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
- Body wash
- Shower puff or some sort of body scrubber
- Body moisturiser, bring anything you used for stretch marks
- Cleanser, toner, moisturiser
- 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.
- Baby grows x6
- Vests x6
- Cardigan x4
- Hats x2
Other things –
- Phone Charger
- Bag for bringing things to shower
- 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.
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.