Ready to pack your hospital bag? When it comes to preparing for your hospital stay, it’s easy to focus on what you’re going to need for baby. People tend to overload on onesies, newborn diapers and forget that they’re going to need comfortable clothing (and absorbent padding) for themselves too. As parents who have been there, done that and wish we’d remembered to bring shampoo, we asked our community of mums and have compiled a list of the non-negotiable you’re going to be so happy you packed in your hospital bag post birth.
From clothing to cushioning, these are hands down non-negotiable in our book.
1. Dressing Gown/Robe
The first thing you need to pack is an easy to slip on robe because one second you’re hot, one second you’re cold and other times – you just want to be able to cover up in style.
2. Nursing bras and nursing singlets
Check out the maternity section from BONDS for an easy go-to selection.
3. Postpartum support leggings
As your body enters recovery mode, having support clothing like SRC Support Leggings can help hold your muscles together while they repair themselves can make a huge difference.
4. Massive Undies
Preferably in black. And pack way more than you think you will actually need.
5. Really comfy pyjamas
Having a few sets of soft, comfortable and stylish pyjamas may be just the thing to help sleep come easier. We opt for button down PJs because they make breastfeeding or tending to a c-section wound hassle-free.
6. A silk eye mask and really fluffy slippers
The eye mask is to block out the extra hospital lights when you are desperate to have a nap. The fluffy slippers is for when you need to walk around the Maternity Ward – they won’t allow bare feet.
7. Personal Care products
While some hospitals provide essentials, MANY don’t. You also don’t know what chemicals are lurking in theirs so it’s best to stock up on products that are free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, formaldehyde and more! Make sure you pack:
- Body wash
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Lip balm
- Body moisturiser
- Toothpaste & toothbrush
- A hair tie if you have longer hair/clips and bobby pins
- Body Oil
- Face wash and moisturiser
- A brush/ comb
- Tinted moisturiser or a good CC Cream
8. Nursing Pads
As your hormones surge and your milk comes in, your breasts may decide to let down at any moment. You can save your clothes from endless milk stains by sliding some nursing pads into your bra
9. Maternity Sanitary Pads
10. Something for YOU to wear home
Having a comfortable and stylish going home outfit will make facing the real world so much easier.
11. Something for the BABY to wear home
Preferably with zips and not buttons or clips. They will drive you insane. Again, BONDS is really a lifesaver here with their range of baby Wondersuits. You will most likely need either a 00000 or 0000 size.
Pack lots of them because you’re starving that first night! Hopefully the hospital food won’t be too bad after that. And if it is, there is always UBER eats.
13. Phone Charger
Because you will be taking looooooots of sleeping baby pics.