This weekend we hit 34 weeks and it’s time to pack the Hospital Bag. I hear from my friends all the time asking what they need in theirs, even for the second and third bubs – so here is my list!
Suitable bedtime attire – because you are going to get walked in on all the time and you do lose all sense of decency, but it’s so nice to get some new pyjama’s to wear in hospital. You are going to feel a bit icky, so my theory is to put on something that makes you feel less like a beached whale / milking machine. It can also be boiling hot in the hospital or freezing cold, it’s never usually a happy medium, so think of that as well. I am loving these PJ’s from Jethro and Jackson, my order arrived this week, and although I put them aside to wear them new at the hospital, I can’t help myself, wearing them now! Yup, click through to their website and get ready to love me some more, 40 to 50% right now!!
Also clothing related for you, grab yourself some nice easy outfits, again, that makes you feel fresh, feminine and does not need ironing. It’s not a hotel, so those types of amenities are unfortunately not existent. I am totally converted after seeing what Kate Middleton wore when she left the hospital. Bring nice dresses/outfits that don’t emphasise your bump or that you loved yourself in at about 5 months pregnant, because that’s the size you are going to head back to straight away. You can’t go past asos to grab these. If you are looking for warmer wear, I recommend Jeanswest. They do a lot of maternity stuff, but there normal clothes always seemed to fit me as well if I bought the size up, which is perfect if you are wanting to buy things for the hospital to wear again now that you aren’t preggers! Don’t forget that the bra area needs to be easily accessible. If you think dresses and nice clothing is ridiculous for a stay in the hospital – I get that too, nice yoga pants and loose tops and zip up hoodies are perfect.
It has to be said that you need at least 5 pairs of undies, one size larger than you wear. Black is good. But not if you bought a bright coloured dress to wear in the hospital and you can see the undies. You need Nanna undies, to match the maternity pads you will also need. (I like Kotex maternity because they don’t have wings) Full briefs are probably best, I like these from Target because they are nice and cheap and you can usually buy them in packs.
Don’t forget a few of your favourite maternity bra’s. If you don’t have one yet, I recommend the Cake ‘Cotton Candy’ Seamless Nursing Bra, via Nordstrom.
Lansinoh. Don’t buy any other type of Lanolin cream, and do not go to the hospital without this! It is safe for the baby and will safe your poor nipples. Which reminds me, I need to buy some cabbage leaves for freezing!
At least 5 rompers for your baby. I will not go past the Bonds Wondersuits because that zip is going to make change time so quick and easy, and newborns get so upset when their little legs and bits get cold! I bought 0000, even though the hospital will ask for 000. Unless you have ten pound babies, your little one will still be swimming in 0000.
I keep saying five of everything, although the hospital will probably only ask you for three, just because if you end up having a caesarian you could staying in hospital for five days. You will need more clothing for your baby, but highly likely, people will bring clothing as gifts. Your close and wonderful friends who have had babies already will probably bring everything already washed, so don’t stress too much!
The hospital will provide you with nappies, cream, wipes and blankets. Of course, you can choose to bring your own, especially if you don’t want to use a generic brand like Johnson’s and want to go organic with your wipes or use cloths and cloth nappies.
Here are a few of my faves if you choose to bring this as well…
- Ones & Two’s Cloth Nappies
- Huggies Newborn Nappies (The hospital will probably have these – they really make the best newborn disposable nappies, mostly because of the line to show if the baby is wet)
- Curash Soothing Baby Wipes
- Bepanthen Nappy Rash Cream
- Bubba Blue Swaddle Wraps
The comforter you plan to give your baby, if you plan to give it to them at all. If it’s a plush sleep aid, I recommend sleeping with this for a week or so in lead up to the birth. Hats can be a SIDS risk, so I don’t recommend bringing these to keep the babies head warm.
Bring your bare essentials make up wise (concealer a definite, mascara, maybe a white eyeliner to make you look awake, and lip gloss), your cleanser, toner and moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner, brushes and hairdryer. Of course, toothbrush and toothpaste!
No perfume as you want to smell like ‘you’ for your baby.
*Make sure your lip gloss is basic, and not one of those plumping ones. You don’t want to be kissing up baby with one of those!
Don’t forget the leaving outfit for you and baby. You will take pictures of your baby in their car seat for the first time, and it’s nice to feel special, even when you feel like you are walking to a world where you are completely out of your depth and/or like you just stole a baby from the hospital!
So people, I can still claim pregnancy brain remember! So what have I forgotten?