What have I packed?…
I have been thinking about what to pack in my hospital bags for quite a while and I managed to find time to write yet another list! I decided I would pack my bag and baby’s bags separately.
I’m currently 36 weeks pregnant and I have been told this morning, I will be induced at 38 weeks. Even though, if i’m completely honest, I started packing this bag bit by bit a while ago (probably out of excitement and my need to be organised) I thought now really was the time to put together the final bits. My baby is measuring quite big, and could come any time really.
Choosing the right bag…
I decided I would pack my Silver Cross changing bag, as baby’s hospital bag. I thought as I am taking a small cabin case that can be pulled for my bag, that this bag would be perfect to go over Mr Mitchell’s shoulders. I assumed it would be plenty big enough, in fact i’m such an over packer it was a tight squeeze!
Before starting to pack, I did some research into what was suggested to bring to the hospital for baby. As a first time mum, I had some ideas but I didn’t want to forget anything essential and have to send Mr Mitchell home in those first few precious hours. This is my list:
- Vests (in size newborn and up to 1 month)
- Sleep suits/ Baby grows (in size newborn and up to 1 month)
- Cotton wool/ Water Wipes
- Blanket/ Swaddle
- Scratch Mits
- Muslin cloths
- Going home outfit
- Nappy bags
- Ready made milk
- Car seat
- Blanket for car
- Car seat rain cover
- 0-3 month vests + baby grow to go in spare bag in car.
How much should I bring?
The most difficult part was deciding how many of the items to pack. It depends how long your expected hospital stay is. Some people are out within the same day, others a couple of days. I know, due to my gestational diabetes, I will be kept in for a minimum of 24 hours so baby’s blood sugar levels can be monitored. So I wanted to be prepared, and not left empty handed if we experience lots of spit up or a poo explosion! Mr Mitchell can always go home and top up, but I decided to pack on the safe side.
- I have packed 5 newborn size vests and baby grows, and 5 up to 1 month size vests and baby grows. The thought behind this being, he may not fit in the newborn clothes and then Mr Mitchell can just take home the size he isn’t wearing.
- I have packed more or less a whole carry pack of nappies in his bag. I hear you get through quite a few!
- I decided I would use Water Wipes in the early days rather than cotton wool as they seem much more convenient and are as kind to baby’s skin. I have packed a whole packet of these.
- I have packed a couple of hats. One for when he is first born and grubby and then one for when he is nice and clean. I have also packed a couple of pairs of scratch mits although the baby grows I have chosen have mostly got these built in.
- I think I may have gone overboard on the muslin clothes, but I keep hearing people say you can never have too many! So I’ve packed two in his bag, and another 2 in my bag (I ran out of space!).
- Nappy bags… most people are probably reading this thinking you don’t need them! But I thought they would come in handy to pack away dirty clothing etc, ready for the wash at home.
- Ready made milk… you may want to check if you need to bring this to your hospital if you are planning on bottle feeding, as I know not everywhere does require you to. But I have packed, (in my bag again… I ran out of room!) A couple of the pre-made milks from a Cow & Gate starter pack, just in case (the rest will be in the car just in case they are needed). These are amazing as you don’t need to worry about sterilising bottles etc. I picked mine up from boots (linked below).
- I have packed a swaddle blanket for the hospital, it is personalised with his name on! I know most hospitals provide a cellular blanket, but I couldn’t resist the personalised hat and blanket set we’ve got him.
I packed the bag, but I have since gone through it with Mr Mitchell so he knows where everything is. I decided to pack the vests and baby grows in labelled sandwhich bags, to make things easier when we are looking for what is needed and to help Mr Mitchell… he may struggle if he needs to get him dressed to start with!
The newborn vests are in a bag and the newborn baby grows are in a bag.. and so on.
Going home …
I don’t really know what it is about choosing a going home outfit, but I’ve heard people go on about it before and I really enjoyed choosing mine. I decided to go for a traditional knit to keep him warm when leaving the hospital. This is packed in a lovely ‘Baby’s First Outfit’ bag. I got this from Monique Makes on ETSY. I thought it would make a gorgeous keepsake for his first outfit and is very handy to keep separate from his other hospital clothes.
Staying in the car…
I have a backup bag with extra items in, in case we have to stay a little longer or we run out of something that is staying in the car. In this bag I have some spare nappies, maternity pads etc. But I have also packed two 0-3 month vests and two 0-3 month baby grows in case he is chunky!
Most people’s birthing partners would just pop home for these items, but I thought as there is space in our car and we are not as close to the hospital as I would like, we my as well have the backup.
We will also be leaving the car seat in the car ready for home time, with a nice blanket. (Snowsuits or puffy jackets are not recommended for wear while baby is in a car seat).
I have also purchased a rain cover for our car seat. Our baby is due in the middle of winter and I hated the thought of him getting soaking wet or snowed on leaving the hospital!
If I have missed anything you think is essential for baby’s hospital bag, I would love to hear from you!
I look forward to sharing what I have packed in my hospital bag soon.
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