This blog is very much aimed at my fellow mamas-to-be; so many of you have emailed and asked me what I am packing in my hospital bag so now that my bag is finally packed, I thought I’d do a quick blog post on it.

pyIsOG2YqMD3mPRFBmnyWfzkPOCKt-TBSGeKzg9TQUw

The truth is, I am as clueless as anyone else, as a first time mammy, it’s a case of trying to learn as I go. So I know, even before I post this I will be sent so many emails from veteran mammies telling me I am wrong, or a don’t need X and I do need Y and not to be wasting money on one thing or another, but we all have to learn our own ways.  Your advice is all welcome, but this blog post is just my personal preferences on what I am packing 🙂 and I hope that it might be useful for others who are starting to plan their hospital bag So, please… Go easy on me!!

The Bag

I bought myself a new bag for hospital, this is clearly not a necessity and if you have a decent sized weekend bag or holdall already the you are sorted.  I went for this Pink Lining Holdall which I bought in Mothercare, I love the print and the size is ideal for future use again. It’s huge!

Pink Lining Holdall, €100 Shop here
Pink Lining Holdall, €100 Shop here

Other nice holdall/ weekend bag options are:

River Island weekend bag, €80 Shop here
River Island weekend bag, €80 Shop here
Cath Kidston overnight bag, €56 Shop here
Cath Kidston overnight bag, €56 Shop here

What’s in my bag

– Nightdresses/ Pyjamass (see below what I’ve gotten)
– Dressing gown/ robe (see below)
– Slippers
– Warm/ fluffy socks (Got in Dunnes)
– Underwear (think giant granny pants!!!)
– Toothbrush & toothpaste
– Mini bottles of shampoo/ conditioner/ body wash/ body moisturiser
– Face wipes & mini cleanser
– Maternity pads
– Moisturiser
– Some make up (tinted moisturiser/ bronzer)
– Small perfume
– Deoderant
– Lip balm
– Dry shampoo (I only use Batiste)
– Hairbrush & hair bobbles
– Arnica tablets
– Bath/ shower towels
– Snacks
– Phone charger
– Ear phones

What’s in baby’s bag

I’ve two separate bags ready. The second bag is a Longchamp bag:

– Sleepsuits/ babygros x 5
– Short sleeved vests x 5
– Cardigan
– Mittens
– Hat
– Socks
– Cellular blankets x 2
– Fleece blanket x 1
– Swaddle sheets x 2
– Cotton balls (and water wipes cuz not sure which will use in first few days)
– Nappies
– Muslin clothes
– Bibs
– Towels x 2

Maternity Nightwear

I don’t know about you but I have found it tricky getting nice maternity sleep wear/ lounge wear (And before you say it, yes I know lots of you prefer to just go a few sizes up on normal pjs/ nightdresses so that’s a great option too!)

I got some lovely pieces from Elora Maternity, Mothercare and Hot Milk lingerie (LOVE their stuff). Other places that I love for pj’s are Dunnes Stores, Heatons, Penneys, TK Maxx and Debenhams.

Elora Maternity. See their range of sleeper here
Elora Maternity. See their range of sleeper here
Mothercare
Mother care (See range here)
Motehrcare nightdress & robe set
Motehrcare nightdress & robe set (see full range here)
Hot Milk Lingerie (See the full collection here)
Hot Milk Lingerie (See the full collection here)
Hotmilk Lingerie  (Comfiest lunge pants ever) See their full collection here
Hotmilk Lingerie (Comfiest lunge pants ever) See their full collection here

Dressing Gowns/ Robes & Slippers

There are some really gorgeous fluffy robes in Heatons right now – Def worth checking them out. Plus Dunnes Stores have some great ones. I don’t think you need to go for a maternity robe as one size up is usually perfect in a robe but if you did want to go for a maternity one then be sure to check out Mothercare. My pink dressing robe was a gift from my husband and  I really love it!

Ralph Lauren pink dressing robe. Shop here
Ralph Lauren pink dressing robe. Shop here

These faux fur slippers are just so so comfy, I got them a few weeks ago and love them!

Slippers at ASOS, €17 Shop here
Slippers at ASOS, €17 Shop here

Hope you’ve found this useful 🙂

‘Til next time

Naomi xxx