Upon being admitted onto the maternity ward in early labour with Spud, the midwives all had a laugh and joke about the size of my hospital bag. I had been given a list at my antenatal class of everything I might possibly need and I had stuck to it. Truth be told it did look like I was moving in or planning to stay for at least a month but as a first time mum I had no idea what I would actually need. With Spike my bag was somewhat smaller but just as heavy. We only stayed in for 24 hours so most of the stuff stayed put.
With Dot I started packing my bag at about 36-37 weeks and was determined to fit everything of mine into a cabin/hand luggage sized wheely suitcase and everything for Dot into my Minene Layla changing bag.
To save space I planned for 24 hours knowing that should I stay longer the Hubby could bring me things from home. I also didn’t buy much. I went to Primark and got a cheap button up night shirt and a packet of knickers. I wanted these items to be “disposable” so opted for as cheap as possible. My night shirt went straight into the bin after labour so the fact that it only cost £5 was a bonus. Hospitals do give the option to wear a gown which would have cost me nothing but it was important for me to be comfortable. I also HATE disposable knickers so bought cotton ones that could be thrown away if needed.
I didn’t buy anything else to take to hospital (except for things like maternity pads,) with my toiletries I decanted things that I use at home into travel bottles.
Zip up hoody (instead of a huge dressing gown)
Flip flops (instead of slippers)
2 x pairs jogging trousers
3 x vest tops
1 x pack of 5 “big” cotton knickers (instead of disposable knickers)
2 x nursing bra
5 x pairs of washable breast pads
1 x packet of maternity pads
Toiletry bag (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, styling product, toothpaste, toothbrush etc)
iPad and charger
For Dot (estimated 6.5-7.5lb birth weight)
2 x tiny baby baby grows
1 x newborn baby grow
3 x vests
3 x hats (co ordinated to the baby grows)
1 x cardigan
1 x knitted hat (for going home)
2 x muslin cloths 1 x box of MAM soothers
1 x packet of nappies
1 x bag of cotton wool balls
In the car