What I have packed in my Hospital Bag this time

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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.

Hospital Bag

So here is my compiled list of hospital bag essentials from my experience of doing this for a second time:

For BabyFor Mum
NappiesBody Wash
Babygro’sShampoo and Conditioner
Baby VestsAntiperspirant
HatToothbrush and Toothpaste
Scratch MitsLip Balm
Cotton Wool BallsMaternity Pads
Travel Changing MatBreast Pads
Baby BlanketHand Sanitiser
Muslin SquareTissues
Nappy BagsFace Wipes
Socks or BootiesSlippers and Eye Mask
 Snacks and Drinks
 Hair Bobble
 Ear Plugs
 Birth Plan/Notes
 Light Dressing Gown
 TENS Machine
 Underwear and Clothes for going home
 Phone Charger
 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

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