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Pregnancy Diary – week 33 – Packing your hospital bag

Pregnancy Diary - Week 33

Written by Ashlea Harvey

Ashlea is getting prepared this week, by packing her pregnancy hospital bag and cleaning her baby car seat. In between all the preparations, she has been sure to take some time off to spend with the family, as very soon three will become four.

In the last few days, I have zipped and unzipped my hospital bag at least 10 times, it seems there is always something you come across that you need in hospital. The best tip I have heard so far, is to pack two bags: one wheely bag for yourself and another nappy bag for baby. I have a red carry on wheely stored in the nursery cupboard, along with the car seat, feeding pillow and baby nappy bag – all for easy access should our trip to the hospital be rushed. I will be moving this all to the car around 37 weeks though. Thankfully, I had done this when I was pregnant with Hannah, as a routine doctor’s visit ended up being an emergency caesar, and I was very relieved I had been over-prepared!

A good place to start is with your bag. You are going to need the following:

  • Identity document
  • Copy of medical aid certificate/letter of authorization
  • Registration forms for your newborn (I just called in to my medical aid)
  • A pen for completing forms
  • Cellphone charger
  • iPad and charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Earphones x 2 (as if hubby is watching tv with you, he will need a pair with an adaptor)
  • Mini speakers, such as ShoX
  • 3 x Annabella pyjama sets with breatfeeding clip top
  • 5 x maternity bras
  • 5 x pairs of panties (I just bought some boy shorts in a size bigger than I normally am, as they will have to accommodate the maternity pads)
  • Slippers and annabella gown
  • Annabella shortsleeve dress to go home in and shoes
  • Cherished Belly Tummy Wrap
  • Annabella Breastfeeding apron
  • Breast pads, such as LilyPadz
  • Nipple Cream
  • Breast Feeding Pillow
  • Soap or shower gel
  • Face wash/make up remover
  • Moisturizer and your night creams
  • Hairbrush and hairbands/clips
  • Make up: foundation, mascara, lip balm (let’s face it – you want to look good in the photos!)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Antiperspirant deodrant
  • Maternity pads (I took the whole bag along as you go through them quickly!)
  • Towel and facecloth (unless you are happy to use the hospital provided ones)
  • Argan Oil (excellent for stretch marks and scar healing once wound heals).

For the baby’s nappy bag, pack the following:

  • 5 baby outfits (I found Hannah fitted well into her newborn clothes and drowned in the 0-3 month sizes – but it all depends on the size of your baby)
  • Baby mittens and booties
  • Baby hats
  • Receiving blanket
  • 2 x swaddling blankets
  • Sensitive skin wet wipes
  • New born nappies
  • Weeping wound powder (I chose to use this rather than surgical spirits for Hannah’s belly button – it worked extremely well and dried out her belly button beautifully)
  • Pure Beginnings Organic baby range (cream, body wash, bum cream and cloth)
  • Cottonwool balls
  • Your baby book – I chose to follow Tizzie Hall’s Save Our Sleep method

I have also added the following extras, as Hannah will be coming to visit me in hospital, and I am anxious about the introduction of a new baby to her little world:

  • 3 x wrapped presents from baby to Hannah (For Hannah to open each day she visits, with little presents, such as a teddy, a book about becoming a big sister, and a little toy).
  • Snacks for Hannah’s visits to us in hospital (dried fruit, crackers, sweeties)
  • Juice boxes
  • A book/activity for Hannah


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