I am always organised. I did have a hospital bag for baby packed at 8 months (even though I was a C Section). This proved handy when one little boy wanted to break out earlier than expected and I didn’t have a bag packed for me.
It is difficult to know what you need to pack for a baby, especially when you may need something which you don’t have with you. You know what you want, but your partner (bless his/her heart) will try to buy you something else. Leading to more stress and drama.
Baby Car Seats
One thing I recommend sorting out in second trimester is your baby car chair (I didn’t second time around). I left my husband to clean the chair while I was in hospital (thank goodness he is a perfectionist). Know how to put the chair in the car and how it works in general.
See below a list of have to haves in your Hospital Bag for Baby:
- Baby Grows/Rompers: Light weight baby grows for summer or vests and thicker baby grows for winter (you need socks if your baby grows do not have feet).
- Blankets: the hospital nurses kept swaddling my baby so have a blanket or two extra handy. I swear by muslin cloths, they are so useful.
- Nappies size one. As a newborn I always used the cheaper brand as I needed to change the nappy like 8-10 times a day.
- Wet Wipes: Just one pack. Also useful for Mom. My hospital used cotton wool.
- Surgical Spirits: My hospital provided this, but you need it at home anyway to continue to clean the umbilical cord.
- Bum cream: Just a small jar. I only used the cream when they had a rash not every single change.
- Cotton wool for the umbilical cord for the surgical spirits (my hospital also had this but you need it at home)
- Bath Soap: when the nursery bath the baby I am not entirely sure if they actually used soap or just water as they bathed the baby