Packing Checklist: What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag?

Packing Checklist: What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag?

Packing The DUFFLE All In One Nappy Bag for your Maternity Hospital Stay

Coming close to your due date and find yourself putting off packing your hospital bag, because you don't know where to start?

To make things easier, here is a check-list of items to consider packing for yourself and baby. 

For Mumma:

  • Maternity undies (high-waisted full briefs)
  • Nursing bras
  • Maternity pads/ maternity period undies
  • Nursing pads to avoid any leaking accidents
  • Nursing tops
  • Pyjamas that preferably have tops with buttons so you can easily unbutton to breastfeed
  • Tights
  • Comfy pants
  • Slippers
  • Thongs - to wear in the shower
  • Snacks for labour - crackers or sandwiches with peanut butter, Vegemite or Nutella, muesli or protein bars, candied lollies, gummy lollies or jelly beans, water bottle, natural apple juice, Powerade, Hydralyte (Mumma Tip: pack straws, drinking from a cup can be difficult during labour)
  • Snacks for the stay- dried fruit or nuts, your favourite hot chocolate, tea or real coffee, lactation biscuits and any of your favourite treats. Don’t forget your partner and visitors can always bring things in
  • Wallet with ID, cash and cards
  • Mobile phone
  • Phone charger
  • Ear phones for playing music during labour
  • Washcloth to cool yourself down during labour
  • Heat pack to help relax during labour
  • TENS machine to help manage the pain and relax during labour
  • Essential oils for mum- Clary Sage or Lavender
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Hair ties or scrunchies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Travel size body wash, shampoo and conditioner
  • Face cleanser and moisturiser to freshen up, especially with the hospital air-conditioning
  • Make-up in case if you feel up to putting some on (if you ask me, I am all for the natural look but bring some along if it helps you feel good)
  • A folder with your important documents and paperwork
  • Notebook and pen to record feeding times, which breast you fed on last, duration of each breast feed, how many wet nappies and poo nappies (nurses will ask and it can get tricky to remember and keep track of!) and journal or write down any questions for doctors, etc.

For Baby:

  • Cute baby outfit to leave the hospital in, good to pack size 00000 and 0000 depending on bubs weight and size. Onesies with zippers, beanie and mittens - don't forget to take lots of photos ;)
  • Bottles and formula if you plan to formula feed (but hospitals usually supply)
  • Newborn nappies
  • Wet ones/wipes
  • Baby blanket
  • Baby muslin wrap

Hope this helps!

Tash xxx

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