Okay so yesterday I had a mild panic. What with Luke being ill, horrendous pelvic pain and Jack starting nursery I completely forgot to start packing my hospital bag. I had a free day this week, so I thought I’d show you my essentials that are in my checklist. It’s fairly minimal and I have mainly included the essentials, but also some items that I wish I had packed first time round, and recommendations from other mums. I really hope it gives all you mummies to be some inspiration, as it can be hard to know where to start and there is a lot of information out there on what you won’t/will need to take with you. Please feel free to comment below if you have any feedback.
I decided this time to go with one big holdall. I had terrible problems last time trying to keep on top of two/three bags, and in the end everything got chucked in together anyway! So this bag consists of Labour & Mummy all in one. I opted for the amazing *Storksak eco cabin carry on. Not only does it come with so much space, it also has a detachable organising system which is amazing for getting in top of everything! I also love that it is on wheels, so no lugging a big heavy bag through the labour ward! It’s also made from recycled plastic bottles, how amazing is that!
What I pack….
- Birth Plan and Maternity Notes
- Comfy hard bottom slippers – The ones I’ve packed are from Sheepers and they are amazingly comfortable!
- Nighties & nursing pyjamas – I recommend H&M or Seraphine, their bamboo range is lovely and suitable for pre and post natal.
- Socks – In case your feet get cold like me!
- Maternity Pads & Reusable Breast Pads
- *Hair Ties – Mine are handmade from @lifewithmerakii They are gorgeous.
- Hand Sanitiser – Obviously in the current climate hospitals will provide it but it’s also nice to have your own.
- Water bottle. – Primark have a great range.
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – It really is perfect for everything!
- General toiletries shampoo conditioner toothpaste etc.
- *Tommee Tippee Nipple Cream – I had to stay in for four days last time and this was a saviour for me as Jack was tongue tied. This one is all natural and made with just three ingredients.
- Thin Light dressing gown – I bought a beautiful soft grey one from M&S but Primark also have an amazing affordable range. Even in the Winter I recommend a thin dressing gown as the hospital is always so hot!
- Maternity Bras. I’ve always favoured the pretty ones, they make me feel special. This beautiful one is from Pour Moi (you can get 20% off the entire range with my code JESSICA20)
- Lots of big comfy underwear. These amazing pants are from Wuka not only are they amazingly comfortable but they are leakproof and are game changing for your period!
- A going home outfit. I’ve opted for this beautiful nursing dress from *Tilbea London. They are an award winning nursing and maternity brand, and have some gorgeous designs.
- A comfortable breast feeding vest – This one is also from Tilbea London.
- Paracetamol & Ibuprofen – again the hospital will have these but it’s always a good idea to bring your own.
- Newborn Vests x 3 Baby Mori are my go to.
- Newborn Sleepsuits x 3
- Muslins – Lots of muslins! I adore *The Petit Soldier Range
- Hats/ Scratch Mittens
- Nappies Size 0/1 Mamia By Aldi are amazing
- Nappy Sacks
- Water Wipes & Cotton Wall
- Baby blanket – I love the *Pure Earth Collection range.
- Baby comforter – This beautiful one is from *The Pure Earth Collection. Their products are natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. I love that sustainability is their Ethos, and their range of sleep bags are also a must baby product!
- Car Seat – For home time! We use a Maxi Cosi Pebble.
For maternity clothing for mummy, I’d highly recommend H&M and ASOS. Their range is amazing and contains sleepwear, loungewear and nursing clothing!