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Hospital bag do's and don'ts

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LJFM2B Tue 11-Sep-18 16:26:28

So I am 24 weeks pregnant, stupidly organised and am planning to pack majority of my hospital bag by 30 weeks (i know enough people who have given birth early to scare me into being this eager)
Im a first time mummy so looking for you 'been there and done that' mummys for some tips on what you wished you had and what you wished youd never bothered taking!

Looking forward to getting ideas smile


nothanksbyenow Tue 11-Sep-18 16:27:44

More food! I went in late at night so nothing to eat til morning. I was famished!

JohnLapsleyParlabane Tue 11-Sep-18 16:28:31


welshweasel Tue 11-Sep-18 16:28:54

Less is more!! Some hospital cubicles are tiny and you often get moved around a few times. You won’t need that much stuff!

Lulette Tue 11-Sep-18 16:30:51

A nice shower gel and body cream as you’ll want to shower post natally, and it’s nice to have a little bit of luxury for your body at that point!

Yes to ear plugs and food!

someonekillbabyshark Tue 11-Sep-18 16:32:32

Boots maternity pads I found best, spare t shirt for partner (mine had to go and buy one, baby was born at 4 am he was covered in gunk and wanted to stay all day obvs) SNACKS! Energy drink (food is so expensive at hospital) slippers defo, cover to feed. The midwife said we wasn't aloud curtains shit I had a lady across from me and her husband kept trying to look the creep 👀

someonekillbabyshark Tue 11-Sep-18 16:36:27

Also a good tip is be organised in your bag, I put baby first outfit and nappy on top and told DH so he knew what to do, then a clean outfit pad and undies for me underneath, thank god I did because I was so out of it for at least 4 hours blush

Pamdoo Tue 11-Sep-18 16:40:19

Food, food and more food. Juice or squash. Boots maternity pads. Ipod. Lip balm. Huge pants. Magazine or book. You don't actually need as much as you think, just spare clothes, spare nighties, flipflops I found better than slippers as I could wear them in and out the shower. I also wish I'd brought a mug in as I got annoyed with those tiny plastic cups!

someonekillbabyshark Tue 11-Sep-18 17:16:44

@Pamdoo OMG yes Lip balm!!!!! I was smothering my self in it my mouth was so dry from gas & air!!!

Nomad86 Tue 11-Sep-18 18:20:42

Pack one bag for the labour, and one for after. It'll help your partner find things quickly.

Paracetamol. The midwives on the ward will be busy and mine took ages bringing it.

Maternity pads. About twice as many as you think you'll need.

Nightie that buttons up the front of you're thinking of breastfeeding.

Lucozade and glucose tablets for labour.

Comfy bed socks.

BlueBug45 Tue 11-Sep-18 21:10:26

If you are traveling by car have two X2 bags. One for you and one the baby for a 2 day stay, and another with enough clothes in to cover 3 days. Leave the 3 day one in the boot of the car. (If you can walk leave the 2nd set of bags at home.)

Make sure your birthing partner knows what is in each bag using a list and relevant labels attached to the inside/outside of the bag(s).

The labels will also help the midwife/healthcare assistant if they have to get things for you instead of your partner.

Also put each baby outfit set e.g. vest, baby gro,scratch mits, hat in it's own small bag inside the baby bag.

Make sure your birthing partner knows the opening hours of the nearest supermarket, large pharmacy and take aways.

twobambinos Tue 11-Sep-18 21:20:43

Old towels to dump after showers, a nice smelling shower gel, plastic bags to send home dirty clothes.
One bag for labour and one bag for the few days after.
Babygro, vest and nappy for baby in a sandwich bag at the top of the labour bag.
Hair bobble. Lip balm. And some snacks for after in case u give birth middle of the night.

babyarz Tue 11-Sep-18 21:24:53

Disposal pants. My friend gave me them and they were a god send!! I used them for days after baba was born and it was great. Saved soaking/washing pants if they got stained xx

babyarz Tue 11-Sep-18 21:25:22

*disposable x

aaahhhBump Tue 11-Sep-18 21:26:55

Separate bag of snacks for birthing partner.

I ate all the snacks blush

Eatmycheese Tue 11-Sep-18 21:29:14

Lip balm
Lightweight dressing gown
More pants than you have. Trust me
Download stuff to watch in case your hospital, does t have WiFi . My last one didn’t.
Your own pillow from home
Big sanitary pads
Bobbles hair brush, toiletries etc.
Flip flops for the shower. They are often not very nice.
Ear plugs. Yes.
Sports water bottle for when you are in labour or a few straws as you will not always want to sit up and have a sip from a bottle.

Decent amount of baby clothes (not outfits just sleep suits and vests and nappies )
Hat and blanket for baby in car seat when leaving and weather appropriate cardigan.

Carrier bags for bloodied underwear, sick covered baby clothes etc.
Salty crisps, water, sucky sweets, squash.

Clothes you can step into easily just in case you have a section, difficult labour and struggle to get into leggings.
Nightdress that opens to breastfeed if you are planning and nursing bra

All three times I forgot some of the above.
Good luck!

littlepooch Tue 11-Sep-18 21:29:50

Food food food. DD was born this morning and I am currently in hospital absolutely starving!!

Milkmonster2 Tue 11-Sep-18 21:30:55

Pack a bottle of prosecco and plastic flutes star

Lwmommy Tue 11-Sep-18 21:33:01

Echoing the need to seperate everything. I just used sandwich/carrier bags.

Babys 1st outfit, in one bag, baby toiletries/nappies etc in another.

Couple of nighties and a 5 pack of big pants in one.

Leaving outfit for me in another and so on.

Definitely take snacks and one of those little squeezy fruit squash things.

It was like food and drink was rationed when i was in. Got a chicken baguette about 12.30pm, had baby 6pm and was given 1 slice of toast and a tiny plastic cup.of bad coffee about 8pm and that was it till the next morning when i was directed to a kitchen area where i could make myself toast.

Thankfully i had a secret stash of cereal bars, nuts and peperamis that kept me going till i could go home the next morning.

minnierose3 Tue 11-Sep-18 21:47:44

Ear plugs and eye mask!!!

Cakeandmarshmallows Tue 11-Sep-18 22:54:04

Any charges etc, try and have ones with long leads! My plug sockets were limited and well away from the bed! If u end up with c section extra maternity pads are great for sticking to your knickers to rest against the scar. Makes it more comfy and absorbs any err leaks. I second organising the bag and having all baby clothes, each outfit in separate small labelled plastic bags. I ended up staying a lot longer than I thought and having a bag of organised extra clothes etc for me and baby was very handy. Cash/coins for vending machine may be useful.

Flip flops are way better than slippers. Think it was said up post you can wear in shower and yes own towel..

It does all of course depend on how it happens. My planned water birth in the birthing unit became failed induction and emergency c section! Ideal if you can have someone able to bring in extra bits if needed.
Best of luck.

CAAKE Tue 11-Sep-18 23:51:41

Flip flops

Bottled water - sounds silly but I was so dehydrated and kept having to bother the midwives to fetch me water

Food for you and you OH

BlueBug45 Wed 12-Sep-18 19:51:16

I took a pack of newborn nappies and a pack.of maternity pads. I nearly ran out of the latter but my OH went to buy me more when he went to get himself some food. Hospitals don't feed partners which is why it is worth having plenty of snacks and to know where the shops outside the hospital are.

LJFM2B Thu 13-Sep-18 12:01:15

This is all so helpful - thanks everyone...

I will make sure i seperate all things into some sort of order that makes sense and asking my DH to pack or pack with me is a good idea...

Its funny how many people highlight the importance of snacks! i think my DH will very much enjoy doing a snack shop for us before D Day!


SnuggyBuggy Thu 13-Sep-18 12:03:19

I had a baby section and a me section.

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