When having a baby the one thing you will always hear is be prepared. Sometimes easier said than done when those little ones don’t always stick to the schedule! Therefore, to eliminate one worry from your mind pack your hospital bag early so it is ready and waiting. The last thing you want to be doing is running around trying to pack it when you’re in the first throws of labour!
I’ve just packed mine and have done a lot of Internet and baby book searching for what you should pack.
Here is the ultimate list of what you will need in your hospital bag(s).
Don’t forget the Paperwork:
- Photo ID – passport and/or work pass of mum and dad
- Hospital Registration paperwork
- Birth plan (if you have one)
- Health insurance papers
- Baby Book or Journal to record first moments
- Nightie / loose fitting pyjamas x 2
- Comfortable clothes to wear after labour during the day if you are staying in for a few days.
- A loose fitting outfit for leaving hospital.
- Eye mask
- Ear plugs
- Pillow from home (a useful tip someone gave me is to use a patterned or coloured pillow case so it doesn’t get confused with the hospital pillows).
- Loose underwear for post labour – if you are having a C-section then there is specific underwear you can buy which can help with your comfort and your recovery post delivery.
- Maternity pads for post labour bleeding.
- Maternity bra
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream
- Flipflops for the shower.
- Lip Salve
- Water Spray to cool you off and calm your tired skin.
- Glasses (if you wear them, you may not want to wear contacts in hospital).
- Ipad/laptop including charger.
- Phone and charger
- Snacks – pretzels, fruit, energy bars to keep you energised in between meals.
- Camera and charger.
- Snacks and drinks.
- Change of clothes
- A button down shirt for post delivery skin on skin with his new baby.
- Cash for parking or for vending machines.
- Notepad and pen to track baby’s feeding schedule, write down any questions, memories from the first few days etc.
- 2 muslin cloths per baby.
- 2 short sleeve vests and long baby grows per baby.
- 2 swaddles per baby.
- Bottles and slow flowing teats (if not breastfeeding).
- Formula milk (if not breastfeeding).
- Plain hats to keep their little head warm right after birth.
- Receiving blanket for when you leave.
- Outfit for leaving hospital.
- Car seat (most hospitals won’t actually let you leave hospital without one).
I’ve been told that most of the things that your brand new baby needs will be provided by the hospital but it’s always nice to have your own items for them. A really lovely tip I have been given is to sleep with the swaddle or baby grow underneath your pillow for a night or two before your delivery so it smells like you and is comforting for the baby.
Another nice touch is to bring a small gift for the maternity nurses like chocolates as a thank you for their care and attention.