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When did / will you pack your hospital bag?

(67 Posts)
MyNameIsAnAnagram Tue 26-Mar-13 15:06:04

I'm 33 weeks with DC2 and struggling to remember what I did last time round. I'm sure I had it ready ridiculously early and didn't go into labour till 42 weeks!

ladymia Tue 26-Mar-13 15:07:57

I started getting everything around 33 weeks and it was packed by 35 weeks.

Kept on adding stuff to it though!

I am 10 days overdue and still adding stuff blush this baby better come because it will look like I am moving in by the time I get there.

SunshineOutdoors Tue 26-Mar-13 15:10:25

Trying to remember too. I think I sort of had it half packed for a while but only finished it off when I started to go into labour. Marking my place though as 20 weeks with dc2 and need a reminder of when to do it and also what goes in it. Can only think nightie, slippers, dressing gown, change of clothes, breast pads, pants, maternity pads, baby clothes, nappies, cottonwool. I'm sure my list was much longer last time.

rachywhite83 Tue 26-Mar-13 15:27:09

I have just finished mine today. I'm 33 weeks. I'm a first timer so not sure what to expect. We are moving house before the baby comes so I need to be organised !

MyNameIsAnAnagram Tue 26-Mar-13 15:38:08

lol sunshine I haven't got as far as thinking what to put in it yet grin

Pontouf Tue 26-Mar-13 15:52:36

I started sorting stuff at 33 weeks - making sure nighties were washed, buying toiletries etc. I am now 38+3 with no obvious signs of imminent labour sad and it is pretty much packed. There are a few things I need to chuck in at the last minute - e.g. phone charger, maternity notes etc but I have left a note on the top of it saying what is missing so I don't need to really have to think about it when I'm in labour! I have got a separate bag for the baby's stuff which is completely ready, then another little bag with clothes for me to come home in and stuff which can stay in the car with the car seat, baby's coat etc till we're ready to come home. Good luck, you're on the home straight now!

C0smos Tue 26-Mar-13 15:54:32

My DH packed it whilst I sat on the loo barking instructions at him, my waters broke on Saturday night at 34 weeks, this time my bags will be packed and ready much earlier!

featherbag Tue 26-Mar-13 16:04:37

DC1 arrived at 32 weeks - no bag packed or even thought about as he was supposed to be delivered via lovely tranquil ELCS at 39 weeks, impatient little monkey! DC2 (TTC at present), I'll be packed and ready to go at 28 weeks, just in case!

purrpurr Tue 26-Mar-13 16:19:06

I was packed at 33 weeks, now 34 weeks. I finished work at the end of last year so have had plenty of time to get things together and get bags packed - didn't see the point in waiting really, it's not like it's perishable stuff. I'll do a bag of cereal bars & sports drinks nearer the time. Oh and towels, mustn't forget towels!

WhatAGoat Tue 26-Mar-13 16:25:28

I packed mine whilst in labour on my due date grin

I never used half the stuff I took.

dinkystinky Tue 26-Mar-13 16:27:29

Around 32 weeks I think

dp was sent home with a list after my waters broke at 35 weeks. learn from my mistakes! amongst other gems he brought in one of my best dresses cos he thought it was a nightie hmm

PeachActiviaMinge Tue 26-Mar-13 16:31:45

Oh I'm crap aren't I? 37 weeks on Thursday and haven't packed my maternity bag yet I don't have some of the things I need yet for it either blush I shall rectify that ASAP and find my get up and go!

CityDweller Tue 26-Mar-13 16:36:49

Started throwing stuff together a couple of weeks ago, finished packing it yesterday, inc. pinning a note on it with things to be added last minute such as phone, charger, Kindle, etc. (I'm 39 wks).

rosiedays Tue 26-Mar-13 16:51:29

my Dbest friend has packed mine for me!!! bless her. i will pick it up this weekend. She had 2nd DC just after xmas so knows what she's doing. I can't wait as i know it will be full of lovely stuff (she always has lovely stuff) I'm 23 weeks but been told to be ready for Prem labour.

Bluemonkeyspots Tue 26-Mar-13 17:00:54

I'm due in a few days, bag is still in the Attic and I've nothing to go in it

To be fair I'm only planning on being in a few hours. Only live 10 mins from hospital so dh will just have to dash home if i need extra supplies brought in

harleyd Tue 26-Mar-13 17:01:13

17 weeks and am going to get one sorted over the next few weeks because i have past experience of being in and out of hospital in previous pregnancies

eltsihT Tue 26-Mar-13 17:17:52

I'm 33 weeks, packing bag by Friday as going away for 2 weeks. If I wasn't gong away I would pack it later...

surprise11871 Tue 26-Mar-13 17:51:08

I started mine when i went on maternity at 32 weeks and finished them about 36 weeks however the only thing i used out of my labour bag was a tshirt the rest went home unused with dp i obviously used my other bag which contained toiletries clean pjs n baby clothes

NoTeaForMe Wed 27-Mar-13 00:42:36

Im 32 weeks and have given it no thought. Well, that's not true I did think the other day that I need to buy a couple of cheap nighties, but that's as far as I got! I must crack on with it I guess. Do it bit by bit and aim to be all packed by 35 weeks? Does that sound reasonable? I had my first baby at 40+4 if that makes a difference?!

SomethingOnce Wed 27-Mar-13 01:07:31

38 weeks but I like to fly by the seat of my pants grin

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Wed 27-Mar-13 08:35:19

Done by 32 weeks with dc1 (delivered at 40+13), 35 weeks this time. Mainly because I knew DH wouldn't be able to find a thing! Am taking considerably less this time too!!

redwellybluewelly Wed 27-Mar-13 09:13:20

DC1 - packed about 38 weeks but still frantic sorting when in early labour. Didn;t use hardly anything out of my bag.

This one (29+4) I'll probably pack a lightweight emergency one just before consultants appt at 34 weeks and keep it in the car, then add more at about 37 weeks when I'll be term.

TeWiSavesTheDay Wed 27-Mar-13 09:16:58

I think it's worth having one early on in the third trimester, just in case you go into early labour. Stressful enough without having no stuff ready at all!

BR44 Wed 27-Mar-13 10:26:25

I'm 35 wks with DC2 and haven't done it yet but this has prompted me to get a move on! Last time it was all done by now, I'm sure, but I'm buggered if I can remember what I actually ended up using....

What would you say are the essentials? The one thing I remember wishing I'd had more of last time is light cotton clothing as the post-labour ward was like a furnace.

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