Updated: Apr 10
Does your hospital bag have all the essentials you and your baby will need? Take your checklist out and tick off everything against our list!
The process of choosing what to pack in your hospital bag and packing it as you get ready for the maternity ward is one of the most exciting parts of late pregnancy. When you reach 35 weeks, your bag should be almost ready. Write down a checklist and work out what essentials you’ll need for yourself and for your baby. Select a bag that works for you: a small suitcase, rucksack or cabin bag, but make sure that the components are easily accessible.
These 10 Must-Have-Items will help you have a better birth experience, assuming that the small zip section already contains your important documents and a personal contact list:
1. Your Birth Plan (If You Have One)
It’s better to keep your birth plan short and sweet. Having an idea of how you want things to go is always better than just winging it, even if it might change along the way!
2. Change Of Clothes
Rather go for your old nightdress for labour – there’s no reason to mess up a new nightie. Don’t forget to include warm socks because hospital floors are cold, plenty of undies (maternity if you wish), and two or three pairs of comfortable nursing bras.
3. Breast pads and sanitary pads
You’re going to need these after delivery for leaking breasts and post-birth bleeding.
We know that it’s better to experience the moment live rather than through the lens, but your family and friends might want a snap or two. Don’t forget to pack spare batteries or the charger while you’re at it.
They will give you nappies in the hospital, but pack a few extra just in case.
6. Baby Blanket
The hospital will probably be warm, but you will want to wrap your baby up going outside for the first time.
7. Baby Clothes
Keep it simple and stick to basics… easy to open and close.
After you have packed the necessities, ensure you pop in a lip balm. Hospitals can be dry, and the pregnancy has already taken a toll on your skin, so come prepared!
Bring your flip-flops for the shower or to wear home if your feet are too swollen to fit into regular shoes.
10. Homecoming Outfits For You And Baby
Pack a comfortable, loose-fitting outfit for you to wear and something equally comfortable for the new member of the family for their journey home.