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In the run-up to the big day, and especially with having to deal with the dreaded “baby brain”, trying to figure out the hospital bag checklist for baby can be a little overwhelming.

As a mum going through pregnancy again, I found myself having to make the pregnancy and baby essentials list all over again, so thought I would share it with you! I figured out what was really handy for me the first time, then I researched what others found useful too and asked loads of mums about their must-haves.

If there is anything that you feel we have missed, please let us know and we will add it to the list!

 

Pregnancy

  • Folic Acid – start taking this as soon as you have made the decision to try to conceive. It can significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs), such as spina bifida.
  • Maternity wear – if you don’t want to spend full price on clothes that you wont be using for too long then you can look at some preloved clothing, chances are that they wont have been worn for that long by their previous owners either!
  • Personally, this time around I also bought myself a birthing ball to bounce around at home to help baby get into position, a book on hypnobirthing and another DVD on hypnobirthing for VBACs, and a TENS machine, but these things are optional.

 

Hospital Bag

Labour

  • Whatever you feel comfortable birthing in – maybe something which opens at the front or is baggy with a huge neckline to enable skin to skin contact as soon as baby is born
  • Nightgown
  • Socks and slippers
  • Lip Balm and something to take the hair out of your face
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Phone for music (and charger)

 

After your baby is born

  • Nightwear that you can breastfeed in
  • Nursing bras and breast pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Knickers (disposables if you prefer)
  • Maternity pads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toiletries & hairbrush
  • Earplugs (if you are hypnobirthing or the ward is noisy)
  • Comfortable clothes for the journey home

 

For your baby

  • Nappies and baby wipes/cotton wool
  • Baby clothes – a few bodysuits and sleepsuits and a hat and booties
  • Bibs and muslins
  • Baby blanket
  • Snowsuit or jacket if the weather is cold
  • Car seat on the last day
  • If you had a vaginal delivery, something to make going to the toilet less uncomfortable.

 

Is there anything that you feel we have missed? Do let us know!

 

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