What to pack in your hospital bag

shutterstock-79128544xYou’d think at this stage that I’d be a pro at packing a hospital bag. I’ve had two kids and in pretty quick succession and so shouldn’t really have forgotten the must have items to pack. Not so. I’ve spent the last few weeks saying I must get my bag packed and so the other morning I decided to finally sit down and get it  done. I had a quick look at the Coombes recommended list of things to bring just to refresh my memory but from there quickly became confused. How many bags was I meant to bring again? I’d totally forgotten about having to bring a bag to the delivery ward separately to the main bag. Should I bring my change bag for the baby with nappies in etc or just throw everything into the case? Again I went searching for a few more helpful hints on google and found these two posts brilliant: www.pippa.ie and FacesbyGrace youtube video. These girls are organised! Anyway, reassured of the contents that needed to be packed I went upstairs and quickly realised the bag that I was to use just wouldn’t cut it and I’d have to use a big suitcase. Where was I going with a handheld bag to fit 2-3 days worth of towels clothes nappies etc in? New case hauled down from the attic and finally I could begin to pack – well after a last minute dash to boots to stock up on everything that I had forgotten (such as maternity pads!, seriously baby isn’t even here yet and my brain is mush). So here it goes for anyone else who is struggling with packing their hospital bag – the contents of mine are below.

Delivery bag: Small hand held bag

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For me

Nightdress (Button down the front for skin to skin with baby once born and easy access for breast feeding)

Warm fluffy socks (although I didn’t use them for my other two as I generally have very warm feet I put them in just in case)

Nursing bra

Large knickers

Light dressing gown in case I end up walking the wards during contractions

Notebook to keep track of my contractions and kicks, or you can use an app on your phone

iPad and charger for phones

Snacks Multigrain bars, fruit and water

Maternity pads: You can buy these in Boots or else pick some up in the pharmacy. I’ve packed the pharmacy ones which are larger and green in colour – the kind that you actually get in hospital as I’ve found the first day or two after labour warrant these. Boots ones are thinner and less absorbent. Sorry for TMI. I also packed 3 in the delivery case as wearing two at a time seems to be called for too

Toiletries: 

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Lip-balm

LaRoche Possay Thermal Spring water face spray

Bobbins, hairbrush

For baby:

Hat, scratch mittens, long sleeved vest and baby grow in newborn or tiny baby size (my other two were little 6lb smallies), 2 x nappies.

Bag for the ward: Medium sized suitcase

For me

Two large dark coloured towels for the shower along with two hair towels

Plastic bag to put dirty clothes in so partner can bring them home instead of taking up space in the bag

Flip flops for the shower

3 x pyjamas Ive packed a button down night dress and 2 x light pyjamas with easy access for breast feeding and I will have my dressing gown from the delivery bag too

Slippers

Maternity pads boots range two packs of ten

Underwear, big unflattering granny style ones are definitely best x 8

Nursing bras x 2

Maternity jeans and nursing top to go home in

Toiletries

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Travel size shampoo, conditioner and body wash. (These can be bought in Boots in their 3 for 2 offer)

Palmers Cocoa butter body lotion

Philosophy Miracle face cream

Kiehls Anti wrinkle eye cream

Lansioh nipple cream

Toothpaste and toothbrush

Garnier Micellar water and cotton pads to remove makeup (ha if I get a chance to do it)

Makeup – A very stripped back version of my usual makeup bag, Giorgio Armani Luminous cc cream, Sleek palette with blush, contour and highlight powder, mascara, tinted lip balm, Billion dollar brow eyebrow pencil with brushes for application and a mini hand held mirror.

Hair brush and bobbins

For Baby

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1 x pack of newborn pampers nappies

Nappy bags x 1 pack

Water wipes x 1

Cotton pads x 1 pack

Caldesene powder

Bepathen nappy cream

Long sleeved newborn vests x 7

Neutral newborn baby grows x 7

Cellular blanket x 2

Hat x 2

Scratch mittens x 2

Cardigan x 2

Muslin clothes x 3

If you choose you can include a going home outfit, as I don’t know what I’m having I’ve just put neutral outfits in and will get someone to bring me in a suitable colour for bringing baby home – although I’ll probably just end up putting baby in a white outfit anyway.

Soothers x 2 (I’ve never brought these into the hospital with me before but I thought I’d bring them this time just in case)

Glycerine and aniseed dip: This can be used to clean your babies tongue. I dip their soother into it and as they suck it removes the milky film often left on babies tongue. It also encourages baby take to a soother if you choose to use one.

I’ll purchase a set of breast pump bottles and tubes which are compatible with the hospital breast pump in the shop in the Coombe once I have the baby. I rented the medela hospital grade breast pump for a month after having my other two and found it a godsend for increasing my milk supply. It also allowed my husband to feed and bond with the babies too. You can rent it from www.medicare.ie or the pharmacy across from the Coombe also rent it (this is where I usually get it from). It’s €109.00 for the month but for me it was money really well spent.

With just two weeks left of this pregnancy I’m as prepared as I can be. I’m sure I’ve left one or two things out but nothing that can’t be gotten once baby comes. Best of luck to any new mams to be, I hope this post helped.

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