What do you actually need in your hospital bag?
If you’re expecting, you’ve probably heard lots of talk about a hospital bag. But when should you start getting one ready and what exactly do you need to pack into this all-important bag?
There’s many things in life you have control over, choosing the day your baby will be born is not one of them! (Unless you’re having a Caesarian section, of course). When the moment does arrive, you don’t want to be rushing around the house trying to figure out what you might need for the big event. Having a bag packed and ready for you and baby well before your due date will mean you’re prepared, and it can be comforting to know that this aspect of what can be an unpredictable time, is taken care of.
H&M’s hospital bag checklist:
1. Bodysuits for baby
Those first hours after delivery, lying skin-to-skin are such a special time, when it does come time to dress baby, it’s nice to have something simple and easily accessible to put on them. Bodysuits are great for this, ideally you want to pack a few into your hospital bag in case of accidents. H&M's bodysuits are made from soft, organic cotton tricot and have press-studs at the crotch. They also come in a 5-pack.
2. Comfy nursing bras
Your body will change after pregnancy and delivery, and a comfy nursing bra will become your new best friend. H&M offers a range of stylish and functional nursing bras with lined cups and a minimal number of seams to ensure that nursing is as comfortable and simple as possible.
3. Laidback loungewear
We can’t emphasise enough how important comfort is when you’ve just had a baby. H&M has robes and loungewear that are perfect for mums (and dads too) to throw on when it’s time for early morning feeding or cuddling with your little bundle.
4. Cotton hats
No matter which season your baby is born during the year, it’s a good idea to pack some cotton hats. A cosy head will help to keep baby warm and snug.
5. Comfortable underwear
Giving birth is a huge event for the body, and the last thing you want is sharp edges from your underwear, irritating you and taking your focus away from those early magical moments with your baby. H&M has a wide selection of cotton underwear – plus many styles in convenient multi-packs– made from cotton tricot that’s super comfy and provides enough coverage to keep any pads in place.
Toiletries such as your hairbrush, regular or dry shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, extra hair ties and face wipes. Also don’t forget extra contacts and/or glasses, if you wear them.
7. Your birth plan
If you have a birth plan, it can be a good idea to print and bring a few copies.
8. An extra-long cell phone charging cord
Hospital beds are often far away from an electrical outlet, and having a charged phone means you’ll be able to take plenty of pictures and videos of your new baby, as well as be able to video chat with family and friends.
9. Snacks and drinks
Pack a reusable water bottle. Electrolyte drinks such as coconut water can also be a welcome pick-me-up after working so hard during labour. You’ll also want some easy-to-eat snacks, like bars, nuts, dried fruit etc.
10. Your pillow
11. Nipple cream
If you’re planning to breastfeed, your nipples will thank you for this.
12. Adult diapers/maternity pads/reusable postpartum absorbent underwear. A perineal spray is also a priceless addition to your hospital bag.
13. Portable bluetooth speaker and playlist
Playing music during labor can be a game-changer for many women.
14. Newborn nappies and wipes