My bags are all packed and ready to pop in the car when my little bambino is ready! I’m 37 weeks pregnant today so there is only three short weeks left until my due date aah! I can’t believe we are at the end now and, according to the NHS website, I am now classed as full-term so baby should be fully developed and plumping on some extra fat right now.
When I first started thinking about what to pack in my baby’s hospital bag, I didn’t know where to start. Thankfully, there was a brief list in my hospital notes which gave me a good idea of what to take and the rest I have just managed to look up online on websites like Pinterest and babycentre. I’m booked in to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital so your hospital might be slightly different as to what you need to bring with you but I imagine that most NHS hospitals in the UK are pretty similar.
There is so much choice when it comes to changing bags but as soon as I saw the Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic changing bag, I knew I had to have it! It looks similar to a large tote bag and, as it’s black, I know it will go with almost anything. I wanted to avoid anything in girly colours as Greg will be using it too so this was the perfect choice for me!
I made sure that I didn’t over-pack as I only want to take one bag for the baby and one bag for me so everything in the list below fits in the Skip Hop.
- Hand sanitiser from Bath and Body Works
- Jellycat Poppet Sheep from John Lewis
- Velboa Fleece Popcorn Blanket from Mothercare
- Waterwipes from Amazon
- Cotton Wool Balls from Boots
- Metanium Everyday Nappy Cream from Emma’s Diary or Bounty Box
- Trial packs of nappies from Emma’s Diary or Bounty Box
- 4 x White muslin squares from Mothercare
- 1 x Newborn cardigan from Primark
- 3 x White newborn vests from Primark
- 4 x White newborn sleepsuits from Primark
- 2 x Newborn hats from Primark
- 2 x Scratch mitts from Primark
- 2 x Socks from Primark
I’m pretty sure this is all I’m going to need. My hospital will keep me in for six hours and, if everything is fine, they will discharge me and the baby so I might not be in hospital for long anyway. I hope this has helped any mummy’s-to-be if you are not too sure what to pack but please don’t stress. As long as you have nappies, cotton wool and something to dress your baby in then that’s all that matters.