Having a baby? Pack your hospital bag with....

Exciting times ahead, you are having a baby!
Well, I am for sure very soon (I'm 32 weeks) and its my second baby. :)
The nesting hormones already kicked out, so I've started to wash all the clothes for my little girl (Yes, it is a girl) and now I'm thinking about starting the Hospital Bag.

Every single first time mum always have this question: What do I need to take to Hospital? The info varies from hospital to hospital (Some give you nappies, some don't, etc) but the basics are the same so I thought I would share some information here :) Once you read through this list, you should have an idea of what you will need and adjust to your own needs.
That's the bag I will use, but in Pink. It was a gift from a dear friend. 

So first, for Labour:

  • Hospital card / paper work
  • Snacks and drinks, if you are having a natural labour and you might get hungry. Lollies are always good. 
  • Your Camera or Phone (or both), and charger for it.
  • Havaianas
  • Your planned birthing clothes (might not happen)
  • Massage oil (Maybe)
  • stress ball (maybe)

After Labour:

  • Comfy undies, especially cause you might end up with a C-section, you never know. (Maybe was even planed). I advise to buy cheapies undies or disposable, one size bigger, and just chuck them as they get dirty / stained in the first days, if you can afford to do that. 
  • Maternity Pads
  • Comfy clothes and nice clothes for photos
  • PJ's
  • toiletries (you will want your nice shampoo, soap, even nice toilet paper depending on your hospital)
  • Hair brush, Hair bands etc.
  • Nice earrings or things that make you feel better. even Make up, believe me you will want it. 
  • Maternity bras
  • Bras Pads - you might even be using them already to avoid milk leakage. 
  • Ear plugs might be of use if your hospital has a nursery that will take the baby overnight.
  • You might want your own towel, depending how fussy you are. I didn't because I didn't want to be concerned about blood stains.
  • Socks (Specially if Winter)

For bub:
  • Nice go home clothes
  • Clothes / singlets / Wraps (check with your hospital)
  • Nappies (in case not provided)
  • wipes (in case not provided)
  • Beanies
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Dummies
  • Bottles (If that's your thing)

Hope you have a safe labour.

Vic Lic

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