With a mere matter of days to go before I hit my due date, I thought I’d put together a hospital bag essentials list. It ties in nicely with my new found obsession for going through my hospital bags and double checking everything! I recently wrote about what items I’ve put together in my Baby’s Hospital Bag, but I never wrote about what I’ve packed for myself and Mikey. Obviously, there’s a lot more in our bag than the baby’s bag, so let’s get cracking.
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Hospital Notes/Birth Plan
I’m hoping to have a very different birth with Baby Number 2 than I did with Luke, but as we all know, it doesn’t always go according to plan. I’ve got my preferences written up in my hospital notes and Mikey is well versed in what I do, and most importantly, definitely do not want.
Drinks and Snacks
I had a long labour with Luke, but as this is my second baby, I’m hoping it’ll be significantly shorter. Nevertheless, I’ve packed a four pack of Lucozade Sport (orange flavour, of course) and some snack bars, just in case.
Maternity Pads and Breast Pads
Definitely an essential, you can’t go through the process of giving birth without having about a million maternity pads on stand by. I also found something I didn’t even know existed and definitely wish I had bought when I was pregnant with Luke – washable breast pads. What a game changer!
Depending on how my birth goes, I may be in hospital for a little while. Although I’m hoping that I stay low risk and everything works out fine, I’ve packed a phone charger just in case. Also, between all that texting and taking photos of my precious little newborn, I know my battery power will drain at an alarming rate. If I do stay in hospital over night, I want to be able to stay in contact with Mikey.
I’ve packed a nursing bra – a great tip is to get fitted in Mothercare. Not only do they measure you up (it’s not scary at all, I promise!), but they usually have bras on sale. I got a pack of two nursing bras and added them to my hospital bag. It’s a really good idea to get fitted as the lady told me that for nursing bras, they usually add a cup size and decrease your band size by one. This is because after birth, your body will be a tad smaller, but you have no idea how much milk you will produce, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I’ve also packed some fluffy socks, as well as a few spare normal pairs. Believe it or not, you can actually get really chilly feet during labour. Don’t forget some big pants! I’ve got a big old pack of black full briefs. They’re not sexy, but they do the job and hold your maternity pads in nicely. Also, they’re black, so any stains won’t show up. I definitely recommend buying cheap knickers over the horrible paper maternity pants you can buy!
I’ve packed the usual things: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, hair ties, flannel, hair brush, hair clips, face cream and a towel. As well as those, I’ve also bought a tube of my favourite lip balm as hospitals are warm places and during labour/post birth you’re quite likely to get dry lips. I’ve decanted all my toiletries into smaller plastic bottles so they take up less space in the bag. I’ve packed some epic moisturiser from Colief, called Mum To Be Moisturising Cream* to use in conjunction with my post birth shower. The cream is enriched with plant extracts and vitamins to keep your skin soft and supple, relieve dryness and itching and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. I’ve been using it daily for the past few weeks and I like how well it absorbs into my skin and, to my relief, it really does stop the itchy skin problem.
Once again, I have found myself being heavily pregnant throughout summer. Using face spirtz’s has been an absolute life saver for me. Lately, I’ve been using the Angela Langford Freshen Up* hydrating and refreshing tonic. Honestly, I can’t tell you how I would have coped through our UK heatwave without it. So far, I’ve used it as a toner after rinsing my face in the mornings and I’ve also used it as a face spritz during the day. It smells absolutely divine as rose, geranium & orange blossom are mixed with aloe vera and comfrey to produce a refreshing tonic that keeps your skin hydrated, calm & fresh throughout the day. I have been storing mine in the fridge so it’s extra refreshing on my face, but you can also give yourself an instant wake up call by spritzing it on the back of your neck.
I know that this Freshen Up tonic will be invaluable when I’m in labour and I would definitely consider it an essential. I very vividly remember how hot and stuffy the hospital was when I gave birth to Luke and this uplifting tonic will definitely keep me cool and calm during the birth.
Sorry, but I can’t go in for a Princess Kate look. I’ve packed clothes that a loose, comfortable and I’m able to nurse in. My advice would be to avoid jeans! Your foof is going to hurt, girl, so loose, comfortable clothing is a must! I’ve chucked a few strappy tops, some soft, loose fitting trousers, some baggy PJs and some jogging bottoms in my hospital bag. I don’t even care if I look like I am leaving the hospital in pyjamas – it’s all about comfort! Don’t forget to pack some flip flops or some slippers for your time in hospital. The hospital I gave birth to Luke in had a toilet/wet room on the ward, so the floor was always soaking when you went to the toilet! I’ve also packed a bin bag for dirty clothes and a bikini top as I’m hoping to use the birth pool.
Speaking of nursing your baby, I’ve chucked a tube of Lansinoh Lanolin* in my hospital bag as, believe me, it’s what your nipples deserve. Sore nipples are common in breast feeding and Lanolin is a great, natural way to soothe and protect your nipples. It also has loads of other uses – I once used it to protect Luke’s skin when he had a terrible teething dribble rash!
Vitamin D Drops
As well as their moisturising cream, I’ve also included a pack of Colief Vitamin D3 Drops*. It is a food supplement that’s rich in vitamin D3, making it a great way to ensure children and babies are getting the required daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D contributes to the normal development of bones and teeth, as well as helping to maintain a good immune system – something that’s imperative in babies. Here’s what the Department Of Health has to say on vitamin D in children:
Babies from birth to 1 year of age who are being breastfed should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D to make sure they get enough. This is whether or not you’re taking a supplement containing vitamin D yourself.
Babies fed infant formula shouldn’t be given a vitamin D supplement if they’re having more than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, because infant formula is fortified with vitamin D and other nutrients.
Children aged 1 to 4 years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10µg of vitamin D.
An Extra For The Baby Bag
I have recently discovered a brand of wet wipes that will make that first nappy change a doddle. I’ve swapped out my old baby wipes and packed some Aqua Wipes* in the baby’s change bag instead. These wipes are 99% purified water with aloe vera extract and are suitable from birth. I did the whole cotton wool and water malarkey last time and it is such a faff, so I’m grateful to have found a brand that’s safe and gentle to use on my baby’s skin, is affordable and, best of all, is approved by the NHS.
For The Partners
As much as it would be wonderful if it was, having a baby isn’t usually as simple as just rocking up at a hospital, popping your baby out and then heading home. Often you’re in hospital for a little while as your contractions build and your baby is monitored, so it’s a good idea to pack some form of entertainment in the hospital bag – especially for the partners.
For Mikey, we’ve packed:
- iPod and Headphones
- Phone Charger
- Money for coffee, food etc
- Swim Shorts (just in case he feels brave enough to jump in the birthing pool with me)
Also: don’t forget the car parking money!
Do you think I’ve left anything out that I should definitely be including in my hospital bag? If so, let me know in the comments, while I still have a few days left to add it in!
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