This week I hit the 37 week mark and with a little false labour scare that landed me in hospital over the weekend I thought it was about time I got my act together and finally packed my hospital bag.
With our first child Sunny I was fortunate enough to have a complication free labour and only stayed the one night in hospital after giving birth. This time I am probably better prepared to stay more than the one night, after all I am going private this time and we all know private health/maternity cover isn't cheap. Regardless of those 5 nights being necessary or not, a lot of other mums I know have used those extra nights to properly recover and bond with their baby before going back to the real world of cooking and cleaning which does sound pretty appealing!
So with the possibility of an extra few nights in mind I found it terribly hard to pack light so instead of the one bag I packed 2 of course- One for me and one for baby!
Thanks to all the amazing tips and tricks I received from a recent post I did on Insta which helped me immensely , see the below lists of what I have packed;
- Naty Newborn Nappies x 1 pack of 26
- Naty Newborn Wipes (fragrance free)
- Naty Nappy Rash Balm
- Newborn dummy/Pacifier (Sunny never actually took one but I packed on just in case)
- ChamonixRain Organics Baby Wash for baby's first bath
- Newborn Singlets x 4
- Newborn Onsies x 4
- Swaddles/Muslin wraps x 3
- Baby Blanket x 1
- A nice outfit for photos
- Beanie x 2
- Mittens x 4
- Newborn socks x 4
How amazing is this tip I recieved via Insta! Pack all of the outfits for baby individually in Zip-Lock bags to save loosing the smaller bits and pieces. Then you can re-use the bags for spoiled clothing!
- My own Pillow
- Pyjamas x 2
- Tracksuit pants x 3
- Breastfeeding tops x 3
- Dressing gown/Robe
- Wash bags for dirty clothes
- Outfit for leaving the hospital
- Socks x 3
- Maternity/breastfeeding bras x 3
- Comfy large Black Underwear x 6 (mine are huge granny pants)
- Eye Mask
- Paw Paw Ointment for lips
- Heat pack
- Breast pads
- Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil (for stretch marks)
- Squeezie bottle to fill with warm water (for going to the bathroom after delivery)
- Flushable wipes (apparently these are so much less painful than toilet paper to use after delivery)
- Maternity Pads x 1 pack
- Regular Pads
- Essential Toiletries: Toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo & conditioner, hair brush, hair ties, face wipes, facial moisturiser, deodorant (fragrance free), Some make up.
- Chargers for phones and camera
- Muesli bars, protein balls, herbal tea (for in between meals and those midnight snacks)
I also packed a little present for our 3 year old Sunny to give to the baby and another present from the baby to him of course! Apparently this really helps children make the transition from being an only child.
The Bags are ready to go so now I guess it's just the waiting game....
Written by Krystal Hipwell