It’s likely that you’ve been sent here from my YouTube video, but if you haven’t then hello! I have already had my baby, but I filmed the video before I was admitted to hospital and so I’ve decided to share it all regardless.
This post is to go hand in hand with that video, providing a full list of everything I packed for the baby and why. I hope you find it useful! If you have any tips or ideas for things I may have missed then please leave them in the comments for others to see and take advantage of.
As this is my second baby I would like to think I am able to pack a little more cleverly than I did last time. I opted to pack the items for both me and the baby in the one large holdall this time, as opposed to having a separate bag for baby items. I put all of his things in a couple of ziplock bags so they were easy to find.
I then packed a second, much smaller bag, which we left in the car. This bag contained all the “extras” they I may or may not want for an extended hospital stay (which I ended up having) but we didn’t want to cart about unnecessarily.
Nappy Changing Essentials
- Nappies – I opted to pack just 6 in my main hospital bag. I packed Tesco’s nappies in size 1, but I also like Asda’s Little Angels nappies and Lidl’s own nappies too. We’re not too fussy!
- Water Wipes – I do use cotton wool and water predominately, but when you’re changing a nappy with meconium in it I find it a bit easier to use a wipe. The 0.1% fruit extract helps to get them all cleaned up.
- Nappy Bags – I took ASDA one’s as that is just what I had at home. I buy the cheapest ones and I’m not fussy where I get them – they’re just to hold poo!
Clothing And Extras
- 2 Vests – I took small baby size, for up to 7.5 lbs. I have extra growth scans so I have the benefit of knowing roughly what size my babies will be. If you’re not sure on the size then you can take a few different sizes so you’re covered.
- 2 Onesies – I opted for two of Piglet’s old onesies, again in small baby size. One has dinosaurs on it and the other has monkey’s – I’m hoping that those animals will appeal to Piglet when he meets his brother for the first time.
- Muslin – I like the ones from Primark as they are soft, wash well and aren’t ridiculously priced.
- Dummy – I planned to pack this but in the rush when I was admitted early I forgot it. Had I only been in for a few days I wouldn’t have needed it, but we did need one on day 5 and thankfully someone brought me one.
So like I mentioned, I had a second small bag in the car with extras in it. That way JHogg could nip out and get me either one or two items or the whole thing if I needed it.
- 20 Nappies
- 2 Vests
- 2 Onesies
- 1 Muslin
- 1 Muslin Swaddle – Here in the north east of Scotland the weather can be a bit hit and miss, so this was packed in case it was unusually warm.
- Blanket – My hospital provides blankets while you’re on the ward. You don’t have to use them, but it means that if you baby is sick or pees on the blanket or whatever you can just pop it to the laundry and get a clean one. I had our blanket in the car ready for JHogg to bring in when it was time to take JJ home.
- Jellycat Fox – I knew I didn’t need this on the ward, but I wanted it available for cute pictures if we decided or maybe for Piglet to bring in for the baby.
And thanks everything! I hope you find it helpful. If you haven’t watched the video yet then you can watch it here. You can also check out the rest of my channel for various videos on the pregnancy and our life.