When you are preparing to be a first time parent, things can be really confusing. Conflicting news reports about what you should and should not be eating, followed by not really knowing what maternity wear you need can leave you feeling a bit unsure of where you should be spending your money. I recently wrote a post about maternity wear I found useful and the changing bags I would recommend this time I know what I needed and what I didn’t so I thought I would follow up with a post about my hospital bags this time round too.
I remember when I was packing ready to have Mia, I googled the types of things I needed and used a few websites to compile a list of what to include. When I finally went into labour, I found that we literally didn’t open my hospital bag until well after I had actually given birth and so for me, the things I packed to keep us all ‘entertained’ were never needed. I had packed an iPad, some music I wanted to listen to, a book and snacks and I didn’t actually end up using anything and didn’t feel like eating anything either!
The 2nd time round, due to having Mia already, I decided to look at pre-packed hospital bags as well as checking the NHS website for a general list of useful things to pack. I found a great website that meant I could get a nice changing bag (which I needed) as well as it being pre-filled with bits and pieces. I also bought a changing ruck-sac bag to hold all of my hospital things in.
So here is my compiled list of hospital bag essentials from my experience of doing this for a second time:
|For Baby||For Mum|
|Babygro’s||Shampoo and Conditioner|
|Hat||Toothbrush and Toothpaste|
|Scratch Mits||Lip Balm|
|Cotton Wool Balls||Maternity Pads|
|Travel Changing Mat||Breast Pads|
|Baby Blanket||Hand Sanitiser|
|Nappy Bags||Face Wipes|
|Socks or Booties||Slippers and Eye Mask|
|Snacks and Drinks|
|Light Dressing Gown|
|Underwear and Clothes for going home|
|Small change for machines|
Hopefully you have found this useful for knowing what to pack for yourself and for baby. You can also download a handy, printable copy for you to ‘tick-off’ as you pack your bags