I will always remember my final weeks of pregnancy worrying about my hospital bag, whether it was big enough, did I have enough clothes, would baby have enough nappies, there were so many things I was uncertain of. I would pack it and repack it pretty much every day ensuring I had everything I needed, of course packing way to many unnecessary items too. It can be daunting being a first time mum, you have no idea what a baby will need when they are born and what you will need after giving birth. Packing your hospital bag can be exciting yet very confusing too, which is why Matalan have put together this list to help you pack your bag.
The list was created for mums-to-be so they can feel rest assured that their hospital bag has got everything they'll need in it for delivery and their stay at the hospital. The list is available to download on the website and you can print it off and check the items off as you pack them. To be honest, there are a few items on the list that I didn't pack such as ear plugs, an eye mask, formula and a TENS machine but it's nice to have those little luxuries.
I think the best things I packed in my hospital bag were sweets and snacks for after giving birth as I was kept in for 3 days the hospital food isn't quite enough when you've just starved yourself for nearly 24 hours. I also was thankful for dry shampoo and my make-up bag so I could quickly make myself look half decent before visitors came in. Of course, there were plenty of items which I didn't use during our stay at the hospital including the many baby outfits as I found it easier to dress Amelia in baby grows.
Next time round I will be packing more sensibly, and will be adding a few things I didn't take last time such as a little spray bottle with water to relive cuts and stitches, a small fan, straws to make drinking during labour much easier, more snacks and extra pajamas as you bleed way more than they tell you and will more than likely leak through.
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