If you are anything like me, you probably had your hospital bags packed from around 30 weeks. I say bags, as there has to be one for you, one for the baby and one for daddy. I remember washing, ironing and packing all of the tiny outfits I had meticulously picked out, ready to choose which my little ones would first wear. Just the thought of our new arrival wearing them, imagining how they might look had me dancing around the living room ecstatically.
As much as the cute onesies and tiny little hats are needed, so are the feminine essentials for before, during and after giving birth. Dependent on your circumstances you may need to stay in from 1-5 days, so it is always best to be well prepared.
So, here we go:
The Baby Bag:
- Pack of newborn-sized nappies.
- Cotton wood pads.
- Socks, hat & vest
- Muslin Square
- 5 sleepsuites/onesies.
- 5 vests (during wintertime).
- Scratch mits.
- Safe Car Seat.
- Birth plan
- Oversized t-shirt or Nightdress (to be used during labour)
- Nursing bra
- Breast pads
- Shower Gel/deodorant/toothbrush.
- Bath Towel
- Oversized knickers
- Maternity pads.
- Slippers & dressing gown.
- Bed socks.
- Comfortable clothing for travel.
- Lip balm (and any other make-up).
- Bottled water & high energy snacks.
- Phone charger.
- Bottled water & snacks.
It is most likely that your partner will not be able to stay overnight, so, should you forget anything or need anything else, there will always be opportunity to retrieve these.
I hope this list is helpful to you all. Below is a picture of my little angel Ethan, after he had come home with us for the first time. I love this picture dearly, mainly because he would never sleep in his moses basket, bassinette or swinging crib. This captured, quite literally a few quiet moments before he made his objections known! This is partly my fault, as I simply loved cuddling him!