When it came to packing my maternity hospital bag, I needed it to have everything that I would need for between 2-5 days (depending on how the birth went) but not have TOO much as I wasn't taking a suitcase.
Here's what I packed...
Crop Skincare Double Sided Facial Wipes
Antipodes Juliet Brightening Gel Cleanser
ModelCo Replenishing Rose Mist Facial Mist
Nuxe Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Cream
Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
DMK Solar Damage Gel
Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub*
Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Night Lip Treatment
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Roll-OnJurlique Essence Of Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil*
L'Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream
I just packed the basics. Enough skincare to do a basic wash (I knew I wouldn't be wearing make up while in hospital, so I didn't bring a oil cleanser/balm), along with a few luxury items like a lip scrub.
Hospitals are usually very cold and your skin can become dry so I also packed the DMK Solar Damage Gel, which is similar to Hydraluron, to give me added moisture.
To cut down on space, I took a small hand cream instead of a larger size and brought a rollerball perfume from Jurlique instead of bringing a full size perfume.
Hair & Body
Gaia Nipple Balm
Nivea In Shower Body Lotion
Seven Wonders Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo
Kosmea Certified Organic Rosehip Oil*
Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner*
Dove Roll On Deodorant
Here are all of the boring things like a razor, toothpaste, soap, etc.
I bought a mini Nivea In Shower Body Lotion so I could skip bringing a moisturiser as it moisturises you in the shower. I also bought a mini size of the Lush in shower conditioner too (just in case I ran out of the Nivea one).
The Kosmea RHO was used as both a body moisturiser if I was feeling really dry, as well as a face serum. This way I could skip bringing a full size serum and body lotion.
I also had other toiletries, like maternity pads and ugly black oversized knickers, but didn't photograph them... because it's a bit weird to do! I bought 2 packs of the Libra maternity pads, but ended up using the hospitals pads as they're bigger and longer, so they're great for the first day or two when (TMI) you do lose quite a bit of blood. I remember with my first daughter I only bought one pack and had to get my mum to buy some for me and bring them in.
Arbonne Sheer Finish Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15*
Dr. LeWinn's Anti-Aging Concealer
W3ll People Altruist 11 Mineral Foundation
Trish McEvoy Eye Palette
Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24hr Mascara
ModelCo More Brows
Max Factor Flawless Perfection Blush in Classic Rose*
Bloom Lip Gloss in Tint
I'm going to blame baby brain for the fact that I didn't pack any brushes... not even one! so half of these I couldn't even use. Luckily I only put make up on once (the day I left) so I could get away with tinted moisturiser, mascara, brow gel and lipgloss.
O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum*
Models Prefer SOS Combo Pack Mini Travel Tube
I also brought the O&M hair oil and a great little pack from Models Prefer which has some hair ties and bobby pins. There's 5 hair ties and 20 bobby pins in the pack. This would be a great pack to keep in your handbag too!
I also brought a "U" pillow (or a "V" pillow depending on how you see it). Not only is it nice having your own pillow from home, I also used it as a breastfeeding pillow.
If you're going to hospital (or even going away) then this post from Seduced By Beauty will help you. Kate has her top 7 beauty products that you should bring with you.
Have you even been away/in hospital and forgot something?
Once when I went on a week long trip to Sydney I left ALL of my cosmetics in my bathroom!!! Luckily a Priceline store was just around the corner and I was able to pick up essentials to use on my holiday!
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