This is the second part of my ‘Getting ready for baby series’ – click here to view the first post on preparing for your bub’s arrival.
Regardless of whether it has been my first or now my third baby, I always put off packing my bags for my impending trip to hospital.
Even when I was pregnant with my first – Miss 9 – I recall starting our six-week prenatal classes at 30 weeks at which time the midwife asked if we all had our bags packed. I laughed and said I still had more than two months to go why on earth would I have my bags packed already?! She looked somewhat horrified…
Each week, the midwife continued to ask whether I had packed my bag. However, I just don’t think I was mentally ready to accept that my labour could be so imminent. Finally in our last class, at 36 weeks pregnant, I put my hand up and said ‘You’ll be proud of me, I finally packed my bag’ which was greeted with a large round of congratulations and clapping from the midwife and other class members.
Fast forward to today, and here I am at 37 weeks pregnant with my third child and my bags are finally packed. I do find it awfully tricky though, because a lot of the things in that bag I still need to use or wear over the next few weeks. It’s kind of like I’m travelling and living out of my luggage at the moment … except minus the beautiful tropical island!
So, for all those other mummas-to-be struggling to pack their hospital bags, here is a rough checklist I used to pull everything together for me and baby. Exactly what you take will vary between person to person, your birth plan, hospital, planned length of stay and how you intend to feed baby, so it’s always worth checking with the maternity ward of your hospital.
Dressing gown or cardigan
Slippers or thongs
Nightie/t-shirt for labour
Toiletries (including deoderant, hair brush, hair ties and clips, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, BB cream, small hand sanitiser, etc)
Comfortable pants (tracksuits pants, yoga pants, leggings, etc) x5
Nursing bras x4
Tops (singlets, T-shirts, etc) x5
Maternity pads x2 packs
Breast pads x1 pack
Ipod (plus charger)
Baby blanket x2
Socks (if sleepsuits are not footed)
Going home outfit
Baby bottle (optional)
Nappies (if not supplied by hospital)
I hope this helps with packing your bags for hospital. I figure I can always send my husband, family member or a friend home to collect something if I run out or have forgotten something.
All the best with the impending arrival of your bubs!