New Mum Advice: Hospital Bag Essentials
The lead up to the arrival of your newest addition to the family is an amazing journey full of excitement, fear, celebrations and probably more than a few emotional moments. But you’ve done it! You’ve reached the third trimester! While the nursery is probably all decorated and packed and the car seat is installed and ready to go, you maybe haven’t thought about what you’ll need on hand when baby’s birthing day finally arrives. Never fear Mama, we’ve made this list of Hospital Bag Essentials to make it all a little easier for you!
When should I pack my hospital bag?
You want your hospital bag ready to go when your baby is! Keeping an eye on your expectant due date and remember to note if there are any chances that bub might come early. This could be the case for twins, for example. Your OBGYN will certainly let you know all of this and much more detailed for your own pregnancy. Many suggest generally that it’s good to have your bag packed from around week 36, just to be safe.
What to pack…
Your Hospital Bag Essentials list should definitely include:
- Cozy, non-slip socks or slippers. Believe me, you don’t want to traverse a hospital barefoot, but you’ll certainly want to keep your toes comfy while you’re walking around the hospital before and after labour
- The usual purse suspects: Photo ID, health care and insurance information
- Your mobile phone… and your charger!
- Comfortable attire – lose-fitting shirts, robes, jumpers and underwear
- Maternity bras and nursing pads. Even if you are not planning on breastfeeding, you will definitely appreciate having a little leak protection. Check out our bamboo nursing pads HERE
- Non-perishable snacks and change/eftpos card for the vending machine.
- Lip balm! You’ll be surprised how dry your mouth gets during labour. Also packing some sugar-free lollies could help too (definitely not sugar lollies though, as they will dehydrate)
- Your toothbrush, paste, hair brush, facewash, shampoo and conditioner, and moisturiser
- Prescription medication, glasses/contacts if you where them.
- Leaving the hospital attire: Matching outfits for mum and bub are total Instagram goals… but there’s a pretty big chance that’ll be lower on your priority list by now! It’s recommended you pack comfortable six-month maternity wear and a blanket and beanie for bub
What should my partner pack?
The partner has an important supporting role during this process and delegating some of those hospital bag essential to hubby will certainly help. He should remember:
- A shirt that he doesn’t mind losing. He’ll want to hold bub and also enjoy skin to skin interactions, but if you’re having your partner present at the birth, there’s a good chance he’ll be in a shirt that gets damaged or soiled (not to mention that you may be pulling on it a tad during labour). This is the number one item we hear from new Dads that they wish they knew they needed sooner!
- His belongings – changes of clothes, toiletries, phone and charger (a battery charger for your phone too), a camera, snacks!
- Something to keep you both distracted or entertained during down times – perhaps a book, puzzle, podcast or something to watch
- The car seat! To take baby home, you’ll need to ensure you have a ride home with a suitable, safe and correctly installed car seat for your newest addition
Good luck Mama!