Everyone has an opinion on the kinds of things you will or won’t need when you begin the process of bringing your baby into the world. I’m of the opinion that you won’t know what you want until you get into that situation. Every woman and every birth is different and, especially if it’s your first labour, you just won’t know what to expect. I’m going to be writing a couple of posts surrounding this very subject, meaning what it is that I’ve packed in my hospital bags, both for me and for the baby. You don’t have to agree with everything I include, but I’ll give you an idea as to why I’ve chosen these items and why I think they will prove useful when the time comes. This first post is all about what I’m packing for baby, so this one may be a little more obvious in terms of why I’m including them, as most are super practical but it doesn’t hurt to go through them with you. With just a few weeks to go, I’m glad I have all this stuff sorted and can at least say that I have this task checked off my list.
Babymel Changing Bag
It took me a while to find the changing bag that I wanted to buy and use for baby, for several different reasons. Some offered lots of practicality but weren’t necessarily the kind of bag I’d want to carry around with me on an everyday basis. Some looked great, but seemed too small for the multiple uses it needed. When I came across this one by Babymel it seemed to tick all of the boxes. It has one large main area and then just a couple of extra pockets, nothing too fussy or complicated. It also comes with a useful travel changing mat and insulated bottle holder, so it also offers those extra features. Plus, it’s the kind of bag that I’d choose to carry around as a handbag regardless of it being a changing bag. It has a gorgeous gold heart print inside and a few handle options, so I’m really happy with it and can’t wait to start using it.
This may seem pretty obvious, but I’ve packed a few different items of clothing ready to pop baby into once we’ve had plenty of skin-to-skin contact and she’s out of the hospital towel. I’ve included sleep suits mostly so she’ll be the right temperature and are super easy to change if they get dirty and I’ve also included a couple of sizes given we don’t know how big or small she is. We’ve also got a little going home outfit and a cardigan to make sure we’re ready once we leave the hospital.
There are various numbers out there in regards to how many nappies you should pack for your new babe, but I’ve gone with 10 of the newborn size. I figure that’ll be about right, and I can always ask family to pick up some more if we require them.
As well as the nappies, we have packed all the things we’ll need for changing our newborn. Cotton wool and nappy cream are the main things; I don’t think we’ll use the wipes until she’s a few days old, but there in there for any other cleaning up we might need to do. I also put the cotton wool into a little jar, rather than packing the whole bag so it wasn’t bulky and taking up too much room. Free little tip for you there.
Probably not super necessary but I figure if it saves her from getting covered in milk/sick in the first few hours, then I might as well pack them as see if we use them. They don’t take up much room.
Mittens, Socks and Hats
All the things that will keep her just a little warmer. I don’t know what the weather is going to be like when we leave the hospital so it’s best to take a few of these little extras to ensure she’s warm enough for the journey home. I’ve packed a couple of each of these things, again, purely in case of them getting dirty in any way.
To wipe up spills, to swaddle our little one, to protect clothes from soiling, these cloths have so many uses that it’d be silly not to pack at least a couple. I’ve got a three-pack in the bag, just to be sure, and I have so many more at home ready for when we bring little girl home.
I’ve packed a couple of blankets, one for sleeping /cuddling and one to put over baby once she’s in her car seat. One is shop-bought and the other was kindly knitted by my mum, so I’m excited to bring her home wrapped in something so lovingly made by her grandmother. Again, it’s weather dependant, we might need to double up if it’s cold, but two blankets are more than enough for that purpose and we’ll be outside for such a short period of time that we’ll be more than prepared.
I’ve popped a little Mickey Mouse cuddly toy into the bag too, more so for myself than anything else. This was also a gift, so it’s nice that she’ll have it on the day she’s born – I’m hoping we’ll keep it for a long time to come!
I like to think I’ve kept it pretty minimal when it comes to packing things for the baby, given that I feel like I’ve just gone with the essentials, but I may have forgotten something vital. If you have any tips for me then just let me know as I’d really appreciate it. I’ll be writing another post about the bag I’ve packed for myself (so much more) so expect that soon.