It’s a bit of a random one from me today.
I’m definitely not pregnant, or preparing a hospital bag before we start.
I do however have a few friends that are currently pregnant. In the past I have passed this list on to pregnant friends when they were packing their hospital bags – and so I thought I would pop the list down in a blog post – with some links to my favourite products – so that when I need to pass it on again I have it all ready.
After three labours I think by the time I had Mason I had this list finely tuned. My hospital bag was the Pink Lining Holdall in the photo above – I’m not sure if they are still available but it is the perfect size bag. I also took along my changing bag with some of the babies bits in, so that it was easier for Ell to find after they had been born.
I’ve included in this list bits for Mummy, Baby and Daddy.
Without further ado, here is my ULTIMATE hospital bag list:
Old tshirt/nightie to labour in (although I used the hospital gown as it was nice and cool)
Bikini (if planning a water birth)
Facial Mist/Water spray (perfect for cooling down your face)
Pillow (personal preference, I prefer my own pillow)
PJs (its nice to have some clean PJs to put on after you have given birth)
Maternity bras x2
Outfit to wear home (leggings are good and a sweatshirt are good)
Huge pants (I always get a size larger so they are comfy – hideous but comfy!)
Maternity pads (the hospital one are the best really the thicker the better)
Flip flops (instead of slippers)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Face wipes – the Primark Sensitive ones are the best
(Bare minimum) make up bag – concealer, mascara and eyebrow pencil for me)
Travel shampoo and conditioner (just incase)
Shower gel (I use a travel size baby bath as it’s gentle)
Hairbrush/ tangle teezer
Large dark coloured towel
Arnica pillules (I’ve had three lots of tears/stitches and these work wonders to help you heal)
Lucozade/ glucose tablets (for energy)
Lavender essential oil (for the bath – helps with healing)
Witch hazel (distilled – to put on maternity pads to help with healing – particularly good if you put them in the freezer)
Ear plugs (ward is loud)
Couple of straws
Small bottle of squash
Phones & chargers
Camera (and charger)
Change for car park (£10 worth of £1 coins)
Snacks and drink
Clean tshirt and pants
Pre made bottles with teats (just in case)
Pack of size 1 pampers
4x short sleeved vests
4x sleep suits with scratch mitts
3x cotton hats
Cotton wool (large pads)
Going home outfit
Car seat (leave in the car until needed)
EDIT: I forgot to add that it is always worth having a spare bag at home with extra nightclothes/clothes for yourself – and extra clothes and nappies for baby just incase your hospital stay ends up being longer!
Is there anything I’ve missed? Pop it below in the comments if you think of anything. I really hope this is helpful to any expectant mums – feel free to share it amongst your pregnant friends!