Saturday, 23 August 2014

Hospital Bag Essentials

Like all expectant mummy's I couldn't wait to start packing my hospital bags for our impending arrival. As I didn't really know anybody at the time who's recently been in labour I had to rely on websites to point me in the right direction. One website that I relied on heavily for advice and shopping was Kiddicare, as well as shopping they also have a blog and some very handy buying guides. I found this Kiddicare blog really helpful when buying for my hospital bag.

My own hospital bag was from New Look and had wheels at one end and handles which was ideal to wheel around.
Baby's hospital bag was his Pink Lining 'Yummy Mummy' Changing bag. Pink Lining have such a great range of changing bags and accessories.



When ever you look at ready made lists there will be things that you know you won't need or use. I treated it as if I was packing to go on holiday...minus the suntan lotion and bikinis :(

What I needed:
  • Maternity notes – obviously these are a must! I had my notes with me everywhere I went 
  • Large bath towel - for that first shower after labour. The most amazing shower I've ever had.
  • Flip flops or Slippers  - I took flip flops with me. It was summer and I thought for showering they would be handy to use.
  • Basic knickers - I'd suggest black and plain, don't go using your nice underwear. It WILL get ruined. Also try buying the next size up to what you usually are so that you can fit maternity towels in.
  • 2 vest Tops - I'd bought a few basic maternity vests from New Look, they have a really good range.
  • 2 Pairs of plain black leggings - I literally lived in leggings/jeggings towards the end of pregnancy.
  • Nightie - I bought a shirt nightie from Primark which had buttons at the front, easy access for feeding. 
  • 2 nursing bras
  • Breast pads - I didn't actually use these until a few days after I had been home. 
  • Phone, iPad and camera - during labour in delivery suite I couldn't get any signal so completely pointless. I ended up not using my iPad at all . Camera was handy to capture those first moments
  • Phone and iPad Charger 
  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower gel, dry shampoo, deodorant, face wipes, moisturising cream. 
  • Maternity pads 
  • Hair brush, hair band and clips
  • 2 isotonic drinks - I kept them in the freezer and took them out when I needed them for hospital
  • Cereal bars 
For me I think I had everything I needed, there wasn't anything else I wish I had. Are there any essentials you couldn't live without in your hospital bag? 

Thanks for reading :) 

Lolly x

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