Pregnancy Calendar Hospital Bag Must-Haves
As you near the end of your pregnancy it’s time to think about putting together your hospital bag checklist. This is an exciting moment in the latter stage of your pregnancy as you prepare for the birth of your baby! Make sure you’ve packed all the essentials – plus those little extras you may not have thought of! – with our hospital bag packing guide:
Essentials for you:
Your birth plan and maternity notes.
A couple of towels and a wash bag packed with toothbrush and toothpaste, moisturiser, shower gel, shampoo, flannel, lip balm, tissues and make-up. Travel size bottles will give you more room
A nightie or big T-shirt, plus a couple of spares. Choose something you’ll feel comfy walking around the delivery room or ward in, and a front opening nightdress or pyjamas for after the birth
Dressing gown and slippers. Thick socks and cardigan could also be useful as your temperature can fluctuate during and right after labour
Maternity pads – for before the birth if your waters break, and for afterwards when you’ll bleed quite heavily
Spare knickers – and lots of them – are useful for the same reason. Use disposables or old ones that you can bin later
A nursing bra and breast pads
Comfortable (loose) post-pregnancy clothes for going home in.
Essentials for baby:
Huggies Newborn nappies (up to eight for each day you’re in hospital) and a pack of Huggies wipes
Vests and sleep suits (at least three of each)
A shawl or baby blanket
Cotton wool or Huggies Cotton Soft Sheets and a towel
Top and tail bowl (in case the hospital doesn’t provide one – check with your midwife in advance)
Clothes to go home in – including a hat and shawl and, if the weather’s chilly, an outdoor jacket, extra blankets and mittens
A pushchair or car seat – babies travelling home by car must be strapped into properly fitted car seats.
Top 5 luxury extras – as recommended by Huggies Club mums:
Music to relax to (check if you need to bring in your own MP3 player too)
Magazines and a book – good distractions!
A camera/ video camera for recording precious moments
Your own pillow for comfort
Snacks and drinks – plus extra for your birth partner!