What to take in your maternity hospital bag can be real tricky especially if it’s your first baby. Space for bags in maternity hospital can be cramped and you don’t really know how long your labour will last or how long you’ll be admitted for.
I have put together this post in hope it will guide you on what you should bring during your stay. My number one tip in preparing your hospital bag is packing all small items in labelled zip lock bags so you can find them easily. I couldn’t live without my own pillow and witch-hazel either.
I was admitted early on my second after a heavy bleed as a precaution due to thrombocytopenia. I wasn’t prepared for those extra days in the hospital, so a spare bag at home for dad to bring in with essentials like underwear, pyjama’s, a towel and socks is always handy. Also, the baby may be a little bigger than expected so be prepared in advance and have some larger onesies and vests set aside too.
I’ve only four weeks left to go but both my babies came before their due date so aim to have your bag ready at 37 weeks and to avoid any annoyance pack dads yourself, trust me, it’s not worth the hassle nagging him!
My Labour Ward Bag
An old t-shirt/night-dress
Slippers (with hard sole)
iPod/iPad and earphones
1 complete outfit for baby including vest, long-sleeved onesie, reusable or disposable nappy, socks, hat and mittens (if onesie doesn’t have integrated mittens) in a zip lock bag.
Sports cap water bottle
Post Delivery Bag
2 x packs of large sanitary towels
2 x dark coloured towels
3 x pyjamas
2 x night dresses with buttons down the front
8 x old underwear
Miniature Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, moisturiser)
Sports cap bottle of water
Note pad & pen (you will have to take notes of all babies feeds and wet/soiled nappies)
Mobile phone charger
Travel hairdryer & brush
Ear plugs (wards can be very noisy)
Mirror and make-up
Arnica tablets (for bruising)
Moisturizing nipple cream
2 x support/nursing bra
Baby Bag (all pre-washed)
4 x Long sleeved baby grows/onesies with integrated mittens
4 x Short sleeved vests (long-sleeved in winter)
1 x Cardigan
1 x Hat
2 x Socks
1 x Sock on’s
8 x Bibs
2 x Baby blanket
1 pack of newborn nappies or approx. 16 cloth nappies
2 x WaterWipes
Handful of nappy bags
Small plastic bowl
Dad’s Hospital Bag
Wash bag with tooth-brush and deodorant etc.
Change for car park
Discharge Bag (to be brought in by dad)
Comfortable loose clothes and Converse
Hat, coat and blanket for baby
Car seat (with base fitted into car)
Change for car park
Other things you may need…
Birth plan (if you have one)
Duvet in the car for dad (some maternity hospitals will send dad home if labour isn’t progressing and he may not want to drive all the way home).
It’s long, I know, but I hope this helps guide you through packing your hospital bag and if there is anything I have missed add it to the comments below.
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