Packing the hospital bag.

Ideas for packing your hospital bag.

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Packing your hospital can be an exciting time ~ From making the list of everything that you will need to pack to washing the clothes.

If you are like me, and are very organised (I have four diary’s/planners) I have already got my list wrote out for what I actually need to pack.I have even brought a couple of things ~ still plenty more too buy yet though! 

If you are planning on a natural birth, it is probably best to pack two hospital bags (one for labour and one for after you have had the baby). Even if you are planning a home birth, I would suggest maybe packing a hospital bag anyway just in case you need to go to hospital. In my opinion you probably should try and have a bag packed by 35/36 weeks (since you are classed as full term by these weeks). 

I would also recommend checking with your hospital as to what you can take in with you, (e.g: pillows, food, electrical items etc..)

What I am going to pack in my labour bag:

  • Birth plan and notes.
  • Dressing gown.
  • Slippers.
  • A old, big t-shirt or nightgown.
  • Snacks and drinks (possibly).
  • Books, magazines, tablet etc.. (things to keep me entertained while going through labour ~ because it can get very boring if you have a long labour).
  • Digital camera.

What I am going to pack in my after birth bag:

  • Nipple pads.
  • Maternity pads.
  • Very loose clothing.
  • A going home outfit.
  • Toiletries. (shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush etc..)
  • Towels and flannel.
  • Disposable underwear (you can buy some from most places, but I think I shall buy these ones ~ no affiliate link).
  • Hairbrush and spare hair bands.
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothing.
  • Antiseptic wipes (for the toilets, unless I am able to get the private room that I am trying to get).
  • Breast pump and bottles.
  • Bed mats (because of bleeding after).
  • Snacks.

What I am going to pack for the baby:

  • 2/3 babygros.
  • Blanket.
  • Nappies and wipes.
  • Nappy bags.
  • Bibs.
  • Socks and booties.
  • Hats.
  • Going home outfit.
  • Cotton wool.

(If I think of more, I will add to the list.)
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