Geez, time is flying. I have finally packed my bag ready for the hospital. There is a lot of discussion about when to pack your bag ready to go the hospital. Majority of people think it should be done by week 32/33 in case bub comes super early. It is definitely better to be prepared than not of course.
Here I am at 37 weeks and finally packed ready to go. I knew my bub was not going to come early, its waiting for my hubby to come home which is tonight. We will have at least two months together while he sorts out his new position at work. Perfect timing – right.
I was a bit hesitant as to what to pack for the hospital, I didn’t want to take everything including our kitchen sink. The length of the stay is not any longer than three days. Plus Roy will be coming and going and can always bring me anything else I may need while I am resting up and pampering myself.
My good friend Michelle recently gave birth a couple of months ago to baby No.2. So with her wisdom of having gone through the whole thing twice I knew she would be the perfect person to give me some practical advice as to ‘What To Take’. So I wrote a list of things and started compiling. She also lent me the very cool Pink bag, so I don’t look like a hobo with my greenbag which i was going to take. However the Pink bag is the same size as the green bag and has a nifty pocket for my phone.
HOSPITAL BAG PACKING LIST (the practical guide)
- 1 x pkt new born nappies – check with your hospital if you need to take your own. I do
- 1 x going home outfit, 2 x singlets, 1 x pair of socks and 1 x beanie to keep little ones head warm
- 2 x spew cloths (spit rug, spew rug, spit cloth) – these aid in breastfeeding
- Medical Record & Birth Plan
- 1 x cotton nightie with buttons down the front for boob access
- 1 x hospital outfit – I found a cool pair of flanny trousers and a stretchy singlet (for boob access)
- 1 x pair of flip-flops (thongs) or slip on shoes for walking around the ward
- 1 x dressing gown/robe I have borrowed Michelle’s to cover up so people don’t gawk at me if I feel like going for a stroll.
- 6 x pairs of knickers – honestly
- 1 x going home outfit – a stretchy dress
- TOILETRIES: 2 x pkt of Maternity Pads, toothpaste, toothbrush, facewash, body wash, soap, hand cream, nail file, nail polish (for self pampering), deodorant, shampoo and I guess if you want to get dolled up a bit of make-up. Read below about pampering
- Battery operated tea light candles – these are to aid in late night breast-feeding, so you don’t need to turn on the horrible fluro above your head.
- Phone, charger, book or magazines to read (if you don’t have a tv or a window to daydream out of)
I am also taking my own water – call me a water snob – I will have a three litre water container with me, who knows what hospital water has in it. I don’t want to drink that stuff if i don’t need too. Roy will also bring me some yummy fruit and maybe some cheese and crackers for snaking on each day.
Also don’t forget you need to have a baby car seat ready to take bub home.
PAMPERING: I have been told by many mums to take the opportunity to get pampered (looked after) while in hospital. This is time where you can have a shower, scrub your body, wash your hair and maybe do your nails while you don’t have a newborn attached to you. After listening to their advice and my sister-in-law Lily giving me a rose scented toiletries pack for Christmas, which I have saved for the occasion. I am going to do my nails which I never do, apply hand moisturiser, maybe even have a shower for longer than 3 minutes. They don’t have rain water limits at the hospital.