My Ultimate Guide to Your Hospital Bag – everything you need for your baby delivery

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A mama-to-be friend of mine is getting very close to her due date and is heading for squeaking bum time. She has started to organise her bag for the hospital visit and asked me for my list of essentials. Rather than hand over the 3 lists I got from other friends and the one final accumulated list which would rival Santa Claus’ list of toys (mine, however, wasn’t filled with toys), I prepared a new one for her. This list had everything that I had actually used and needed during the time in hospital. I also added in my tips and bits of information that I thought might be handy for the stay (always looking out for those nuggets I can bring you!). Baring in mind for this that I had a caesarean section and knew this going in to the hospital so I didn’t pack anything for the labour ward.

Clothing and footwear:

  • Nightie x2 – string ones best for breastfeeding and also for the heat in the hospital
  • Pyjamas pants and string top – change into these during day time
  • Slippers – slide on ones
  • Dressing gown
  • Flip flops for in shower
  • Knickers – biggest ones you can get particularly get high-waisted ones, you’ll thank me afterwards
  • Maternity bra – comfy ones
  • Big towel – make sure its a dark colour
  • Hair turban towel can use normal towel but the turban is handy

Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Shower puff or some sort of body scrubber
  • Body moisturiser, bring anything you used for stretch marks
  • Deodorant
  • Cleanser, toner, moisturiser
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair brush
  • Shower Cap
  • Hair bobble
  • Hair clips
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Hand cream (can use moisturiser)
  • Lansinoh nipple cream – to prevent cracked/sore nipples from feeding or pumping
  • Breast pads – used for leaking….I didn’t need this and I’m not sure anyone would have a big enough supply just after having a baby to leak but I could be very wrong on that.

Babies

  • Baby grows x6
  • Vests x6
  • Cardigan x4
  • Hats x2
  • Wipes
  • Nappies

Other things –

  • Phone Charger
  • Bag for bringing things to shower
  • Magazines
  • Note pad & pen to remember any info or to write questions
  • Deodorant for Hubby – for the long days in the hospital.
  • Spare T-Shirt for Hubby – same as above
  • A few protein bars for Hubby as he could be hanging around a bit.

Tips:

Bring a few additional bags with you for Hubby to bring things home just some small plastic ones that you can easily ball up.

Pack your toiletries etc in a clear bags to make it easier for Hubby to find items in them. If he’s anything like mine this will go a long way to avoid everything being pulled out onto whatever surface is closest and shoved back in without any order.

Bring miniatures where you can……hotel sizes are handy to have!

If you have favourite products for anything, bring these…..bring anything that will feel like a treat. After everything you’ve been through you deserve the bit of luxury!

Use sandwich bags for the baby stuff so that you have one baby grow, vest, nappy etc in each. Handy so that you’re not rooting around trying to find one of each. Can also use sandwich bags for the toiletries.

Get your other half to investigate the parking rules around the hospital. I was going to city centre Hospital and there was only public paid parking in the area. My husband set up the relevant Parking Tag App to pay for the parking around there so he was able to just update from his phone.

Pack up the things you won’t need until day 2 in a separate bag for your partner to bring with him when he comes back in. For example, spare knickers, spare nightgown etc won’t be needed straight away.

I feel like a total Irish Mammy for this one but have some meals at home for your partner that are quick to cook as he’ll be home quite late every night. We did this but then put them in freezer which totally negates what we were trying to do. A couple of microwave meals would do the trick.

I’ve heard of someone bringing in a scarf to tie to the bed to help pull themselves up after section which sounds like a good idea.

Hope you find this of help and have gotten some good information from it. If there is anything else you think is a must to have let me know in the commens below.

Dealing with pregnancy breakouts

During my pregnancy, like many, many other women, my skin got really bad and was prone to breakouts. To use the phrase favoured by Jennifer Rock, aka The Skin Nerd, it went ‘bananas’. These weren’t your usual teenage breakouts either, at least those have a start, middle and end – you can see them coming, treat them and then they go away. No, these things popped up without any warning and seemed to settle under the skin so there was no getting rid of them, no matter how hard I tried. Yes, I’m a squeezer…..the shame! Now we all know that hormonal changes will affect the skin and will affect particularly your chinny chin chin but these little pups decided to settle down around my neck instead. So I went about trying new products to deal with them. Actually, I’m still using them because, unfortunately ladies, your skin doesn’t immediately bounce back to its former glory after the 9 months, sigh.
The best range that I used was FAB: First Aid Beauty and these are my favourite products so have a browse and let me know if you have any favourites.

The cleanser is a whipped texture and goes on quite thick but once water is added turns to a lovely foam cream. It’s great at getting rid of makeup and skin feels properly cleaned without drying out.

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The Facial Radiance Pads became an all time favourite very quickly. They are promoted as brightening, toning and exfoliating the skin and it definitely ticks all those boxes for me. It is this product that I found really helped calmed down my irritated skin and felt it completely lifted my skin. It’s one product that definitely going to be a staple in my shelf from now on.

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Finally, the moisturiser is a rich lotion but soaks into the skin without any heavy residue. Designed to provide exceptional hydration, this is perfect for me as I tend to have quite dry skin particularly in winter.

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I also bought cleanser and moisturiser from Elemis pro-collagen range but with price tag of 100+ these are definitely luxury items. However, only a small amount of these fabulous products goes a long way and after almost a year I have only barely broken the surface of the cleanser. I use it as a mask rather than a daily product for bit of indulgence. The products smell amazing and really feel like a gorgeous treat. I actually brought these to the hospital with me and I would recommend to everyone to have a few luxury items with you. After all you’ve gone through nobody deserves a bit of self-indulgence more.

As always, please check with your GP before trying any new products.

I bought all products online via Cloud 10 Beauty. Products can be purchased using the link below.

Cloud10Beauty/FirstAidBeauty