With my due date for baby number 2 quickly approaching I have my hospital bags all packed and ready to go. I remember as a first time mama feeling so overwhelmed and I ended up packing so much that I didn't even end up using. So I am taking less this time than I did when I was pregnant with Elijah, but I will be packing an extra bag of things that I will leave at home for someone to bring in just in case we end up staying longer than one night in the hospital. I'll be taking one bag for my things and one bag for baby's things.
When I started packing my hospital bags for bub and I, some of you over on Instagram asked me to share what I had packed - so I thought I would share it here. I've also created a checklist for any expectant mamas who might also be packing their hospital bags that might be helpful. You can save it to your phone or print it out if you'd prefer. A lot of bubs clothes are ones we kept from when Elijah was a newborn or got second-hand.
Scroll down for my printable checklist
And please leave me a comment to let me know your hospital bag must-haves or anything you wish you had packed.
- Try not to overpack. I remember as a first time mama feeling so overwhelmed as I thought it was better to have too much than not enough. But you can always have your family bring in anything extra if you need it - don't be afraid to ask for help! This time, for baby, I've packed four outfits in two different sizes, plus bubs going home outfit.
- Organise things into ziplock bags so they are easy for your partner or midwife to find. I have all bubs outfits packed into ziplock bags with labels on them for the different sizes. I also have nappies and wipes in another ziplock bag so it can easily be pulled out when bub needs to be changed. Putting labels on the bags instead of writing directly on them mean they can be reused later on too!
What's In My Bag
I've linked as many things as possible for those of you who are interested
Burp cloths - Shop here
Water wipes - Shop here*
Tooshies by TOM nappies - Shop here
Ergopouch Newborn Hospital Set - Shop here
Purebaby muslin swaddle - Shop here
Purebaby knotted beanie
BIBS Dummy - Shop here
Bonds baby socks - Shop here
Heat pack - Shop here
Made to Milk lactation cookies - Shop here
Made to Milk boobie busters - Shop here
Bamboo breast pads
Status Anxiety make up bag - Shop here
Grey dressing gown
Button up nightie - Shop here
Maternity dress - Shop here
I had an extremely difficult start with breastfeeding last time but I am planning to breastfeed again so I am doing everything I can to get myself off to a good start this time around. I have been expressing colostrum which I have frozen to take to the hospital with me and I have also packed lactation cookies to snack on after baby is born from one of my favourite mama-run businesses Made to Milk. Check out her instagram here.
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