It’s time to start preparing for your delivery. One of the most important to-dos as your third trimester comes to an end is to pack your hospital bag. Find out when you should start packing and what it should include below.
You should have your hospital bag ready at least four weeks before your due date – just in case. Leave it somewhere easily accessible so you can grab it easily and go whenever you need to. Packing your bag really helps to keep you busy and focused and of course, you’ll be well-prepared for the birth too! We’ve put together a list of things that lots of mums find useful to have with them. We hope that it helps but if you have any other questions contact our team for more advice.
Having the perfectly packed bag to help get you through the birth in the hospital is something that lots of mums ask about. You’ll want to be prepared during labour and you’ll need things for your newborn baby afterwards, but try not to over pack!
The first stage of labour can be long, so take something to keep you entertained, like magazines or an mp3 player. A cosy, clean dressing gown or nightie to wear after the birth will help you to feel more comfortable as well.
It’s a good idea to take some loose, comfy clothes and a pair of flat shoes to go home in too. Other things to pack include lip balm, a hair band (if you’ve got long hair), socks, snacks like dried fruit or cereal bars, maxi sanitary pads, unscented toiletries, and a camera. As for your new baby, they’ll need nappies, a blanket, socks, a vest and an outfit that goes on easily and doesn’t need to be tugged over their head.
Follow the checklist below to help pack your hospital bag. There’s no need to take too much, your stay should be quite short and, if you do need extra, friends or family can get things for you.
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