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Hospital Bag Checklists

They say timing is everything, but when it comes to choosing when to pack your hospital bag, there is some flexibility. Ideally, you should try to have your bags packed by around 36/37 weeks pregnant (juuuust in case). You’ll feel more relaxed and prepared, knowing that you have everything you need for your tiny-human’s arrival.

We asked two mommy content creators to share with us their handy Hospital Bag checklist. These lists are an excellent starting point, but every hospital and birth centre does things differently, so ask ahead of time what they will supply and what you need to bring from home.

HOSPITAL READY by Kelly @thehealthyprocess

Getting your hospital bag packed and ready is and can be the first step to feeling organised and prepared for what lies ahead. 
It’s so exciting but can also be daunting with knowing where to start and what to pack. Here is a list you can refer to to help get you started:

Hopsital bag checklist by Kelly

Whats in the bag?

  1. 2x Cherry Melon feeding bras
  2. 2x pairs of socks, slippers and slops
  3. 2x Cherry Melon lounge/PJ sets that are feeding friendly and super comfy
  4. A light bathrobe and 2 long button down sleep T-shirts
  5. Pads, wipes and maternity panties
  6. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, dry shampoo, body wash, face wash, hair brush, lip balm, roll on
  7. Extra: extension cord, 2-point plug, pen, post-its, dim night lights with batteries (instead of using the harsh florescent hospital lights at night)
  8. Snacks, ID documents for Bubs registration and feeding pillow.
  9. Going home outfit

Hope this helps mammas xx Kelly
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THE EXTENSIVE VERSION by Marjolé @coach_mjay

Hi mamas, this checklist will help you prepare everything you’ll need for both yourself and your new baby. 
I’ve used bag organisers to keep bubs things organised in hospital.

Extensive hospital bag checklist

Documents and Admin
  1. ID
  2. Medical Aid Card
  3. Notebook and black pen
  4. Birthplan
Clothes for Mom
  1. Robe
  2. Slippers
  3. Flip flops
  4. Button down shirts
  5. Overlay Feeding Top (Cherry Melon Maternity Wear)
  6. Joggers (Cherry Melon  Maternity Wear)
  7. Button down Pajamas (Cherry Melon Maternity Wear)
  8. Nursing bras (Cherry Melon Maternity Wear)
  9. Cozy socks
  10. Panties (cotton full bottom) disposable ones are a good idea
For Baby
  1. Swaddle blankets
  2. Beanies
  3. Socks
  4. Mittens
  5. Outfits (vests and babygros are always handy)
  6. Nappies
  7. Nail clippers
  8. Pacifier
Going Home
  1. Car seat
  2. Thick blanket
  3. Going home outfit for mom
  4. Going home outfit for baby
Comforts from Home
  1. Ear plugs
  2. Pillow
  3. Towels
Toiletries
  1. Lil-Lets Maternity Pads with wings
  2. Breast pads
  3. Toothpaste
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Nipple cream
  6. Shower gel – a PH balanced or fragrance free one
  7. Shampoo/conditioner/dry shampoo – travel sizes
  8. Hairbrush and hair ties
  9. Hairdryer
  10. Lip balm
  11. Moisturiser for the body and face
  12. A plastic bag for used clothing items
  13. Makeup and whatever else it takes to make you feel human again after delivery
Food & Drinks
  1. Water bottle
  2. Snax
  3. Energy sweets
For Pictures
  1. Birth an announcement outfit
  2. Tripod
Electronics
  1. Cell phone
  2. Cell phone charger
  3. Camera
  4. Camera charger
  5. Speaker / headphones 
Love, Marjolé xx