‘Are you packed yet?’ It’s a question mum-to-bes can expect to hear incessantly during those last few weeks of pregnancy, and having an immaculately packed case sitting in the corner of your bedroom is an exciting reminder that delivery day is fast approaching. The only obstacle is knowing what to pack. Here is a foolproof list of baby essentials to pack in your hospital bag.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #1 Hats
Babies often wear hats for the first few days to keep them nice and toasty. They look super-cute in photos so have a few on hand for all those Instagram snaps.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #2 Sleep suits
Hospitals can be chilly places, so pack five sleep suits that cover baby’s arms, legs and tootsies.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #3 Muslins
There are bound to be a few sicky moments during those first few days and muslins are great for mopping up the mess and shielding you from spills.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #4 Swaddle blankets
Swaddling in the early stages is recommended as baby is used to being snugly secure in the womb and the swaddle creates a similar feeling.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #5 First toy
Admittedly, most little ones don’t get attached to a comforter toy until about the six months mark, but that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce them from birth. If nothing else, they look super-cute in those early pictures.
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What to pack in your hospital bag: #6 Going home outfit
This is your baby’s big moment so, make sure they look the part. There are so many cute little sets available for newborns now, your only dilemma will be settling on which one to dress them in.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #7 Nursing pads
Whether you’re planning to breastfeed or not, you will experience some leakage in the days after birth so it’s important to have some good-quality nursing pads in your hospital bag.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #8 Nursing cover
You might have visitors while you’re in hospital and breast feeding with a cover may help you to feel more comfortable around others.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #9 Neck support
The first car journey home can be a scary thing and if you don’t want to be worrying about baby’s wobbly little head and neck, you can use a neck support.
What to pack in your hospital bag: #10 An installed car seat
Not exactly something you can fit in your hospital bag, but it should still be on your list because you’re not getting baby home without it. The word on the street is that you should have it installed a few weeks beforehand. As well as being one less thing to worry about, you really don’t want to be faffing around with equipment instructions in between contractions.