Guess What’s In Our Hospital Bags…

The bags are packed and we’re ready to go…

Unfortunately, we won’t be heading to the airport to fly somewhere exotic to top up our tans. Instead, we’ll be going to the dingy setting of a hospital.

Rather than relaxing on a sunbed, Hayley will be lying on a hospital bed with her legs in stirrups. Instead of unwinding in an infinity pool, the missus will be floating in her own grime in a birthing pool. Rather than being surrounded by stunning, bikini-clad babes, my eyes will only have the option of wandering towards the frumpy midwives. Instead of hearing the calming tones of the waves lapping the shoreline, our soundtrack will be heavy breathing and agonised screams. Rather than the sights of beautiful waterfalls and expansive lakes, I’ll be treated to my own personal view of a crimson tide. I could continue, but I won’t as I’ve just been sick in my own mouth…

Anyway, back to the point of this post. I wanted to share with you what we (or should I say, Hay) has packed in our hospital bags. I emptied them earlier, had a rummage, took a photo and then struggled to get everything back in the bags! The below is what I found in the hospital bags:

Baby’s Bag

Baby Pregnancy Bag

The baby stuff is packed and waiting to be worn / used / ruined…

(From left to right, top to bottom)

  • 1 x thin blanket / sheet to keep the baby snug – it can also be thrown away for when the meconium comes!
  • 3 x flannels to be used as muslin cloths and general cleaning
  • 2 x woollen cardigans if the baby is cold – these were knitted by Hay’s auntie
  • 2 x bibs to protect clothes etc from dribble and spit
  • 2 x hats to keep the head warm as baby’s struggle to regulate their heat and lose a lot through their head
  • 1 x Sudocreme to help with any nappy rash or anything else we can run it on
  • 1 x nappy cream (as above, don’t know why we need that and Sudocreme, I’ll ask the missus)
  • 5 x long sleep baby suits to hide the baby’s modesty
  • 1 x pack of newborn nappies because shit happens
  • 1 x pack of baby wipes for freshening up
  • 2 x leggings / trousers if needed
  • 1 x thick blanket in case it is cold
  • 3 x socks to keep the little one’s feet warm
  • 2 x scratch mittens so that she doesn’t scratch herself
  • 1 x pack of cotton wool balls for cleaning


Mum’s Bag

Pregnancy Bag

Hayley’s bag is packed to the limit – she’s taking more than she does on holiday!

(From left to right, top to bottom)

  • 3 x carrier bags, because, you never know…
  • 5 x snack bars to stop us starving and give us a boost
  • 1 x coin bag for the car park and snack / drink machines
  • 2 x crisps for sustenance
  • 1 x bottle of energy drink for that added boost when needed
  • 1 x kindle for entertainment
  • 1 x phone charger to charge all of our kit
  • 1 x polaroid camera to capture the special moments because we’re that retro
  • 1 x thick socks as Hay has poor circulation of her tootsies
  • 2 x nursing bras so she can wap ’em out easily for the baby
  • 4 x BIG, black pants for obvious reasons
  • 1 x cosmetic bag for vanity (see below)
  • 1 x electric fan so that I can feel useful and keep the missus cool
  • 1 x digital camera for photos
  • 1 x pyjama bottoms to protect her modesty
  • 1 x buttoned pyjama top to protect her modesty but also for quick unbuttoning
  • 1 x t-shirt for me, because let’s face it, I’ll be sweaty
  • 1 x tankini for use in the birthing pool
  • 4 x BIG, black pants for obvious reasons (that’s eight in total!  That’s a lot of pants!)
  • 1 x pair of flip flops in case she’s going in the shower etc
  • 1 x pack of maternity pads to soak everything up…
  • 1 x pyjama bottoms to protect her modesty
  • 1 x buttoned down nightie to protect her modesty and for ease when breastfeeding
  • 1 x thin dressing gown in case it gets a bit cold
  • 2 x vest tops for going home / spares
  • 1 x t-shirt for going home / spares
  • 1 x trousers for going home
  • 1 x big towel for drying after shower / birthing pool

Cosmetic Bag

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Stuff we have in the cosmetic bag…

(From left to right, top to bottom)

  • 1 x glasses in case she needs to see
  • 10000 x breast pads for soaking up any leakages
  • 1 x shampoo for washing hair
  • 1 x Witch-Hazel to help with cleaning / healing any areas that may have been destroyed / massacred
  • 1 x hair band to keep hair off her face
  • 1 x dry shampoo for a quick freshen up
  • 1 x deodorant because no-one likes a sweaty woman
  • 1 x toothpaste for cleaning her teeth
  • 1 x nipple cream to soothe any cracks
  • 1 x toothbrush to clean her teeth
  • 3 x straws to help when drinking (at least I hope it is for that!)
  • 1 x conditioner to wash her hair
  • 1 x lip balm because gas and air can easily crack lips (the ones up there that is)
  • 2 x kirby grips because these are the things that women leave everywhere to mark their territory
  • 1 x hair tie to get her hair off her face
  • 1 x shower gel for washing
  • 1 x comb in case there is a photoshoot
  • 1 x make-up bag to feel more human (not shown)

How do are hospital bags stack up to what you are taking or what you took? Is there anything that we’ve missed? Was there any items that you really could have done with but didn’t have? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Tom @Ideas4Dads

    Shorts. My only advice. Wear shorts. Those maternity suites are like tropical hot house and the last thing you want to be soing is passing out 😉

    • Good point, especially with the weather as it is. On a wider note, it hadn’t actually struck me how I have nothing apart from a t-shirt. I guess maybe I need to have a think about what to take!

  • 3isenough!

    Looks like a pretty comprehensive list! Sorry to say I would double up on the maternity pads – if she has to stay in she will get through them! And drinks with sports caps, and for each of my labours my husband’s role was administering cold, wet flannels!

    • Great thanks for the extra info – I’ll let Hay know about doubling up and the sports cap. As for the flannels, I might ignore that if it means I have a set job 🙂

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  • I’d take nappy sacks for used nappies and maternity towels and they’re also useful for putting wet, soiled baby clothes in until you get home. Also a book or something to read. If she has to stay in overnight they are really noisey places and a book will pass the time. Good luck to you both #magicmoments

    • Thanks Louisa – nappy sacks are a good idea – we’d got a few plastic bags but hadn’t considered where to put all the messy stuff!

  • As a dad, I think it’s good to have plenty of energy drinks ready to help get through what can potentially be quite a long labour. I feel a bit bad suggesting that sort of thing as dealing with labour is obviously a much, much bigger thing for the mum-to-be, but energy drinks really helped me.

    • Cheers Jonathan – your comment also made me thing a bit more about what I needed to bring as I basically had nothing! Thanks!

  • Catriona Stephen

    I remember my hospital bag was full of things I never used and I forgot some things that would have been handy. I left my phone charger at home, my little one was born at 10pm and by midnight/1am my OH had been told to go home and my phone had died so couldn’t even update him about what he was missing 🙁

    Sounds like you’ve got everything you’ll need there 🙂 that nipple cream works wonders btw!

    • That sounds like a nightmare! I made sure that the charger was put in there as I’m likely to be passing the time when I’m not needed playing on my phone! Great, I’ll try a bit of the cream on my nips too 🙂

  • Let’s Talk Mommy

    Ahhh how exciting packing the hospital bag. I think you have everything and more than you will need for sure. I went into labor early with MM so I had no bag ready but all I needed was the bare essentials as we lived next door we could run and grab anything we missed. With my first I took way too much and never used half of it but you never know so it’s always great to be prepared. Great post. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Living next door sounds pretty handy! There’s an Asda not too far away from the hospital so if we’ve missed anything or need anything special, I can always pop over there which is good to know! Yeah I can imagine – I think with the first one it is about being over prepared, then for any subsequent ones you’ve been through it and know the drill! 🙂

  • lianne

    Fab post!! I posted similar posts on my blog a few weeks back, and we’re pretty similar in what we’ve decided to pack, so I feel better for reading this lol. I was worried I’d packed too much lol.
    Lots of luck!!!
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays…

    • That’s good to know, pleased our bags are pretty similar! Always worry about missing something vital and having that moment of panic like when you go on holiday and forget something whilst going to the airport! 🙂

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  • Keri Jones

    After being told by every woman and her dog that I’d be over due with my first I left my bag half packed for ages. The night my waters broke (6 days early) hubby had to search for my notes, as they weren’t in my bag, while I sat on the loo.
    I dont know about Hayley but I wiped everything over with antibacterial wipes before it went into my bag (which had also been cleaned using said wipes). If I was her and you had unpacked my clean things I would have made you wipe them all again- followed by me wiping them again because I’m a bit mad like that 😉
    I forgot mittens- our boy scratched himself really badly so I was gutted I hadn’t packed any.
    I also forgot food, hubby was starving then full of rubbish and skint after using the vending machines.

    • Haha, great story – hope that you’re more prepared now a days! The cleaning sounds very OCD 🙂 I don’t think Hayley did that, and it definitely wasn’t done when I put everything back haha.

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