Nighty with buttons PJs with buttons 10 Maternity pads 4 pairs of throw away knickers Nursing bra Breast Pads Bath Towel Toiletries - tooth brush, de-oderante etc Lip balm Paracetamol/Ibuprofin/Rennies
3 baby vests 3 baby grows 2 cardies 2 pair of scratch mitts and socks hat Outfit with jacket for coming home 10 nappies Cotton wool/wipes
Camera and charger Ipod and earphones Book Mobile phone charger Change for machines or car parking Emergency taxi money
Still got to get some snacks and drinks, but have I forgotton anything essential? Will get DP to bring me in some coming home clothes when he picks me up as I will be running out of room in my bag! Bet he brings a random pair of skinny jeans or something maybe better sort out what I need and put them where he can see them!
Flip flops or slippers, a pair of socks for yourself, sometimes I got really cold feet in labour You'll need some more pads if you're staying in more than 1 day/night. Just leave some at home and dp can bring them if you need them, deffo leave clothes out for him or wear home what you wear in? Good luck
From my own experience- slippers - but big 'sloppy' ones- I took a pair of moccasin type and my feet were massively swollen so they wouldn't fit. Or take some flip-flops then you can leave them on in the shower (hospital shower room made me shudder) I also went through loads of mat pads as bled very heavily. As I had never changed a nappy in my life before I had PFB I went through loads of nappies as i kept ballsing up changing him I took books/mags etc but never opened them as was either asleep or gazing in awe at PFB. Good luck and enjoy your lovely new babe!
More disposable or cheapy knickers. Slippers not flip flops in case u have cs, you'll have those awful surgical stockings and won't be able to wear flip flops. Also make sure u can get the slippers on without having to bend over, for the same reason! Also make sure you can actually lift the bag, in case u are on your own (learnt this the hard way!), maybe have one small emergency bag with the absolute essentials and one bigger one with the more luxury things.
I haven't done mine yet, (30+5w). But on these threads I saw quite a good suggestion of a spare t-shirt & boxers for dad! If you have a straightforward labour etc and go home the next day, it wouldn't be a bad idea for him to have something he hasn't spent all night being sweaty in!
My MIL bought me the slipper sock things and they were great.
With the extra things i put - babygrows, vests, clothes for me, maternity pads etc on a chair upstairs in the baby's room and said to DP - i need x its on the chair and he managed that. If i had said i need knickers or a t-shirt he wouldn't know where to start looking.
Ask your mum or someone you know who will visit once baby is born to bring you some naughty treats. My mum bought me my favourite packed sandwhish and SIL bought gifts for baby and then said here is a bag of treats and that got me through the hospital stay (i had em-cs).
big cotton pants in case you end up with a c-section.Marks do waist high ones, ("full briefs") get them several sizes too big. they won't roll down or rub on the scar and if you have a natural delivery they are masses nicer to wear than disposables,and they come in black. Magazines are good as if you are in for a while you will want something to read but your brain won't cope with a novel.You don't need breast pads for days,not until your milk comes in,so I would leave those out. Do you really need a towel? I was in for nearly ten days and didn't need one-I must have had hospital ones. I did get DH to bring my pillow in,as hosp ones are horrible,but I wouldn't pack that!