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Hospital bag

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Loobylou123 Wed 31-Jul-13 12:42:04

Am getting packed... Only thing is I seem to be filling a usual weekend size bag with no room for any baby items yet! Don't want to look bonkers arriving with a suitcase. Here is what I have in it so far
2 nighties
Thin, short robe
Flip flops
Washbag with mini stuff and flannel
Pack of mat pads
Pack of breast pads

Does this seem like reasonable stuff to you? Also need to fit in nappies, cotton wool, wipes, vests, baby suits, hat, socks.

Can I ask what you all did/will do? I may need a rethink!


Gerty1002 Wed 31-Jul-13 13:25:24

I have a weekend bag and a separate baby bag for baby things! AND a spare baby bag and weekend bag in case of extended stay as baby is lying transverse so natural labour likely to end in EMCS. Will most likely repack when I know whether VBAC is a definite no-no. I'm a first-timer though so have possibly overpacked also!

Liveinthepresent Wed 31-Jul-13 14:20:05

How exciting - I have had my baby now so am remembering this bit fondly.
At risk of over complicating things I packed 3 bags -
1. Labour - and immediate post birth things. Drinks / Snacks / washbag / music / change of clothes / some maternity pads
2. Baby - as per your list.
3. Post birth - clothes / make up / breast pads / towel / robe / flip flops etc

So on arrival you only need to remember one bag. Your birth partner can retrieve the rest as required. And don't need to worry about over packing as you dont have to take the whole bag in if you aren't staying long.
Worthwhile making sure birth partner knows what is packed where.

Despite my military packing didn't actually make it to hospital this time - and poor DH was so flustered he had no idea what was in each bag as the ambulance crew asked him for stuff ! grin

Good luck !

princesscupcakemummyb Wed 31-Jul-13 15:06:46

hi Loobylou123 your list sounds fine heres what i usually put in mine

*nightwear for me x2 spares are a must
*pads &breastpads & big knickers
*change of clothes for your self to go home
*toiletrees /shampoo/flanel/toothbrush/etc
*phone and charger
*food/snacks hospital food aint the best
*small amount of change in your purse like £5

*babygrows x2
*vests x2
* coat mines a winter baby
*hats x2
*nappies approx 10 in plenty if you need more get some one else to bring them in
*wipes/cotton wool

i have allways said if i need more then dh could bring it in

TwentyTinyToes Wed 31-Jul-13 15:21:29

I do three bags too, so labour, baby stuff and then afterwards. Have you thought about a birth plan? If so, that needs to be in your labour bag. Early labour can be boring so books, magazine, ipod etc. Snacks? Squash to drink? Favourite sweets? Cereal bars for afterwards. Also think about anything your birth partner might want to eat, DP was starving! Camera and charger, phone charger. Tons if change for parking and snack machine.

TwentyTinyToes Wed 31-Jul-13 15:25:42

Sorry, posted too soon.
Tens machine if using and spare batteries.
Also i took a little present for the baby in my labour bag (booties for DS and a hat for DD) to remind myself of what i was there for, is easy to forget a baby is on the way when in the labour
zone. Good luck!

Wonderstuff Wed 31-Jul-13 15:26:10

I'd have three nighties. One will get icky in labour, one may get icky the first night, so a nice one for the next morning would be good. I had to send DH out for one when I woke up looking like a scene from a horror film, he didn't choose too well

Loobylou123 Wed 31-Jul-13 15:43:18

Thanks all. I think the multibag option may be the way forward. Hadn't even thought about coming home clothes. That could have been a disaster. Hate to think what DH would have brought for me!!

Lottiesmama312 Wed 31-Jul-13 15:45:00

I also packed -

- a pillow from home (hospital ones can suck) and the smell from home was reassuring in labour!
- straws - so hubby could give me water easily in labour!

There will always be things you don't use.....I packed everything but the kitchen sink just incase! Lol! smile

Ooh ooh I've just done mine - massive summer bag filled to brim!

I don't pack much for labour - nightie is basically it. I don't eat or drink in labour, don't listen to music because I'm utterly high and chatting crap off gas and air.

Baby after birth - nappy, vest, mitts, babygrow, hat and cardigan - packed in a little nappy bag.

Me After birth - shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, brush, bobble and headband/kirby grips, bra, pants, breast and maternity pads, nightie, soft slippers.

Babys hospital stay - 12 nappies, cotton wool, 6 each babygrows and vests, bundle of bibs and muslins, 2 extra hats and cardigans.

For hospital stay - 10 pairs of black pants, wipes 2 packs of maternity pads/night time sanitary towels, 2 comfy bras, breast pads, 2 nighties. Toiletries from 'me after birth' plus toothpaste&brush, blusher and lipbalm. Diluting juice, cereal bars and strawberry laces for me to munch on grin

Baby going home - vest, socks, top and bottoms/babygrow/romper etc, cardigan and hat. Snowsuit depending on weather. Blanket/shawl, car seat, wee toy/comforter.

Going home - underwear, comfy bottoms - I've packed leggings, long top - mines a vest and really comfy shoes - df's flip flops grin

I think that's it. It's awfully long but it all fits in one bag - £4 dealio from primark!

LouiseD29 Wed 31-Jul-13 15:51:35

I have hand-luggage sized case for my stuff and a separate bag for baby. Will also be taking another bag with food/drinks and a pillow. Am 38+4 - getting impatient!!!!!!!!

MrsWarren1983 Wed 31-Jul-13 16:33:43

I took loads in for my first baby and barely used any of it...I will definately leave out most things with my next baby. Packing 3 bags is a good idea so you only need one bag at a time, your partner or a family member can bring in the other two as required.

This is what I will be taking;

2 x nighties at the most (don't forget there are hospital gowns you can borrow until you are brought a spare)
Maternity pads (Can double up as breast pads if the milk comes in before going home, which is unlikely)
1 x pack of maternity (paper) knickers
2 x big knickers
Camera, new memory card and batteries
Mobile phone
Book or magazine
Toilettries (toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner in one, shower gel, foundation, mascara, lip balm and lip gloss, hair brush)
Ear plugs
A bottle of frozen water for labour (Hospital water is rarely topped up and goes warm in seconds)
Non-perishable snacks e.g cereal bars
A hand-held mini fan for labour or a facial spray bottle
1 x baby grow
1 x baby vest (For some reason it's always far too hot in hospital, my DD was stripped down to the nappy when she was born in November and still boiling hot so one vest is fine...they don't get them dirty anyway)
6 x newborn nappies (They have spares if you need them but for the first few hours baby won't feed/toilet much)
Water wipes (Baby wipes you can use straight from birth rather than cotton wool)
Baby blanket
2 x scratch mits
A notepad and pen for recording those first thoughts/experiences

Things that can be brought later;

A pillow if required
Going home outfit for baby
Extra nappies/maternity pads/underwear
Breast pads
Going home outfit for me (Although it's likely I will wear what I went in, unless my waters break before I manage to get into a nightie!)

Hope this helps! smile

SeriousStuff Wed 31-Jul-13 18:02:18

I've been told to pack a plastic jug for your first wee (so you can pour warm water on yourself while you go, alleviating any burning).

If your hospital lets your DH/DP stay overnight, remember to pack a bag for him!

gnittinggnome Wed 31-Jul-13 18:11:09

I'm a way off this list yet (edd mid-January) but I keep seeing ads for disposable paper knickers, which I am assuming are for afterwards.

Anyone any thoughts on whether these are necessary / simpler?

DharmaBums Wed 31-Jul-13 18:17:20

Has anyone packed bottles and formula in case they've got problems BF? I saw a sign in the hospital on my last hospital visit that said they no longer provide any of that if you have problems feeding? Starting to panic about that as the thought of my DH doing a 3am run to tesco (which is what they suggest!) seems a bit unrealistic!

Faithless12 Wed 31-Jul-13 18:31:19

If you are planning to breastfeed I'd recommend Lansinoh or something similar and put it on from the first feed. I didn't need breastpads until the third day but used them with lansinoh on them and I found that johnsons were the best for the first few days/week when getting used to breastfeeding.

Baby hat as well.

TwentyTinyToes Wed 31-Jul-13 18:31:33

Yy to straws for drinking during labour and also to a pillow from home.

CatherinaJTV Wed 31-Jul-13 18:52:35

nursing bra in two cup sizes larger than your usual size - nursing pillow - those thinish round shaped things that will rest your arms and (if needed) protect a c-section scar from baby's kicks

MollyNollyNoo Wed 31-Jul-13 18:56:25

Paper pants are the work of the devil gnittinggnome I bought packs of huge cheap cotton pants instead, much more comfortable but cheap enough to throw away if you need to (which you will obv...).

A sleep mask to cover your eyes is handy if you end up staying in and need to sleep when it is light, ie any time after the day shift have arrived and flung open the curtains.

Snacks are good as well, if you land on the ward at 2am and get the post birth munchies a good stash of healthy stuff is handy, and bottles of water...you need to drink lots and the hospital stuff always seems to be luck warm.

milkwasabadchoice Wed 31-Jul-13 19:05:16


I'll say it again:

And dont just look at it - use it from the off.

Good luck to all you bag packers!

popocatepetl Wed 31-Jul-13 19:22:54

Yes to sleep mask! I was kept in 5 days as I'd previously had a thyroid problem and they wanted to check DS (who was fine) and it was the only way I got any sleep. Also that spray in dry shampoo stuff if you can't face washing and drying your hair.

morethanpotatoprints Wed 31-Jul-13 19:39:40

Lots of snacks to give you strength, and bottles of chilled water/lucozade whatever you like. people forget about stuff like this.
Multiply all the essentials like breast pads, sanitary towels x2.

niffernaffer Wed 31-Jul-13 19:46:33

Here here to milkwasabadchoice!! You definitely need nipple cream!

I found I couldn't use my usual shower gel any more after giving birth as the smell of it took me right back to hospital showers/ feeling weird/ blood and other bodily secretions etc so if you have a favourite don't use it - take something you don't usually use!

Oh, and earplugs can be helpful for snoring mums/crying babies (though prob not advisable once your child has arrived!) I also took some elderflower presse to drink which was lovely and refreshing and a change from tea or water.

niffernaffer Wed 31-Jul-13 19:48:39

My hospital also asks you to bring your own sieve if you're planning on having a water birth.... !

ecofreckle Wed 31-Jul-13 19:54:44

no to paper pants! Big cotton black cheapies from Primark. I didn't actually need to throw any of mine away so now I have a drawer full of unattractive huge pants smile
also, add a few flannels to your bag. I had a friend and my DH as birth partners and had a water birth. After a few mins the friend dashed to the airing cupboard and grabbed flannels and kept a fresh coll one on my head and shoulders throughout. Pool is 37 degrees and central heating had to be set to 25 degrees. It was quite warm and I suspect even if not having water birth the effort might make you quite warm. Grips to clip away every last strand of hair were also very useful. I didn't want any hair on my face.
Good luck.

shufflehopstep Wed 31-Jul-13 20:56:29

You need heavy duty maternity pads. I got some from Boots but the midwife looked at them and shook her head as they weren't going to be anywhere near effective enough so DH had to go off to the shops and get me some more suitable ones.

Baby grows with short sleeves are also useful. DD was born on the hottest weekend of the year last year and the hospital room I was in was south facing so it was like a greenhouse. She didn't need a sleep suit as keeping her legs bare kept her cool. In addition she had a cannula in her hand which, if it had been scaled up for an adult would have been like having an oar from a boat strapped to her forearm! It meant she couldn't have long sleeves.

I wasn't massively hungry afterwards although I'd not eaten for about 14 hours but I wanted something so had some boiled sweets.

The best thing was (although potentially not very practical to take with you - maybe get someone to bring it afterwards) my DH brought my laptop and some DVDs so that I could watch some films. DD was in NICU for 24 hours so it was nice to have something to keep my mind occupied when I was back in my room.

TwentyTinyToes Wed 31-Jul-13 21:11:07

Oh god yes, lansinoh, wonderful stuff, smear it on from the start.

BewleyBear Wed 31-Jul-13 22:33:11

A cardy to sling over your shoulders for those first mummy and baby photo's.

I remember all the rellies wanted a pic of me and dd and of course I was more than happy to oblige. However when I saw myself in the photos in those spaghetti strap nighties (soooo hot on the ward) I wished I'd covered up a bit. Might just be me though! blush

Sports bottle of water. Great for drinking when you can't manage an ordinary bottle or cup. A lightweight dressing gown preferably in a dark colour so you can keep any embarrassing stains to yourself. Snacks. Something to read afterwards. Definitely more than one vest for the baby. They do poo!

SimLondon Wed 31-Jul-13 23:24:04

Food - after two days without eating i felt very fortunate that i had packed cake as the hospital food was awful.

Actually i had an emergency galaxy bar in my bag during labour - but felt obliged to share it with everyone in the room

roselover Wed 31-Jul-13 23:37:28

If you get cold sores - remember zovirax - or however you spell it - I was so exhausted by looking after my twins on my own for three days - while my LOndon hospital was so understaffed they left me to it - that I got the mother of all cold sores (no chemist would sell it for my use- and the hospital wouldn't supply it) and I passed the virus onto the twins - that I was breast feeding - needless to say they got really il - this is not a pleasant thing to write about but thankfully I had read in the Daily Mail that the cold sore virus can kill new borns - so I had a inkling about it - my kids were on anti virals for three weeks - they are three now - but it was an awful time for us - be prepared

Svrider Thu 01-Aug-13 07:56:25

If your dh is involved ensure he doesn't leave the ward for the night with your carefully packed bag, to "save the hassle the next day!"
Yes he really did this
Leaving me with no nappies, change of clothes etc...
I also had to beg the staff for new maternity pads every 2hours
Apparently in his mind the bag was for the labour ward, and therefore no longer required once the baby had been born!

IneedAsockamnesty Thu 01-Aug-13 07:57:42

I always have a bag that I leave at home full of anything I may need for an extended stay.

I take a small bag with me 1 pack of each for baby clothes cotton wool nappies. Pads nightwear any meds I need and then I just wing it.

Its never not worked for me.

But it very much depends on what the hospitals like.

Loopylala7 Thu 01-Aug-13 09:16:06

I had a pretty large case, but most things came in handy. My two best tips though, get some body form night pads, they are much more comfortable than the horrible brick things they give you in hospital, and the best brand I've tried (if they are on offer buy a few packs for home too). Also get lots of tasty snacks, hospital food can be awful. I made the mistake of packing diet drinks - don't, you'll appreciate the sugar kick! and I can remember getting my DH to go off and fetch me a pizza because the food was soo bad I was ravenous! Good luck!

BusyCee Thu 01-Aug-13 09:30:19

Pair of warm socks. I know it's the height of the best summer we've had on eons, but my feet got fer-eeeezing during first labour. Blood is diverted from non-necessary parts of the body during labour, and consequently extremities can get jolly chilly. (Mind you, I had x2 home births, so haven't faced the sub-tropical hospital environments noted above)

Good luck! Relax and trust your body. X

Maggietess Thu 01-Aug-13 10:26:15

Personally for after labour I found pyjamas much more pleasant than nighties (and more "secure" iykwim?). I brought one pyjama top and 3 bottoms and was able to then change them regularly.

My hospital gave you maternity pads which looked enormous but we're far better than anything I'd brought! They were also happy to provide formula throughout and cotton wool for nappy changes. May be worth checking what your own provides.

A pillow is a good call, hospital ones are rotten. And if you're staying overnight then get your OH to take the labour bag home as well as any washing of yours or baby's so there's less to take when you're leaving with the baby.

With dd2 I knew I would be in for a few nights but I still packed minimally and had extra nightwear, pants, baby stuff in a pile at home. DH then brought home all my labour gear and washing and brought the bag back next day with all the clean stuff.

Took masses of stuff with DC1 - remember having a nice time with SIL going through the list she gave me and ticking everything off !

With DC2 had hardly anything but was only in hospital for half hour before he was born, and then a few hours later went home. Remember someone vaguely disapproving of us using newborn baby wipes on our newborn, so you might want to take in some cotton-wool to use with water - to keep nurses happy, and your newborn's bottom !

Good luck flowers

Looking back I'd say some nice healthy snacks would be a great idea, and something good to read, or music to listen to, mainly for the post-natal ward.

Bunnygotwhacked Thu 01-Aug-13 13:03:09

Just as a warning all my babies were very mucousy post birth and needed several changes I think i brought 7 of each and needed dp to go for more. Bring three packs of maternity towels and have at least three more waiting at home so you won't have to nip out for a bit afterwards. I remember sending dp out for maternity pads whilst i was in the hospital as i had gone through my pack already was only in one night and he came back with maternity pants those dreadful drawstring ones.

Loobylou123 Thu 01-Aug-13 14:26:26

There is so much to think about - I am a 'planner' so not knowing how long I may be there etc is a bit stressful. I will definitely be packing some snacks ... I don't think there would be much danger of me sharing my chocolate though!

Remember if you do end up staying in for more than 24 hrs or so you can always make someone (DH ?) feel useful by taking things home or bringing them in for you !

impatienttobemummy Thu 01-Aug-13 16:56:50

second the black cotton huge primark pants (which I still have!) and my friend recommended to me to take frozen drinks on the big day as its so hot in hospital and you will appreciate a cold drink! This turned out to be a great idea as it was 30 degrees outside when I had DS!

Lanisoh!! and maybe even a set of nipple shields, they served me well.

blueskysunshine Thu 01-Aug-13 18:27:32

Defo sweets - and pure orange juice! My labour slowed down after my epidural and as a last ditch attempt to restart it the docs had me eat loads of jelly sweets and drink pure orange to get things moving. It worked! nb chocolate isnt a good idea, as not nice if you throw up.

Bejeena Thu 01-Aug-13 19:46:42

One thing that I have not seen anyone put on any of their lists or recommend is a pack of moist toilet tissue wipes and this was the one thing that I wish I had thought of but just sent husband out to shop for them.

I had our baby last weekend, I was only 36 weeks and hadn't actually packed my bag, when we realised that the period pains or wind that I had been having all afternoon might actually be contractions we decided to go to hospital and then I quickly packed my bag, or rather my mum did it for me, bless her, as she was staying with us.

IneedAsockamnesty Thu 01-Aug-13 19:58:26

Oh I forgot witch hazel that's a wonderful thing that soothes everything around your vagina and really helps after

popocatepetl Thu 01-Aug-13 21:04:06

Oh and hand cream. especially if you're planning to use the birthing pool. My hands looked like they belonged to a 90 year old woman and were sooo sore.

frankietwospots Thu 01-Aug-13 22:14:49

I echo Lansinoh - wonderful stuff. And ear plugs as hospitals are very noisy!

QueenofSleep Thu 01-Aug-13 22:16:18

What ladies always forget to bring, or can't find at crucial moments, are hair ties (if you have long hair), and lip salve.
Lucozade sport is always good to have on standby.
Good luck!

Want2bSupermum Fri 02-Aug-13 02:07:47

First time I brought all sort of things mentioned here. Second time, I was delivering at the same hospital and brought my laptop, powercord, a going home outfit for myself and one for the baby. I wore hospital gowns, the baby was in the little tshirts, diapers are provided (pampers ones too), you are given a toiletry bag with neutrogena products and they have bf stuff (shells, pads, cream etc). Leaving my room first time took me an hour to pack. With the second it took less than 10mins.

I love our local hospital. When I had my first the nurse came in just after I was admitted and made sure I had my socks on and my lip cream handy.

freetrait Fri 02-Aug-13 11:42:49

Remember some clothes to go home in! Something nice and loose and floaty. Don't pack too many nappies, if you are in longer you can get DH to bring more in. I would take clothes for you and baby, wash bag and towel, maternity towels, I seem to remember the mothercare long bulky, soft ones were very good, softer the better! Enough pants you don't need to worry, buy one or two sizes bigger than normal. Two nighties or pjs. Breast pads-although you don't need many as actually milk comes in on day 2/3/4 so you start leaking normally when you are home from hospital, well I did. Cash for hospital telly card/internet, bit of food and drink but again don't go mad, DH can get if you need it later.
Good luck!

Wow your hospital is generous Supermum - beware that other hosps may be much more tight resource wise. Ours disapproved of newborn wipes for DS but then was rather begrudging in giving us some cotton-wool. Sometimes the NHS really beggars belief !

DaleyBump Thu 22-Aug-13 03:24:01

Bumping for others, finding this incredibly useful at the moment smile

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