What’s in my hospital bag?

I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by some amazing mums who have helped make my first pregnancy that much easier. Everything from offering advice on prams and breast pumps to sharing stories on the best things a new mum needs.

Not only did I get advice and anecdotes, I also got actual lists for things like newborn essentials and what to pack in my hospital bag. (Seriously, how lucky am I?)

So I wanted to pass on some of the amazing advice in the hope that it helps another first-time mum as much as it has helped me. 

This is my list of what I’m packing in my hospital bag for myself, my husband and our bub based on recommendations from my hospital and my super-organised friends.

For the mum:

  • Maternity record booklet
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Pyjamas with front buttons or nursing clips
  • Breastfeeding tops
  • Maternity bras and singlets 
  • Eight black larger underwear
  • Maternity pads (2 packs)
  • Nipple cream
  • Breastfeeding hydro pads
  • Breastfeeding washable pads
  • Ural
  • Tissues
  • A watch
  • Wide-necked drink bottle
  • Camera, charger and memory card
  • Baby notebook and pen 
  • Toiletries and skincare
  • Lip balm
  • Socks
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Two heat packs
  • Nursing pillow
  • Pillow
  • Thongs

For the baby:

  • Wraps for swaddling or sleeping bags
  • Sleepsuits
  • Socks, booties and mittens
  • Going home outfit
  • Nappy bag
  • Burp cloths
  • Newborn nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Face washers 
  • Toiletries 
  • Nappy rash cream 
  • Car capsule 

For the support person:

  • A change of clothes
  • Pyjamas
  • Toiletries 
  • Change for vending machines
  • Music (iPod)
  • Phone chargers
  • IPad and charger
  • List of people to contact

What did you take with you to the hospital? What couldn’t you do without?

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