Hospital Bassinet Hire

Packing your bag for a hospital stay with baby

Written by Hospital Bassinet Hire on April 20, 2015 – 4:03 pm

Packing a hospital bag for Mum & Baby

Compiled with thanks to Vanessa Sutherland, The Baby Consultant

CLEVER TIPS!

  • Pack early – pack your bag around 8 months into your pregnancy
  • Pack a small bag for the delivery suite & another bag for post-birth
  • Prepare for the trip to hospital by leaving a towel, heat pack and plastic bag in the car
  • Make sure important numbers are saved in your phone (OB, Midwife, Doula, Birth Suite etc)
  • Create a contact group for the birth announcement
  • Pre-book newborn hire items during your last trimester (ie, bassinet, car restraint / baby capsule, breast pump)

PACKING FOR MUM

Must haves:

  • PJs and gown (breast accessible)
  • Toiletries (moisturisers, tissues, hair brush and hair products, hair bands, toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, makeup, hairdryer, straightener, shampoo)
  • 8 pairs of comfy underwear in a roomy size
  • Warm socks
  • Loose t-shirt / gown for birth
  • Maternity pads (1 or 2 packs)
  • Disposable breast pads / nipple cream
  • Three maternity nursing bras
  • Watch / smartphone for timing contractions
  • Camera / Camcorder (batteries and cords)
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • List of people you want to contact
  • Plastic bag for dirty washing
  • Any medications you are currently taking
  • Going home outfit
  • Pen / notebook
  • Slippers and socks
  • Lip balm
  • Eye glasses / contact lenses
  • Small amount of cas
  • Snacks for post labour (juice, muesli bars)

Optional:

  • A copy of your birth plan and antenatal card
  • Comfy, loose fitting clothes for during the day (breast accessible)
  • Relaxing music / white noise for baby
  • Ipad / laptop ad DVDs
  • Massage oils
  • Bikini for birth pool / swimwear for support partner
  • Quality toilet paper / flushable wipes
  • Gel breast pads
  • Your favourite magazine

PACKING FOR BABY

Must haves:

  • A correctly fitted AS approved car restraint
  • 4-6 onesies (season appropriate – 0000 to 000)
  • 3 x socks / booties
  • 4-6 singlets
  • 2 x muslin wraps
  • 2 x bunny rugs (heavier wraps)
  • Nappies & wipes (check what your hospital provides)
  • 2 x beanies / hat
  • Mittens
  • Going home outfit

Optional:

  • Formula, bottles, teats, sterilising equipment (if required – check what your hospital provides)
  • A newborn dummy (just in case, sterilised)
  • Gift from baby to older siblings
  • Baby nail scissors

 

Download the Packing for Hospital Guide (PDF – 2.2MB)

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