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What did you pack in your hospital bag that you didn't end up needing?

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macdat Thu 25-Feb-16 11:51:04

I always pack too much when I go anywhere, I've been known to take a small suitcase for 1 night away blush, and as of now my list for my hospital bag is ridiculously long. Will be packing my bag within the next week or so and want to avoid carrying too much.
I always see threads about what you DO need, so, what did you pack that you didn't need?

FraterculaArctica Thu 25-Feb-16 11:53:31

Nursing bras (if you're planning to BF). Learning how to get DC to latch was hard enough without any extra clothing items in the way - I was mostly topless or just in a T shirt/pyjama top. Didn't wear a nursing bra till about 2 weeks in when I and DS had started getting the hang of it.

redexpat Thu 25-Feb-16 12:15:10

Lip balm. Everyone on MN said it was essential. Never came out of my bag.

TeaBelle Thu 25-Feb-16 12:21:06

Didn't wear Bikini for in the pool
Used about 5% of nappy stash
Packed far too many pads
Didn't use any food as hospital provided food throughout
Didn't wear my going home outfit - just left in my black pyjama trousers that I changed into that morning

I wish I had taken my straightners though

Junosmum Thu 25-Feb-16 14:15:28

Didn't need the millions of pads they said I would. Or the 20 baby grows. Also didn't need nursing bras- top off to feed.

Needed more sports/ sugary drinks for labour.

Sorebigtoes Thu 25-Feb-16 17:18:55

Conversley, I needed more baby clothes, pads and food than I took. Kept missing hospital meals when they moved me round, and ended up staying in longer than expected. Just take a big suitcase is my view!

GunShotResidue Thu 25-Feb-16 17:24:24

Most of my bag. But I'm still packing it all again for DC2!
I took a huge fluffy dressing gown last time, and the ward was boiling. This time I've packed a lightweight toweling gown.

WaccaWacca Thu 25-Feb-16 17:30:00

My book. Not sure when I thought I'd have time to read a novel during labour. hmm

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Thu 25-Feb-16 17:31:59

Pretty much the same as everyone else - too many pads and sleep/bodysuits. Would you be able to pack a minimal-ish bag then pack a second 'top up' bag and leave it at home so that if you run out of knickers/pads/nappies/etc someone can pop to your and pick the bag up for you?

thatstoast Thu 25-Feb-16 17:36:59

I took a book but I was induced so spent time on an antenatal ward. Never ate my doritos though.

MyNameIsSuz Thu 25-Feb-16 17:42:57

I was the opposite of some of these - I only took 3 sleepsuits and it wasn't enough, I'm taking more this time! I also didn't use the dressing gown or the millions of breast pads. I didn't wear the proper nursing bra, but definitely wasn't topless - I wore nursing support vests I'd bought for sleeping in, pretty much for the first couple of weeks. Will do the same this time!

BasinHaircut Thu 25-Feb-16 17:44:28

Do 2 smaller bags. One for if it all goes to plan and you come home same/next day.

Second bag with 'extras' that stays in the car (more clothes/pads/nappies etc) for if you are in longer than expected.

I also stuck everything else that I could think of, that DH might possibly need to bring up to me if I was in for an extended period, in the crib so he could find it easily during trips home.

DS didn't come home till he was 5 days old and all of that prep made things so much easier and less stressful than if things weren't to hand. More than one bag also meant that DH could take stuff home as I didn't need it anymore (dirty washing etc).

Always better to be over prepared than under IMO, especially when you have a tiny baby!

Mouthfulofquiz Thu 25-Feb-16 17:47:44

I took so much the first time that I could hardly find what I actually needed. Even though home is less than 2 miles from the hospital so any extras could be brought in easily.
I took in full size bottles of shampoo / conditioner! Whole make up bag. Full box of breast pads, 5 baby gros, towels, three pairs of pjs.... Basically enough for a week in a hotel.
I stayed in for 6 hours and none of it got used!
This time I have a smaller bag with travel toiletries and a few bits and bobs. Much better!

Mouthfulofquiz Thu 25-Feb-16 17:50:26

I second the idea above of two bags. Then if you do need to stay in, you will have the things you need.

kiki22 Thu 25-Feb-16 18:22:44

I done 2 bags a giving birth and a staying in bag, never used the second. I did read my book post birth DS slept most of the first day I think from the shock so the few hours before DP came in there was nothing to do but read the TV was expensive. I also ate all my food post birth I was starving I hadn't eaten for about 16 hours then for the hospital meals we had to leave the baby in the crib and walk down to the meal room I didn't want to leave or walk anywhere so ate all my food at my bed. I also used my lip balm constantly because I was dehydrated.

Moral of the story like everything else regarding birthing you just never know.

Runningupthathill82 Thu 25-Feb-16 18:43:59

First time round: snacks. I couldn't bear to eat. And a dressing gown - it was SO hot. Needed far more maternity pads than I'd taken though.

Second time: TENS machine. By the time I got to hospital I was ready to push, so it was redundant.

oldlaundbooth Thu 25-Feb-16 18:47:05

An eye mask hmm

Candle blush

Book confused

Hedgeh0g Thu 25-Feb-16 18:57:12

Straws. If I'm honest, I didn't quite understand the point when I was packing them, but people assured me they would be essential.

Snacks. By the time I was hungry enough I wasn't allowed to eat them as my midwife could see the writing on the wall and knew I was heading for theatre.

mouldycheesefan Thu 25-Feb-16 19:01:21

I used my eye mask - the lights are never fully off.
I also read books.

loL at candle don't think they are allowed in hospital.

I was in for four weeks, dh just brought me stuff as I needed it. I was glad to have my hairdryer and nursing pillow.
Ear plugs are essential. So are tissues. Own towel and flannel. Slippers, socks, dressing gown.

Danglyweed Thu 25-Feb-16 19:14:18

Dd 1 too much of everything. Dd 2 packed perfect. Dt's didnt take a bag, and to be honest I really didnt feel like I was missing anything, the hospital even gave me toothbrush, travel shampoo etc was even in my jammies so was comfy lol

MunchyMunchkin Thu 25-Feb-16 19:19:12

Didn't use the lip balm either!

I did eat some of my snacks but after the birth. I was ravenous about 2hrs after the obligatory tea and toast but it was still hours until lunch. DH ate some of it while I was in labour.

Errrnerrr Thu 25-Feb-16 19:21:08

Make up blush

ginandmoregin Thu 25-Feb-16 19:22:21

Hair straighteners blush Ha!

magpie17 Thu 25-Feb-16 19:23:39

Make up! What was I thinking???!

I did need the million pads and the lip balm was essential as my lips were ruined from the gas and air.

dannydyerismydad Thu 25-Feb-16 19:26:48

A board game.

I thought it would pass the time of labour went on too long. Hahahaha.

DS took it out of the shrink wrap a few weeks ago. He's 4.

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