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Lots still to buy but do I really need...

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glitternanny Sat 01-Oct-11 12:54:09

a dressing gown for hospital - mine and OHs are really think so they will be way too hot - can't seem to find a thin one - considering i'll barely be wearing it (hopefully)

What about fitflops - I've left it too late to get them - can find cheap crocs tho for the shower...

barrysnotter Sat 01-Oct-11 12:59:07

ime a dressing gown was too hot, maybe a long fine knit cardi?

Tillyscoutsmum Sat 01-Oct-11 13:04:54

Hospitals are like saunas ime and I definitely didn't need a bid dressing gown but I did feel I needed something to cover up a bit. I had a 3 piece pj's with a little jacket thing like this

LaWeasel Sat 01-Oct-11 13:06:59

I think a good rule to bear in mind with all the packing lists is that if you don't wear/use one normally you probably won't want/think to use one in labour/hospital either.

I also found the showers perfectly clean enough to go in with no shoes on.

notcitrus Sat 01-Oct-11 13:08:57

I'd just get a large t-shirt for decency - and maybe take your own towel to wrap round you in case the hospital ones are small.

I figured I'd just wash my feet if necssary but in fact the showers were OK.

ChippingIn Sat 01-Oct-11 13:11:33

No you don't - just do what the others have said and take things that make you feel comfy and covered smile Bearing in mind what might be most suitable if you are going to bf smile

When are you due?

glitternanny Sat 01-Oct-11 13:19:50

thank you - I'm due in 7 weeks, but waiting to have a scan about my placenta so could be in for a CS in 5 weeks!

I have a pair of PJs so might need to get something else to wear in bed/lounging around - think I'll scrap the dressing gown - I wear one at home when its cold.... I guess I was just thinking of decency rather than keeping warm!

Better get myself off to eBay!

gapants Sat 01-Oct-11 13:22:45

Cheap slippers for walking around the ward. I used my dressing gown only because my baby was in snicu so a bit of a trek.

mumatron Sat 01-Oct-11 13:25:15

I think you'll be way too hot for a dressing gown. I've had babies in summer and winter and could not have worn one.

Instead of pyjamas I took loose yoga pants/jogging bottoms, a couple of vests and a thin sweatshirt.

I never took flip flops either.

Madlizzy Sat 01-Oct-11 13:32:39

If you have a section, make sure you have some big knickers that won't press on your wound. I got dressed as soon as I could, so no need for a dressing gown.

SinicalSal Sat 01-Oct-11 13:38:26

I got a v light cheap dark dressing gown in Primark, might be worth checking out because it wsn't too hot but it was easy to throw on and be covered.

ChippingIn Sat 01-Oct-11 13:39:48

5 weeks is actually a fair bit of time smile It's very exciting isn't it!!

glitternanny Sat 01-Oct-11 13:44:53

I looked in primark could only find thick ones.

Very exciting yes!

Now just need the bloody nursery finishes so I can sort it all out and get everything here and pack my bag!!

AlpinePony Sat 01-Oct-11 13:46:01

Would def take flip-flops, have heard horror tales of showers.

If you're going to potentially have c-section with complications requiring iv, then something you can get on over the drips without umpteen helpers is good.

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 01-Oct-11 13:53:11

I didn't take a dressing gown last time as hospitals are hotter than hell but the midwives really told me off for not having one. Was really strange, they were quite annoyed about it.

ChippingIn Sat 01-Oct-11 13:55:04

GML - I hope you told them to piss off - what you choose to wear is none of their bloody business (well not unless you choose to sit around in the buff grin).

Fluter Sat 01-Oct-11 13:56:06

I've got a £16 thin dressing gown from M&S - but I wear one anyway about the place, so if I don't in hospital, I will at home. I don't have PJ's, only short nightshirts, so might feel a bit exposed on the ward otherwise.

I got a pair of flip flops from one of those cheap shoe shop places - and actually my feet have swelled up so much this last week that they're the only sort of thing that's comfortable to wear ATM.

Quenelle Sat 01-Oct-11 14:12:42

I had a cheap thin cotton one from Sainsburys and still wear it two years later

Quenelle Sat 01-Oct-11 14:12:42

I had a cheap thin cotton one from Sainsburys and still wear it two years later

nickelbabe Sat 01-Oct-11 14:17:15

not from experience of having ababy in hospital, but last time I was in hospital, I just wore pyjamas.
I didn't have a dressing gown (far too hot!) and I didn't have slippers either - I walked around the place in either bare feet or my socks, and it was fine.
I was in for a fortnight.

DizzyCow63 Sat 01-Oct-11 14:23:43

I would take a couple of nighties instead of all pj's, as I had a catheter for 3 days post birth and couldn't have worn pjs. Primark do a pack of two for about £5 which are just like thick cotton long t-shirts and aren't too "granny-ish".

DizzyCow63 Sat 01-Oct-11 14:24:36

Ps I got a nice thin dressing gown in matalan which wasn't too expensive and has washed well.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 01-Oct-11 14:29:48

Marks and spencers have a couple of 'relax at home' sets I am planning on getting for going in to have my baby in january.

they have stretch bottoms, tops with buttons in stretch fabric, so good for breastfeeding, and then oversized c0-ordinated grandad style shirts. I think they look quite comfy, but practical, and the bottoms and tops are in dark colours.

glitternanny Sun 02-Oct-11 14:33:00

thank you - I've just seen one online in matalan so will check that out.

now to find nightshirts/PJs

gotta love MN for all the advice

hubbahubster Mon 03-Oct-11 08:57:04

Like everyone says, it's devilishly hot in hospital. Try Peacocks for cute cotton PJs with wraps that are perfect for BF too. You'll wear them once you're home too - I found pretty loungewear much easier to recieve guests in than getting properly dressed for the first few days. Maternity stuff was too big but I was still too fat for my other clothes. Plus I had a CS and didn't want anything tight on my scar.

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