Are you unsure about what to pack in your hospital bag? Do you need to pack nappies? What clothes will the baby need? Will you want anything specific for when you’re in labour?
Firstly, check with your hospital. Some may provide things like nappies and wipes, but many don’t. They may have a birth ball in all of the birth suites – but if they don’t you might want to bring your own. Each hospital should have a suggested list of what to pack, so make sure you ask about this.
Here is our list of things that we reckon will come in handy!
Hospital paperwork – registration card/health record
Energy fuelling and yummy snacks and drinks
Music and some mini speakers
A book to read (maybe a baby care or breastfeeding book)
Your own pillow
Nice clothes to wear home/wear in photos
Nice toilet paper (hospital toilet paper can be rough, post-birth)
A couple of pairs of black granny knickers
Pyjamas – with easy access for breastfeeding
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Plastic bags for dirty clothes (for you and bub)
For Caesarean sections specifically
Big pants that don’t irritate your wound
Sanitary pads – good to put over the wound as padding
Tights that you can lift above the wound
Comfy dresses if it’s warm enough for them as they won’t irritate the wound
Yoghurt – to get good bacteria into your stomach afterwards
Mouthwash – if you want to freshen up your mouth but can’t get out of bed yet
Hair dryer to dry your wound
Check what your hospital provides before you pack for baby …
Baby grows x 3 (at least) – in at least two sizes!
Nice going-home outfit for baby
A dummy (just in case, washed and sterilised)
Big tub of wipes
And just in case we hadn't given you enough of a list - here are some inside tips from some mummies we know!
“The best thing I had, which I thought was stupid but my Mum insisted on getting me, was mens undies. They were so much more comfy than ladies when you have those horrible pads to wear.”
“I found ear plugs were great! The nurses took my baby during the night for me (after five days of labour I was exhausted!) and the ear plugs allowed me to sleep.”
“My own pillow…My own pillow made me feel like I was more at home.”
“I took my own towel too, their towels are white and when bleeding so much it wasn’t very nice to use a white towel after a shower.’’
“I took lovely smelling bathroom products purchased JUST for this occasion to make me feel special afterwards. Like shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, perfume, lip balm, soap. Now whenever I use the same brand, it makes me think of that special time.”
“Dry shampoo. (You may end up with a c-section or be bed ridden for abit after birth. Having dry shampoo to hand means you can at least freshen up from your bed.)”