Currently it’s almost 6.30am and I have had about just under two and a half hours sleep. Firstly because the weather has been hovering around 28 degrees all night (82 fahrenheit) so it’s been quite yuck and secondly my body just cannot tolerate lying down for long periods of time before I get really uncomfortable. I’ve been getting through the days by having quick power naps here and there. I know it’s not healthy but when you just can’t sleep, there’s not much you can do about it!
So while having two minute noodles for breakfast at the moment, I thought I would quickly throw up a post about what I’ve packed in my hospital bag.
When I was getting ready to pack my hospital bag at 30 weeks, I felt so overwhelmed with what I needed for myself and for bubs. There was so much advice from everyone, the internet, midwives, friends & my mum. Mum’s advice was simple – ‘don’t pack anything because the hospital give (sic) you everything you need.’ Boy was she shocked at how much has changed since she had me 30 years years ago! Blankets, beanies, nappies, wipes – virtually everything was given to you to take home back in those days! I know it was quite early, but my midwife had told me to just be prepared for anything!
I found that at first I really over packed but then I sat back and really thought about what I needed, took everything out and started from scratch while breathing to keep my zen haha. So currently, my hospital bag is sitting at the front door ready to go! I’m sure I will do an updated post with what I really should have left at home and not bothered as well as what I should have packed!
- Newborn nappies – I’ve packed about 10 newborn Huggies nappies as I have been told the hospital doesn’t really provide them. From what I am aware of newborns in the first 24 hours don’t have too many wet nappies. If I’m discharged after 24 hours, I know that for sure I won’t be able to get through all 10 nappies! Lets see how we go!
- Two extremely large night gowns from Kmart. These were $8 each and I went up a couple of sizes just to be comfortable. I’m going to assume if I’m not in a hospital gown I’m going to need to be in something comfortable as well as easily accessible for the midwives to check down there every now and then. Plus it’s got a large V neck so I can easy pull the top down to breastfeed with no fuss (I hope). Oh, and a couple of pairs of socks. Cute ones too so that I can admire them when I’m not looking at my baby.
- Breast pads – I started leaking colostrum weeks ago so I’m going to assume I’m gonna be squirting out milk once this baby pops out.
- Snacks and two minute noodle cups – because who knows how long this labour process is going to be. I know there is hospital food available but it’s also just convenient if hubby gets hungry too
- A couple of singlets, socks, onesies, jumpsuit, beanie, light weight wrap for bubs (because it’s currently 347347393 degrees outside at the moment. BLOODY SUMMER!). No idea how much clothes a newborn goes through in the first 48 hours but i bought enough just to be safe
- Baby wipes! I was advised by friends to bring these as they didn’t like the cotton wools provided by the hospitals. I may not use them but at least I’ll have an option to wipe baby’s butt with. Plus it’ll be good for me to use on myself to freshen up I suppose
- Nipple cream. Just. In. Case.
- Maternity Pads – rumour has it you bleed like a character out of Kill Bill for the first week… but apparently it gets better.. I’m sure I’ll have an update on this for you too!
- Sheet mask… because why not? I might sleep with it on after all that sweating – I probably won’t use it but it’s there just incase I want a quick pamper while I nap… IF I NAP.
- Johnson’s baby care pack which includes the smallest bottle oil moisturiser, shampoo, baby oil and baby body wash. I doubt I’ll be using this on bubs as I’ve been told by the midwives first few baths are with just warm water but at least I have the shampoo and body wash to use on myself.
- Eye mask & ear plugs as suggested by a couple of friends who shared rooms with snoring mums and their loud visitors. Will let you know if this comes in handy!
If you’ve had a baby at the hospital before, what did you find was necessary to pack and what did you pack that you never even used? Is there anything you think I’m missing that I should quickly pack before bubs gets here?