It’s time to reveal what to pack to maternity bag
You will find here everything that you should know. Say goodbye to your long useless lists. I checked for you what you need to feel comfortable during your special day.
Packing, packing, packing when I think about packing I have mixed feelings. As a real woman when I’m packing my suitcase for a holiday I would like to take with me everything (to be more specific to my wardrobe). So I’m excited because of the holiday and from the other hand I’m struggling with choosing which clothes are more important. As you can imagine packing my maternity bags was a big challenge.
First of all, I checked a few mums websites with tips what should I have with me on that special day. There were so many ideas that 10 maternity bags could be not enough. So I decided to check on eBay bags which are already prepared. If you did the same and you want to buy it don’t do that. These maternity bags are too expensive (20-40£) and the content is very poor. You can find there a couple of maternity pads and breast pads. But to be honest you need at least two full packs of each. Also, they giving you samples of gel, shampoo, cream etc. The staff which every woman have at home and can take it to the hospital without buying new ones. Besides five nappies for your newborn and one bodysuit is not enough. What does it mean? You will need to spend another 30£.
How I solve it? I found two old bags at home. In the first one, I packed the staff which I find useful before labour and in the second one after labour. So, here you have my lists:
What to pack to maternity bag to feel comfortable during labour:
1 pack of bed mats,
2 pairs of cosy fleece socks,
2 bottles of water,
a couple of muesli bars,
a hairbrush, one old nightdress (after labour probably you will need to get rid of it so don’t spend money for a new one)
some snacks for hubby,
small face towel,
pack of tissues,
Is a good idea to take with you some magazines, iPod or books. Everything that will help you to not thinking about pain.
What to pack to maternity bag to feel comfortable after labour:
2 pack of maternity pads,
1 pack of breast pads, nursing bra
cosmetics: gel, shampoo, body lotion, cream etc,
toothbrush and toothpaste,
2 pack of disposable maternity briefs,
dress night, robe and slippers,
Your baby staff: nappies for a newborn (12 nappies for 24 hours), clothes (3 sets- including one for leaving hospital remember that you need to be aware of weather), baby wipes, nappy cream, baby oil.
Remember about clothes for you its good to take maternity clothes because you will be still a little bigger. Also, you should take a copy of your birth plan and any medical notes.
The best time for packing your bag is about 36 weeks.
On the end, I want to say that you don’t need to stress too much about your bags. I was sent home with 8 cm dilation so when we came back to the hospital we left bags in our car. As a result, I deliver my lovely boy in my normal clothes and midwife had everything that she needed. If you will forget about something I’m sure that your hospital will be well prepared.
Let us know if you packed something that was really useful but you did not find it on our list.