As we have just over 2 weeks until our due date, I’ve been frantically trying to make sure everything is ready for Baby Girl’s Arrival. Mostly tidying and organising the nursery and packing my hospital bag. I’ve finally finished packing it, aside from one thing that’s being delivered tomorrow so I thought I’d share what’s in my hospital bag.
After many hours of deciding if I’ve got a big enough bag already or if I need to buy a new one, I’ve chosen a white bag that I bought a few years ago and usually use as a large carry on bag for holidays. Which, it turns out doesn’t quite fit everything in so I may need to re-arrange. I’ve also got 3 toiletries bags inside this bag from Primark, to fit bits and pieces in to make it more organised and hopefully easier to find.
So, inside the bags…
The Minnie Mouse bag contains the bigger toiletries:
- Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution which I use to cleanse and refresh my face.
- Boots Strawberry Body Wash
- Bio Oil and Palmers Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter which I#ve been using for my bump to keep the skin soft although they’ve not prevented stretch marks at all. My belly is like a road map!
- Dove Invisible Care Roll on Deodorant
- Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Face Cloth which I plan on using to cool myself down during labour (damp of course).
- Pack of breast pads from Asda
- Pack of Maternity Pads
The polkadot bag:
- NSPA Mama to Be Soothing Nipple Balm. I’m planning to breast feed so this will be essential.
- The Original Champneys Health Spa Citrus Blush Body Lotion which I’ve been using on my hands as it smells incredible, the smell reminds me a lot of summer and sun cream.
- Superdrug Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream and Moisture Boost Facial Serum. I absolutely swear by these products my skin has felt so soft since using them, and I used to have really dry skin. They’re also very very cheap and are usually also on offer! They make my face feel so refreshed and I think I’ll need that after giving birth!
- Aveda Lavender Fleurs Oil (being delivered tomorrow). As we are using hypnobirthing part of our plan is to create a relaxing environment so the smell of lavender is supposed to help with that.
The Beauty and the Beast bag:
- Tangle Teaser and a range of hair bobbles and hair clips to manage my long hair during and after birth.
- A small compact mirror
- Loreal True Match Concealer in the shade Rose Ivory, just to pop round my eyes to hide the bags when my mother starts taking photos!
- Nip and Fab Highlighter Pallet just for when we’re going home, I may not use this at all, but at least I’ll have it if I do want to look a little more alive.
- Nip and Fab Mascara
- A highlighter brush, bronzer brush, small beauty blender and eyebrow/ eyelash comb
- Nivea Blueberry Blush Lip Balm, which smells beautiful and really moisturises my lips.
The rest of the bag:
- Going home outfit- Grey Very maternity leggings, pink H&M nursing vest top and a black hoody. I wanted an outfit that was comfortable but still cute.
- 2 Nursing Bras from Very
- Asda pack of 4 black high waisted big knickers
- White fluffy slippers which were a gift at my baby shower
- 3 silky button-up nighties, one in burgundy which is plus size and two maternity ones in pink an navy blue, all from Boohoo. I found it really hard to find really nice button-up nighties as they all looked so granny-fied but these are beautiful. I went for button-up ones so I can easily breastfeed.
- Thin Grey summer dressing gown from M&S, it’s quite big fitting, but I prefer that to something better fitted, purely for comfort.
- Owl wheat bag, which can be heated up if I’m cold or to put on my back to relieve some back pain.
Dan is in charge of keeping me comfortable, hydrated and fed so some of the things I need are in his bag:
- Bluetooth speaker and a relaxing playlist, again part of the hypnobirthing.
- Homemade sugar-free flapjacks. As I’ve got gestational diabetes, I need to prevent my blood sugar going too high as this can affect baby’s blood sugar levels. So using oats (barely any sugar), MyProtein sugar-free maple syrup, Canderel sweetener and 90% cocoa dark chocolate (7g of sugar per 100g) I’ve made flapjacks! They’re not the most amazing tasting but they’re pretty good.
- Lucozade zero sugar
- Large bottle of water
- Salt & Vinegar Snack a Jacks
And that’s pretty much it! Seems like a lot of stuff when it’s all written down and I’m sure there are things we won’t even need or use, but I’d rather be prepared and have too much!
Thanks for reading and let me know what you’ve packed in your hospital bags and what and anything you think I’ve missed.