Packing my bag for labour and birth

I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with my first baby boy. My hospital bag has been halfway packed for a while, and now it is time to close it once and for all!

I plan to deliver my baby to my local birth centre. The midwives there aim to send you home between six to 24 hours after birth. And that is why I tried to pack everything I might need and want during labour without going overboard. It is also worth mentioning that we live about ten minutes away from the hospital – should the baby or me need something, my husband can quickly get it for us.

Skincare and beauty essentials I packed for labour and birth

A quick foreword: speaking of skincare and beauty items, I tend to be quite minimalistic in my everyday life – basically, I will pack what I use daily.

  • Face soap
  • Face cream
  • Face wipes
  • Thermal water
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Hair ties
  • Hair band
  • Hair clip
  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Almond oil

Postpartum and other mum things I packed for labour and birth

  • Lavender essential oil (for aromatherapy)
  • Breastfeeding bras
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Disposable underwear
  • Slippers
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Two-pieces loungewear sets
  • Loungewear T-shirt
  • Bikini top (for water birth)
  • Facecloths
  • Birth affirmations
  • Change of clothes for going home

Baby items I packed for labour and birth

  • Blanket
  • Muslins
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Bodysuits

Tech items I packed for labour and birth

  • Phone chargers
  • Tripods
  • Headphones

Snacks and drinks I packed for labour and birth

  • Sneakers
  • Mixed nuts
  • Jaffa Cakes
  • Haribos
  • Lucozade

Other items I packed for labour and birth

  • Tens machine: I rented this for ridiculously cheap and plan to use it for pain management since early labour at home.
  • Pillowcases: a friend recommended I bring my own pillows to the hospital. I am not sure about this, as I want to avoid overpacking. In case I decide to do so, I bought some cheap pillowcases to bring along.
  • Maternity notes

Finally, we have been collecting and storing colostrum since week 37, as per my midwives directions – we will pack that at the very last minute before leaving for the birth centre.

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Have a lovely rest of your day,


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