What’s In My Hospital Bag?

Now that we’re getting down to the wire, I thought I had better start packing my hospital bag in case little fish decides to make an early appearance! I remember with Cal I packed so much stuff I thought I would need according to those checklists you download online, but half of it went unused or it just wasn’t practical for my circumstances. Needless to say I have learnt from experience and have fine tuned my packing skills!

It wasn’t a total shock that I would be booked in again for another cesarean, at least I know what to expect, and what is needed so it has helped me out a lot in terms of what I should include in my bag post recovery. I have my booking date, so its just a matter of counting down the weeks – unless anything drastic changes!

So here we go. I’ll start with baby’s bag first:

(Note: I have only included the essentials for photo purposes :D)


  • 6 onesies
  • 6 singlet suits (I used plain singlets last time & they kept riding up Cal’s back. These ensure they stay put!
  • 2 beanies
  • 3 swaddles
  • 2 baby blankets
  • 1 pack of nappies
  • 1 pack of wipes
  • Baby bottom balm
  • Baby bath wash
  • Bottles/formula/thermo
  • 3 bibs
  • 2 x pacifiers
  • Going home outfit


For me:


  • 3 pairs of pyjamas (why so many? Last time I went through a pair a day due to my hormones going nuts and I sweated & leaked all over them at night
  • 6 pairs of high waisted underwear (yep, you’ll need them
  • 3 nursing bras (no underwire)
  • Pair of slippers
  • Dressing gown
  • 2 packs of maternity pads
  • 1 pack of incontinence pants (TRUST ME, these are amazing for heavy flow, and they sit well above a c-section scar)
  • 5 pairs of cloth nursing pads (bin those disposable ones, they gave me the itches so bad!)
  • Lip balm (You’ll dry out like a prune if you don’t bring any)
  • Nipple cream
  • Toiletries
  • Belly support band (I didn’t use one last time post recovery but I am going to try this time to give more support)
  • Going home outfit



  • Camera
  • Phone & charger
  • Paper & pen (To record feedings/nappy changes etc)
  • Pregnancy pillow
  • Snacks
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