Packing the hospital bag: What to take for baby

Finally, maternity leave has started and I’ve managed to get some things organised for our imminent arrival. Expect a little more baby related content over the next few weeks – but don’t worry, I will also be posting my usual mix of thoughts, toddler related stuff, lifestyle and home too, and even some London related content.

My first task of maternity leave was to get my hospital bags packed. I’d kind of forgotten what I needed so I love these kind of posts for getting ideas, and this has been in draft for a while – hope it’s not too repetitive or derivative but everyone has different suggestions, which I always find useful. I’ve packed 3 bags in total – one for me, one for baby clothes, and then a basket of other bits and pieces that I think I will need. In this post, I’ve covered what I’ve packed for the baby.

The Little Pip | Packing hospital bag for baby

First, the bag itself. I didn’t get anything new for the hospital, tempting as it is, and have re-used my old Cath Kidston shopper (I don’t think they make this colour any more, but it’s one of those fold away ones which comes with a little pouch). I bought this one back in 2012 when Pip was a baby so that I could hang it off the pram – it’s done well considering I’ve used it for 4 years now. I also chose to use my market basket as it’s handy to pop stuff in. I’m not taking the bag I’ve actually bought to use a hybrid nappy/laptop bag – I’ll post about that in another post – because it’s a rucksack, and I don’t think that will be terribly useful in the hospital/birth centre.
The Little Pip | Packing hospital bag for baby

I’m hoping now that I’ve passed 37 weeks and am still classed as low risk that I will be able to give birth at the birth centre attached to the hospital. It’s where I started my labour with Pip (although I did end up on the delivery ward with Pip as she was stuck) but I am hoping this time round the whole labour and delivery will take place at the birth centre – and I guess the things I need for the actual labour will be covered when I write the post on my bag.

Last time, we spent the first night on the post-natal ward, and M was sent home immediately, as despite arriving at the birth centre in the early hours of the morning, Pip didn’t arrive until after 5pm, and it was around 10pm when we finally made it to the ward. I ended up changing her first nappy in the dark on my lap due to a catheter and not being able to reach my glasses, so if that happens again, I wanted to have a little portable changing mat with me. I also didn’t fancy a proper nappy bag based on my experiences last time, so I opted for a Tiba + Marl changing clutch which I can put in any bag. It’s got a nice soft (and removable) mat to lie the baby on, and various compartments. I’ve packed a pack of size 1 nappies, some Weleda nappy cream in a small size, some cotton balls and some wipes, along with some nappy bags.

I think last time we did use Pampers at the hospital as I’d got them free from Boots – not sure if Boots have stopped doing the free deals, or whether I don’t qualify as this is baby 2, but as I very soon moved onto Naty by Nature Babycare Nappies which I much preferred for several reasons, I just bought the Naty ones straight away this time. I did try washable nappies, but I never found anything that fitted Pip properly and we suffered all sorts of leaking and in the end, I decided enough was enough. The Naty ones are “eco nappies [which] are completely unbleached, contain no latex, fragrance, or TBT (tributyltin), and are hypo-allergenic” and are also biodegradable and compostable. On a more aesthetic note, they are appealing plain, and they also smelt much better than other brands. {We did of course use and love Huggies swim pants and have saved a variety of packs of them for use with this baby}. I also packed Nature Babycare wipes, although we also use WaterWipes too.
The Little Pip | Packing hospital bag for baby
Muslin cloths – these are pretty essential and have many uses. Last time I used a bunch of plain white ones, and had some Aden + Anais swaddles but those are so associated with Pip that (a) they belong to her and (b) I wanted this baby to have a different look. I decided to go for a different colour scheme and bought grey, mint and eau de nil ones, mainly when I was in Copenhagen a few weeks ago. For the hospital, I’ve packed 3 smaller squares and 2 swaddle cloths. I also packed a white cotton cellular blanket, a wool one that has been knitted especially for this baby and a thicker pram blanket which a friend bought me. I may also pack the white shawl that my late grandmother knitted depending on the weather when we go. I’ve packed all of the muslin cloths in one of those muslin drawstring bags that you get when you buy things from Aesop.

The Little Pip | Packing hospital bag for baby
The Little Pip | Packing hospital bag for baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then the baby clothes – I’ve packed a selection of short and long sleeved vests, little trousers, sleep suits, 2 hats and 2 little cardigans, one of which Pip wore at the hospital and that I also wore when I was a baby, and one of which has been knitted especially for this baby by my mother-in-law. To be perfectly honest, none of these suits have been bought new this time round, although one or two are new for this baby. I bought some plain white Petit Bateau suits from my favourite second hand designer shop in Copenhagen, and my mum bought it a couple of little grey things, also second hand, but mainly, these are things that Pip wore when she was born. That little bee suit was the first thing she wore, and the striped hat was her first hat. I like the fact that Pip wore them, then my little niece 2 years later, and now this baby will wear them too.

I have bought the baby some bigger clothes, of course, who could resist – I’ve just bought them in either sizes 0-3 or bigger, and the things I’ve packed for the hospital are mainly newborn, with a couple of 0-3. M can always bring in some more things if we need something bigger… The suits below are from a variety of places, including JoJo Maman Bebe (the navy striped suit and hat), Mothercare (the plain white long sleeved suits) but I couldn’t find any of them available online, other than the plain Petit Bateau ones which you can still buy new – link below.
The Little Pip | Packing hospital bag for baby

Hopefully, I haven’t missed anything essential! Do let me know if anyone has any other suggestions!

1 | Burp clothes from Done by Deer 2 | Etta changing clutch from Tiba + Marl 3 | Naty by Nature Babycare Size 1 Newborn Nappies 4 | Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Cream 5 | White cellular blanket from Mothercare 6 | Selection of long and short sleeve suits

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7 Comments

  1. Pooslet March 24, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    It doesn’t seem real that a little one is on the way, yet, soon here (s)he will arrive. I can’t wait to meet her/him.

    XXX

    • thelittlepip March 25, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      I know – seems crazy to think we will be a family of four in not too long. x

  2. Helena March 25, 2016 / 10:30 am

    How exciting! I’ve followed your blogs in their various iterations for so long and I love reading your updates, especially on all things baby related now that I have one of my own…

    I found the wrap over style vests to be so useful and so much easier on a newborn than over the head style vests. La Redoute does offers on multipacks if you need any more.

    Good luck! X

    • thelittlepip March 25, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks Helena, and lovely to hear from a long time reader. Good tip on the wrap over vests – we did have one or two for Pip, and I’d forgotten about La Redoute for a place to get baby clothes. I used to buy clothes from their catalogue when I was a teenager! Congratulations on your baby x

  3. Polly March 26, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    so close!! I always loved packing a bag ready {even though I had home births, I packed one just in case}… nothing beats tiny, white baby grows!

  4. Katie Albury March 28, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I have my maternity bag post still in drafts and it’s nearly a year ago now haha! Love this time…it was so exciting finishing work and just focusing on the new arrival. I think I packed my bags about 10 times (I took three too!) The best thing I did take with me was a feeding cushion which I used as an extra pillow and even ended up giving birth with it behind me! x

  5. Alison March 28, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    That changing clutch looks fab! Eek, not long to go now!

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