The last thing you want to be concerned about doing when those contractions kick in is packing your overnight hospital bag.
You can never be too prepared, so it’s a good idea to have it packed and on standby from around 28 weeks.
Once your baby is born, most new mums stay in hospital for at least one night, but it might be longer, so pack enough for a day or two at least. Remember, you aren’t going on a holiday, so only worry about packing the essentials for you and your baby as hospitals are short on space.
Here’s a handy checklist to help you pack:
- Your birth plan
- An old nightie or t-shirt that you are happy to throw away (giving birth is pretty messy!)
- Water spray to keep you cool
- A music player and headphones
- Books and magazines (to help you relax)
- Your favourite snacks and drinks
- A camera
- Your phone
- Toothbrush and toothpaste and essential toiletries
- Arnica cream or tea tree oil to help with the healing process
- Hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes
- 24 super absorbent sanitary pads
- Conformable and supportive bras (remember your breasts will be swollen and more tender than usual)
- At least five pairs of big pants – cheap one’s that you’ll be happy to throw away
- Nightdress or pyjamas and slippers
- A comfortable, loose fitting outfit to wear going home
- Clothes (vest, baby grow, cardigan, mittens, hat)
- Nappies, cotton wool and natural babywipes
- A blanket