I saw the midwife today when she brought the home birth box round ready for when the time comes! It felt good to ask any questions I had and I feel really prepared now. She also sent me round to triage as I’ve had reduced movements but all went well, baby’s heartbeat sounds good and they were happy that all is ok.
Even though I’m all set for the home birth I’ve still packed hospital bags just in case. You can see what I’ve packed in baby’s hospital bag here:
What’s in my hospital bag?
For my hospital bag I’ve again packed light and just tried to include the bare necessities. We live very close to the hospital so can very easily get any additional things that I need. I’ve just used a basic bag for my things, one that I’ve used for hand luggage on holidays before.
- Maternity towels:
I’ve packed lots of these as I know I’ll go through lots of them. I doubled up last time for comfort and because I was paranoid about leaking so this time I’ve packed double what I did last time! I’ve actually switched them since taking this picture to a pack of 24 with wings from Mothercare.
- Lansinoh nipple pads:
These are by far the best breast pads I’ve found. With others I’ve had issues with leaking and needing to change them every 5 minutes but with these I feel much more confident that I wont end up walking around with 2 huge wet patches!
- Lansinoh nipple cream:
When I first started breastfeeding Harry I found it really difficult and at times, painful. This cream gave me some relief when my nipples were really sore and I’d definitely recommend it.
- Granny pants:
The bigger the better! It’s all about comfort when you’ve just had a baby and big is good to fit in all the padding you will need afterwards!
- Black pyjamas:
Black may not seem like the happiest colour when you’ve just given birth and are enjoying newborn snuggles but it is practical. I’m so paranoid about leaking (I bled really heavily after Harry was born) and black is the safest colour just in case! The top is just a vest top which I find easiest for breastfeeding access.
- Maternity bra:
It’s not the most attractive but it sure is comfy and convenient for feeding!
- Hair bobbles:
I like to have my hair out of my way when I’m giving birth so these are essential.
- Lip balm:
I use a lot of this anyway but gas and air can make your lips dry so this is another must for me.
- Deodorant and body spray:
You can feel a bit… less than gorgeous in the days following having a baby. Smelling nice is just one little way to make yourself feel a bit more human.
- Phone Charger:
If I do end up in hospital it can be a very lonely place, especially when you want to share the good news of your new arrival with your friends and family. The last thing you want is your phone battery to go!
- Clothes to go home in:
Something comfortable and loose, probably still maternity clothes! I’ve got a maxi dress that I’ve packed and some jeggings and a baggy t shirt.
I’ve also packed a small bag of toiletries which includes:
Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste (I need to get a toothbrush to go in), body spray, deodorant, hand sanitiser, moisturiser and a hairbrush. I haven’t included face wipes because I use baby wipes and will have plenty of those with me!
These are the maternity towels I’ve switched with the ones in the picture so these will be the ones I take to the hospital.
What did you pack in your hospital bag?
Is there anything essential you think I’ve forgotten?
I’ll be wearing flop flops if I go in so will have them with me already to wear around the hospital if I end up going.
I have towels etc all piled up next to my hospital bags at home ready for my home birth so if I end up going to the hospital I will grab one of them on the way.