Hospital Bag Essentials

A really nice dressing gown! This was my saviour. I’d had a c-section so I really struggled with my pyjama waistband as it couldn’t rub my scar but to pull them up over the scar was really sore on my belly as it was quite tender after my operation due to all the pulling and tugging of the muscles. A dressing gown was lovely as it meant I could tie it up around my rib cage. I had a nice light one which I was glad of as the wards in hospitals are boiling due to needing to keep the newborns all toastie. They’re also fab if you choose to breastfeed. 

– Georgina Clarke, Georgina Clarke Blog

A handheld fan that sprays water at you!! Godsend! Or a flannel so you can dampen it and pop it on your forehead. 

– Jenna, Then There Were Three

Snacks!!! You don’t know how long you’ll be in for and you’ll need energy! 

– Lianne, Mrs Mummy Harris

High waisted pants – if you have a C section there’s nothing worse than anything running on your scar!

– Katie, My Family Fever

Moist toilet tissues! They helped me with the stitches made it slightly more comfortable than the dry stuff!

– Chelsey, Cece Lauren

Countless pairs of cheap black knickers. There’s a lot of blood, you’re going to need them…and probably bin them after!! 

– Laura, Five Little Doves

Lipbalm. Essential if puffing on gas and air. 

– Helen, All The Beautiful Things

An extra long charging cable for your phone, especially if you have a long labour or need to stay in longer. Standard size ones don’t often reach to the bed!

– Jodie, Maidenhead Mum

A big baggy nightie for afterwards – comfort at its best.

– Jade, The Newly Weds Site

Lucozade sport!!!! I went through so many. I got really thirsty and they also gave me something else to do & think about other than labour! 

– Rachael, From Rachael Claire

Something to read! I was having a home birth and ended up with an emergency section so totally wasn’t fully prepared to be in hospital for 2 days. Once hubby had to leave I was pretty bored just stuck in bed for so long a book would have been Awesome! 

– Chantele, Two Hearts One Roof

Sweets!! Either for labour or the middle of that first night when the euphoria starts to wear off and you’re exhausted! Nothing tasted as good as the share size bag of giant chocolate buttons I demolished at 3am that first night mid feed!!

– Hayley, Devon Mama

Lotion. My hands get so dry every time I wash them, and there is a lot of hand washing in a hospital! Also, my husband has never been so willing to give me a foot rub as after I’d just given birth to our child, and lotion makes that feel better too!
– Nicole, Nicole Roder

Your own pillow! Makes the world of difference. It not only smells of home but makes those awful plastic beds feel more bearable to sleep on.

– Beth, Twinderelmo 

Headphones – I spent ages just sitting listening to relaxing music during the early stages.

– Maria, Happy Mummy

Slippers, but ones that are easy to slip on without needing to bend down. The hospital floors can feel a bit rough and I hate walking around barefoot.

– Jo, Miracle Max

A black towel. There is a lot of blood after giving birth! 

– Clare, My Money Cottage

Straws! It’s a lot easier to swap between the gas + air mouth piece to a straw to drink your Lucozade in! 

– Jessica, That Mummy Blog 

Loads of menstrual pads. For all the lochia, and for using over the c section incision to protect it from bumps (if you’ve had one). 

– Nyomi, Nomipalony

Empty carrier bags to put dirty clothes in! I didn’t pack them the first time and it wasn’t fun stuffing poo and amniotic fluid covered clothes into the side pockets of my hospital bag I can tell you!
– Georgina, Gee Gardner

Arnica tablets for me! I took them within 30 mins of giving birth both times and although I was tired, I never had that ‘hit by a bus’ feeling everyone told me about and I never ached or felt too bruised either! I swear they helped my recovery
– Kerry, Lived With Love 

Not important tbh but I was so thankful for having some; Chewing Gum. I was in labour for over a day and because I had an epidural I couldn’t get up for at least 6 or so hours after giving birth. I was desperate to brush my teeth so I was grateful I had some! 
– Sarah, Just Buttons Blog 


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5 Comments

  1. August 9, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Thank you for including me! In some ways it seems such a long time ago that I was packing my last hospital bag but it's amazing how quickly it all comes flooding back once you start to think about it!

  2. August 9, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    So many useful ideas here! Although I should remind mums to be to not stress over having everything. There's something about labour that makes your survival instinct kick in and you just get through. Fear of needles? Gone suddenly! Good luck to anyone about to go through it, you'll be fine!

  3. August 9, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Thank you for including me, I'll share!

  4. August 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

    This is just what I needed as I've been trying to pack my hospital bag. Bit clueless what to take. Thank you!!! 🙏🙏🙏

  5. October 6, 2017 / 5:44 am

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