Inside Stylish Mumma’s Hospital Bag

Okay, I am going to admit something straight off the bat – when I had my first daughter Evie, I was completely underprepared. Not in the sense that I didn’t pack enough (you will get a good giggle when I mention some of the ‘essentials’ I did pack in my hospital bag). No, I was underprepared in the sense that I had no idea what was coming. Of course people would tell me labour didn’t tickle and that it wasn’t really like what you see on television, but my Mum – and bless her for not freaking me out, told me that giving birth was like, and I quote her directly here ‘having a big poo’. Put it this way, after I had Evie, I suggested to my Mum that she seek medical advice ASAP! But I digress, to cut a long story short, I was induced due to being overdue, so I knew exactly when I was going to be giving birth. In addition to straightening my hair, shaving my legs and applying my make up the morning I was due to give birth (time that would have been better spent in bed resting for the day ahead), I packed my hair dryer (full-size, not travel), hair straightener and full make up bag – these items did not see the light of day during my 48 hour hospital stay.

Second time around, I feel like I have it a bit more sussed – although part of me (the unrealistic part) does aspire to look like Kate Middleton when I leave my little suburban hospital. Here is what makes up ‘my side’ of the hospital bag.

  • 1 x old nightie for birth
  • 1 x button front Sussan nightie
  • 2 x pyjama pants from Cotton On Body
  • 2 x breastfeeding tanks from Kmart
  • 1 x loungewear outfit from Cotton On Body featuring printed, cotton harem pants and long sleeve lose-fit tee
  • Bonds breastfeeding tank to wear under tee to allow for easy breastfeeding access
  • Sussan hooded zip up jacket
  • This one is probably not necessary, but I’ve also packed a ‘leaving hospital’ outfit, should I feel like getting dressed. I’ve gone with a striped Cotton On maxi skirt, vibrant orange Metalicus lose-neck tank, Just Jeans chambray shirt and black rubber thongs.
  • 8 x pairs of full brief cotton underwear from Kmart
  • 3 x pairs of socks
  • 3 x breastfeeding bras from Loveable
  • Slippers from Cotton On Body

In the way of toiletries, I am still going to pack a little bit of makeup (concealer, bronzer, cream blush and lip gloss only) because if I am feeling up to it, covering my under-eye bags and giving my face a wash of colour does make me feel good. Other more essential items include:

  • Maternity pads
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Travel size body wash
  • Loofah
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner
  • Travel size facial cleansing wipes
  • Travel size deodorant
  • Shower cap
  • Bepanthen
  • Hair ties and pins
  • Travel size cotton buds
  • Hairbrush
  • Face moisturizer

For baby number two, I have packed with practicality top of mind. With Evie I packed fussy little onsies and stressed to my mum that if I had a girl, she was to bring some baby headbands pronto. What I learnt is more buttons mean more work, the Marquise nightie soon became Evie’s staple nightwear because in the middle of the night when I was knee deep in nappy changing, all I needed to do was lift the nightie to change her nappy and re-swaddle her. Oh and the headband – when she was born, I was so scared that I might break her that there was no way I was going to be putting a headband on her soft little head. With these lessons in mind, here is my baby checklist:

  • 2 x Marquise nighties
  • 2 x Marquise onsies
  • 1 x Seed onsie
  • 4 x Marquise singlets
  • 2 x socks
  • 2 x mittens
  • 2 x cotton hats
  • 3 x extra-large swaddle wraps
  • 1 x cellular blanket
  • 1 x packet of newborn nappies
  • 1 x packet of fragrance-free baby wipes

All that is left to do now is download my favourite ‘you can do it’ songs and burn them to CD – I envisage myself belting out Eye of the Tiger as I birth baby #2.

  • Who’s my Little Instababy? Parenting in a Digital World

    It is a fact of life that every parent is proud of their baby and believes their little person is the most beautiful in the world.  Social media has become the perfect platform to share the pride, but at what point does sharing and caring cross safety boundaries? And when does a little become too much?

  • Dental Care for Babies and Young Children

    We’ve always known that baby teeth are important. But now we understand even more about what we need to do to protect our children’s teeth. And why it’s essential that we do. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease.  In Australia - around 50% of children will have at least one hole in their teeth by the age of 5 years. But this can be largely prevented by following just a few simple steps.

  • Baby & Toddler Massage - Does it Really Help Sleep?

    Massage has a noble history relating to his benefits, not just for young children but for adults as well. Some cultures use massage as a routine part of their overall health and well-being, particularly Asian and African countries. For others, it is more of a strategy used for stress management and general relaxation. 

  • How to Calm a Crying Baby

    Learning how to calm a crying baby can feel like a draining, never-ending endeavour for a new parent. Sometimes there’s an easy fix: feeding, a burp, a nappy change… Other times it might feel like you’ve done everything in your power, but the baby just keeps on crying. If you can’t identify a reason for it, your baby might just be feeling overwhelmed, tired or upset. So, how to calm a crying baby in this situation?

  • Tips for Supporting Your Partner in Labour

    Many women who have experienced labour and childbirth reflect on the support they received from their partner or other support person. Sharing the pleasure and the pain at such a special time, can make it a completely amazing experience.  

Where are you in your journey?

All journeys are unique and exciting, so we have matched our courses to your current stage of pregnancy or parenting. Simply select where you're up to below.

>