Packing for the hospital can be tricky. Especially if it’s your very first baby.
However if you’re in the position where you’ll be giving birth at a private hospitals you will probably be informed on what to pack during your maternity tour (some hospitals provide a packing for two checklist).
Knowing what to pack comes in handy and generally covers the basics of what you will need. If you’re fortunate enough to receive a baby bag from either your medical aid or the hospital then that’s half the items sorted. If not then take a look at my list below on what to pack for yourself in preparation for your hospital stay.
The last thing you want or need is to be lugging around a bag with unnecessary items.
FIRST LET’S TALK ABOUT TIMING
When should you have your bag packed? I think a good rule of thumb to have your hospital bag packed at least 2 weeks before your due date for the latest (safer to have it packed from 36 weeks as anything could happen so rather be safe).
There are a lot of items that you use on an everyday basis that you won’t be able to pack away that early. If you have a backup of these items or travel sizes then pack this.
I recommend bringing along the following items (I know there can be a lot of lists & blogs about what to pack, so this is my personal take on things but you may even print a checklist from Google):
An overnight bag is perfect but you may also consider a rolling case.
*Don’t forget all relevant information and documentation (ID’s, pre-admission forms and anything extra which was required – maybe your birthing checklist / plan).
- Cellphone (friendly reminder, when taking your valuables to a hospital please use the safe’s / patient lockers if available. All items kept on your person is kept at own risk)
- Device charger (s)
- Additional batteries or battery charger
- Memory card (either buy a new one for your camera or clear out old pics)
You will most likely wear a hospital gown the first day or so in the hospital, so don’t worry too much about clothing. But there are a few extras that you should pack.
- Robe: When you do get up and move around, a robe is handy to throw on, or better yet a kimono. Check out this locally produced one from The Mummary.
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- Comfy top / lounge pants: Make sure they are soft and loose and comfortable. I purchased 2 from Cotton On (thanks to my 30% discount code I received when items ordered were out of stock and my R100 voucher) and they’re exactly what I was looking for. Ultra soft, super duper comfy and breathable material so I won’t overheat.
- Breastfeeding bra: If you’re going to be breastfeeding then consider packing in 2 – 3 bra’s to make life easier for yourself. Alternatively invest in breastfeeding top with a built in bra. There are some awesome local companies smashing the breastfeeding bra game at the moment and a little birdie told me that soon Mama Noo will be launching their own bra range. Yay! One stop Mommy shop.
- Also, don’t forget to bring underwear. I’m a huge fan of disposable underwear for the hospital so instead of having unnecessary clutter in my bag I could chuck them out as I needed to change. If you want to wear the disposable kind but prefer to not use those pharmacy bought disposables (nothing wrong with them) then check out another local company’s offering Mama Noo’s Briefly (Disposable post birth briefs)
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- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shower gel / wash / soap
- Makeup: It’s always nice to feel a little put together when people come to visit. That being said you do not need a full face of makeup and if you prefer you don’t need any at all. Me I prefer a tinted moisturizer and lip balm (maybe even some lashes)
- Makeup removing wipes
- Skincare: Face wash & a day cream is really the only necessary things you need
- Dry shampoo helps you to freshen up a bit
- Dark facecloth
- Dark towel (I absolutely hate that you get white towels following having a baby, guys you bleed – sometimes A LOT. I find it embarrassing to hand over blood soiled towels for clean ones)
- Maternity pads
- Breastfeeding pads (in case you spring a leak)
LEAVING THE HOSPITAL:
- Outfit for Mom: I’m thinking that either a flowy maxi for leaving the hospital to conceal all that needs concealing. Another option is a maternity jumpsuit which is forgiving in the tummy area and loose fitting.
*Consider adding a post birth panty to your coming home ensemble and your first few weeks of recovery, Mama Noo’s Delicate Knickers
I hope this helps some of you soon to be Mom’s out there that are still preparing for your baby’s arrival. Also feel free to share any must have items to pack along in your hospital bag with me and I can update my checklist!
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