Preparing for the birth of your baby can be a stressful time. 

Packing a well-organised hospital bag ensures a smoother transition to the hospital and a more comfortable stay. We believe doing anything to help keep this exciting (and let’s face it – slightly stressful! ) time a little bit more on the calm side can be a big game changer!

Here are the essential bits you shouldn’t forget when packing your hospital bag.

1 Comfy Clothes

There’s no better feeling than being comfy well in our opinion anyway! Trust us, you’ll want to be cosy during your hospital stay. Pack these gems to keep you snug:

  • Nightdresses: Opt for cosy and oversized nighties made from breathable fabrics such as cotton.
  • Comfy PJs: Think elastic waistbands and soft, breathable fabrics for optimal comfort.
  • Dressing gown: Perfect for any trips to the loo or strolls down the hospital corridors.
  • Old T-shirt or Nightdress for Delivery: Things might get a bit messy, so bring something you don’t mind parting with.
  • Cosy Socks: Hospitals can get chilly, and warm feet are happy feet.
  • Your Own Pillow: If you’re particular about your pillow, bring it along for some quality zzz’s.

2 Baby Stuff!

Let’s not forget about the star of the show- the whole reason for this checklist! Here are our new born go-to’s:

  • Baby Grows: 4 or 5 should do the trick.
  • Vests: Same goes for these- 4 or 5 cotton vests are essential
  • Hat: Keep that tiny new head warm and snug.
  • Cellular blanket: soft and breathable for your baby’s comfort.
  • Towel: Essential for drying in time for those post bath snuggles.
  • Muslins: The mess saving grace- trust us you’ll need a couple of these!
  • Nappies: Different sizes are a must – Like everyone babies come in different shapes and sizes! 
  • Our pro tip: Pack a separate small bag for baby for the delivery room. Double check what your hospital recommends packing for delivery, but usually a nappy and a cosy hat are good to have on hand for the big arrival! 

3 Toiletries: Self-Care Central

Because you need some pampering after all that hard work.

  • Travel Size Shampoo and Conditioner: There is nothing like that post-birth hair wash
  • Body Wash: Treat yourself to one that smells and feels amazing
  • Skincare: As well as your essentials, pop in a refreshing facial spray or facemask
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel

4 Post-Delivery Essentials

Delivery? Been there done that. Now it’s time to focus on your comfort!

  • Disposable Underwear: Just trust us on this one…
  • Maternity Pads: Stay comfortable and worry-free.
  • Peri Bottle: A post-partum essential!
  • Nursing Bras: Comfortable support is a must.
  • Nipple Cream: An essential for maximum comfort if you’re breastfeeding
  • Breast Pads: Leaky boobs aren’t fun

5 Other Bits and Bobs

Hospital stays can be long, so keep yourself occupied with some essentials.

  • Book: For those moments of downtime.
  • Phone: Stay connected with loved ones and capture new memories.
  • Extra-Long Charger: Don’t let badly placed outlets be your downfall.
  • Earplugs: Shared wards can get loud! 
  • Snacks: Gotta keep those energy levels up.

Check out our collection of wellbeing products to add to your hospital bag.

Author Faye Morgan

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