What To Pack In Your Pregnancy Hospital Bag
We've updated the checklist!
It’s hard to imagine you’ll be going into hospital and emerging just days (or hours if you’re lucky) later with a whole new little person in your life.
Bringing that fabulous little person into your life will be that much easier with a little organisation.
It’s a good idea to have your hospital packed and ready to go from about the time you reach your third trimester – although you may expect to stay home until the 40 week mark, bub can totally take you by surprise by coming earlier than expected.
You also don’t want to spend your last few weeks stressed out running around doing errands.
You should aim to rest and relax as much as possible in your last few weeks of pregnancy – you’ll need all your strength for the birth and taking care of a newborn!
It can be hard to know exactly what you’ll need, so Angel Maternity has pulled together this checklist of all the essentials you’ll need during labour, birth and the precious moments following bub's arrival.
- Hospital Paperwork – Any hospital registration or admission papers, as well as your Medicare card and private health insurance details
- Birth Plan (if you have one) – This is usually a guide outlining the type of labour you hope to have. Remember, births rarely go ‘to plan’ but it’s good to inform the hospital staff about what you want to happen and what you want to avoid.
- Mobile Phone and Charger – To take lots of pictures and call/text/email/video call everyone the good news, once bub has arrived.
- Money – Have coins or a credit card handy for parking fees and vending machine snacks.
- Hospital Birthing Gown – These are great for giving birth as they have been designed specifically to accommodate all types of births. Angel Maternity Hospital Delivery Gowns are stylish, easy to clean and incredibly functional with buttons down the side that allow midwives, doctors or nurses easy access without having to remove your robe during delivery. They enable crucial skin to skin contact once bub has arrived with easy breastfeeding access.
- Socks/Slippers – Even though you’re often sweating buckets, your feet can get cold during labour. You might also end up pacing up and down the cold hospital corridors a lot during labour, so you want to keep your feet warm.
- Snacks – Very, very important as you may be in labour a long time and need your energy. It’s important not to get dehydrated and you don’t want to be hungry either. Bananas, apples, toast, plain biscuits, muesli bars, lollies, water and juice are all great as they provide energy without aggravating your stomach. It’s not uncommon to throw up during labour, so you want to ingest food that is relatively light.
- Music – It’s a great idea for you and your partner to make a birth playlist to have ready.
- Books/Magazines – To pass the time between contractions. You may in pre-labour a long, long time.
- Toiletries – Toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and deodorant. Also pack some lip balm – dry lips are common in labour – and hair bands if you have long hair. Dry shampoo is essential to freshen up your hair without having to wash it. Ear plugs are a good idea in case you end up sharing a room or are sleeping in a noisy ward.
- Maternity Pads – Ensure you pack enough of these!
- Maternity/Nursing Robes - If you're expecting visitors, be comfortable yet stylish with any of our nursing dress plus robe outfit. It even comes with a matching baby wrap!
- Going Home Outfit – For both you and bub. Remember there’ll be LOTS of pics taken so it’s a good idea to have a nice, comfortable breastfeeding top or dress you can wear. Angel Maternity has a wide range of fabulous nursing dresses and nursing tops. Have something special to dress bub in for their first venture out into the big, wide world.
- Maternity Bras – You’ll be living in these once the baby has arrived, if you weren’t already leading up to the birth. Angel Maternity has a great range of comfortable, affordable maternity bras and nursing singlets with built-in bras available.
- Black Maternity Undies – Following the birth you’ll want to wear undies that are comfortable and won’t show up any stains. Angel Maternity has a great Maternity 3pc Underwear Set in Black for just $29.95 – that’s less than $10 a pair.
- Breast Pads and Nipple Cream – Be prepared to experience leaky, sore nipples following the birth, especially as you and bub work out how to latch properly and get into a good feeding groove.
- Nappies and Baby Wipes – The hospital will usually supply these initially but it doesn't hurt to bring your own if you have a preference for certain brands/types.
- Baby Onesies – The essential wardrobe item for every newborn. Pack a few of these.
- Swaddles – DIY with muslin wraps or use the ones that simply zip up. Have a practice run beforehand if you’re using a wrap so you’re not stumped the first time you give it a go – there’s an art to the swaddle!
- Beanie or Hat – Depending on the weather, pack a beanie and a jacket for bub if it’s cold or a sun hat.
- Car Seat – Don’t forget to have your car fitted with the correct seat so you can take your precious cargo home from the hospital.
Also some tips while you're at the hospital:
- Changing nappies and swaddling a newborn baby are things that need to be learned, especially if it's your first bub. Don't be afraid to ask the midwives at the hospital for guidance.
- Most hospitals have classes you or your partner can attend. They usually cover topis such as breastfeeding, how to bath a baby, how your partner can support you, after-birth care for mums, etc. If you're unsure, ask the midwives/nurse.
- Need breastfeeding support? Find out if the hospital provides breastfeeding sessions or have a breastfeeding room (basically a room where lactation consultants/midwives are at hand to help you and your bub learn how to breastfeed). Some hospitals may also provide breastfeeding sessions that you can attend after you've been discharged and gone home.
That's the updated checklist, we hope it will help you as you pack your hospital bag. All the best with your childbirth!