cool you down during labour
Make up (If your anything like me I wanted to stick some make up 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)