Moms' Advice: Essential Items For Your Hospital Bag
If you’re approaching your due date, you probably have a million different thoughts in your head. It’s perfectly normal to be excited about finally meeting your little one, but also to be feeling nervous about the delivery.
Try not to get too bogged down with all the things you 'have to' do before the arrival of your little bundle. Take a few deep breaths, and remember to enjoy this time. You can’t prepare for everything that motherhood might throw at you, but you can certainly prepare with our hospital bag checklist.
Around 30 weeks into your pregnancy, you should start gathering items to bring with you to the hospital for the delivery, with the aim of having your hospital bag ready to go by the time you're 36 weeks pregnant.
Can you help this mom?
There is so much information out there on what you need to bring to the hospital, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. But when one mom asked for advice on the eumom Facebook page, our members gave their top tips for essential items:
I know hospital bag packing lists are everywhere, but I can’t help feeling these are just the basics. In reality, you will need much more. So if you could do it all again and pack one thing you couldn’t have done without, what would it be?
We got some great advice from the moms in our eumom community, so here is a selection, to help other moms-to-be:
Advice from moms:
“Having some arnica was a lifesaver! It really helped with bruising. Also plenty of spare pyjamas. I leaked from everywhere!”
“One thing that was recommended to me was flip flops for the shower. I will definitely have them in my bag again!”
“Bring some Dettol wipes for the bath.”
“Pack a facecloth for cooling your face, neck and forehead during labour and delivery. A spritz would be good too, you will get hot.”
“A sports water bottle – the one with the spout! I know it sounds mad, but if you have stitches and you squirt water as you pee, it doesn't sting as much.”
“A portable DVD system with headphones and a few DVDs, in case you end up staying in the hospital for a couple of days.”
“Lip balm for the labour bag (if you get gas and air you'll need it) and a bottle of water for yourself – especially if you're breastfeeding. Pack lots of snacks – cereal bars, chocolate, raisins. You will need convenient energy snacks as there is a long wait between dinner and breakfast! Make sure to bring your phone charger, a notepad and pen. Baby brain is real and you may want to keep note of things the midwives say.”
“Dry shampoo for your hair if unable to shower.”
“Be prepared in case of a section! Have double of everything.”
“I think the eumom checklist was really good actually, and pretty spot on. Flip flops for the shower definitely, light layers as the hospitals are so warm and your nice things for the shower. Bring makeup and a light fragrance to make you feel like yourself again afterwards!”
“Pack witch hazel for after the delivery. It’s very soothing for stitches – just pour a little bit onto your pad.”
“Bigger slippers and shoes for coming home as my feet were gigantic! Plenty of Rennie or Gaviscon. Nappy bags and a towel for changing baby on or a small changing mat. Definitely get Vichy spray water – it’s a lifesaver as the hospital is so warm! I think we were told to bring six babygros, but I'd definitely bring more or have more ready at home for your other half to bring in, especially if you end up staying for more than one night.”
“Hand sanitizer for visitors and staff handling you and newborn. Anti-bacterial wipes for shower plus your bed area. If you've long hair, plenty of bobbins/clips/hair bands – I only had one and it broke during labour!”
“Nipple cream if you're breastfeeding! I really wish I had brought it – I had to send hubby searching for it. Extra underwear that's comfy and you don't mind throwing away. I bought granny pants in Dunnes.”
“Spare tops for the Dad/birth partner. On the second day my partner got puked on and peed on as soon as he arrived!”
“A towel for throwing down on the floor of the bathroom for when you come out of the shower. Plenty of nappy bags for nappies and maternity pads. Moisturiser as hospital is always so warm.”
“Chamomile or peppermint teabags. Plastic bags to send home used baby clothes and pyjamas so hubby/partner can be washing before you get home! Also leave the coming home outfit at home, have it brought in the day you leave.“
“Big slippers! I got my normal size but my feet were a little swollen so I would recommend a slightly bigger size.”
“Clothes that fit! After my first, I was convinced I would be almost popped back into shape – it didn't happen! I and had to wear maternity clothes going home.”
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Do you have any other essential items that you would put in your hospital bag? As always, we would love to hear your opinions. Please leave a comment below.