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What’s in my hospital bag? + Checklist

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What I’m packing in my bag to take to hospital for myself and for bub for my cesarean birth plus a free downloadable hospital bag checklist.

We will be in for 4-5 days as I am having a cesarean so you may not need as much as me but this will give you an outline of things you can pack for you stay.

At the bottom of this article you can download and print your own checklist.

You will also find heaps of links to my product choices. None of this is sponsored just sharing my faves.

WHAT TO PACK FOR MUM:

TOILETRIES:

Maternity Pads x3 packs with wings – COTTONS BRAND

Travel sized body wash

Travel sized shampoo and conditioner

Travel dental pack (toothbrush, floss, paste) – I like to pack one of these so I know its all ready to go and wont forget to grab my one from home.

Deodorant

Lip balm

Mini hand Sanitiser for next to my bed

Face Oil or moisturiser of choice – my favourite for post surgery/birth is the Esmi Peppermint Oil to help with breakouts or for hydrating nourishment Hydrating Acai Oil duo .

BB cream or tinted moisturiser – Esmi BB cream

USE CODE “BRITT15” FOR 15% OFF ESMI SKINCARE AND MINERAL MAKEUP.

Basic makeup

Belly Oil – Nuni Wellness oil (its called Boob oil but is super nourishing for any where on your body)

Nipple Balm Created by a lactation consultant – Maternal Instincts CODE FOR DISCOUNT “NIP10BN”

Hair brush & Hair ties/scrunchie

Essential oils of choice

CLOTHING:

4x maternity singlets BONDS

2x button up night shirts NOT SO MUMSY SLEEP SHIRT

OR COMFORT MAMA SHIRT DRESS

2x button up PJs CACHIA

2x cardigans – open front easy for skin to skin and breastfeeding but still keeps your arms warm in a cold hospital

Lounge wear or trackies

1x outfit for wearing home – a dress or skirt and soft comfy top (remember your body will still be changing and your tummy will still be round and big so make sure you pack something that will fit and is soft and comfy)

UNDERWEAR & SUPPORT:

10x high waisted black undies (if you’re having a csection I find need to come up over wound).

2-3 soft maternity bras/crops

5-6 x pairs of long warm socks

Breast pads – disposable for hospital are easiest.

SRC Recovery shorts ( I couldn’t wear these for a week after my section but I have thrown them in just in case I can this time. These are such a great product for recovery and I 100% recommend them to all mamas especially for returning to walking and then exercise post baby)

New beginnings support band can be worn during pregnancy & after – I bought from Baby Bunting.

Note: Most hospitals will also provide you with tubi-grip band for post birth support for a cesarean. Other suggestions were high waist support underwear from Kmart or Target, belly bands or bellybandit brands support brace -I’m still thinking about one for after hospital).

WHAT TO PACK FOR BABY:

CLOTHING:

4-5 Long zip/wondersuits BONDS WONDERSUITS

4 basic long sleeve body suits TWO DARLINGS OR BONDS

4x singlets

1x going home outfit

Beanie

Booties, mittens and socks

BABY CARE

Newborn Nappies (our hospital provides 1 small pack of nappies but I take extra. Check with your hospital what they provide)

1 Large packet Fragrance free or water Wipes

Body wash & barrier nappy cream ( in case we need & prefer our own choice in brands)

Dummies/soothers – 2x different brands/shapes

OTHER THINGS TO PACK:

Birth plan/wishes written down

Medicare and private health care cards

Name Plaque and other items for announcement photo – bow, blanket etc ZILVI

Sibling gift – a small plush toy for a toddler or a quiet activity they can do in the hospital and a comforter toy from the toddler/older kids for baby.

Car seat/capsule installed in car

Sleep mask – always helps me sleep when in hospital with all the lights and distractions.

Book, magazine, earphones.

Camera for photos of birth and in hospital and charger

Memory card for camera – check enough storage available

Phone charger with extra long cord

Snacks – Krumbled Beauty Bites or Nutraorganics Wholefood bars

Bone Broth powder for post birth nourishment (mix with hot water) NUTRAORGANICS  

You can use code “BRITT15” for 15% off all Nutraorganics.

Nursing Pillow – optional

DOWNLOAD YOUR CHECKLIST TO PRINT FOR PACKING HERE

I hope this blog has helped you to pack your bag too! This is a hospital bag Checklist for cesarean but you can always simply modify for yourself.

Send me a message if you have any questions or if you think I’ve forgotten anything important. Good luck with your birth and hospital stay my beautiful mamas xx

ARE YOU HAVING A CESAREAN BIRTH TOO? READ ABOUT

“PREPARING FOR A POSITIVE CSECTION BIRTH” HERE

With Love,

Brittany XX

Mar 25, 2021

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  1. Lauren Aumann says:

    This was so helpful. Thank you 🙂

  2. Emma says:

    Such a good list! Packing my bag on the weekend!!
    What gift did baby give millie? Thinking of doing the same! X

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