Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Pregnancy Diary: 13/06/12 - Packing My Maternity Bag

Getting round to packing my maternity bag freaked me out.... It meant that the day was looming and this was all real. I started packing it very early though as I had been in and out of hospital and I was beginning to panic that he might make an early appearance but this week I finally finished packing it and completed my list of what I had to include! Many pregnancy websites have lists of what you need to pack but I think bar a few extras I've included, I've just taken note of a few things from each list and added them together to make my own. So here is what is in my bag...

  • Summer dressing gown (a light one as it gets so hot in that hospital)
  • Slippers (I stole some complimentary ones from a posh hotel I stayed in a few months ago)
  • Socks (no matter what temperature the ward, your feet get cold during labour.)
  • Something baggy to wear during labour (I've packed a nighty)
  • Swim wear (in case the birthing pool is available)
  • Massage Oils (I have just packed the baby oil multi tasking)
  • Lip Balm (sounds odd but an essential as you get very chapped lips in labour for some reason)
  • Snacks & Drinks (I've packed Dr Pepper, Lucazade Tablets & Crisps... Hoff can get the rest)
  • iPad & Charger (I've insisted on the iPad being mine for the day... I deserve it I think!)
  • Hair Bobbles and Brush (for obvious reasons)
  • Dry Shampoo (as my hair may be slightly sweaty after birth... I've got to look good for the photos)
  • iPod & Headphones (to distract myself and to block out Hoff and his panicking lol)
  • Going Home Clothes (a simple maxi dress is comfy and easy to wear and put on)
  • Breast Feeding Bras (obvious reasons)
  • Breast Pads (for all those leaky moments)
  • Maternity Pads (for all those leaky moments from the other end...)
  • Nighty (choose one that will be easy to breastfeed in though as baby will be demanding food)
  • Old Knickers & Disposable Pants (because you will leak after even with pads)
  • Ear Plugs (hospitals can be bloody noisy!)
  • Phone Charger
Toiletries -
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Flannel
  • Shower Gel
  • Face/Make Up Wipes
  • Make Up.... All of it!!
  • Moisturiser
  • Mirror
  • Car Seat
  • Going Home Outfit
  • Baby Blanket
  • Nappies
  • Nappy Cream
  • Cotton Wool
  • Baby wash
  • Booties/Socks
  • Scratch Mitts
  • Hat
  • Baby Grows
  • Baby Vests
  • Muslins
  • Teddy
TO BE PACKED ON THE DAY - (note on the top of the bag to remind me)
  • Maternity Notes (put in a folder and placed with my bag ready to take with me but easy to access for the Midwife appts)
  • Maternity Pillow (it has been heaven the whole way through this pregnancy... I need it!)
  • TENS Machine (borrowed from a friend)
  • Laptop, Dongle and Charger (on standby just in case of a longer stay than one night!)

Have I missed  anything?? Please tell me if you think I have!!!

Eeeek this is all very real now!


  1. Spare nighty in case of leaks! and the Hoff!!! x

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