Getting packed for hospital

Week 35

Me and bebe at 36 weeks pregnant!

Me and bebe at 36 weeks pregnant!

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!

Bag packed, ready when baby is!

Bag packed, ready when baby is!

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

For labour:

  •  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
  • Slippers
  • 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
  • Camera
  • Phone charger

For baby:

  • 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
  • Mittens
  • 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!

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