Hospital Bag Checklist

Hello there! Welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to approach a subject that appears so often in mums groups on Facebook and not only there, so I am making a checklist for your hospital bag!

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I made my hospital bag ready when I entered in the third trimester of my pregnancy because I was afraid of the unexpected and wanted to be sure I will have everything I need with me, as, honestly, didn’t really trusted that my husband will be able to find it in case of an emergency. Also, my bag was actually…two bags! One for myself and one for the baby, as with the amount of stuff needed I couldn’t fit everything in only one bag!

You might ask yourself what on Earth took me that much space, but I can tell you now that my husband had to collect some items from home for me even when I was in hospital, despite the fact that I tried to cover everything previously.

For YOU

1. NOTES

2. night dresses or pyjamasincluding one that you can give birth in (dark coloured is indicated, as if it gets stained it won’t look so bad)

3. night gown – a thin one as on maternity wards it is quite warm

4. vests, socks, bras, briefs – grandma style are the best as they make you feel comfortable and more secure while heavily bleeding

5. slippers

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6. breast pads and heavy duty maternity pads – the more the better

7. body towel, face towel, flannel – you might remain in hospital for a longer period of time and you might want a shower while you’re in there. The flannel can be used while you are in labour as well to make you more comfortable

8. hairbrush, hairband, hair clips or any hair accessory to keep your hair out of the way

9. toothbrush, toothpaste, chewing gum

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10. shower gel/soap, shampoo

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11. lip balm, body cream – you are prone to dehydration. I never used so much lip balm in my entire life like I did when I was pregnant

12. phone, phone charger, headphones, books/magazines – to keep you busy while you wait, especially if your delivery is planned to be induced (for me it took 4 days to wait until the MOMENT)

13. snacks and drinks – plenty of fluids as you will need them to prevent dehydration, and energy drinks can help you remain energised for your delivery

14. TENS machine – that can be bought or borrowed from the hospital to help ease the contractions pain

15. going home outfit – I would recommend something not very tight, but comfortable and warm

For BABY

1. at least 5 vests/short sleeves bodysuits – newborns can be messy and they might need changing several times in a short period of time. It also depends how long you will remain in hospital after you deliver

2. at least 5 long sleeves bodysuits

3. 3 pairs of trousers/onesies

4. muslin cloths – every mommy’s best friend as can be used

5. blanket

6. towelsomeone might give the first bath to your baby and show to you how to do it. If you don’t have a towel for your baby they will give one from the hospital, but I preferred having her own

7. nappiesin size one. If your baby needs a different size you can exchange them with the hospital. I changed all mine because Arianna had an allergy to Pampers and they offered Mamia nappies instead.

8. nappy rash cream – most newborn have mild irritation right after they are born as they are addapting to the new environment. Arianna had a bad allergic reaction and using Bepanthen was so helpful

9. cotton wool/water based wipesnewborns have a sensitive skin and it is recommended to use cotton wool and water or water based wipes to clean them when changing the nappy

10. socks

11. scratch mittensyou can avoid them if you buy bodysuits with mittens included to make sure they won’t fall off

12. bottles and formula if you plan to formula feed

13. go home outfit

14. car seat

For YOUR PARTNER

1. spare T-shirt and trousershe/she might get dirty during your delivery as it can get really messy. Your partner might want to be clean when walking out of the hospital

2. phone and phone charger

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3. snacks and drinks

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4. camera

I went to hospital to be induced on Tuesday as I had gestational diabetes, delivered on Saturday night and went home on Monday morning. I was so glad I took more spare clothes with me as I was sweating terribly. Andrei, my husband, helped me by taking home the dirty clothes and after I delivered he kept bringing from home more bodysuits for Arianna as we remained in hospital more than we anticipated.

Don’t forget to get a book with you if you are booked in for an induction as it might take a while until you will get into labour. I took
with me SecretsOf The Baby Whisperer. How To Calm, Connect And Communicate With Your Baby by Tracy Hogg and Melissa Blau, and I am so glad I did, because it was so nice to read about what is about to come and how to deal with it while waiting for my baby to decide to come.



Don’t forget to get a book with you if you are booked in for an induction as it might take a while until you will get into labour. I took
with me SecretsOf The Baby Whisperer. How To Calm, Connect And Communicate With Your Baby by Tracy Hogg and Melissa Blau, and I am so glad I did, because it was so nice to read about what is about to come and how to deal with it while waiting for my baby to decide to come.

That is all, but you can personalise your bag as you wish based on your preferences and choices. I chose to put all my stuff in one bag and to keep Arianna’s separate in another, to make it easier for myself in hospital while I am looking for something.

What other items did you put in your hospital bag?

I will see you all here back on Friday!

Stay safe,
Flo

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Hi! My name is Flo and I am the mum of Arianna. I enjoy doing crafts with my kid and writing. I have started this blog to combine the two and to help others as well to get ideas and embrace motherhood the way I did. As a full time working mum, I do have struggles, and finding the balance between family and career is still a big issue for me. My blog reflects my struggles and shares the tips I have learnt along my journey, plus a lot of crafts and activities. Please leave your feedback in comments and subscribe if you like my content. Have fun scrolling through my posts!

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