Congrats, mama on reaching the home stretch! It's time to start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag. Don't worry, we've got your back with a super helpful checklist to make sure you're all set for your stay at the birth care or hospital. Let's get this party started and make sure you have the best experience ever!
Timing and Organisation:
First things first, aim to have your hospital bag packed and ready to roll by around 36 or 37 weeks, just in case your little one decides to make an early appearance. Lay out all your stuff before deciding on the bags you want to take. Keep things organised by dividing your items into these categories:
- Stuff you'll need during labour and birth.
- Stuff for your stay at the birth care or hospital (up to five days).
- Stuff for your adorable baby.
- Stuff for your awesome support person.
- Extra things for added comfort and a touch of luxury.
Your Labour and Birth Checklist:
- Labour-ready clothes: Think comfy robes or loose-fitting shirts that let you move and groove.
- Slip-on kicks: Choose shoes that can handle a little water action.
- Hair game strong: Don't forget hair ties, clips, and bands to keep those locks out of your face.
- Stay hydrated: Bring a water bottle with a straw and some sports drinks to keep you refreshed and energised.
- Lip balm love: Keep those lips moisturised.
- Snacks: Pack easy-to-munch goodies like nuts, crackers, and candy for quick energy boosts.
- Playlist: Create labour playlists with relaxing tunes, energetic beats, and your favourite songs to keep the vibes high. And don't forget headphones or a portable speaker for ultimate listening flexibility.
- Birth plan power: Make copies of your birth plan and share them with your midwife and support person so they can be your voice and cheer you on.
Your Hospital or Birth Care Checklist:
- Comfy clothes for after birth: Pack several changes of super cosy outfits 'cause comfort is key.
- Maternity Pads: Grab both maternity pads and adult diapers for maximum comfort during recovery.
- Nursing bra love: Choose wire-free, multi-fit nursing bras or camis for easy feeding and support. We have a beautiful range of multi-fit nursing bras and camisoles perfect for the hospital.
- Comfortable underwear is a must! We have a great range of different styles that are great for pregnancy, post birth and beyond. A few of our favourites for the Hospital are My Necessity Bamboo, My Necessity Over the Bump and Serenity Bamboo. Once you return home you may want to invest in a range of leakproof briefs.
- Toiletries: Don't forget your trusty hairbrush, regular or dry shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, extra hair ties, face wipes, and body wash for that fresh and fabulous vibe.
- Wet bag: Keep a bag handy for your labour clothes.
- Paperwork essentials: Bring any important documents the hospital might need.
- Peri Wash Bottle: This nifty tool is a game-changer for post-birth hygiene and comfort.
- Witch Hazel wonder: Soothe and cool your sensitive skin post birth.
- Comfy shoes & socks: Keep your feet happy and toasty during your stay.
- Breast pads: Stock up on nursing pads 'cause those girls might leak a little during breastfeeding. Our Reusable Bamboo Breast Pads are a great alternative to disposable options. They are also very gentle on sensitive skin.
- Breastfeeding-friendly tops: Find tops that make nursing a breeze. The My Necessity Cami is perfect.
- Happy feet: Bring a pair of shoes that'll let you stroll around the hospital or birth care facility in style.
- Snacks and sips: Pack your favourite snacks and drinks to keep you fuelled and feeling good.
- Entertainment: Bring books, magazines, or a tablet loaded with shows or movies.
- Pillow: A nursing pillow can make breastfeeding comfier for both you and your little bundle of joy.
- Additional extras: Fill your bag with positive birthing affirmations, battery-powered candles or fairy lights for a cosy atmosphere, and maybe some soothing aromatherapy oils for relaxation. You deserve it all!
For Your Baby:
- Car seat champ: Install that baby car seat in advance 'cause you won't be allowed to leave without it.
- Outfits: Pack a few cute outfits in different sizes, including newborn and 0-3 months. Keep 'em easy to put on and take off, and save the most adorable one for the trip home.
- Loads of onesies:
- Cardigans for added style: Keep your little one cosy with a couple of these.
- Woolly jumper love: Prepare for cooler moments with a wool or merino jumper.
- Singlets or sleeveless onesies: Layer up for maximum comfort.
- Tiny hat and booties: Keep those little extremities snug and warm.
- Socks and mittens: Don't forget to keep those tiny hands and feet cosy.
- Swaddle bliss: Pack a few different options.
- Warm blanket: Bring a soft and snuggly blanket for your precious bundle.
- Pacifiers (optional): If you're into 'em, pack a few options.
- Diaper bag: Keep essentials like diapers, wipes, and spare clothes in a handy diaper bag.
- Baby lotion and wash: Choose gentle products for your baby's sensitive skin.
- Burp cloths: Have a few on hand.
- Nail clippers or emery board (optional): Newborn nails can be sharp.
For Your Support Person:
- Swimwear or quick-drying clothes: So they can be by your side during showers or baths.
- Change of clothes: You may be at the hospital for a few days.
- Snacks and drinks: Keep your support person fuelled and hydrated.
- Painkillers: Just in case they need a little relief from headaches.
- Extra-long phone charger: Power outlets can be scarce, so make sure they're covered.
- Tablet or laptop: Great for passing the time during labour breaks.
- Camera: Capture those magical moments with a trusty camera if you have one.
- Toiletries and PJs (if they're staying overnight)
- Sweet treats and a card: Show your appreciation with a thoughtful gesture like a box of chocolates and a heartfelt card.
Extra Tips for a Smooth Experience:
Educate yourself and your support team about labour and birth, including different scenarios and interventions.
Familiarise yourself with signs of labour, when to call your midwife, and when it's time to head to the hospital.
Create a birth plan but keep an open mind in case things go differently than expected.
Empower your support team to advocate for you and communicate your comfort preferences.
Practice driving to the hospital or birth care facility so you know the ropes when the big day arrives.
By following this ultimate hospital bag checklist, you'll be totally prepared and ready to rock your stay at the birth care or hospital. Remember to add your personal touch and make it uniquely yours. Embrace this incredible journey and have an amazing birthing experience!