Hospital Bag: Packing for an elective section

I had finally got round to packing my hospital bag 2 weeks ago under duress from my mother – but at the time, I didn’t know whether I would be going for a normal birth or a section.

Unless something happens between now and Thursday, baby will be arriving by sunroof!  So, today, I’ve revisited our bags.

Hospital Bag

In the case:

  • 2 nursing vests
  • 2 nursing nighties
  • 1 normal nighty (bought when there was a possibility of normal labour – I’ll take anyway)
  • Pair of maternity/nursing pj’s
  • Pair of maternity pj bottoms
  • Flip Flops
  • Slippers
  • Various styles of nursing bras (4)
  • Packet of big knickers!

Hospital Bag - Clothes

  • Going home outfit

Going home outfit - me

  • Bath sheet
  • Maternity towels (1 pack, but think will need to take 2!)
  • Breast pads (have decanted into toiletry bag)
  • Plastic bag for dirty items
  • Nappy sacks
  • Toilet bag

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair bobbles
  • Hair band
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Tresemme Heat Defence Spray (if I have to wash my hair)
  • Macadamia hair oil
  • Dry Hair Shampoo (if don’t get to wash hair)
  • Shower gel and shower puff
  • Lansinoh
  • Deodrant
  • Face cream
  • Shower cap

Toilet Bag

  • Kindle – not sure I’ll actually have the time or energy to read – but better to have it!
  • IPhone charger and earphones
  • Rennies
  • Mint humbug sweets
  • Robinsons pocket diluting juice

Still to add

  • Hairbrush
  • Hairdryer/straightners!  Not sure if many people take theirs – I did last time round.  My hair is at a length where its too short to tie back when wet and I have really frizzy hair!
  • Arnica tablets
  • Natural Birthing Company Blissful Tincture as recommended by Jade over at Raising the Rings
  • Facecloth and muslin cloth to use with the Blissful Tincture

In baby’s bag (using my Pacapod Idaho changing bag)

baby clothesGoing home outfit


  • 14 size 1 nappies
  • Packet of cotton wool pads
  • 6 sleep suits
  • 4 vests (think I need to add a couple more!)
  • 4 hats
  • 4 bibs
  • 4 muslin clothes
  • Going home outfit
  • Light blue cardigan
  • White velour jacket
  • White blanket
  • aden + anais swaddle

I will also pack a backpack for hubby with a change of clothes and some toiletries in case he doesn’t get time to have a shower before we head to the hospital.

Have I forgotten anything?  Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Hospital Bag: Packing for an elective section

    1. Thanks! I thought there were so cute when saw them in Next sale before Christmas… And before we knew we were team blue! Let’s hope they fit! x


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