I wasn’t actually planning on writing another blog post until after my little boys arrival but today is his due date and several of you have reached out via Instagram asking for this post so I figured no harm in keeping myself busy seeing as he clearly doesn’t feel like showing up on time Lol!
Let’s talk packing the old hospital bag….
Regardless of whether you are planning to give birth at home or at the hospital I would recommend that you have your hospital bag packed and ready to go from 34 weeks ( I say this as I know two ladies who recently gave birth this early!) If you plan on having a home birth you still may end up changing your mind and going into hospital or needing to go last minute at the advice of your midwife so either way its better to be organised.
In terms of things like maternity PJ’s and nighties I found brands like H&M, Next and Missguided had some good options. In terms of comfy cotton post birth pants I went to Next, but also brought some disposable ones from Amazon for those first few days. When it comes to maternity pads bigger is better according to my friends who have recently had babies. Some even recommended you just go for Tena lady adult nappies and be done with it… I guess there is no point in trying to be dignified at this point. Basically both you and baby are going to be leaving hospital in a nappy! Lol
Mum’s Hospital Bag…
- Birth plan – 2 x Copies in case of a shift change.
- Maternity notes
- Something to read / watch (if being induced as it can take many hours)
- Antibacterial wipes (To wipe down room)
- Flip flops for shower or walking around the room.
- Hairbands / Hair clip
- Swimwear (for birthing pool if needed)
- Nightdress / Oversized T shirt for labour
- Lip Balm
- Snacks & drinks
- Glucose tablets for energy
TO SET THE ATMOSPHERE:
- Massage oils / Essential oils.
- Birthing ball
- Small portable diffuser
- Battery operated tea lights or fairy lights.
- Noise Cancelling headphones
- Printed Positive Affirmations
TO HELP WITH LABOUR PAIN:
- Flannel – Cold compress
- Hot water bottle – (for back pain)
- TENS pain relief machine – Take extra batteries and electrode pads.
- Handheld fan
POST BIRTH ESSENTIALS:
- Your favourite pillow (Soooo Important hospital pillows are crap!)
- Neck / Travel pillow (To sit on in the car on the way home.)
- Empty Sports / refillable bottle to rinse your vagina when peeing post birth.
- Nursing bras x 2
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream
- Arnica tablets
- Maternity pads
- Nightdress / PJs (open front for Breast feeding) x 2
- Dressing gown
- Slippers / Fluffy Socks
- Dirty clothes bag
- Disposable pants / big pants
- Ear plugs & eye mask
- Dark coloured old towel
- Fresh towel for shower
- Going home outfit (Something loose)
- Phone Charger
Baby’s Hospital Bag…
- Car seat
Socks / Booties x1
- Sleep suits x 5
- Vests x5
- Going home outfit
- Baby blanket x1
- Scratch mitts x2
- Nappies x 1 pack (They use 10 nappies per day)
- Nappy sacks
- Nappy cream / balm
- Water wipes
- Cotton wool balls
- Small tub of pure olive oil.
- Formula (if not breastfeeding)
- Bottles x 2 (if not breast feeding)
Birth Partners Bag…
- Water spray to cool down / refresh
- Change of clothes
- Deodorant / Toothbrush
- Contraction timer / app
- Phone & Charger
- Snacks / drinks
- PJs (in case end up staying) – ( Sadly not relevant during in Covid 19)
- Change for parking / vending machines
There you have it, a simple easy to follow guide as to what I would recommend you put into your hospital bag. However, there is bound to be a few things that need to be added to the bag last minute. So what I decided was to do a “Things to be added” list which I printed off and stuck to the fridge so that Tony can literally follow the list and throw it all in when the time comes without asking me what I need mid labour and getting yelled at!
As always do let me know if this post has been helpful, and let me know what other posts you would like to see. Just drop me a DM on Instagram @Shanie_Ryan as I would love to hear from you!
Shanie & Bump