Bringing your newborn into the world is an exhilarating experience, but it also requires some careful planning, especially when it comes to packing your hospital nappy bag. As the proud owner of Kate Inglish Designs, specialising in baby gift hampers and all things baby, I've learned a thing or two about what essentials are truly indispensable. Here are my top 20 must-have items for your hospital nappy bag:
1. Wilson & Frenchy Newborn Zipsuits: These adorable zipsuits with fold-over cuffs for feet and hands make dressing your baby a breeze while keeping them snug.
2. Baby Singlets: A few extra singlets always come in handy, providing an extra layer of warmth for your little one.
3. Reusable Breast Pads: Essential for nursing mums, these eco-friendly pads keep you comfortable and dry.
4. Upside Down Peri Bottle: For postpartum healing, this bottle is a game-changer. It offers gentle, soothing relief during recovery.
5. Postpartum Witch Hazel Recovery Wipes: These wipes provide cooling comfort for sensitive areas during the postpartum period.
6. Dummies: You just never know when you'll need them, especially during those late-night hours.
7. Jersey or Muslin Swaddles: I prefer jersey wraps because they allow for a tighter, cosier swaddle that helps babies sleep better.
8. Birth Announcement Disc + Sharpie Pen: Capture the moment with a sweet birth announcement, and don't forget a sharpie pen for that personal touch.
9. Snacks and Lollies: Keep your energy up during labor with some quick and easy snacks.
10. Phone Charger: You'll take hundreds of photos, so make sure you have a long cord for convenience.
11. Journal and Pen: Write down your feelings and emotions, capturing the special moments during this incredible journey.
12. Nappies and Baby Wipes: Stock up on these essentials to keep your baby clean and comfortable.
13. OiOi Signature Nappy Backpack: A stylish and practical bag designed to carry all your baby's necessities.
14. Baby's Going-Home Outfit: Choose a cute outfit for your baby's first adventure outside the hospital.
15. Hospital Bag Organisers: Keep your bag neat and organised with pouches or organisers.
16. Sanitiser, Nipple Cream, Ear Plugs, Hand Cream: These little extras can make your stay more comfortable.
17. Loose-Fitting PJs and Singlets: Comfy sleepwear is essential for a good night's rest.
18. Keepsake Baby Blanket: A soft, cosy blanket for your baby's first memories.
19. Comfortable Maternity Pads: These are a post-birth essential to keep you feeling comfortable and dry.
20. Sibling Gift Bags: Don't forget to celebrate the newest family member with a thoughtful gift for siblings.
With these 20 essential items, you'll be well-prepared for your hospital stay and those precious first moments with your newborn. Congratulations on this exciting new chapter in your life, and best wishes for a smooth and joy-filled journey into parenthood!