I’ve had little one’s hospital bag mostly packed for a few weeks now. I think it’s fairly safe to say that packing the bag for baby is one of the more exciting parts of prepping for your new arrival. You get to go through their clothes and select the items that feel special enough to be their firsts. First socks, first hat, first vest. For me it was the time when I really started to think about what our little man would look like.
As most first time mums do, I’m sure I’ve over packed but having all my bases covered has helped me feel calm about those first few hours with baby.
The bag we’re using will be our everyday nappy bag, I got it from Amazon. It’s got pockets everywhere which makes it a fantastic hospital bag. I’ve got things tucked away so I can tell my husband exactly where to find the scratch mitts, rather than him having to root around the whole bag looking for anything.
On top there’s a blanket for coming home. This one was made by little one’s Granny.
In the outside pockets I’ve put muslins and water wipes. Will 2 muslins be enough?! I have also packed a pack of cotton wool incase the hospital would prefer we use that.
Inside I’ve put six newborn size nappies and a changing pad, the changing pad is only there because I wanted to make sure it was in the changing bag and didn’t get lost.
There’s a swaddling muslin and hat in case it’s a little chilly.
In the inside back pocket are a few small bits that could easily get lost in the main pocket. These are also items we are less likely to need but that I wanted to pack just incase.
We are still in discussions about the use of a dummy but I’m packing it just in case. Look at those tiny socks!
Clothes next, first I’ve got a selection of “emergency” vests in case we’re in for a little longer and he needs a change of clothes. Two are 0-3 months and one is newborn. We packed a very sweet long-sleeved vest that will most likely not fit him as it’s ‘Small Baby’ size, but if it’s ever going to fit him it’ll be on his first day and would make for some quite nice newborn pictures.
Then I’ve packed six outfits, three newborn size and three 0-3 size. That’s two babygrows for chilling out in the hospital (one in each size), a baby grow for if we come home at night (again one in each size) and an outfit for coming home in the day (yep, one in each size). I’ve also packed a cardigan that should fit him no matter how big or small he is…
…unless he’s huge. I hope he’s not huge…