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What to put in your hospital bag

Jo and I have just finished packing our hospital bag and are now waiting the arrival of our very own baby. We’ve asked many of our friends (who have already been through the process) what the ideal packing list is. We thought it would be good idea to share with all the expecting Mums and Dads what we’ve been advised to take.

Mum’s Bag

  • Medical/midwife notes (IMPORTANT)

  • Wash bag (normal away from home items such as toothbrush etc)

  • Underwear, few pairs (larger than normal)

  • Breast Pads

  • Light Weight dressing gown

  • Flannel

  • Towel

  • Maternity/Incontinence pads

  • Black leggings

  • Strappy Tops or Breast feeding tops (preferably black)

  • Going home clothes

  • Flip flops or light weight slippers

  • Hair clips/bands and a brush

  • Lip balm

  • TENS machine with pads x4

  • Massage oil or lotion

  • Bach rescue remedy

  • Eye mask and ear plugs

  • Bottoms up, soothing bottom spray

Dad’s Bag

  • Camera

  • Camera Batteries

  • Wash bag (normal away from home items)

  • Change of clothes

  • T-Shirt you don’t mind getting wet (birth pool)

Baby’s Bag

  • Newborn Nappies

  • Coming home clothes

  • Hat and scratch mittens

  • Nappy Sacks

  • Wet wipes (Newborn Wipes)

  • Muslin Cloths

  • Change Mat

  • Blanket

Miscellaneous Items

  • Pringles (to replace lost salt through sweating)

  • Water bottle

  • Isotonic drinks

  • Snacks, cereal bars/granola bars

  • Jelly Babies (carbohydrates)

  • Little electric fan

  • Car Seat with ISO fix base (IMPORTANT)

  • Mobile phone charger

  • Tablet/ipad loaded with something to watch for a distraction

These items have been advised to us by family and friends and if you are unsure or have any concerns the best person to ask is your midwife or GP.


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