As I entered my third trimester with Emilia I remember scouring the internet to see what should be going into my hospital bag. Of course, back then I had no idea then that I’d end up having a crash C-Section and actually using very little of what was in it. At the time I couldn’t have given a hoot about lip balms, mix tapes, energy snacks and waffle dressing gowns, but this time as I’m having a planned C-Section at 38 weeks and that teamed with high hopes of it all going well this time, I plan to include all of these things once again, along with those absolute essentials. Below you’ll find my tried and tested checklist for essentials, nice to haves, baby and even one for your partner!
- Phone and charger
- Snacks (high energy foods such as flapjack, cereal bars, dried fruit are all great options!)
- Button up pyjamas or nursing nightgown
- Dressing Gown
- Slippers and Cosy Socks
- Cheap/Disposible Underwear
- Maternity pads
- Breastfeeding bras
- Going home outfit
- Hair brush
- Cooling Body Spritz “Cool It Mama”
- Pure Bliss Soothing Postnatal Compress Solution
- Shampoo/Conditoner miniatures
- Shower Gel Miniature/Soap Bar
- Skin Care Miniatures
- Deodorant miniature
- Breast Pads – I’ll be taking these Medela Disposable Nursing Pads
- Birth Plan (if using one)
- Hospital Notes
- Formula if using (we used this ready to feed Aptamil Starter Pack with Emilia as I was unable to breastfeed)
Nice Little Extras:
- Lip Balm – I’m taking this Jo Malone English Mint and Ginger Lip Care
- Bosom Buddies Breastfeeding Oils
- Hair ties/Clips/Headband
- Make Up Essentials (again I’ll be using minis/samples I’ve collected or compact formulas for ease of use and quickness!)
- Hand Held Fan
- Wet Wipes
For the Baby
- Car Seat and Base in car
- Cellular blanket/Muslin Wrap
- Sleepsuits x 5
- Vests x 5
- Going Home Outfit
- Muslin Cloths
- Cotton Wool/Newborn Wipes
- Dummies/Pacifiers if using
- Nappy Cream
- Change for Parking
- Camera/Charger/Memory Card
- Snacks and Drinks!
The Hospital Bag I’ll be using is the Cabin Carry On in Black by Storksak. The reason I chose this bag is (aside from it being really stylish!) because of the size and ease of use as it is a wheeled bag with a handle. Great as it’ll be one less thing to carry!
The bag has a hanging organiser inside which means you can actually remove this section and hang it up at your destination without unpacking! So handy. This section also has removable shelves so you can tailor your packing options!
It works brilliantly as a hospital bag but I also chose it to keep us organised on weekend trips which we go on a lot of, and even flights as the dimensions meet the criteria for cabin carry on.
Also inside is a removable small square breathable packing block for items you may wish to keep separately from your clothing. I’ll be using it for cosmetics, skincare, wipes and body care items. What’s really great about it is that you can see what’s in it, so no rooting around for what you need out of it!
There are plenty of little compartments inside and out, perfect for travel documents when travelling and room for a purse, phone etc.
The Storksak Cabin has space for everything, yet is surprisingly compact. It’s very well made and so durable we’ll be using this as a family for many years to come. It’s easy to carry or wheel around and I love the look of this bag, it’s very stylish and the tan leather trim and luggage tag is a really nice addition which adds that luxury feel.
A few of the products I’ve mentioned in my list are from the Natural Birthing Company who have a wonderful selection of award winning natural products to support pregnancy, birth and new mums, all midwife developed and designed to leave you feeling refreshed and calm!
‘Cool it Mama’ Cooling Body Spritz is a fantastic and refreshing mist which I’ve used at times in this pregnancy as I’m always really hot. I just know it will be a great product to use in labour and beyond as it also balances mood, hot flushes, tiredness and anxiety!
Another of their genius products is the Pure Bliss Soothing Postnatal Compress Solution which I can’t wait to use on my c-section scar to help calm and soothe the area, reduce swelling and support the area in it’s healing. It’s also suitable for intimate areas after a natural childbirth.
Bosom Buddies Breastfeeding Oils are fantastic for anyone choosing to breastfeed and something I’m really interested in trying out. There are three in the pack: ‘Ooh’ which is designed to help with mastitis, heaviness and engorgement, ‘Aah’ for low milk supply and ‘Ouch’ for sore and painful nipples. Add to water and use with a flannel or muslin over the breasts to soothe.
I hope you find this list helpful, I’ve tried and tested it myself, adding and removing items as I packed my own hospital bag.
*This post is written in collaboration with Storksak. I was also gifted the items by Natural Birthing Company and though I wasn’t asked to write about them, I thought it’d be really fitting to mention them here. All thoughts and opinions are my own.