Hospital Bag Essentials
The time has arrived for me to get organised and pack my hospital bag essentials! It isn’t just a bag that I’ll need for the hospital if I give birth there but a collection of the essential things I will need during the birth of my second baby and in the day or so afterwards.
When I was pregnant with my first baby 2 years ago, I spent a lot of time researching what to pack in my hospital bag. I consulted many, MANY lists on popular baby websites and magazines and packed pretty much every single item suggested. It was like I was going on holiday for a month! Yes, there was a bikini in their too in case I had the chance of a water birth! Unfortunately Miss M was preterm and needed to be monitored but you can read about my hynobirthing labour and delivery story here.
In the end I think I used about 3 items from the bag and the rest was completely unnecessary! This time round, I’m attempting to be more streamlined in my approach and only pack essentials.
So here is a list of the hospital bag essentials that I’m packing this time around and some are shown in the image below:
1. New Baby Outfits
I’ll pack a couple of outfits, onesies, vests and hats to keep Mini warm and snug in case we need to stay in. They’ll all be neutral as we don’t know the gender yet.
2. Baby Nappies & Nappy Cream
3. Snacks & Water
I didn’t snack during labour last time but I do remember being STARVING and very thirsty after the birth so I’ll take a large bottle of water and some energy boosting snacks. Water and meals are, of course, provided at the hospital too but nice to know I have my own on hand for when I want them.
4. Slippers & Flip Flops
For walking around the hospital during labour so I don’t slip over – that would NOT be fun.
5. Maternity Pads
Lovely! but very necessary of course so I’ll be taking some of these for afterwards. I’ve opted for Night time ones rather than the actual maternity ones because they’re thicker.
6. iPhone & Charger
Because I’ll be playing Candy Crush during labour :) Maybe not – but of course I’ll be calling our closest friends and family with our exciting announcement and capturing a few pics of the new baby.
7. Hypnobirth book and Earphones
I’ll be taking my The Mongan Method Hypnobirth book in case I want Mr M to read any of the meditation exercises to me and my earphones to plug into my phone where I have some meditation mp3s stored. Last time I took some relaxing music to listen to during labour but in reality I had no interest in listening to it and breathed my way through. One thing I didn’t expect from my hypnobirthing experience was that whilst I was doing the breathing exercises, I couldn’t hear anything at all around me.
I went over board here last time, packing shampoo, conditioner and all sorts of unnecessary things. This time I’m being more practical and taking face wipes/wash, deodorant, make-up, hair bands, toothbrush and toothpaste. I remember being desperate for a shower after my last birth but washing my hair was the last thing on my priority list so I’ll be taking dry shampoo too. I’ll have my hair out of my face during labour.
9. Spare Clothes & PJs
I’ll pack 2 comfortable outfits and PJs in case I need to stay in hospital over night. I hope to have a straight forward birth and come straight home, depending on what time of day or night it is but I’ll take some clothes just in case I need to stay in. Very comfortable and loose clothes – that baby bump doesn’t disappear over night unfortunately!
10. Nursing Bras and Underwear
My maternity bras double up as nursing bras with clips to release the front so I’ll be taking a couple of these. I’ll also be taking breast pads and Lansinoh cream as I intend to breastfeed again.
Well, that’s all I can think of for now – have I missed anything? What did you take in your hospital bag and what did you find necessary and unnecessary? I’d love your tips so please comment below!
What are your hospital bag essentials?