Packing your hospital bag for the birth of your baby is an exciting task. It is almost like a pregnancy milestone, one of the last ones you reach before the arrival of your special little bundle. Don’t let deciding what to take and what not to take cause additional unnecessary stress, it doesn’t need to.
We have put together a list of what you really need to pack into your hospital bag.
- Pyjamas – chose ones that have button down tops, this will make breastfeeding much easier. Make sure the bottoms of your pyjamas are not too tight, if you have a Caesar you don’t want anything pressing on your cut.
- Slippers, easy slip on ones.
- Comfortable underwear, pack a few extra pairs.
- Sanitary pads – heavy duty, strong flow ones.
- Your phone and charger
- Breast pads, nipple cream and breastfeeding bra’s
- A going home outfit that is comfortable.
- A book or your tablet.
- 3-4 onesies
- 3-4 vests
- A small pack of newborn nappies
- A pack of newborn wet wipes
- Baby toiletries
- A baby hooded towel
- 2-3 baby blankets
- 2 pairs of socks, and a hat
- A dummy
- Copies of both your ID and your partners ID
- Black pen
- Registration of newborn forms
It is tempting to pack in every little outfit you received and all the divine smelling baby washes, but your baby will be home before you know it, so try to keep your packing light to only what you know you and your baby will need. Pack a separate baby bag for your little one, so that it is easy for your partner and the nurses to find any items for your baby that they may need.
Ideally you should have your bags packed when you are about 36 weeks.