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Hospital bag

(46 Posts)
MissEverdeen Tue 11-Jun-13 07:39:02

Ive packed mine as there are hundreds of lists online for what I will/might need but what about baby?!
So far I have:
3 body suits
3 vests
3 pairs of mittens
3 hats
1 coat
2 blankets
1 small pack of nappies (first size)
1 pack of baby wipes
Will I need anything else? Is this enough/too much?
Thanks

Ezza1 Fri 14-Jun-13 13:31:27

A soft hand/baby towel can be useful.

I cannot believe hospitals stipulate which brand of baby wipes is acceptable or ban them altogether!

MrsBri Fri 14-Jun-13 14:32:47

It's true, Ezza, where my midwife friend works you HAVE to use cotton wool and water.

It's because babies' skin is so sensitive that not many types are suitable.

FoofFighter Fri 14-Jun-13 16:32:29

It's MY baby and I will use what I want on them, I'm a third time mother and kind of know what I am doing so the hospital can do one personally! (will actually be using reuseable cloth wipes and my own wash spray stuff, but principle is the same!!) What are they going to do, call SS?? wink

A tip I have heard/read is to get your birth partner to pack them bag so they know where it all is as it'll be them getting the stuff out for you, good tip I thought.

I have got some travel sized toiletries for my bag as it's enough for a couple of days and takes up minimal room.

Don't forget a lip balm and moisturiser for yourself, wards are very dry.

Wickedgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 09:40:28

I don't know why anyone would want to use babywipes on a newborn. We use babywipes in my house when we are painting and the wipes have so many chemicals in them, they get wet paint (oil and water based) off all non porous surfaces.

To do that, the chemicals in the wipes must be pretty strong. That isn't something I want coming into contact with my newborns skin.

SoupDragon Mon 17-Jun-13 09:51:01

I don't know why anyone would want to use babywipes on a newborn. We use babywipes in my house when we are painting and the wipes have so many chemicals in them, they get wet paint (oil and water based) off all non porous surfaces.

Because they are easier and more effective.
A damp cloth also gets wet paint (oil and water based) off non-porous surfaces.

FoofFighter Mon 17-Jun-13 10:39:47

Wickedgirl, do you really think that they would pass tests etc if they were harmful? get real hmm

firstpost Mon 17-Jun-13 18:29:40

The baby wipes thing confuses mesmile does something magical happen to their skin at 2 weeks old or something?? I know that cleaning meconium poo with cotton wool and water is not something I plan to do! I used baby wipes in hospital and throughout with DS, amazingly he survived the experience and no one called social services smile

Catnipbush Mon 17-Jun-13 18:34:18

Actually if you look into research, wipes are not recommended. Best to stick to cotton wool and water.

LittleBearPad Mon 17-Jun-13 18:37:56

From memory the postnatal ward was incredibly hot so I doubt you'll need 3 hats (or even one).

Don't forget stuff for you on case you need to stay including shampoo. Washing my hair with hand soap was not a fun experience but I was desperate for a shower. Flip flops are a good plan as is at least one change of nighty/pjs.

firstpost Mon 17-Jun-13 22:53:16

Would be very interested to see the research into cotton wool being best? At what age do wipes become okay then? Have run this theory passed my BIL who is a paediatrician and he is mystified that anyone bothers with the cotton wool and water these days! Perhaps wipes used to be more abrasive or something .. Anyhow no more thread de railing from me. smile

mel191187 Mon 17-Jun-13 23:02:36

Bottles and milk aswell unless the hospital provide them x

SoupDragon Tue 18-Jun-13 07:08:59

Or unless you aren't planning to use them.

Catnipbush Tue 18-Jun-13 08:31:17

It's a really big topic and a lot if it is opinion based but you can google the rcms statement on skincare. http://www.rcm.org.uk/midwives/in-depth-papers/a-review-of-baby-skin-care/

The water only regime is very well known and recommended by the vast majority of hospitals who base their guidelines on evidence.

The author who has done a lot of work is called Sharon trotter http://www.sharontrotter.org.uk/NIP2008new.htm. Once you appreciate the anatomy and physiology of the skin

No offence intended, but just because someone is a doctor, they are not always up to date with every aspect of care. For me is a no brainer, water and cotton wool vs chemicals on a baby's delicate skin.

Catnipbush Tue 18-Jun-13 08:32:33

Back to the thread. Maybe along maxi dress if you are not as comfortable waking around in your pjs on the ward.

MightBeMad Tue 18-Jun-13 09:50:00

I'd disagree with the only one/no hat comments. I ended up having a forces delivery in theatre (not in my birth plan!) and my DH was told to take a nappy and a hat to theatre with him, which were both put on the baby by the medical staff (and got covered in blood/amniotic fluid as a result). Then later we needed a hat to take her home in as it was a very windy cold day and quite a walk from hospital ward to car park. Also, she had difficulties in the easy days maintaining her blood sugar levels (we were in 3 nights) and the mws suggested that keeping her warmer (with a hat) might make it easier for her to maintain her levels. So we got through quite a few hats!

MightBeMad Tue 18-Jun-13 09:50:16

*forceps

Wickedgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 09:57:25

Catnipbush......those links were very interesting. Thank you

Catnipbush Tue 18-Jun-13 17:01:10

You are welcome. It's all such a learning curve.

Mamaway Wed 19-Jun-13 00:29:26

You sound like you have everything that you need for baby, but don't forget that you will need nursing wear for yourself along with several changes of clothes in the event that bandages leak or that the baby spits up on you. Also think about the type of undergarments that you pack. If you plan to breastfeed then you will need a nursing bra as well.

BraveLilBear Wed 19-Jun-13 12:14:46

On the wipes/cotton wool debate, someone recommended to me some sort of cream or lotion to get the meconium off - I remember my mum using this when I was a kid (on my younger sisters, not on me!) and was wondering why no-one talks about this anymore?

The phrase was 'there's no way water will get rid of meconium'...

Bejeena Wed 19-Jun-13 13:03:22

3 body suits
3 vests
3 pairs of mittens
3 hats
1 coat
2 blankets
1 small pack of nappies (first size)

Oh dear apart from blankets, which my mother and mother in law keep knitting/crocheting as if wool were going out of fashion that pretty much sums up my whole stock of things that I have actually got for the baby, in fact not sure I have mittens even. Ok I think I might have about 10 vests in small size but have really assumed this is enough if you wash every day or every other day anyway? I thought if he was super small and/or we were running out quite quickly in an emergency I can put a bigger vest/hat on baby until the laundry is done or send husband out to the shops?

I just wanted to avoid only wearing some things once or twice! How much of all of this stuff do you actually need? Bearing in mind to put a machine load of vests/bodysuits/sleepsuits on is no hassle IMO and husband will be home to do this anyway for first few weeks after birth.

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