Complete Hospital Bag Check-list
Packing your hospital bag early ensures you’re ready for the big day.
Even if little one puts in an early appearance.
AND it gives you the peace of mind that you won’t end up in hospital with a bag thrown together by your other half!
I was in hospital a couple of times pre-labour and never had what I needed.
One time my wash bag had only toothpaste & mozzie spray in it!!! Errr … thanks mum 🙂
To prevent similar mishap, this is everything I think you need …
Hospital Bag Check-List
- Mobile phone charger
- Cash for taxis … to get to hospital & back in an emergency
- Small change for snack & coffee machines
- Contact list … set up contact lists of friends & family in your phone so you can text / mail them with updates and the good news
- Easy read magazines & books … in case you’re admitted pre-labour, in which case you’ll need something to stop you climbing the walls!
- Kit bags … separate out your stuff between different kit bags so you’re not rummaging through everything
2. Night Clothes
- Night dresses … you might be in longer than you think & it will get messy. I only took two and ended up in a hospital gown
- Dressing grown
- Flip flops … for going to bathroom, shower & pacing corridors if in early!
- Slippers … your temperature goes crazy, sometimes you’ll be freezing
- Thick socks … handy in labour & in bed afterwards if you get chilly
- Pillow … it’s so hard to get comfy & sometimes only your own pillow will do
- Dirty clothes bag … a couple of kit bags are perfect for soiled dirty clothes
- Ear plugs … if you’re on a ward pre-labour you’ll need them!!
3. Wash Bag
- Mini bottles of ..
- Shower gel
- Shampoo / conditioner
- Stretch cream
- Anti-bacterial hand gel … the hospital will have but good to have to hand
- Anti-bacterial wipes … you shouldn’t need these but some people do have horror stories of others half on hands & knees wiping up bodily fluids!
4. For Labour
- Small bottles of water … you will get seriously dehydrated
- Straws … easier to sip water without tipping it all over yourself
- High energy snacks … dried fruit, cereal bars, bananas, dry crackers …
- Watch with seconds … for timing contractions
- Hair clips / bands … anything that will keep hair out of your face
- Lip balm … you get dehydrated & your lips get parched
- Massage lotion … great if you’ve a partner you trust to massage you 🙂
- Water spray … to help you cool down
- Fan … if your other half can do nothing else, they can keep you cool
- MP3 player … for entertainment & hypnobirthing mantras
- Old dark towels … everything is going to get very messy
- Birthing ball … if your hospital doesn’t offer them get your own birthing ball, in a 2 day induced labour it was the only thing that helped me relax
- Camera … of course! … if you pre-select beautiful baby announcement cards from e.g. Tiny Prints and Minted you can get them sent right after the birth
5. For Baby
- Diapers / nappies … if not using cloth diapers try biodegradable disposables
- Diaper bag(s) … biodegradable bags or a wet bag for cloth diapers
- Diaper cream … you can get some really gentle creams, like this one from Weleda that I simply LOVE with less chemicals
- Baby wipes … look out for fragrance free baby wipes or you can get cloth wipes and wipes wet bags.
- Sleep suits … have a couple of sizes from tiny baby to 1 month; my daughter was 81bs but looked like a sack of potato in her new born suits.
- Receiving blanket … could get swaddling blanket but receiving blanket fine
This is controversial but from I recommend taking some formula.
My daughter was born early after an induction and an emergency c-section. She fed immediately after birth but then was too sleepy to feed properly for the next 24 hours and her blood sugar fell to the point she had to be given drops of formula from a medicine cup.
Eventually, she breast fed till 15 months but we needed formula at first.
6. Post Labour
- Maternity pads … you need proper big maternity pads … a lot of fluid is going to come out … not sanitary towels
- Big knickers … disposable or old ones you don’t mind chucking … they need to be big enough to carry maternity pads
- Nursing bra … do get yourself measured by a maternity bra specialist … your size will bear no relation to what you were previously
- Nipple cream … nipple cream will help to prevent sore nipples. Choose one that is natural and doesn’t need to be washed off before feeding your baby
- Nursing pads … you need nursing pads in case your breasts start leaking
7. Going Home
- Infant car seat … you can’t leave hospital without a car seat … DO practice getting it in & out of the car to prevent a meltdown in hospital car park!
- Baby’s outfit … again have a few sizes to be sure of fit
- Mum’s outfit … you may not manage to leave hospital looking like Kate Middleton but you do want something comfortable that is vaguely presentable!
- Snow suit – if you’ve got a winter born child
- Thank you cards … for hospital staff
- Small gifts … to show your appreciation for your midwife
I do hope this list helps and you’re not left high and dry like I was 🙂 … and I would love to hear your thoughts, is there anything else you’d recommend.