If you haven't already packed and in your 33 - 36 weeks, don't stress! We've compiled a hospital bag checklist for labour which includes reviews and suggestions from our mamas!
Personally, I would love to go in there with a little hint of baby mama style! For example, you could include a really cute beanie for your newborn or perhaps a new exciting shade of organic lip balm after you've given brith. It adds a little sense of refreshment after all that hard work!
Hospital Bag Checklist: For The Mother-to-Be
Pyjamas and slippers - I love wearing silk ones, it's so much more comfortable and soothing for the skin. Comfy and stylish is key! We love all our mums to feel gorgeous and beautiful even in pajamas!
Disposable Underwear! - Hassle Free - once worn, just chuck them out!
Socks - If you suffer from cold feet like I do, a pair of warm socks for the hospital would help you retain your warmth and feel more comfortable.
Maternity bras - Pack 2-3 maternity bras. I like the wire free ones, even before pregnancy, I tend to like it a little lose. Not to mention, it also helps for breastfeeding.
Thin Panty Liners - You can now find a variety of thin liners at your local supermarket with ultra protection and padding. I would pack 4 or 5 boxes just to be safe. It is also very sanitary and keeps your underwear clean.
Breast pads - Just in case you start producing milk. It generally comes around 3 - 4 days, but if you need to be in the hospital for longer, at least you have it with you. Y
Toiletries - all your necessities, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, shaver, facial wash etc!
Hospital Bag Checklist: For Baby
Nappies - Pack more rather than less. A tip is to check if your hospital provides nappies. I would go for disposable nappies as it's easier and you can throw it away after.
Baby Beanie - The cuter the better! Babies regulate their temperature with their heads, so best to keep it warm and they look super duper cute in photos.
Socks and mittens, Vests or singlets - Babies usually have cold hands and feet. The hospital air conditioning might be slightly cold for newborns.
Onesies - I call these baby jumpsuits! They are so easy and save space in the hospital bag! One piece wonder and it covers the whole body.
Organic Wipes, creams, lotions - The reason I mentioned "Organic" is because there are so many lotions and creams that are highly fragranced and may irritate your baby's skin. I would go for an ACO - Australian Certified Organic label to be safe. I am a great believer in natural ingredients and products, we include these items in our pregnancy boxes so feel free to check them out. You can shop our boxes here.
Lastly, enjoy the experience of labour, it is a wonderful and fascinating experience for every mother. Good luck and be beautiful!