We’ve asked Hear My Baby mums to help us prepare you the ultimate hospital bag check-list!
Around 34 weeks is a great time to start packing your bag. Early enough to give you time to shop for anything you don’t already have, and close enough to the big day that you’re not packing away too many items you use on a normal day.
Firstly, remember to ask your midwife or hospital maternity unit for their guide. Some hospitals may provide nappies and wipes to get you started, but many don’t. They may have a birth ball (inflatable exercise ball) in each of the birthing suites – but if they don’t you might want to bring your own. Also, there are sometimes rules around things like what kind of heat bags are allowed (wheat bags can be a burn risk to mums and hospital staff), so it’s a good idea to have the hospital guide handy while you’re working through this checklist.
Keeping additional supplies in a bag at home for your partner or family to bring in the day after the birth is also be a great idea and can be a lot easier than lugging in a really heavy bag when you go into labour.
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- Hospital paperwork / registration card etc.
- Medicare card
- Birth plan (if you have one)
- Spare change
- Baggy shirts/singlets
- Water spray, or a hand-held fan to keep cool
- Water bottle (a straw can also be handy)
- Lip balm
- Hair bands
- Mints/lollies/snacks (enough that you don’t miss out when your partner finds them)
- Magazines/books/iPad (sometime bub can keep you waiting, waiting, waiting)
- Heat pack (some hospitals won’t allow the wheat ones, so the gel ones are a great alternative and make good as ice packs as well)
- Tens machine (if you want to use one)
- Anything else that might help you relax (music, exercise ball, massage oil etc.)
- Nighties (nighties and loose t-shirts are best to wear as you may need a catheter during labor which may be left in for a day after)
- Going home outfit (something comfy and nice to wear in a photo)
- Comfy Knickers! (bring lots – 3 – 4 pairs per day and don’t plan to take them home after)
- Maternity shirts (or clothes that don’t dig in around your waist and are easy to breastfeed in)
- Dressing gown
- Plastic bag for your dirty clothes, and bubs!
- Nursing bras (take a few)
- Breast pads and nipple cream
- Maternity pads (bring a big pack)
- Your own pillow (pillows are like hens teeth in hospitals, and not always comfy)
- Pen & notebook
- Book to read (maybe something on baby care or breastfeeding)
- Ural (will help take the sting out of your pee)
- Ear plugs
- List of people you want to text or call first
For Bub:(Remember to check what your hospital will provide first)
- Muslin wraps or swaddle
- Onesies/grow suits (the ones with a zip are the easiest!). Take in 3 or 4 and a couple of sizes.
- Singlets (3 or 4 and a couple of sizes)
- Going home outfit
- Baby wipes