Turning the pages of my diary recently shocked me…there appears to be only one page turn until the big bold letters: “BABY DUE”. Ummm….?!!! Which can mean one thing: hospital bag time.
I think last time I had my bag packed at 36ish weeks, being the super organised first pregnancy and all that. This time around, I threw together some things for the baby (but not myself, because: teeny baby things, way more fun!) at around 37 weeks, and now at 38 weeks I thought I’d best really put my game face on and think about the fact that I will indeed be giving birth shortly. Gulp.
I was a bit miffed to find though that in all my first pregnancy-organised-nesting-frenzy I didn’t have a list which I’d kept of what to pack in my hospital bag. Strikes me as odd, it must be somewhere, most likely on my old phone which has since died I am betting. I consulted a few friends who have recently had their first babies (“Um…I know I’ve done this before, but what am I meant to bring to hospital again?!”) and thought I’d share exactly what is packed in my bags (yes, plural) to take to hospital when I go into labour.
The low down: I went about packing for three criteria – the baby, myself, and things for during labour. This system seemed the most logical to me, and it’s fairly simple. It quickly became apparent that my new Kate Hill nappy bag would only contain the things for the baby, so I have another bag for myself/labour as well.
Things for during labour include…
- snacks – almonds, dried apricots, gummy bears (yes gummy bears), apple juice boxes
- drink bottle
- wheat bag
- birth playlist on my phone and bluetooth speaker
- stress balls (I am a huge ‘Birth Skills’ fan, and plan to again use the coloured stress balls to bang/tap/count/visualise my way through contractions)
- hair ties and a stretchy headband
- glasses and contact lenses
- something to wear to give birth in, with Eleanor it was a black Bonds maternity singlet
- my birth mind map/affirmation page (another ‘Birth Skills’ tool, a page filled with words and thoughts to focus on instead of the pain, I’m a hugely visual person and this isn’t something I utilised last time but think it could definitely be right up my alley when it comes to pain management – eyes on the prize!)
In the baby’s (let’s be honest, the most exciting) bag I have…
- nappies x20
- wipes (I bought ‘nicer’ wipes for the baby than the ones we use for Eleanor, and immediately felt silly/guilty about it?! Matt agrees: ridiculous.)
- jumpsuits x5 (I also have packed a pink one and a blue one!)
- knitted cardigan and booties (for coming home in, it will no doubt be freezing leaving the hosptial!)
- singlets x5
- hats x2
- blankets x2 (stretch jersey ones, with Eleanor I know I had heavier knitted ones as well but Matt can bring some in in following days, as he’ll be back and forth from home with Eleanor care)
- dummies (controversial, but I remember I did use one with Eleanor on about the second night when she wouldn’t settle after a midwife enquired if I had one, I was glad I did throw one in the bag just in case, like someone had wisely suggested)
Then in a bag for myself…
- Bonds breastfeeding singlets x4
- Comfortable light pyjamas, easy to breastfeed in (I bought soft floral pretty ones from Big W especially, nice to have new jammies ready for hospital!)
- Light dressing gown (matching my new jammies, of course)
- Socks x4
- Two changes of clothes, comfortable stretchy and loose pants, breastfeeding friendly tops (Matt can bring me more clothes as I need it I figure, depending how long we’re in hospital for…)
- Breast pads – a lot! I prefer Pigeon brand
- Lansinol nipple cream
- Underwear which will get ruined x10, possibly more!
- Camera, batteries charged, memory cards cleared
- Phone and charger
- Maternity pads – approximately 50 bajillion
- Toiletries (make up remover wipes, small shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush/paste, dry shampoo, hair brush, tinted moisturiser, contact lenses)
Last time I remember Eleanor had a low temperature and needed more blankets, so perhaps I should pack more…but then some friends say they didn’t pack any and simply used the classic hospital striped flannel ones? I never sighted one in hospital with Eleanor funnily enough, I feel we missed a rite of passage! I’m also thinking I will probably need more clothes for me…or nappies for the baby…or jumpsuits…but it’s all things Matt can bring in the next day, or our parents/siblings who will be visiting. It’s not earth shattering or world ending if things are forgotten – but…
…what am I forgetting?! Something critical and entirely obvious I am assuming.
What did you have packed in your hospital bag?
Got any pearls of wisdom that someone told you to pack that turned out to be a lifesaver?