I left packing my hospital bag a little late this time – 37 weeks – but I have been collecting bits and bobs for a few weeks now and had them in a pile for just in case. My bags are now finally packed and even though I’m bound to leave something behind, or wish I had packed something more, I’m confident that what I have will see me through my 4 day hospital stay.
It really isn’t the end of the world if you haven’t packed everything you need – the hospital will have a pharmacy and a family member or friend can bring you things as and when you need them – but being somewhat prepared does help with the stress levels at this late stage.
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Packing your hospital bag
There are a number of good hospital bag checklists out there. My checklist is very much like any other except it’s my second time round so these are my preferences for a planned caesarian.
A few points are worth discussing which you don’t often read about:
- Ask your hospital for a list of what they need you to bring. Each hospital will have different requirements. For example my hospital will provide newborn clothing during the hospital stay so I only need to bring an outfit for the day of discharge, whilst other hospitals may require you to provide clothing for the 3/4 days. Recently my hospital have introduced complimentary baby bags with all the essential items, but since they are subject to availability, I’m still packing my own just in case. Hubby can take whatever I don’t need home with him.
- Discuss your contraceptive needs with your doctor for after the pregnancy.
- A Home Affairs representative will visit you in hospital to register your baby so have original and copies of ID documents at the ready and agree on the spelling of your baby’s name beforehand.
- Leave valuables at home or insure them, especially jewellery, as the hospital won’t take responsibility for any loss or damage.
- 50 mg tub non-perfumed vaseline
- 50 ml surgical spirits
- cotton balls
- 1 pkt newborn nappies
- 1 pkt wet wipes
- newborn hat
- 2 pkt maternity sanitary towels
- 3 nighties (button-up or easy access to breast for feeding)
- dressing gown
- slippers/non-slip socks
- feeding bras, breast pads and nipple cream
- 2 x disposable stretch panties (Carriwell)
- toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, face wipes, face cream …)
- face cloths
- plastic bag for dirty clothes
- phone charger and adapter (put your name on it)
- ID document and copies
- black pen and notebook
- jujuice powder (instant jungle juice)
- hospital socks (from my first delivery)
- Cherished Belly (belly belt)
- sleep eye mask
- lip balm
- hospital and medical aid documents
- baby blanket
- outfit for baby
- outfit for mom
- car seat
What did you pack in your hospital bag?