I must have packed, unpacked and then packed my hospital bag at least ten times before I ended up using it! So at 36 weeks when I found out I would need to be induced almost immediately, I was thrown into a frenzy. I had to double-up on nearly everything in my hospital bag! I had one hospital bag for me, one for my baby and one for my partner (which we kept in the car and didn’t end up using). I was prepared and I did end up using everything so I thought I would let you know what I packed and what I would recommend if you found yourself in the same situation. Us mums love a good list, don’t we?
This list might not be that much different than if you weren’t being induced, you just might need more of some certain things. I have previously mentioned in my birth story that my induction took five days because it was a failed induction which ended in a c-section. So this list might seem like a lot but I genuinely used ALL of this and I’m not just saying that. I was on the prenatal ward for four days and then on the postnatal ward for three days. I needed a weeks worth of supplies.
One tip I can give is maybe to split this up into two bags; one for induction because you will be on the prenatal ward. Your partner could then maybe nip it to the car whilst you’re being transferred to the labour ward. Then one for during the labour and then for after whilst you’re still on the labour ward (although I never made it to there)! Another option, that isn’t such a fuss, is to use a medium sized suitcase, it will feel like the longest, two-star “holiday” of your life!
You could also pack another bag to keep at home, sort of like a “just-in-case-of-an-emergency” bag, with things such as, spare underwear, more maternity pads, a change of clothes for dad, etc. Your parents or your second birth partner could bring this with them if you do end up needing it.
Bringing a baby into the world requires a lot of stuff and I would rather have had just a tad too much than not enough. Especially because the hospital I chose to give birth at wasn’t so close to home. So if you end up with a scheduled induction or even a last minute one then I hope you will find this list a very helpful one.
- Underwear – 7 days
- Maternity bra’s – 2/3
- Slippers/Flip flops
- Nightdress to birth in
- Nightwear – 2 (One set for before and one for afte.)
- Dressing Gown
- Clothes for coming home in
- Maternity Pads (If your hospital doesn’t provide them) – 1 pack (I would maybe keep another pack in your emergency bag. I had a c-section and they don’t keep it covered for long so I would place a maternity pad there for extra comfort so I used more than what I would have.)
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Shampoo 2-1 or Dry Shampoo
- Razor (This isn’t an essential really but because my induction ended in a c-section, they want “down there” to be completely fuzz free and I’d read somewhere that if they had to do it for you, they weren’t very careful (eek!). So I took my own and I did end up needing it.)
- Lip Balm
- Hairbrush & Bobbles
- Mini fan or cooling spray
- Mobile & Charger
- Camera? (If you don’t use your phone.)
- Books/Magazines/Kindle (Basically anything that can help you pass the time.)
- Snacks & Drinks
- Some change
- Vests 5-6
- Sleepsuits 5-6
- Outfit for coming home
- Cardigan/Coat/Hat for coming home
- Nappies (If your hospital doesn’t supply them.)
- Cotton Wool/Newborn wipes
- Muslin Cloths
- Bottles & Milk (Again, if your hospital doesn’t supply these.)
- Breastpads (This is the one thing I didn’t need as my milk didn’t come in until the day after I came home BUT it can come in at any moment and these little things are very helpful when it does. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared.)
Good luck, mama!