My hospital bags – what have I packed?

A photograph of two packed hospital bags_ the first is the toTs Voyage Changing Bag in Dark Grey Melange and the second (just seen) is from Cath Kidston _ includes the title "My hospital bags - what have I packed?"_Mrs H's favourite things

Last weekend, I began to feel that Little Mister H might make an early appearance. And I panicked! I hadn’t written a birth plan and my hospital bags weren’t packed.

Spurred on by the thought of Little Mister H arriving into chaos I packed my bags and wrote my plan.

And I feel much happier knowing that I’m ready for Little Mister H’s arrival (well, as ready as I will ever be).

A photograph of two packed hospital bags_ the first is the toTs Voyage Changing Bag in Dark Grey Melange and the second (just seen) is from Cath Kidston _ includes the title "My hospital bags - what have I packed?"_Mrs H's favourite things

What have I packed in my hospital bags?

Knowing what to pack in a hospital bag is difficult. And I get confused by the online hospital bag checklists.

So I decided to create my own checklist. And in this post, I want to share the essentials that I have packed in my hospital bags.

A photograph of a spread from a bullet journal that includes a hand-written copy of what is being packed in my hospital bag for when in labour _ My hospital bag _ what have I packed? _ Mrs H's favourite things

If you want the full rundown of what I have packed and why then you’ll need to watch my vlog – My hospital bags – what have I packed?:

Little Mister H’s hospital bag

Little Mister H’s hospital bag is the toTs by SmarTrike Voyage Changing Bag in Dark Grey Mélange* and is fabulous.

I have never seen a changing bag that is this spacious (it is filled with extra pockets and bags) and stylish.

The outside material is waterproof and can be wiped down. The dark grey fabric is practical and Mr H is very pleased that it is a more masculine changing bag than our current floral bag.

I love the size of this bag and I was surprised at how much it holds.

It is going to be perfect when I have to cart around the belongings of a three-year-old and a newborn. Plus, I can use it as a backpack which means it is ideal for babywearing.

Little Mister H’s hospital bag essentials are:

– 2 large blankets, 3 muslins and 1 Gro-swaddle

Crystal Blue Bunny Bamboo Swaddle Blanket from Bambini & Me* – gorgeous design and so soft!

–  Matching Crystal Blue Bunny Bamboo Romper from Bambini & Me*

A photograph of three baby products from a company called Bambini & Me that have been placed on a crochet rainbow blanket - the products are still in their packaging and include a Bamboo Swaddle Blanket, a Bamboo Romper and some Bamboo Breast pads _ My hospital bags_what have I packed? _ Mrs H's favourite things

– A changing mat, newborn nappies, a packet of WaterWipes* (perfect for delicate newborn skin) and cotton wool

– Baby hat, socks, 4 short-sleeved bodysuits (all from Mothercare) and 3 sleepsuits (from Boots Mini Club)

– Outfit for going home – Dino Print Baby Sleepsuit from JoJo Maman Bébé, a cardigan and booties

Starry Elly Soother by Jellycat

– I forgot to mention in the vlog that we will also be taking an ice bag filled with freezer bags of harvested colostrum. I have recently produced a video about taking anti-depressants during pregnancy which explains why I am harvesting colostrum for Little Mister H.

My hospital bag

My hospital bag is the beautiful Blossom Birds Large Slip Pocket Shoulder Bag by Cath Kidston that I treated myself to in the sale.

My hospital bag essentials are:

– Maternity notes

– My Tablets and painkillers

– An old maternity nightdress for labour

– Slippers, maternity robe and nightdress (from F&F at Tesco)

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra in Charcoal* – a beautifully soft and supportive nursing bra.

– An outfit to wear home

– Knickers and maternity pads

– Nipple shields and Lansinoh HPA Lanolin

Bamboo Breast and Nursing Pads from Bambini & Me* – These reusable bamboo breast pads are perfect for the skin on breasts is very sensitive and can often become irritated.

– A pillow, towel and flannel

– Mobile phone and charger

– A wash bag containing:

– Basic toiletries – deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

– A packet of WaterWipes* – These wipes are perfect for my hugely sensitive skin.

Odylique Calming Rose Super Tonic* – Mr H has orders to spritz me with this calming and cooling spray during labour.

Odylique Calendula Balm* – I plan to use this balm as a luxurious face cream after giving birth.

Hope’s Relief Goat’s Milk, Shea and Cocoa Butter Body Wash* – This body wash is ideal for soothing tired and sore skin during my first shower after the baby is born.

What Skin Needs Skin Balm* – I’ll use this balm to soothe any skin that gets sore, dry and irritated in hospital.

I hope that this post and video are helpful. Please let me know if you think that I have forgotten anything? Also, if you’re looking for more inspiration on what to include in your hospital bag, then check out this post from Lukosaurus and Me and find out what is in Rachael’s hospital bag.





I was sent a number of products for the purpose of this post. These are clearly marked with an *. As always all words, photographs and opinions are my own and I will only write about products that I love and I am happy to recommend.


  • Reply
    July 7, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    You are certainly well prepared my love, good luck with it all!

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      July 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much. I’ll be happy for him to arrive any time now. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy
    July 7, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Soo organised! My bags were packed a few weeks before my due date but I just fit in whatever I could! x

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      July 8, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks for your comment lovely. Ha ha! I love that you just fitted in everything you could. Whereas I left mine to the last minute to make sure that everything I will need was in it. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    July 7, 2016 at 6:33 am

    You seem so organised what a great list. My bag was packed quite late into pregnancy with my son.

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      July 7, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I promise you, I don’t feel organised. And I was really panicking before I had these bags packed. I hope this list can help other mums-to-be feel less confused about what to pack. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Rebecca | AAUBlog
    July 6, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    you seem so organised, I’m impressed! I loved the water wipes on my little ones – couldn’t be bothered with the cotton wool and water bowl haha. good luck, not too long left 🙂 xx

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      July 6, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I am excited about using the WaterWipes (is that sad?!). When Little Miss H was born, the midwives never used cotton wool and water they just kept using baby wipes. I felt a little uneasy about it. But these look so gentle and lovely that I am quite happy to use them on my newborn baby boy. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Hayley Smith
    July 6, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    You have some lovely things packed for Mister H and I love the bag too. The swaddle and rompers look lovely, at least you are now prepared for whenever he arrives!! I always felt so much better once the bags were packed 🙂 xx

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      July 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I feel so much better now that I am packed and ready for a rush to the hospital. I adore the swaddle blanket and romper too. The design is stunning and they are so beautifully soft. I just need Little Mister H here so that I can put all these gorgeous clothes etc. on him. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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