Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack for Expecting Mums

Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack for Expecting Mums

You’re expecting! Your little baby bump has been getting bigger, friends and family have been constantly asking you “Have you packed your hospital bag!? Are you ready!?” and you’ve been avoiding it but now it’s time to start packing, you just don’t know what you will need or not?? You’ve got every second person giving you their view and you know you’re running on maximum pregnancy hormones by your third trimester, the mommy brain is expected and even though you are ready to start preparing your hospital bag, you are not quite sure what you’re really going to need or not! I remember the panic I had … months of build up till the big date. I googled and checked online on Pinterest and saved articles; I followed many mommy blogs and Facebook groups, watching vloggers (video bloggers) of #mommys and #bossmamas and I know how useful this particular post topic was for me, so I thought I’d do the same for all the lovely pregnant or expecting #BossMamas, this one’s for you 💓

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 Mama’s List

  • Weekend bag
  • Loose pyjamas
  • Comfy day clothes
  • Leggings
  • Gown / robe
  • Slippers / flip flops
  • Comfy, non-slip socks
  • Going home clothes 
  • Nursing tank tops
  • Nursing bras
  • Nipple cream!
  • Nursing pillow
  • Large comfortable dark underwear
  • Maternity pads
  • Toiletries
  • Wash cloth / sponge
  • Shower gel
  • Cotton pads
  • Hair ties
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Face cream
  • Foundation
  • Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Face wipes
  • Bottled water
  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Extra pillows

Baba’s List

  • Nappies (estimate 8-10 diapers per day for a newborn)
  • Onesies / sleepers / rompers (same, expect multiple changes in a day)
  • Beanies
  • Mittens
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Warm clothes for baby 
  • Account for your baby being born small, or big. So take size 0 or one-two sizes up in case you have a small or big baby, you will be prepared. 

Newborns need to be kept warm, so consider warm clothing, for example, underneath your baby’s onesie, you might layer a vest. Having your baby in layers is just normal and not considered too much. If you see your baby sweating obviously that’s too much. From personal experience, I am based in a tropical climate, Réunion island and my baby was born in peak summer, and even she needed to be kept in double layered combos in the hospital and newborn phase, simply because newborns can’t regulate their own temperature, remember they have been in your belly for 9 months so they will need those extra layers to keep worm. 

Sometimes you will cover your newborn from top to toe, literally: from a beanie to keep their little heads warm, to mittens for keeping them from scratching themselves, and of course you should make sure your newborn’s feet are covered.

Birthing Partner’s List

  • Weekend bag
  • Comfy clothes
  • Change of clothes
  • Toothbrush
  • Hoody / tracksuit top
  • Comfy shoes / flip flops
  • Pillow
  • Masks 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mints

 

Other Essentials

  • Phone charger 
  • Extra battery
  • Extra charger
  • Contact lenses / reading glasses
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Driver’s license
  • Administrative documents
  • Identity / passport
  • Cash for vending machine/parking
  • Snacks
  • Towels
  • Small Blanket

I remember the nurse saying, you don’t need to have your own pilates ball, the hospital has all the birthing equipment you need 😂 then I knew I had overpacked, LOL! So, to help you avoid that, I created a PRINTABLE CHECKLIST available HERE.

I hope this blog post has helped you make sense of what you’re in for mama and I hope that the free printable checklist helps you! 🌺 Let it be your essential guide to help you rationalize your packing decisions. One last work of reassurance, this little moment in your preggy-life is completely do-able! You got this #BossMama! The time just goes by so quick. Before you know it, you’ll be back home enjoying your little bundle of joy, laughing with friends as you retell birthing stories…

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