My hospital bag essentials for mum and baby will help you be organised and ready to go when the time comes!
Are you wondering what to pack in a hospital bag for birth and labour? I have you covered with my free printable hospital bag checklist for baby and you too.
10 Hospital Bag List
These mum to be hospital bag essentials are everything you might need for the birth and for the first few days, in case you are not home quickly.
As a first time mum, I didn’t really have a clue what to pack in my hospital bag – after the first birth, I knew better.
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Rather than packing a huge baby hospital bag with a lot of unnecessary things, here’s what to pack in your hospital bag:
You might want to take some travel sized shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
I love the GAIA Baby Starter Kit for me when I travel and you can buy the GAIA Baby Starter Kit online here..
As well as those, face wipes/wash, deodorant, make-up, hair bands, a toothbrush and toothpaste are necessary if you stay overnight.
Your lips can get very dry during labour so a moisturising lipbalm is good to take along.
The Vaseline Lip Balms are perfect for this.
2. Slippers or Socks
These are great for walking around the hospital during labour so you don’t slip over – that would NOT be fun.
3. Nursing Bras and Underwear
Maternity bras double up as nursing bras with clips to release the front so take a couple of these. Breast pads and Lansinoh cream are perfect for if you intend to breastfeed.
If you’re planning a water labour and/or birth, a bikini top is a good idea too.
4. iPod/iPhone & Charger
This will let you listen to music during labour, take photos and videos and let the family know when your little one arrives!
5. Spare Clothes & PJs
I would recommend packing two comfortable outfits and PJs in case you need to stay in the hospital overnight.
6. Maternity Pads
These are very necessary so take some of these for after the birth. Night time ones tend to be thicker so worth checking those out.
I recommend the Always Night Time Pads.
7. Snacks & Water
Labour and birth can be thirsty work and afterwards, you might suddenly feel really hungry. Take along a large bottle of water with a pop top and some energy-boosting snacks. Water and meals are, of course, provided at the hospital too but it’s always good to have some to hand quickly.
8. New Baby Outfits
Pack a couple of outfits, onesies, vests and hats to keep your new bundle of joy warm and snug.
Swaddles are also needed and my all-time favourites are SwaddleMe swaddles.
9. Baby Nappies & Nappy Cream
Fairly obvious! Your new bub will need disposable or reusable nappies.
Huggies Newborn Nappies have always been our “go-to” ones.
10. Birth Aids
For me, it was my hypnobirthing book and mp.3 files on my iPod. “The Mongan Method” Hypnobirth book was great for the meditation exercises.
Some mums like to listen to some relaxing music during labour.
I think these are the main essentials.
Otherwise, if you know in advance that you’re staying in the hospital for a few days, you might want to consider taking your own pillow to be more comfortable. Maybe this is essential for you?
When to pack a Hospital Bag?
Using your hospital bag list for mum and baby, I would pack it at least two weeks before your baby is due.
What do you recommend for what to pack in a hospital bag for baby and mum?
I hope my tips for packing a hospital bag have helped you feel more prepared.
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