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What did you wish you'd put in your hospital bag?

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quesadillas Sun 12-Jul-15 15:46:55


Starting to pack my hospital bag. I've got a checklist, and I remember what I packed last time, but is there anything you wish you'd packed and didn't? Or anything not on the regular lists that you included which was really helpful? I'll be having an ELCS, so don't need things to help me during labour, just things to make my stay a little more pleasant and easy. I'll probably be in a good few days. I have packed posh chocolates as I wish I'd had a treat readily available last time.


nutelladipper Sun 12-Jul-15 15:55:13

Watching with interest as I too am having a ELCS in a few weeks and I've just started to think about my bag.
An iPad with films uploaded as my previous two fed loads at night and I was sooo bored and it cut out all the other screaming babies!
Flip flops for the shower.


DaleyBump Sun 12-Jul-15 16:01:58

Extra clothes. I was in longer than expected last time so getting my family to bring me clean clothes was a nightmare.

A handheld fan because MY GOD it was boiling.

Change for the snack/hot drink machine

ThunderboltKid Sun 12-Jul-15 16:03:56

Loads of snacks and drinks for afterwards

TheOriginalWinkly Sun 12-Jul-15 16:04:17

A hairbrush. Had the nicest shower ever after a long labour and a night in a scorching post natal ward then couldn't brush my hair. Annoying!

Start collecting 50p and pound coins for the car park and vending machines. Pack some cereal bars and little cartons of juice.

Chips1999 Sun 12-Jul-15 16:05:13

The main thing I found about being in hospital was that I was so thirsty! I packed some juice cartons both times around, but I think a huge bottle of water would have been good too. I did keep asking for my water jug to be filled up too!

nottheOP Sun 12-Jul-15 16:06:21

A large sports water bottle. Labour is thirsty work and requests for water were met with a shot glass apparently.

lip balm


quesadillas Sun 12-Jul-15 16:06:42

Flip flops and drinks added, thanks. Can't believe I forgot how minging the shower was last time.

FernGullysWoollyPully Sun 12-Jul-15 16:29:55

A bin bag. You don't want your dirties in with cleans. Especially if you bleed out, have a poo explosion or get wee'd on by your little one.

DXBMermaid Sun 12-Jul-15 16:42:52

I was so glad last I brought my camelbak sportsflask. I am able to drink from it in any position, so didn't have to move up straight to have a drink during labour. Would be handy with elcs scar too.


One of those Evian face spritzing bottles.

Indole Sun 12-Jul-15 16:50:40

A lot more food.

areyoubeingserviced Sun 12-Jul-15 16:56:38

Antiseptic wipes and flip flops the showers

areyoubeingserviced Sun 12-Jul-15 16:56:55

For the

quesadillas Sun 12-Jul-15 16:58:57

Antiseptic wipes is a good one.

ImperialBlether Sun 12-Jul-15 17:00:26

Same as DXB, but a different brand - I wish I'd had Vichy Spa Water Spray - keep it in the fridge before you go in and spray your face when it's hot in the ward - it's absolutely lovely.

Sparklingbrook Sun 12-Jul-15 17:03:57

Antibac wipes for bathroom trips especially if shared facilities. sad

polarbearshuffle Sun 12-Jul-15 17:05:06

The first time snacks, drinks and extra pj bottoms. Was very grateful I had them the second time. I couldn't sleep after having dd so I sat there gazing at her munching starbursts and sipping flavoured water! grin

LadyOrangutan Sun 12-Jul-15 17:06:58

Vaseline or lip balm. I had a emcs and my lips were so dry. I nearly kissed the midwife that found some for me.

avocadotoast Sun 12-Jul-15 17:07:48

I wish I'd taken food for afterwards. I don't know if you can plan better with an ELCS but I threw up the toast they gave me straight after giving birth and then was starving later. If you end up getting to ward between meals, or even after the evening meal, you'll wish you'd brought snacks!

Oh, and toiletries. For some reason I remembered to bring straws and a spray bottle but totally forgot shampoo and shower gel, had to get DH to bring them the next day.

BabyNeedsChocolate Sun 12-Jul-15 17:47:27

Hot water bottle(s) and a little plastic back massager - they were the only things that really helped with contractions. This sort of thing

A mattress which my husband slept on for five nights while I was in the induction bay, labour ward and postnatal ward - it was a roll up one which was brilliant.

Lots of sweets.

Chillyegg Sun 12-Jul-15 17:50:56

I was in a week longer than i thought.
Extra clothes
Extra maternity pads
Extra pants
A razor
Extra cereal bars

makeminea6x Sun 12-Jul-15 17:53:32

0-3 mo clothes and bigger nappies. My DS was too big for newborn things and my DH had to go and buy some bigger ones shock

quesadillas Sun 12-Jul-15 18:13:14

I think I'll pack two bags for me - one for immediate use with a few of the basics, and another with extra everything. Expecting twins so need to be really organised!

NickyEds Sun 12-Jul-15 20:19:54

A flask. The tea making facilities were along a corridor and around a corner, I couldn't carry ds and make tea and the mw was pissed off with me for asking her to watch him. I didn't want to leave him alone but was desperate for a cuppa so wish I'd been able to make a flask full so I only had to do it once.
Plastic pint glasses and cordial. So didn't have to drink aforementioned shot glasses of tepid water.
Carrier bags. For your washing
Snacks. Stuff like flapjacks. At our hospital if you missed meal times (what with having a person coming out of you!) then you didn't eat.
All in the bag for this time.

FreeButtonBee Sun 12-Jul-15 20:36:20

For twins, pack one bag with first vest/baby gro/nappy/hat for each baby. I used plastic ziplock bags and labelled them twin 1 (boy) and twin 2 (girl). Frankly it's chaos after they are born so not having to dig around in an enormous bag to find clothes was v helpful.

Spare tshirt and trousers for your DH. DD vomited milk and blood (from my bleeding nipples...) all over DH on the morning of Day 2. Not v pleasant for him the rest of the day.

Defo recommend sports cap water bottle which holds at least a litre. I was sooooo thirsty and it could sit in the corner of my bed without leaking. I used it for months actually!

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