By Rachel Sammut
As your due date approaches, you’ll need to start preparing your hospital bag. It’s a good idea to have it ready a good few weeks before, just in case of an early arrival – aim to get it done by around week 30 of your pregnancy. I’ve put together some tips, as well as a handy checklist that you can tick off as you pack your hospital bag.
Tips for your Hospital Bag
- Pack two separate hospital bags – one or you and one for your baby. It will be easier to organise and find the things you want.
- Put your baby’s first outfit in a clear bag and label it. You can give this to your midwife before the birth.
- Layers of clothing, which can easily be put on and removed as necessary, are ideal for both you and baby.
- Take plenty of snacks. You’ll need them, especially if you get admitted at night and have a long labour.
- Pack some essentials for your partner. Just a change of clothes and a toothbrush should be enough until they go back home for a shower the next day.
- Once you have everything you need, go through the items with your partner – particularly if this is your first baby, as they may not know what everything is.
- Make sure you or your partner know how to install the infant car seat. You don’t want to be figuring it out when you leave hospital.
- Do not take bottles and formula. The hospital will provide these if needed.
- Remove any jewellery, false nails and nail polish.
Hospital Bag Checklist ✓
Use this handy checklist to make sure you don’t forget any essentials. Simply print it our and tick off the items as you pack your bag.
|☐ Ante-natal (blue card) and ID card||☐ Newborn / size 1 nappies (x20)|
|☐ Birth plan (if you have one)||☐ Towels (x3)|
|☐ Cosy pyjamas or nightdress (x3)||☐ Sleepsuits / babygrows (x4)|
|☐ Warm socks and slippers||☐ Bodysuits / vests (x4)|
|☐ Dressing gown||☐ Socks (x2)|
|☐ Disposable underwear (or old pants you’re happy to sacrifice to the cause)||☐ Little hat|
|☐ Maternity / maxi pads||☐ Mittens (x2)|
|☐ Toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc)||☐ Muslin squares (x4)|
|☐ Flip-flops (to use in the shower)||☐ Shawl / cellular blanket|
|☐ Dark towels (x2)||☐ Swaddle blanket|
|☐ Nursing bra (x2)||☐ Baby wipes|
|☐ Breast pads||☐ Nappy bags|
|☐ Breast balm||☐ Top & tail bowl|
|☐ Nursing camisole||☐ Baby toiletries (hair & body wash, body oil)|
|☐ Feeding pillow||☐ Soft sponge|
|☐ Water and straw||☐ Cotton wool|
|☐ Snacks and sweets||☐ Nappy cream|
|☐ Face cloth||☐ Comb and brush|
|☐ Hair tie||☐ Newborn pacifier / dummy|
|☐ Pre-natal vitamins / medication||☐ Going-home outfit|
|☐ Maternity skincare||☐ Car seat|
|☐ Lip balm|
|☐ Mug (or reusable coffee cup) and cutlery (a spork is a great choice)|
|☐ Mobile phone and charger|
|☐ Entertainment (book, ipad, etc)|
|☐ A bag for your dirty clothes|
|☐ Comfortable going-home clothes|
Have a look at Bump & Me’s selection of Hospital Bag essentials here. You can shop from the comfort of your home and have these delivered to your door, bag and all!