Birth Preparation – Hospital Bag checklist

A new parent can never truly fully prepare for the changes a new baby brings. Ticking the basics off will give you a head start for those first experiences of parenthood. Here is a checklist of what we think is ideal to pack in your hospital bag…

the vital baby® hospital bag must haves

  • newborn nappies
  • cotton wool to clean little bottoms
  • muslin cloths
  • soft outfits such as baby grows to keep baby warm
  • a swaddle or baby blanket
  • hat and mittens
  • breast pads and maternity pads
  • deodorant
  • loose and comfortable clothes for mum
  • invest in some comfy underwear for after the birth. Take a dressing gown, night shirt or t-shirt, slippers and some socks too
  • lip balm, moisturiser and a spritz spray to help keep mum cool during labour
  • toothbrush
  • birth ball and extra pillows so you can get comfortable whether out of bed or in
  • vital baby® hand sanitiser such as Aquaint® sanitising water to keep germs away
  • outfit for coming home for new mum and baby
  • mobile phone and charger
  • birth plan and maternity notes
  • snacks and water
  • a comfy pillow
  • tablet or book
  • car seat and going home outfits for both of you

The ideal time to start packing your hospital bag is around 36 weeks.  Even if you are not planning a hospital birth it is best to have a bag packed just in case.

This should give you a good start, so happy packing and good luck!

The vital baby® NURTURE™ range has many accessories and essentials for your hospital bag including breast pads.  Find out more about these hospital bag essentials here.

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