The countdown is on – you’ve assembled the cot, your nursery is ready and your belly’s so big that you lost sight of your feet weeks ago. The only thing left to do is pack your hospital bag, because mama, you’ll be on your way to the hospital before you know it!
No longer trust your brain to pack everything you need for your hospital stay? Don’t stress – the Livvy and Harry team have asked around our favourite mamas and rounded up this list of hospital bag must-haves– you’re welcome.
First things first, you’re going to need the perfect baby bag. Livvy and Harry purpose-design baby bags to seamlessly combine functionality and style – they’re big, roomy and you’ll be the envy of every other mama in the ward.
If you have one, make sure you bring a couple of copies of your birth plan and other important documentation to give to midwives and hospital staff, so that in the chaos of it all, everything runs smoothly.
Maternity and Breast Pads
Let’s face it, pregnancy can be messy business, particularly when you’re awash with new bub hormones. Maternity and breast pads are a hospital bag must-have - they’ll make breastfeeding that little bit more comfortable, not to mention cleaner.
After delivering a mini human, you’re going to be pretty sore and tender…so the least you can do is try to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Do yourself a favour and invest in a pair of super soft cotton underwear and a maternity bra, pack your oldest tracksuit pants and softest t-shirt – if there’s ever been a time to get around in your comfiest kit, this is it.
Let’s be honest, hospital food is not for everyone (or anyone), but you’re definitely going to need to keep your energy levels up. Pack some fruit-and-nut mix, crackers, lollies, protein balls or whatever it is that will keep you going. It’s also hungry business waiting for your loved one to give birth - partners need to eat too!
Hospitals are always really well air-conditioned for maximum comfort, but the recycled air tends to leave you with super dry skin. Pack a rosewater mist and a nourishing body moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. However, remember that newborns are very sensitive to smell, so opt for a scent-free moisturiser.
The little one has finally arrived and they’re…naked. This is the perfect excuse to pack one of the 700 adorable onesies, twin sets, dresses (and the list goes on) that you received from friends and family at your baby shower.
Some mamas are lucky enough to have a quick and easy birth, but for most, you’re in it for the long haul. Need a distraction from all the waiting? Pack a book, some magazines, maybe even your laptop or iPad for some well-deserved Netflix binging.
Don’t miss out on capturing bub’s first moments – pack the camera! Although you’ll feel like a sweaty mess, holding a red, grizzling baby, you’ll look back and be so grateful you photographed your first moments being a mum. If your phone has a great camera, you can certainly use that too – just don’t forget your charger.
It will put your mind at ease to know you have all the baby essentials on hand for your stay and trip home - nappies, a change of clothes, bottles, wet wipes, spare clothes and a soft blanket or muslin wrap.