A few weeks ago we started attending our ante natal classes. After initially being enrolled in a class which finished after we were due, the hospital managed to bump us forward. Clearly some Mums are a lot more organised than me and registered super early!
In our first class we were about 33 weeks, seven weeks to go seemed like a fair amount of time! One of the first things our Midwife told the class was to pack your bag from 34 weeks. A few couples had a chuckle about that being a way off, my eyes nearly popped out of my head, ‘oh my gosh, Glenn that’s basically now’!
The list the hospital gave us was a good starting point but some things the midwife mentioned, plus a few suggestions from other friends and colleagues who’ve been there seemed super sensible, so here you go…
Practical packing for hospital checklist
- Nightie – a friend said you may end up wanting to throw this out, so bear that in mind
- Stuff to do – if you have the epidural it can be a long day according to one of my colleagues, a recent Dad. Load up some movies on the iPad and pack a book or two
- Heat pack – some hospitals will provide this
- Exercise ball – I’ve been sitting on mine nearly every night at home and if you’re planning on trying to stay upright through labour this can be a good option
- Lip gloss – no one wants dry, cracked lips, even in labour
- Birth partner’s spare clothes – if they are helping you in the shower, or even if you’re there overnight, they will definitely want a change of clothes
For after the birth:
- Maternity pads x 4 packets – better to be safe rather than sorry
- Black Bridget Jones underpants x3-5 – to fit the over-sized pads and in case you have a cesarean they will sit above the scar
- Additional black underpants – to cover your stay in hospital
- Breast pads
- Maternity bras x2-3
- Black pants / leggings – especially in the first day or two it’s the best colour
- Feeding singlets x2 – I ordered two from Bonds
- Nice pyjamas – my lovely sister gave me some new ones at my baby shower
- Cardigans – to wear over feeding singlets
- Socks – to keep your toes warm in hospital
- Dressing gown
- Toiletries – Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, hairbrush, face washer, shaver, moisturiser
- Nice outfit – some hospitals will give you a ‘night out’ with your husband before you go home, so I’m sure I won’t want to be wearing my tracksuit pants!
- Plastic bags for dirty clothes
- Phone charger
- Nappies – some hospitals ask you to bring your own, others will provide them for you
- Wraps x1-2
- A dummy – if you’re planning to use one
- An outfit for baby – to wear home
- A hat for baby to wear home
- Car seat/ bassinet – make sure this has been installed before you go into hospital
I’m sure this list is not exhaustive! If you have tips or suggestions please feel free to comment below!