Thursday, 19 June 2014

What's In Mine and Baby Boys Hospital Bags

When I was pregnant with Paige I was always on the lookout for advice and help. I spent hours researching everything from breast feeding to prams. Then as the weeks closed in and my pregnancy started coming to the end I started looking at labour and birth. Nothing can prepare you for that if it's your first baby because you just don't know how your body will react. Even now, second time around, I'm still not 100% certain on what to expect. Yes I have Paige's birth to go by but this time could be completely different. One thing that will be similar will be my hospital bags.

I never did a what's in my hospital bag post with Paige, I wish I had now as when I started packing it I couldn't for the life in me think what I used. With Paige I was in hospital for 17 hours after she was born. I'm hoping this time will be quicker but it really depends when baby boy wants to come. 

I'll start with my bag first as that's the boring part.

I have packed...
Maternity pads
5 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of socks
A maternity/nursing bra (review here)
A pair of maternity pjs (review here)
Flip flops
Bikini top (as I'm hoping for another water birth)
An old towel
Make up 
A coming one outfit (black lounge pants, baggy t shirt)
Another top (just incase)
Some pj pants and a maternity vest
Hair brush
Wash bag

In my wash bag I have...
Tooth brush
Tooth paste
Body wash
Face wipes 
Nipple cream
Breast pads 
Hair clips and hair tie.

For baby boy I have...
His giraffe comforter
A pair of mittens
2 pairs of socks
3 newborn sleep suits (8lb-10lbs) 
4 newborn bodysuits
3 bottles
3 bottles of ready made milk ( I plan to try breast feeding again but just incase it doesn't work out) 
Cotton wool pads 
10 Nappies 
A blanket 
1 small muslin cloth
1 Aden and Anais muslin

I also have a list of last minute things for Mark to pick up before we leave the house for hospital. Camera, charger, phone chargers and change. 

I haven't packed snacks as I couldn't eat in labour last time and if Mark wants anything that's what the change is for. At the birth centre we are also free to make toast if I really need something to eat and the shops aren't open.

We only live 5 minutes away from the hospital so if we need anything else or run out of anything I can get mark to pop back home. That's also why I haven't packed mark any clothes. I doubt he will stay over at the hospital if me and baby boy have to anyway because of Paige. 

What did you find useful in your hospital bag?
Thanks for reading,
Nicola Xx


  1. Looks like you're very well prepared! x

  2. i have pretty much similar list, but no bottle or comforters and scissors or brushes for baby, i put a cardigan for myself in case if i would like to cover myself and instead of dressing gown

  3. You are so organised! I remember the hospital bag bit was a huge milestone when I was pregnant with Frog as it finally dawned on me that we weren't far off actually having a baby. It's such a big thing and looks to me like you haven't forgotten anything. This time around I plan to pack a book or a magazine as I didn't have anything like that last time and I remember being so utterly exhausted but completely unable to sleep. Thank you for linking up to the #BlogBumpClub again! x

  4. As I’ll have to think about a hospital bag for the first time in c. 10 weeks ... this is extremely useful! Had no idea there were so many bits and pieces to remember. Am a bit fixated on the snacks part for some reason. Think it’s denial ... Will save your lists for future reference :) #BlogBumpClub

    1. Hehe, I know a lot pack snacks but I know from last time that I just can't eat during labour x

  5. Now I am so late reading and commenting, and knowing that baby boy is here- did all the stuff come in handy??
    xx x

    1. Awww, it did. We weren't in hospital very long so I didn't use all the clothes but very useful indeed x

  6. Awww I am late reading this too! I loved writing our post and love seeing what others posted.

    So cute looking at what you packed for Parker too! It's great being able to say his name too!! We have an aden and anais swaddle blanket and Noah loved it and he's also a comforter lover! So cute.

    So happy for you guys and can't wait to hear your birth story!!! x

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