Packing my hospital bag
Third Trimester

Packing my hospital bag

Need help packing a hospital bag? We have put together a simple hospital bag checklist with all the essentials. Forget packing light, it’s about packing right. If there was ever a time to be prepared, giving birth to a new human is it.

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Pack a dressing gown. Ideal for wandering the ward.
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Pack slippers or flip flops for trips to the loo.
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Pack nighties or open shirts that are comfy with easy access to baby.
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Pack plenty of maternity pads. There can be a lot of bleeding after birth. Vaginal or C-sections.
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Pack a few pairs of big knickers. High-waisted and cotton will be comfiest.
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Pack a couple of nursing bras and lots of breast pads.
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If you’re planning a water birth you might want to bring something to wear in the pool at first.
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Pack healthy snacks. The vending machine can be the back-up plan.
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Pack comfy going-home clothes. And a bag for dirty washing.
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Pack tiny toiletries, face wipes, lip balm, hairbands and dry shampoo.
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Bring your own pillow, a bright coloured one that won’t get lost!
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Pack eye patches and earplugs, and water spray or a pocket fan if it’s summer.
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Pack some makeup, if that’s your bag.
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Don’t forget your phone. Seems obvious. But there’s a lot going on.
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Consider music. Some hospitals still have CD players. If not, prepare a pocket playlist.
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Pack a notebook and pen. Helpful for jotting down feeding times.
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Don’t forget your maternity notes, they contain your birth plan. This is when it’ll really come in handy.
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Pack a few baby outfits, cellular blanket, nappies, cotton wool, muslins, booties, sleep suits, vests, scratch mitts, coat and hat for going home if it’s winter and formula if you’re bottle feeding.
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Pack an extra-long charger cable or a power bank.
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Have spare change handy for parking and vending machines.
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Buy a big hospital bag to put all this in!
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