After weeks and weeks of , “Oh, I’ll definitely pack it this weekend!“, I did actually get round to packing my hospital bag(s) this week! But only after I thought I was going into labour with my coccyx pain! Perhaps Baby Boy Bump was tired of my excuses for not packing the bags too!
So, with this all in mind. I thought I’d share my list of ESSENTIALS. I’ve been through absolutely dozens of “What to pack…” lists, along with forums and speaking with friends. And I think I’ve pretty much formed the definitive list. You DO need to take lots to the hospital. I’ve chosen to take everything in a suitcase simply because it’s easier than cramming everything into lots of bags… it will also fit in the boot of our car neater 🙂 I do know it looks like I’m going on holiday, but I swear, it’s all completely necessary!
Here we go then…
To have ready to hand.
Cash for carpark
Cash for payphone – there might not be signal. The battery might go on your phone!
Maternity pads – two packs of 10
Breast pads – 15 pairs
Large cotton knickers – 7-10 pairs
Bedsocks with grips to the bottom – your feet get cold during labour.
Pillows – my usual pillow and maternity pillow
x2 Dark towels
Change of clothing for leaving the hospital – baggy, to fit at least a 4-5 month pregnant bump.
Stopwatch – to time contractions
Swimwear – for the birthing pool!
Hot water bottle
Plastic jug – useful for afterwards, going to the loo is likely to be quite painful. Pouring a jug of warm water over the affected area whilst going to the loo can allegedly help sooth the pain.
List of phone numbers on paper
Toilet roll – we like our quilted Andrex!
Plastic bag for dirty clothes/towels
Pen and paper – useful for writing down notes that may be passed on from doctors/midwives; or in the instance that I can’t talk whilst mid-contraction! Also good to have if we get bored and fancy hangman!
Clean clothing for James (Other half)
Ear plugs – it might be quite noisy…
Nice nightie for afterwards
Dark dressing gown
Birthing ball – just incase there isn’t one spare. This can be left in the boot if not needed.
Birthing ball pump
Antibacterial hand gel
Dettol wipes for ward
James’ wash bag with toothbrush/deoderant/bryl creme
Chocolates for the Midwives for afterwards
Card for the Midwives for afterwards
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Frozen drinks – it’s apparently quite hot on the wards. A frozen drink will melt slowly, so will be much nicer than warm bottled water!
Juice – cordial
Bottles of water
Bendy straws – useful for drinking at any angle!
Two plastic cups – so we can celebrate afterwards?!
Peppermint teabags – useful for trapped wind and cramps afterwards.
BABY CHANGING BAG.
Going home outfit
x5 baby grow’s
Pair of scratch mittens
x6 muslin squares
Cardigan – just incase, I know it’s July, but I do live in England.
Cotton wool balls/Cotton wool pleats
Grooming kit – for his little nails!
x27 nappies – a whole pack of Pampers New Born.
Vaseline – useful for smothering over Baby Boy’s bum, it makes it easier to clean the first newborn poo’s away.
Bottles – just incase there’s an issue with breast feeding.
Ready made formula bottles – just incase there’s an issue with breast feeding.
Is there anything I’m missing from your own list?! Something that might have proven absolutely essential for you during labour or afterwards?