My Hospital Bag Checklist for Labour

I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog post a few weeks ago, ‘My advice for first time mums’, it’s the first time I’ve ever put any of my thoughts or advice down on paper, so please let me know what you think. I don’t know if this is the case for all mums, but becoming a mum of 2 made me feel a lot more confident expressing my thoughts and feelings on all things ‘mum’, but I am in no way an expert! These are simply my thoughts, feelings and things l have learnt along the way. 
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The hospital bag checklist was hugely popular on the poll I featured, so I hope this is helpful for you. My list is long!! I won’t lie, there is a lot in it that is either ‘nice to have’, or unnecessary for you. So just take from it what you like. I have shared this list with both my beautiful sister-in-laws as they’ve gone on to have babies after me, and many of my friends. They have all been so thankful for this, so I thought it would be great to share it on a wider scale. So get your pen and paper ready. I would say you should have your bag packed and ready from 37 weeks, to be on the safe side. 
For the baby:
  • Nappies - I would take a pack, you don’t know how long your going to be in there and don’t underestimate how many nappies a new born goes through!
  • Wipes - I preferred to use cotton wool and water to wipe their bottoms for at least the first few days, but wipes come in useful for other reasons. If you’re going to use wipes for their bottoms I like Water Wipes
  • Cotton wool pads - wiping babies bottom
  • Muslins
  • 4 short sleeve vests
  • 4 baby grows
  • 4 long sleeve vests - the hospital can get hot, so I would use these and then cover their legs in a cellular blanket if this is the case
  • Cardigan
  • Cellular blanket or large muslin blanket x 2
  • Smaller muslins for feeding spills
  • Scratch mittens 
  • Hat 
  • Formula - the pre-made that comes with the teats are perfect, in fact some hospitals insist on that being the only formula you’re allowed to take now, they won’t make bottles for you, so double check this
  • Dummies - I like the Nuk ones, as the mimic a nipple which is good for if you’re breast feeding, you can get these on Amazon. (Dummies are recommend now, research studies have suggested they may reduce the risk of SIDS)
  • Nappy bags (useful in so many ways, dirty clothes etc)
For you:
  • What you want to wear to labour in (I did a nightie for my first born but everything went out the window for my second as he came so fast, I ended up in the pool in my maternity bra and that was all, but it was perfect)
  • Lip balm - gas and air seriously dries your lips!
  • Tens machine (if using one)
  • Hospital notes/birth plan
  • Music for birth, electric candles, oils, I did hypnobirthing with Edward, my second, so I used these during labour and loved it! 
  • Flip flops, I wore mine in the shower, I don’t like communal showers 
  • Feeding friendly pyjamas, I took nighties when I had my first born, Bobby, what a nightmare that was, having to lift it up every time he wanted to feed! So, two piece pyjamas!
  • A light weight dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Your own pillow
  • Big pants, lots of them! Or the disposable pants are great too, really comfortable
  • Maternity pads, bigger the better to start with
  • Nipple cream, my favourite is the Lansinoh
  • Spritz for bits!
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Deodorant 
  • Soap/shower gel
  • Towel
  • Dry shampoo
  • Face wipes
  • Face cloth
  • Hair bobbles, head band, clips etc
  • Cooling spray
  • Phone charger
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Snacks and sports drinks… lots of!!
  • Money (parking, vending machines etc)
  • Antibacterial wipes (this was something some of my friends had never thought about, I’m sure with the way the world is at the moment that wouldn't be the care anymore)
  • Reading material, I couldn’t sleep well at all in the hospital so this came in handy
  • Peppermint tea/arnica cream for if you need a c-section
  • Leggings, loose fitting t-shirts/vest tops to go home, or something comfortable like that
I think I have covered every eventuality there. But I like to be prepared! Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment, or if you think I’ve missed anything please add it below! If you have any friends who are pregnant please share this with them too! Wishing you all so much luck and I hope everything goes smoothly for you, this really can be the most empowering thing you will ever experience. Stay as relaxed and calm as possible and make sure your birthing partner is capable of doing the same. With love, Maria x