What I am packing in my hospital bag

I follow so many wonderful mummies and mummies to be on Instagram (you can find me there @amyrpigott) and given that half the time I have no idea what I am doing, I decided that I would take my query about when to start packing my hospital bag to Instagram and see when other mums starting packing theirs.


What even goes in a hospital bag?

I asked when I was around 30 weeks pregnant and most people said they started packing before that point – with a few saying that they packed whilst they were in labour. I wanted to aim for some sort of middle ground and with two weeks of Christmas taken away from any preparations, I decided to get on with it sometime in my 31st week. I should preface this by saying I managed to pack everything for me after labour, everything for the baby and Ray largely packed himself a little bag of suggested items for birth partners. I have started packing my during labour essentials but honestly I am now almost 33 weeks (and between week 34 – 36 I’ll pretty much be away for Christmas) and I still have only popped in a few bits and really ought to finish off, so it is at least done by Christmas.

Christmas was my deadline for being prepared so I can come back after the Christmas break and have everything ready for when baby decides to make an appearance. I followed a list we got from our hypnobirthing classes, because I really didn’t want to overpack or end up with far too much (but equally, would rather have more than I need than not enough).

So without further ado, here is what I have packed or plan to pack in my hospital bag – and I’ll do an update sometime next year about the things I used and what I found a waste!

baby feet

Amy & Ray’s Hospital Bag:

Labour items:

  • Birth Preferences
  • Maternity Notes
  • Nightie to wear during labour
  • Lightweight dressing gown
  • Flip flops
  • Bikini top (to wear in birthing pool)
  • Aromatherapy oils & diffuser (for hypnobirthing)
  • Flannel
  • Tissues
  • Lip balm
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • iPod/Spotify/iPad
  • Headband
  • Hairband
  • Mobile Charging blocks
  • Own Pillow
  • Toiletries

After labour items:

  • Front opening nightie
  • Comfy clothes
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Large, cheap underwear

For baby:

  • Newborn nappies
  • Water wipes
  • Sleepsuits
  • Vests
  • Socks
  • Scratch mits
  • Hat
  • Muslins
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Baby Blanket
  • Outfit for going home
  • Infant car seat

So, tell me… What was something that you couldn’t live without in your hospital bag?

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