Packing for hospital can be a little overwhelming. Not just because when you're around 35 weeks and you still haven't packed you're not sure if it's still to soon or maybe you should have done it ages ago. The whole not knowing when you're going into labour can be a weird limbo. I definitely recommend packing earlier rather than later. Put it all to one side in a bag and just tick off your list of things that are in there so if you go into labour early then you can (hopefully) quickly grab those remaining items you need before jumping in the car!
My labour progressed quite quickly but the contractions were fairly bearable up until about halfway through the car ride, so i did have a bit of time to pack everything I needed but as it goes we forgot plenty! Or at least I had forgotten where I had put things in the bag. Even though I was crazy organised I thought I left my phone charger but it was in my camera bag ("Electronics"!) and we totally forgot the birthing ball, but the hospital had one. The candles I had packed Robbie (husband) didn't see and he was trying to work the candles that were left in the birthing suite... They didnt work. But my Birth Story and Adventure, well, that's for another day! But ultimately whatever you forget you will make do. The hospital generally can provide what you forgot until you can find or get what you need.
Because we were unsure if we would be staying at the hospital when we first arrived (I had no idea how far along i was!). We left the suitcase in the car and just brought the birthing bag. I think this worked out well because we weren’t overwhelmed and carrying things in that were just for the birth. Particularly helpful if you’re bringing your own birth ball (so much to carry!). The only thing I didn’t pack was a onsie in the birth bag for baby to wear after birth! These were in the suitcase so I’ve popped it on the birth bag list!
BIRTH:: Packing a separate birth bag gives you a less stressful experience when trying to find things you need. I definitely recommend going through this bags contents with your birth partner because it’s likely you will be sending them to grab everything out!
SUITCASE:: A wheelie suitcase is the best way to bring everything in for your stay. I used a carryon size with 2 separate halves (one for bub, one for mama!) I also used packing cubes to separate categories (nappy changes, Baby clothes, Mamas PJ’s and comfy clothes etc.) and then within the cubes used Ziplock bags to separate little outfits (onesie, hat, mittens) for baby!
Pre prepare anything for your birth announcement (if you’re doing one) like Welcome plaque or outfit and put their separately too. If adding a name to the plaque add a pen to write with in there as well.
Birth Plan/Preferences – Your birthing wishes are such an important part of the process. Things simply cannot be planned but having your preferences can help your birth team navigate your ideal birth.
Hospital “Blue Book” (or the likes) – The book or paperwork you receive when you begin visiting your hospital of choice.
Battery operated candles
Headphones/ear pods/Speaker & playlist – We had a speaker as well as earpods so I could play relaxing meditation music but have my birth affirmations in headphones
Laminated Affirmations/Birth Prompts – Laminated means they will stand out and easy to find in your bag. Also waterproof!
Heat packs/ Water bottle
Swimwear (if water birthing)
Bra/Underwear (stretchy & comfortable)
Dress/Nighty or Robe for labour
Snacks for Both You & Partner – I packed so much thinking we would be there for hours in labour (we weren’t labouring long!) but they ended up being great for the hospital stay
Water bottle + Straw – A straw allows you to stay in your zone and not have to think about tilting your head or moving.
Juice poppers &/or Coconut water! – Sugars & Electrolytes
Lip balm – Necessary! Your lips can get so dry, especially with dehyration
Essential oils (If allowed) – A lot of birthing suites don’t allow clary sage but you can bring lavender for calm and relaxation or a peppermint for alertness. There is also rules around having a diffuser so make sure you check with your hospital. I took a few cotton balls to soak a little oil in and hold to my nose!
Onesie for baby upon arrival!
Birthing Ball – If it is your preference to use one! (Great for opening up the pelvis and getting baby into a good position! The hospital does have a few but if you’re set on having one its best to take your own
! x Pair Comfy Pjs (feeding friendly) – Classic pants and shirt PJs are great with buttons!
1 x Nighty (feeding friendly)- I bought a really stretchy oversized soft cotton nighty which was perfect
1 x Comfy Robe – I got a leopard print nighty and robe in case of any unwanted stains would be hidden!
2 x Nursing or Regular Singlet – I found that just regular stretch singlets were great, Im not a lover of bras when Im trying to sleep (even the soft ones in nursing singlets) but I lived in THESE for the first 6 weeks PP.
1 x Cardigan or Jumper – Something cosy but not too bulky so you can sleep in it if you need a little extra warmth but also can feed in it
1 x black tights – Black tights and Singlets became my mum uniform for the first 6 weeks It was Winter so I added a cute coatigan (long cardigan) so I would always be comfy enough to sleep in it but if someone arrived at the house or we had someone over for tea I was still reasonably dressed for 3pm in the afternoon! I just purchased 2 cheap pairs of THESE
1 x track pants - Warmth
6 x Black knickers (high waisted)
2 x pairs socks – Especially in hospital it can get a little chilly!
1-2 soft stretchy or maternity crops – I loved the triangle pull aside crops But the clasp bras are great too.
Going home outfit – Make sure its feeding friendly and something you feel beautiful in!
Shoes for going home – because the shoes you arrive in in the throws of labour may not be ideal!
Thongs for shower
Shampoo/Conditioner – That first time you wash your hair post labour is like an island holiday!
Shower Gel & loofah – Something natural without harsh chemicals and something that smells divine. I love (Love this one - https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/813638/?googleshop=true&store_code=woolworths_supermarkets_2512&cmpid=smsm:ds:GOOGLE:Woolies_8458_BAU_Shopping_LIA_All_WW-0001:PRODUCT_GROUP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5aGo6ObW6wIVViUrCh15QAqWEAQYASABEgIc9PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds)
Face Moisturiser – I was completely obsessed with Rosehip oil during and post pregnancy. I lathered it on twice a day and it made me feel hydrated and human!
1 Pack Maternity Pads – Have 1 pack in your suitcase but also 2-3 packs waiting for you at home!
1 Pack Depends Disposable underwear – Trust me! These are amazing! Comfortable on stitches or C-section wounds but also comfortable after all that has gone on “down there!” – I would wear these with a pad inside for extra protection and just change the pad regularly and underwear as needed.
Lansinoh Nipple Ointment – Amazing! Pure lanolin so safe for baby to suck on (don’t have to wash off before feeding) I also got a REALLY dry nose in hospital and would use this on my nose and lips.
Spray Bottle or PUMP bottle – To spray your privates while weeing, either that or a quick shower after each loo visit.
Reusable Bamboo breast pads – These are fantastic for when your milk comes in! Don’t want to ruin an outfit!
Haemorrhoid cream – If you’re having a natural labour you may need it! You don’t want to be caught without it if you do need it!
Car seat Installed – Definitely worth installing your car seat from about 36weeks pregnant! You can DIY install or usually baby stores or mechanics can do it for a small fee
3-4 x New born Onesies – My little man was 3.3kg and was in 00000 for quite a while– I recommend taking a few in 2 different sizes depending on how your baby is tracking weight wise! If unsure bottoms and tops will generally fit more sizes/lengths! Also keep in mind the fit of a 00000 will differ from store to store (eg Bonds Onesies are LARGE! Kmart I found to be regular, Seed was fairly average, Best and Less are large but their Baby Berry range is smaller)
2 x Singlets – Particularly for winter babies to wear under onesies
Going home outfit – Something cute and comfortable
20x NB Nappies – Generally 7-12 Nappies a day in the early days
1 pack water wipes – I love these because they are 99% water and only 1% essential oil
1 x Warm Blanket
1 pair Booties/Socks
1 pair Mittens
1 x Beanie
2 x Bamboo/Cotton Swaddles – Swaddling in the early days is fantastic, I also love the Love to Dream Sleeping bags.
Soft Toy (optional) – We love out little Jellycat Bunny (https://www.davidjones.com/brand/jellycat)
Phone & charger – An extra long cord is great if you can get one, so you can stay in bed on your phone!
Wallet (Cash, Change, Id, Medicare Card)
Camera, Charger & SD card – Make sure you have all batteries charged and an extra SD card
Cosy Pillow & or Blanket – Something that feels like home and makes you feel cosy
Travel Coffee Cup - The little Styrofoam cups just don’t quite cut it
Breast Shields (optional)
Ice packs – Nipple and Perineum icepacks are a godsend
iPad & charger – Great for video chats and watching Netflix
Clothes for Dad/Birth Partner – Don’t forget a warm jumper for the air conditioning
Swimwear for Dad/Partner (Waterbirth)
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