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MY HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST (LABOUR, BIRTH & SHORT-STAY)

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Jake was born 4.5 years ago, and I have completely forgotten what I packed in my hospital bag last time or even if I really had one that was well thought out?

I ended up having to stay in hospital for four days with my first, so now that I am weeks away from giving birth to our baby girl, this time I am much more prepared.

I have packed a day bag to take with me for labour and birth, with all fingers crossed I am out of the hospital on the same day.

Just incase, I also have a second bag packed at home for if I need to stay in the hospital overnight, which my husband can bring back.

After so much research and reminiscing on my last experience, I have packed all the essentials months in advance #talkaboutorganised:

Labour Bag

This is what my Doula will be responsible for, to set up the room and ensure I have everything I need as I labour and birth our little girl.

Includes:

  • My birth plan and notes

  • Diffuser

  • Salt Lamp

  • Snacks and drinks for during labour (watermelon, alkaline mineral water, coconut water, nuts and protein balls)

  • Water bottle

  • Lip Balm

  • Snacks for hubby & Jake

  • Laptop + charger for background music

  • Iphone for my playlist and hypno-birthing affirmations

  • Phone charger + Earphones

  • Coconut Oil (for massage during labour)

  • 3 x Birthing Sprays (for pre-labour, transition and pushing)

  • Essential Oils: Clary Sage, Peppermint, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Lavender

Hospital Day Bag

This bag is for after the birth and is seperate from my labour + birth bag:

  • My lightweight summer robe

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Toiletries Bag (incl. unscented soap as baby needs to smell me not a strong body wash scent)

  • Outfit for trip home

  • Glasses

  • Wallet with ID, Medicare card & private health insurance card

  • Baby Clothes: 2 x singlet, 1 x socks, 1 x beanie, 2 x sleepsuits, 2 x bodysuit

  • Newborn nappies x 5

  • Present from Jake to his little sister. He got her a snuggy like his. I HIGHLY recommend, Jake is obsessed with his: Kippins

  • Present for Jake from his little sister. She got him a new book about being a Big Brother

In My Toiletries Bag:

  • Hairbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste.

  • Refreshing face spray

  • Maternity sanitary pads

  • Absorbent breast pads.

  • Adult nappy undies

  • Water Wipes (for using the toilet after birth. Far more comfortable than toilet paper!)

Short-Stay Hospital Bag

If I do end up staying for a few nights, I have this bag at home ready to go:

  • Breastfeeding pillow (I use the Bellybean – it’s so good! )

  • Journal & pen

  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes

  • Nursing tops and dresses – not bras (I’m all for comfort)

  • More Baby Clothes: 4 x singlet, 2 x socks, 4 x sleepsuits, 4 x bodysuit

  • More Newborn Nappies

  • 2 x Muslin Wraps

  • Underwear x 5

  • Slippers

  • Warm socks & sockets

  • Pyjamas

  • Lactation Cookies (I’ve packed these: Franjo’s Kitchen – they are so good even my hubby devoured them!)

  • Eye mask

  • More healthy snacks (raw nuts, protein balls, bananas, apples, dates)

  • Beats loud speaker for playlist

  • Supplements (prenatal vitamin, omega’s, zinc, iron and pro-biotics)

  • Meals List (this is for hubby to bring me healthy food if I need to stay in the hospital)

My Meals List

  • Sushi (always my first meal after birth. After all it’s been 9 months!)

  • Daily Bone Broth

  • Nutri-bullet for my morning smoothies (+ collagen, mushrooms, protein powder, greens powder, bananas and coconut milk)

  • Lunch & Dinner delivery daily (certainly NOT eating any hospital food)

This is far more prepared than I was last time.

I have also set things in place for when I return home to ease the pressure of the newborn phase.

You can read about this here, How I Have Prepared My Home And Business For The Crazy Newborn Phase

With love,

Debbie x

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Accidental homemaker, sourdough lover and amateur 'made from scratch' cook, pursuing a path of purity in a tainted world. Also knows as the 'million ideas' woman, I'm obsessed with online marketing and pinning images of modern homesteading.

Most importantly, I am a wife and mother navigating the lost skills of homemaking. I spent the last twenty years as an A-type over achiever striving to attain all that I wanted (and I got it too!) only to discover that destiny had a different - and much more beautiful plan. One I could have never imagined!

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