I’m officially one day over my due date and as a first-time mum, I found it a little confusing deciding on what to include in my hospital bag. After a little research, blethering with other mums, taking part in twitter discussions and attending a few antenatal classes, I think I’ve now packed everything I’ll need… hopefully. If you notice anything that I’ve missed or you think might come in handy I’d really appreciate it if you could leave a comment below. Who knows, once she’s here I may have to totally overhaul this post, but for now let’s take a look inside my baby bag…
I decided to go for a spacious shopping holdall from Primark, we could have just used the rucksack that lives in the attic, but for some reason I wanted everything to be new. Strange details like this just help me feel less anxious if that makes sense? Basically, everything can be broken down into two categories; for mum and for baby, although dad is planning to bring his kindle, snacks, headphones and a phone charger too.
Let’s start with the most important: my maternity notes & birth plan
Buttoned night shirt/dressing gown/slippers
Chewy sweets & sports drink (Lucozade & Starbursts)
Breast pads & maternity pads
Loose fitting going home clothes & underwear
Pants with a high panty line (in case of a cesarian)
Toiletries – hair bobbles, nipple cream, brush, lip balm, face mist (Jurlique Balancing Rose Water), face cloth, face wipes, moisturiser, tea tree or lavender oil (recommended by my midwife), deodorant & toothbrush/toothpaste
Notebook & Pen
Soft cotton hat and scratch mittens, 2x sleepsuits, cellular blanket, nappies, cotton wool, bibs and muslin squares.
And yes, the car seat is also all fitted and ready to go. Have I forgotten anything/overpacked? I feel like my bag is beginning to turn into a hospital suitcase. Fingers crossed our baby girl makes an appearance soon.
After reading my post, a few lovely ladies on Twitter (Including @MakeErinOver) have come up with even more suggestions which I will add here.
Carrier bags for gifts
An emergency dummy
Always Night Liners
Keep those suggestions coming!