Baby Checklist, Hospital Bag

Baby Checklist

A lot of mums in their second trimester start to have a melt down as they don’t have a baby checklist, don’t know what to buy and how many items to buy. You can get carried away by buying baby clothes and spending a lot. My suggestion is stick to the basics at a reasonable price. I am 27 weeks pregnant now and I haven’t yet purchased anything. I do have my baby shower coming up and I will wait to see what gifts I will receive. However I still like to be organised with a baby checklist which I have prepared one after speaking to experienced mums.

What should I pack during Labour – Hospital Bag

Start preparing your hospital bag around 34 weeks. I only have 7 more weeks to go, eeekkk!! This is the time to gather all your baby essentials you need during labour, birth and after your baby is born.

  • All your documents, including your birth plan and maternity notes
  • Maternity bra, Maternity Pads
  • Dressing gown; preferable a light one, dark in colour to hide any stains
  • Slippers which will be easier to get off and on.
  • Socks, to keep you warm during labour
  • Loose maternity clothes; bring a spare set just incase you need to change through labour. A maternity top with front opening which will make it easier for breast feeding.
  • Pillow; its always nice to rest on your pillow as you may be a while in the hospital
  • Creams or massage oils to help you relax during labour
  • Toiletries; lip balm, hair bands and hair brush
  • Towels; Face Towel, Bath towel
  • Underwear; at least 2 comfy old ones, preferable cotton ones
  • Plastic Bag; for any dirty clothing
  • Antiseptic cleaning wipes, for those who are concerned about the quality of the hospital cleanliness
  • Snacks and Drinks; energy drinks to keep you going, snack bars, nuts, raisins, bananas
  • Entertainment; bring your own MP3 Player, Ipod, headphones (I will be bringing my relaxation music, to help during breathing)

What to pack for my baby? 

I do suggest to leave your baby’s hospital bag in the car until you have given birth saves you carrying another bag.

  • Nappies bring at least 12, in case you might have to stay over night. Newborns do go through at 12-15 nappies a day)
  • Nappy bags
  • 2 or 3 sleep suits and vests
  • Pack of wipes
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Folding up changing mat or towel
  • Baby Blanket; (Pram size) I prefer the baby cellular blankets which I will be taking with me
  • Muslin Squares; for wiping up any milk your baby brings up
  • Scratch Mitts, Hat, 1 pair of socks or booties
  • Car seat; make sure this is placed in your car securely to take your baby home

Junior Joy Muslins – Your baby will go through at least 8-10 muslins a day. You will need a few in the house, in your car in your changing bag. Muslins are really a mother’s best friend!

Junior Joy Muslin Squares

Blankets/Receiving Blankets. Cellular blankets have been used many years ago and they still use them today, they are light and breathable. I suggest to start off with the pram size to pack in your baby’s hospital bag. If you have a cot or a cot bed you can buy those sizes too.

Junior Joy Cotton Cellular Blanket

Junior Joy Scratch Mitts – These mitts will help prevent your baby scratching his/hers face whilst sleeping. Baby Scratch Mitts


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