Tired of hearing “Have you got your baby hospital bag packed?” This is what you hear a lot of as your due date appears. It’s either a task you find overwhelming or are madly researching. A starting point is to ask your new mum friends what they found useful and what was pointless! Another good starting point is to check what your maternity hospital provides so you’re not doubling up.
Labour and birth is often unpredictable so getting organised in advance can alleviate some stress on the new mum. The process of checking off your list for your hospital bag ensures you enter the birthing suite feeling as prepared as possible!
We have created a handy checklist for you to refer to when considering what to pack in your hospital bag for mum and baby!
Mum's Hospital Bag Checklist:
Our top 12 Must haves:
Comfy pj's with buttons for easing nursing
Going home outfit
Reusable or Disposable Nursing Pads
Nursing Pillow - are a firmer support pillow allowing you to position baby best for correct latching when learning to breastfeed. Having a nursing pillow prevents the breastfeeding mum from slouching and easing tension in the neck, shoulders and back. Nursing pillows also help support babies’ weight when breastfeeding and offers protection and support if you have had a c-section. Nursing pillows position baby’s head at a comfortable level for feeding and aids digestion
Nipple Cream - Your nipples while learning the art of breastfeeding can get sore so it's important to have some trusted nipple cream. If you are planning on breastfeeding, it is a good idea to meet with the hospital lactation consultant to get your baby comfortably latched onto the breast.
Nipple Shields - puts space between your nipple and your baby’s mouth. If you have inverted or cracked nipples, you will still be able to breastfeed with ease and comfort.
Nursing & Maternity Bras - A good nursing bra will provide support and comfort for mums, while also allowing to easily nurse her child. Bravado nursing bras are made from high-quality, durable material that makes them perfect for this purpose. They offer a great fit and plenty of support, which is why so many mothers rely on them.
Postpartum Ice Packs - Recover naturally through simple cold therapy. Reusable cold packs and reusable heat packs that are simple, mess free, effective and affordable. Breast ice packs are great for soothing breast engorgement, mastitis and pain and inflammation. Perineal ice packs provide cooling relief to the perineum after childbirth, or after vaginal surgery as well as over a C-section scar.
And dont forget the fun stuff like the first outfit your baby will wear home from the hospital a moment in time you will never forget!