By Sharon Wallace
Better known as Design Mum, Sharon has three gorgeous little munchkins and whenever she gets a spare minute likes to write about her parenting journey. Here she shares her checklist for a hospital bag, including what to pack for both mum and baby.
Preparing For That Special Day
If you’re anything like I was, you’ll be getting progressively more and more excited about the pending arrival of your little one. Your nursery is probably decorated (or close to it), you’ve started purchasing clothes and you may have had a baby shower with all your nearest and dearest. Don’t forget one of the most important things to do in the lead up to giving birth is to pack your hospital bags!
I packed my hospital bags for both my daughters, Lily and Lottie, at about 35 weeks. I’d recommend you do the same. With both my pregnancies I was very overdue, but it’s important to be prepared as a lot of babies come early.
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST
Below you’ll find the checklist I used to pack bags for both myself and my baby:
- 4 x nursing top/vest – you’ll especially need these if you’re planning to breastfeed.
- 2 x night shirt / night gown – I’d planned to breastfeed so I selected button down options
- 2 x soft tees or long sleeve shirts
- 1 x cardigan
- 1 x warm dressing gown or jumper
- 2 x loose trousers
- 1 x blanket (I often find hospitals cold, so it’s nice to wrap something around you’ll need to remain cosy).
- Glasses (if you wear them).
- 1 x pair of shoes
- 1 x flip flops – these were great for showering in and walking around the hospital
- 1 x slippers
- 1 x outfit to wear home – (select something comfy, but that maybe looks a little nice so you can take a photo leaving the hospital with your bub. A stretchy dress or skirt with a comfortable top is perfect. Having a bit of stretch is always good for the post baby tum which will still be large).
- 2-3 x maternity bras / crop tops
- 10 x high waist black undies (buy super cheap ones, in a big size as you’ll still be quite swollen. Also, make sure they would come up over a wound in case you have an emergency or planned cesarean).
- 3-4 x pairs of long warm socks
- Travel sized shampoo and conditioner
- Travel sized body wash
- Lip balm
- Maternity pads (20-30)
- Face/body moisturiser
- Basic make-up (keep to a minimum, if you’re anything like me you’ll only use a little when you head home or not at all).
- Hair brush
- Hair ties
- Box of breast pads
- Wet wipes & perfume
- Body Wipes
- Box of tissues
- Cotton Wool
- Make up wipes
- 1 x pair of Nipple Shields (in case of sore nipples in those first few days of breastfeeding)
- Very light reading (think gossip magazines or an easy-to-read book. You’ll be very tired after the birth).
- Own pillow
- Favourite snacks – perhaps energy drink that is non fizzy
- Phone & charger
- Memory card for camera (check enough storage available)
- Plastic bag to put your dirty laundry in.
Clothing & wraps
Clothing a mix of newborn and slightly bigger sizes (just in case baby is a big one)
- 6 x long sleeved / leg suits (zip up ones are easiest!)
- 6 x baby grows
- 1 x going home outfit
- 2 x hats
- Booties, mittens and socks
- If it’s winter also pack a little coat for leaving the hospital but remove this before placing your baby in a car seat).
- 2-3 muslin wraps
- 25 x newborn nappies
- 1 x large packet of baby wipes (non fragrant & water-based)
- 2 x Packs of MAM Soothers
- 4 x MAM Easy Start Anti-Colic 130ml Bottles (even if you’re planning to breastfeed it’s good to have these just in case)
- 1 x MAM 2in1 Single Breast Pump – includes free storage pots
- Cotton Wool/Buds
- Car seat/capsule installed in car
- A good-sized water bottle. You have not experienced real thirst until post-delivery / nursing.
- If you already have another child, like we did, pack a little gift that the baby can give to their new sibling when they meet
- We also had a gift for our eldest to give to the baby. Letting them pick the gift for the baby will help them feel included and encourage their excitement, for that first meeting with their baby brother or sister.