How to pack an eco friendly bag for hospital

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Planning for the arrival of a precious new life will likely mean your attention is focused on the safest and most healthy baby products. You can make a difference to the world you are welcoming your baby in to by choosing products that love the planet and are effective and gentle.

By the time you are around 36 weeks pregnant you will want to have your bag all packed and ready to go. Here are our top tips for eco and baby friendly products to include.


During and after labour your lips can get really dry and uncomfortable so pop some nourishing lip balm from Ecostore in your bag.

Skin, Hair and Body
Your first shower after your baby is born will be a real treat. Ecostore have some great hair products and body wash, and after you can moisturise your tired body and face.

Don’t forget to include toothbrush and toothpaste – Ecostore now have great range of eco friendly toothbrushes and toothpastes.

Constant hand washing is going to be a part of your life now! In addition to your normal handwashing  routine, you will be adding in after nappies and before feeds so your hands will easily become dry so pop a lovely hand cream like the Extra Moisturising one from Ecostore in your hospital bag


Your baby is likely to be born with a creamy white coating on their skin called vernix. This helped protect baby’s skin while in the womb and actually helps your baby regulate their temperature while continuing to protect their skin. For this reason it is not recommended that you bath baby for 24-48 hours after they are born. Water is all you need for the first few weeks of bathing.

It is common for new-born skin to get a bit flaky and dry as the skin adapts to the new environment, so you could pop an Ecostore moisturiser especially formulated for babies in the bag too.

The first poo your baby will do is called ‘meconium’. It is greenish black and thick – looks a bit like liquid liquorice! As it’s a bit sticky and tricky to remove from your baby’s bottom, applying the Ecostore nappy balm helps provide a barrier and makes the clean up a bit easier. A bottom balm is also a great way to avoid nappy rashes too.

Skin to skin touch is known to be really important for new babies. You can continue kangaroo care as it’s sometimes known for as long as you like but you might also like to introduce baby massage as this also helps your baby feel calm and loved. Eco Store Baby Oil  has black currant and almond oil and is perfect for baby massage. It’s also ideal for when your support person gives you a massage too!

author robynWritten by Robyn

Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments. 

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  1. MuddledUpMolly 30/09/2019 at 1:02 pm

    My first born was born at home and unfortunately I had to be transferred to hospital not long after her birth, as you can imagine my hospital bag was ill prepared for it! Second time around, I had a lot of items on this list. I really like the eco store products for our girls, they are fantastic!

  2. Alezandra 29/09/2019 at 10:48 pm

    Wish I had this list when I was preparing to give birth. I didn’t really even take any self care items for myself, and everything was for the baby. It would’ve been a better feeling for me if I had them. For a long time, I had a misconception of being a mom is all about taking care of the baby first and foremost and I am the least priority. But I’ve since change my perception and I know that if I take care of myself, I can better take care of everyone else.

  3. Loucyd3 26/09/2019 at 2:11 pm

    When I had my 3 kids I loved eco store products, they are lovely and gentle on the most sensitive of skins.

  4. Mands1980 24/09/2019 at 8:58 am

    Eco store products are great but there are lots of other natural products being produced more and more without harsh chemicals involved so it’s better in the skin. I love the tips and what products to use as this is all the things you don’t think about when having a baby.

  5. SarahBlair 18/09/2019 at 2:17 pm

    I love Eco store products and use them a lot, my little boy gets terrible eczema and I find that the Eco store Baby soap, the one with goats milk, is one of the few products that I can use on him without him getting a flare up!

  6. Shorrty4life1 10/09/2019 at 8:18 pm

    Great read. I remember I packed my hospital bag and only had things for baby apart from maternity pads and breast pads for myself. My mum made me a wee pamper pack with purfumes, talc, deodorant, lip balm etc and I never thought id need lip balm but boy i did. My lips were so dry and cracked. We always forget about ourselves with a wee one coming into the world its all about them more or less. My favourite eco friendly product was eco baby oil. I loved giving my babies massage’s to help them relax

  7. Bevik1971 09/09/2019 at 4:09 pm

    I didn’t even have a bag packed haha – my daughter came 2 weeks early on Boxing Day so was taken a bit by surprise. We lived really close to the hospital at the time so hubby could just pop out and pick up what I needed while I was in the hospital anyway 🙂

  8. dawnblyth 06/09/2019 at 12:26 pm

    A couple of years back I was lucky enough to win an Eco Store package. It had a lovely Eco store moisturiser in it along with a body wash. They felt so nice on my skin. My children were older when I won this but I think had I known about these products when I was in hospital having my babies, and knowing now how lovely they feel, then I would have packed some in my maternity bag as a treat for me after birth. I would recommend these to all new mums!

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