What Is In My Hospital Bag?

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 me 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. You can also check out my post on what I packed for my baby’s hospital bag too for more inspiration.

What Is In My Hospital Bag? | When you're going in to have a baby it can be tough to know what you will need for labour and the time spent in hospital afterwards. This list is everything I took when I went to have my second baby https://oddhogg.com

The Bag

This time around I opted to take one bag for all my things as well as the baby’s items. I hoped that this would give us less things to carry and make the whole process a little easier. I packed a second smaller bag which I left in the car with items that I wouldn’t necessarily need straight away, but that I may want at some point during my stay in hospital if I was kept in for longer than I originally thought I would be.

The bag itself was a medium sized holdall of my husbands that I swiped for the occasion. It is the same bag that I used when I was having Piglet, so I knew it would hold everything I needed. Within the bag I then separated a lot of the things out in to zip lock bags so that it was easier to find.

Clothing

  • Pyjamas x 2 – I knew I would be having this baby on the labour ward where the policy is wear a hospital gown in case you are required to go down to theatre for any reason. I therefore only needed pyjamas for on the ward after the baby was born. I took one cheap set of button down cotton PJ’s from Primark that I thought would be good for breastfeeding, and another pair that I already had at home which were chosen purely because they were black!
  • Nursing Bras x 2 – I just took 2 old ones from when I had Piglet. They are more of a crop top style to keep me comfortable.
  • Black Underwear – Big ones are just more comfortable after birth!
  • Socks
  • T-Shirts – I made sure to have 1 that I would keep clean so I had something semi-fresh to wear home from the hospital.
  • Leggings – Maternity ones for comfort
  • Cardigan
  • Jumper – I don’t like taking my dressing grown in to hospital, I find a big zip up hoodie does the job and is less bulky to pack.
  • Flip flops – for walking around and in the showers

Toiletries

  • Mini Shampoo
  • Mini Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Face wipes – In case I arrive at the hospital with make-up already on and want to remove it quickly.
  • Moisturiser
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair bobbles and curbies
  • Lip balm – I find labour and just hospitals themselves makes my lips very dry.

In the end I also opted to take a very basic make-up bag with me. It just had mascara, an eyebrow pencil and a lipstick in it. This was because I went in to the hospital for a few days before being induced and felt much better about myself with the basics on my face during that time. Some mums like to wear make-up after birth too and that’s totally fine – it’s all personal preference!

New Mum Essentials

  • Maternity Pads – My hospital does provide them up to a point, but you do have to ask for more once you’ve run out so I find it easier to just take my own with me.
  • Breast Pads – Most women will be home from the hospital by the time their milk comes in, but I packed these as a precaution in case we were kept in for any reason.
  • Lanolin Cream – A must for breastfeeding mum

Diabetes

  • Insulin Vial
  • Novorapid Pen
  • Levemir Pen
  • Testing Strips
  • 3 Sets
  • 3 Reservoirs
  • Hypo Treatment

Extra’s

  • Snacks – These were mostly for JHogg while I was in labour. We took 2 tubs of Pringles.
  • Mini Diluting Juice
  • Camera, spare battery and charger
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones

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.

WHAT NEXT?

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