Now that I’m 38 weeks pregnant, I think it’s time for me to get my hospital bag ready, just in case the baby decides to arrive early. In Australia, the hospital will provide us with some basic needs for the mum and baby, such as maternity and nursing pads, and diapers. Of course some mums have preferences when it comes to these things, and we prefer to bring our own. But I’m not very fussy about bringing everything all at once. If I left anything behind, I could always ask my husband or dad to drive back home and get them. However, I have one special bag for the labour, and that is the most important bag to bring. Because I don’t want to look for things between my contractions.
These are the things in my labour bag: 2x heat packs, pregnancy booklet/card from the hospital, health care card, front-opening shirt that I don’t mind ruining for the birth, flip flops (which I’m going to wear as I head out for the hospital), hair ties, camera & mobile phones (NOT for taking pictures or snap-chatting during my labour, no way! But I want to have them around as soon as we are all clean, calm and decent).
Some women might want to bring their birth plan and TENS machine with them, but I am using neither of those things.
I am bringing a suitcase with mom and bub things, mostly things to wear after the birth.
Mom stuff: maternity pads, my own pillow, 2x nursing camisoles, 2x dressing gowns, 3x night gown and front-opening PJs, 2x nursing bras, a pair of socks, towels, hair dryer, slippers, vitamins, going home outfit (I’m ordering this beautiful dress!), toiletries – soap, shampoo, conditioner, cleansing wipes, papaw, body oil, lip balm, make-up bag (I want to look good in our first decent mom and baby picture) – tinted moisturiser, eyebrow pencil, light eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush stick, bronzer with brush, lipstick, entertainment – tablet, books, music.
Baby stuff: 1x sleeping bag, 2x swaddle wraps, 4 onesies, 1 jumper, 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of mittens, 2 bibs, warm blanket, warm beanie, his going home outfit, car seat fitted
Since I’m such a designarcissist, I wasn’t happy with the hospital’s checklist design, so I’ve decided to create my own. The good news is, it is available for you to download and print as a freebie! So whether you’re a mom-to-be or know someone who is, I hope that my checklist could be useful for you. Download your hospital and labour bag checklist HERE.