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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.

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.

redwellybluewelly Wed 27-Mar-13 11:34:38

Oh. And I should add I have the list to end all lists which is a "piece de resistance"! It covers my bag, baby's bag, the car bag, the food needed for a month, the toddlers nursery bag items, toddlers lunches, items need to be bought and/or borrowed. Now I have the list I feel I am halfway there!

festive Wed 27-Mar-13 11:39:52

Packed by 36 wks for DS1. Now 34 weeks with DC2, really must get sorted! Don't worry too much about quantity - we ended up staying in for 2 weeks last time so had to send DH and parents out with lists of stuff for me and baby.
Main thing I'd forgotten and not even bought was clothes for me to feed in afterwards - if you are planning to bf it's useful to have a couple nighties / PJ vests that have the nursing straps and also a couple nursing vests or comfy tops with buttons to wear with comfy leggings / joggers for few days afterwards and cardies over the top of vests as much easier to feed in.
Also practically nothing fit DS as he was enormous so DH and grandparents were dispatched to shop for next size up and wash everything then bring it in!
Things I found most useful - flip flops, flash wipes, a water spray, lucozade sweets, a purse full of pound coins and other change for DH for the car park.
Things I did not take out of bag - books, magazines, music, food and snacks - was in too much pain to concentrate on any of this and also nauseous the entire labour. Nevertheless I will prob still pack it all this time as every labour is different and I might be ravenous smile)

birdofthenorth Wed 27-Mar-13 21:25:01

Am 37 weeks today, having a sweep next week and failing that full induction the week after. Nothing packed! Very few early babies in family history but I guess yes, it wouldn't hurt to get packed!!

MyNameIsAnAnagram Wed 27-Mar-13 22:19:33

Dh found a use for the snacks we took last time wink

glossyflower Wed 27-Mar-13 23:07:43

I'm currently 36 weeks, first timer, and haven't packed my bag yet. I've made a start on baby stuff but need to organise my own.
I've been prompted because I have been getting contraction type pains!

sundaesundae Wed 27-Mar-13 23:13:51

Did mine at 40 weeks... currently 40+4...

ButteryJam Wed 27-Mar-13 23:19:19

How many bags are people packing?

I'm not sure how to do this as if I give birth in midwife led unit (which I hope to) ill only be in for 24 hours. Otherwise could be in hospital for anywhere up to a week.

So how much do you pack and do you have seperate bags?

I'm thinking one bag for labour and 24 hours post birth with plenty of snacks, my clothes and baby's 1st outfit etc, and then another bag packed for both of us if we need to stay for longer than 24 hours and keep that in the car boot?

Well this is baby 3 so I'm feeling well practiced! I do a separate one for me, the baby, and then my older dc.

Me: 2 feeding bras, PJs, old shirts of DHs, flip flops, 6 pairs big pants, 4 packs maternity pads, breast pads, small wash kit (+make up if you like), towel, clothes to go home, a few long lasting snacks, water in refillable sports bottle, juggling balls, maternity ball + pump (if not provided at hospital) camera, phone + charger, little puzzle book or something and pen.
Keep the stuff you'll want right after birth (pants/bras, pads) at the top.

Baby: 4x babygros, 4x vest, 2x hat, 2x cardian, 1xsnowsuit for car home if cold, 2x cellular blanket, 2x sheet/swaddle wrap. Presents from baby to older dc.

Older kids: change of clothes each, PJs each, special toy each, something nice for the babysitter!

dinkystinky Thu 28-Mar-13 08:11:36

Am doing 1 bag - but leaving stuff at home in a pile in case we have to stay in for longer (extra nappies, bras, pants, clothes for me and baby, pillow, toiletries) as DH will simply come home and bring stuff in for me and the baby (which is what he did after I had DS1).

In labour bag am putting in straws (ideal for quick slurps of drink in labour), some snacks/lucozade sport drinks, pjs, feeding bra, pants, maternity pads, lansinoh,breast pads, towel, nappies for baby and at least 4 changes of outfit for baby (as they always seem to wee everywhere when I change them!), cotton wool and oil to remove meconium, ipal and connecter for music, towel, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrush and face towel.

Flisspaps Thu 28-Mar-13 08:14:42

26 weeks, both times.

Planned home births both times.

Went past my EDD both times.

I total forgot nappies and wipes on my list. Take those!

dinkystinky Thu 28-Mar-13 09:00:15

TeWi - am on baby no 3 too. Don't worry pregnancy brain gets us all!


With pfb DD I forgot to pack anything to labour in, enough pants, anything sensible for DD to wear, or clean jeans to wear home... I'm sure this led to wanting a homebirth with the next one!

dinkystinky Thu 28-Mar-13 09:25:17

Sounds like me with pfb ds1 - remembered my pillow but forgot clothes to come home in or bf suitable tops (.I.e anything with buttons). Dh brought me in trousers two sizes too small - god knows where he got those from! - so now am making the pile of stuff to bring in if need be...

ButteryJam Thu 28-Mar-13 13:56:11

How many nappies should you take in?

glossyflower Thu 28-Mar-13 14:00:58

buttery no idea but I've packed 6. I guess DH will bring more if needed.

10/12? Just in case...

I usually just shove a whole pack in...

dinkystinky Fri 29-Mar-13 16:53:02

I just stick a whole pack in too.

cupcake78 Fri 29-Mar-13 17:05:27

28 wks with dc 2, done nothing!

MyNameIsAnAnagram Sat 30-Mar-13 14:11:25

Well I bought some maternity towels, breast pads and newborn size nappies today, so made a start smile

honey86 Sat 30-Mar-13 15:22:00

i bring a pen or2. 1st and 2nd time i had nothing to fill in the meal menu, or writedown times in between contractions. can be very handy to have x

princesscupcakemummyb Fri 27-Sep-13 13:55:21

well i havent done mine yet im 35 weeks tomorrow on dc3 with my last dc i did it quite late and still went overdue so not going to rush

Cookiepants Fri 27-Sep-13 13:58:56

On my due date wink, my DH made me. DS didn't arrive for another week ( I knew I had plenty of time).

bingeddybongo Fri 27-Sep-13 14:13:01

I'm 39+3 and have got half a bag sort of packed. Although there isn't a bag there yet. So basically I have some random things piled up on my desk.

oohdaddypig Fri 27-Sep-13 14:15:45

Second time round, I didn't pack until my waters broke at 40 plus 3 weeks.

Cue lots of yelling at DH...

PinkParsnips Fri 27-Sep-13 14:20:43

I was planning to do mine the week after next when I start my maternity leave (35 weeks) but after a bit of a scare this week when they thought early labour was starting I'm going to do it this wknd just in case!!

JoJoManon Fri 27-Sep-13 16:46:14

I am 31 weeks and not packed yet but I do have a spreadsheet of all the things I need with the items I already have/bought in green and those I need to buy in red. (I'm a bit sad I know) Planning on buying all the stuff in red over the next couple of weeks and then packing after I have everything bought.

KarmaBiatch Fri 27-Sep-13 17:28:28

I'm a couple days off being 37 weeks and haven't packed yet blush

This thread just gave me the push to look everything out and have it all lined up and ready to go in a bag!

Romily Sat 28-Sep-13 09:54:43

I am only 21 weeks and had just bought all the bits for my hospital bag when I was admitted to hospital. Mercifully both baby and I are fine however I am going to keep my bag packed from now on so that I ready at any time.

PumpkinPie2013 Sat 28-Sep-13 13:41:48

I'm 31 weeks and just starting to think about/prepare mine.

I have some travel size toiletries so I'm not grabbing the normal ones on the day, maternity pads, breast pads but that's about it smile

Will continue adding to it over the next week or so!

extracrunchy Sat 28-Sep-13 13:46:17

Ooh I was just going to ask exactly this question! I'm only 28 weeks though blush

Xenadog Sat 28-Sep-13 14:32:29

People have mentioned nighties but I hate them - are PJs a no no after birth?

Seriously I have no idea what to pack, when to pack it or anything. I'm 28 + 5 so thought I would do it when I begin mat leave at 36 weeks but now wondering if I am leaving it too late.

Cjilly Sat 28-Sep-13 16:44:43

With DS I packed at 37 weeks. I hate packing for anything so this was mostly due to that, but I'm glad I did pack so late cause I'd hate to see my hospital bag at the front door for weeks on end (I'm vert impatient).

I wouldn't advise it though, the earlier the better. I forgot a lot of stuff that my mum had to leave me during labour to get my must-haves.

mikkii Sat 28-Sep-13 16:52:24

DS about a week before my due date.

With DD1, I had placenta praevia. At 33.5 weeks I had a bleed, went in with my notes and a book, not expecting to be kept in. DH had to pack my bag the next day. I hadn't put knickers on my list, so I didn't get any!

With DD2, I was diagnosed with PP again at 22 weeks. Bag packed (for me) at 23 weeks, needed at 24 weeks......and 26, 31, kept in at 33 weeks, emcs at 36 weeks, DH had to buy baby clothes as other clothes were in process of being washed by my lovely cleaner.

MummyPig24 Sat 28-Sep-13 17:00:11

Well the first time I had not a single thing when I had ds at 36+6 so the second time I was uber organised and packed, crib set up by about 35 weeks. Dd obviously took her sweet time and arrived a week late. This time I reckon I will aim to have it packed at around 37 weeks.

MummyPig24 Sat 28-Sep-13 17:01:21

Xena I wore pjs after the birth. I don't like nighties either.

Xenadog Sat 28-Sep-13 18:56:51

Thanks MummyPig I think nighties are horrendous and just make me think of old ladies - really don't need that when I'll be feeling grotty anyway!

extracrunchy Sat 28-Sep-13 19:37:02

I think the reason nighties are advised is because if you have a c section waist bands can be very comfortable.

TransatlanticCityGirl Sat 28-Sep-13 19:45:04

I didn't pack until 40 weeks. I knew I wouldn't give birth before then so I wasn't worried, plus I figured labour takes so long, I can start when the first contractions start. I ended up giving birth at 42+2 by forcible eviction.

I did have a list on hand from around 36 weeks in case it happened... and baby's things were more or less packed even if not in the bag, as I had gathered them all up together.

This time I'll probably be even more non-fussed about it as I know exactly what I need and I'm generally more relaxed about everything.

TransatlanticCityGirl Sat 28-Sep-13 19:46:45

Most PJ bands sit way way way above the c section line....

extracrunchy Sat 28-Sep-13 21:40:23

That's what I thought - then I thought maybe easier not to have to pull them up over scar..? Anyway I'm risking it and taking pjs!

MummyPig24 Sun 29-Sep-13 08:00:16

Luckily I've not had to have a c section so pjs have always been fine.

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