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I know… I know… I should have started with this one instead, but for some reason, I felt like sharing the baby version first from my mini-series of “What’s in my hospital bag?” So, there you have it, in today’s post, I’m going to write about what I packed for myself for the hospital.
As I mentioned in my previous “What’s in my hospital bag?” I had to stay some extra days in the hospital due to the fact that I had an emergency C-section, for which of course, I wasn’t prepared. Because of that, my clothes and other stuff weren’t enough. Therefore, my initial list has changed a lot.
For your convenience, I will mark the items that were unnecessary, things that I packed and have not used at all during my stay in the hospital – my total stay was for 7 days.
Without any more rambling, here is my list for my hospital bag. Also, for your convenience, I have added a checklist that you can download and print out. You can access it here.
- labor outfit – I wore the same clothes as when I went to the hospital. I haven’t had the energy to change into a nightgown.
- 2 x nightgown – I ended up needing more of these
- dressing gown
- 2 x going home outfit – I have decided to take 2 outfits because the weather in the UK is changing a lot, so wasn’t sure how warm it’s going to be outside.
- 2 x pairs of socks – I needed more in the end
- 2 x pairs of underwear large and comfortable – I needed more, of these as well
- 2 x bras of your choice – I had a nursing bra from H&M and one sports bra from Amazon.
- towel – it’s always a good idea to bring a dark-colored towel or one that you don’t care about too much just in case you’ll have to throw it away. This is valid for both underwear and socks as well.
- flip flops – for shower time
- slip-on shoes – for the hospital room which I ended up not using at all.
I recommend taking travel size toiletries to the hospital. This will not only make your bag lighter, but I can assure you that you won’t be as much of what you’ve packed, especially if your stay in the hospital will be short. Personally, I did not have had the energy nor time to use up all these products. I even packed my makeup bag (not featured in this post), which was unselss to me.
- makeup remover wipes
- wet wipes
- a bunch of disposable breast pads
- 2 x toothbrushes – one for hubby and one for me, although he didn’t use his, as he went home to shower and change his clothes. We were lucky enough to have lived close to the hospital.
- shampoo & dry shampoo
- baby shower gel – you don’t want your newborn to be around heavy odours.
- lip balm
- face thermal water – ideal for when you need to refresh your face
- deodorant – non-scented
- painkillers – that are both pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly (i.e paracetamol)
- hair ties & clips
- antibacterial gel
- lanolin nipple cream
- toilet roll (optional)
- maternity pads
- disposable maternity briefs – I bought two different sizes but didn’t try them on and they’ve turned out to be to small. So be sure to double check yours.
- intimate compresses – were not used as I had an emergency C-section
- plastic bags
- maternity notes – in the UK you have them during your entire pregnancy – they act as your personal pregnancy file
- camera + charger
- phone + charger
- power bank (optional)
- snacks & drinks
- chewing gum
- portable fan – this is optional, but essential if you are having a summer baby
All the things I’ve listed in this section are optional and I personally haven’t got the chance to use them 🙂 Simply didn’t have the time, energy or power to read a book or other stuff like that. So you can probably skip this section, but thought to leave this here just in case. I’ve seen many of these included in posts and clips on youtube and was wondering if you even have the time for them all. Well…I didn’t have. Taking care of my newborn was more important than reading a book for instance 🙂
- waistband – wasn’t allowed to use it because of the operation.
- photo cards
- change for vending machines
- bra extender
Until next time, take care & stay beautiful!