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Pregnancy Checklist: What to Pack in Your Hospital Baby Bag

When expecting a baby, it's important to make sure you are fully prepared. Having a Pregnancy Checklist is a great way to ensure you have everything you need in your hospital baby bag. Packing a pregnancy bag for the hospital doesn't have to be daunting - with a bit of planning and research, you can make sure you have everything you need for your new arrival. In this blog post, we'll provide a comprehensive Pregnancy Checklist of all the items to pack in your hospital baby bag when expecting a baby.


Birth plan
One key item to include in your hospital baby bag is your birth plan. A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labour and delivery. This includes the type of pain relief you prefer, whether you want an epidural or natural childbirth, and if you plan to have a caesarean section. You can also include details about who will be in the room with you, if you want to take photos during delivery, and any other preferences you may have. Once you have your birth plan in place, make sure to include it in your hospital baby bag so that all your wishes are known. It’s important to remember that even though you have a plan, your baby might have other ideas and at the end of the day, it’s all about ensuring the health and safety of you and your baby.


Comfortable clothes for labour
It is a good idea to include comfortable clothes for labour. Bring at least two sets of loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to wear before and during labour. Make sure your clothing can easily be pulled up or down, so you don’t have to struggle with complicated clothing when you are in labour. Avoid uncomfortable undergarments, as well as tight jeans or restrictive items such as a belt.
In addition, you may want to consider bringing a comfy robe or nightgown that will make you feel more relaxed while in the hospital. It’s also a good idea to pack a few extra layers, like a zip-up hoodie or cardigan, as you never know how cold or hot the hospital may be. And don’t forget about non-slip slippers, so you can move around the hospital more easily and safely.


Going home outfit for baby
A cute outfit for your little one to wear home. When packing for the hospital, don’t forget to include an outfit for your baby in your hospital bag checklist. Here are some suggestions of what to pack in your hospital bag for your new baby:

  • Onesie – Make sure to pick one that is soft, roomy and not too tight.
  • Hat – Buy one that is cozy and fits over your baby’s head comfortably.
  • Socks or booties – Pick a pair that will keep your baby’s feet warm and cozy.
  • Outfit – Choose a soft and comfortable ensemble for your newborn. It’s best to go with something light, breathable and easy to put on.
Toiletries
No matter how many hospitals you’ve visited, you’ll never be fully prepared for the moment your baby arrives! Toiletries are an important part of your baby bag, as you'll be spending a lot of time in the hospital and you don't want to be caught without them. Make sure to include the following items in your hospital bag:
  • Hair elastics
  • Lip balm
  • Facial wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Skin care items, such as moisturiser, facial wash and toner
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Nail clippers
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush 

Nursing supplies
After giving birth, if you’re choosing to breastfeed your baby you will need a few key items. Nursing bras are highly recommended for comfort and support, as well as special nursing pads to help protect your clothing from any leaking. Nursing bras come in a range of sizes, so it’s important to select one that fits properly and is comfortable. Additionally, having a few extra bras on hand will ensure you have plenty of options while healing. Breastfeeding pads are thin, absorbent disks that fit inside your bra to absorb any excess breast milk. They will also help protect your clothing from stains and leaks. There are many types of pads available, so make sure you find the ones that best suit your needs. It might also be worth packing a breast pump if you're planning on having other help with the feeding. 


Car seat
No hospital bag checklist is complete without remembering to bring a car seat! What to pack in your hospital bag should include a car seat, so that you and your baby can be safely transported from the hospital once it’s time to go home. This is an important safety measure and, it’s illegal for parents to take their baby home from the hospital without a car seat. Your baby should always ride in a rear-facing car seat until their shoulders reach the height marker, unless the manufacturer’s instructions recommend otherwise. Make sure the car seat is correctly installed and the harness securely fastened to ensure the safety of your newborn during transport.


Diapers and wipes
Even if you plan on cloth diapering your baby, you may want to include disposable diapers and wipes for the convenience during your hospital stay. Many hospitals provide a small supply of diapers and wipes in the baby bag they give you. It’s still a good idea to bring your own just in case you run out or you find the hospital diapers are not to your liking. To make sure you’re well stocked, pack two or three packs of newborn diapers, as well as a box or two of wipes. Remember to bring nappy bags too so you can store used diapers.


Blankets, wraps & swaddles
These items will help keep your baby warm and comfy. Make sure to bring a few lightweight blankets as well as some thicker ones, as you may want to layer them depending on the temperature of your hospital room. Wraps and swaddles are great for keeping baby secure and cozy while they sleep. Lastly, don’t forget to bring along several sleep suits so that your little one has something soft and comfortable to wear.


Birth announcement plaques
If you plan to share the news of your new arrival with friends and family, don’t forget to pack birth announcement plaques. These plaques can be personalised with the baby’s name, date of birth, time of birth, weight, and other details. Not only are these a great way to commemorate the day your little one was born, but they make perfect gifts for relatives and friends who couldn’t attend the special day.


In summary it is important to be prepared when expecting a baby, and packing your hospital bag ahead of time can help ensure that you have everything you need when the time comes. Use this hospital bag checklist as a guide to make sure you’ve packed all the necessary items into your baby bag before you leave for the hospital. From clothes and toiletries for mum and baby to car seat and birth announcement plaques, this list covers it all! With a little bit of preparation, you can feel confident that you have everything you need for your new arrival.
 
You’ve got this Mama x


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