Packing a bag to take to the hospital when I was giving birth to Sophia was a little daunting as there were so many things I knew I would have to deal with while I was there – post-birth recovery, breastfeeding, and looking after a new bub were all things I knew I needed to be prepared for. Being a first-time mum it helped to have a list of recommendations for things to take to the hospital so I’ve noted down some of the necessities I packed below. I hope it comes in handy!
What I packed for me:
6 x large full brief underpants in black
If ever there is a time to wear the comfiest underwear possible it’s after having a baby. I opt for black and go up a size or two bigger than my regular size to accommodate wearing maturity pads which are quite thick.
2 x packets of maternity pads
You’ll need to wear a pad after giving birth and change it every couple of hours so make sure you come prepared with a supply for your entire stay.
Maternity singlets in black and white
These are great for breastfeeding. Bonds make some great singlets which are really comfortable.
Long loose tops
You don’t want anything to restrictive as you’ll be breastfeeding so loose tops are ideal.
Pack something to keep you warm as hospital rooms can get chilly. Plus as above, you want to wear something loose when you’re breastfeeding.
Loose black pants
Comfy and practical, a pair of loose black pants will take you through your entire stay. Plus you’ll be walking around the ward so you may not want to be in your pyjamas the whole team.
Pack all your necessities as it’s nice to have familiar things like your regular soap and shampoo and conditioner when you’re away from home.
As I said hospital rooms can get chilly so it’s a good idea to pack a pair of warm socks.
Pack comfy shoes only – this is not the time to get all glammed up. A pair of slippers or just something you feel comfortable in such as flats is great for when you’re walking around the hospital.
Hospital food isn’t always the tastiest so be sure to pack yourself some snacks to graze on throughout your stay.
I use the brand Pigeon and have found them to work a treat.
You never know when you may need a packet so be sure to pop some in your bag just in case.
It’s less than glam but your digestive system can be in all sorts after giving birth so be sure to pack some Metamucil to help things along.
Gel breast discs
Expect your nipples to be sore (breastfeeding will do that…) so these are great for soothing and healing.
I found my lips tended to get dry so I made sure to have this on hand to moisturise.
Hot/cold pack for the pain
Yes, you will be in pain. Pack one of these just in case.
You’ll need your phone, a phone charger and camera but these can get lost in the mad rush to get to the hospital so make sure you pack what you can in advance.
These help with support and separation in the weeks after birth. I used the SRC ones for the first 6 weeks and found them to be really helpful.
Hair brush/Beauty bag
You may not use the makeup you’ve packed but let’s face it you’ll end up having a lot of photos taken so better to be prepared just in case.
This is great for those having their second baby. I’m bringing a present for Sophia “from the baby” for when she first visits to help her feel included in the whole process.
What I’m packing for the baby
6 x size 0000 singlets
Pack both short and long sleeved versions.
6 x size 0000 jumpsuits
I love Bonds jumpsuits but buy any brand you prefer. I do make sure to get the type that cover the baby’s feet
Note: in case you have a big baby it’s good to buy jumpsuits and singlets in a size 000 just in case.
2 x lightweight swaddling wraps
There are some really cute options out there with great prints and colours so find one to suit your style.
1 x woollen or cashmere blanket
I like to pack a cosy blanket to wrap the bub in in case it gets chilly in the hospital.
Do you have other recommendations you can share? What did you take with you?