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Hospital bag question - disposible knickers or cheapo cotton knickers??

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FormerlyKnownAsPrincessChick Fri 05-Apr-13 16:14:17

That's it really. 31 weeks and starting to get the bag together. Do I brave Primark tomorrow for some big cheap pants and a big cheap night shirt that I can chuck post birth or are disposable knickers the way forward? From what I've seen / read the disposable knickers are a bit grim. But then maybe I haven't found the good ones smile

iseenodust Fri 05-Apr-13 16:19:47

I went for cheapo cotton. Something about comfort and pretending I could still have some dignity. grin

Rhubarb78 Fri 05-Apr-13 16:20:25

I would definitely get cheapo primark granny knickers, more comfy and prob cheaper. Just throw away the ones you cant be bothered washing.

Flisspaps Fri 05-Apr-13 16:20:34

£2.50 5 pack of Primark pants. Fabulous things.

SilveryMoon Fri 05-Apr-13 16:21:46

I used disposable with ds1 and cheapo cottons for ds2.
Def go with the cheapo ones. The disposable are horrid.

Nishky Fri 05-Apr-13 16:21:47

Def cheapie cotton ones - big ones just in case of csection- had to send my mother out shopping after mine!

FormerlyKnownAsPrincessChick Fri 05-Apr-13 16:24:00

Unanimous vote for Primark Granny pants it is then grin.

£2.50 for 5 pairs you say? That's cheaper than disposable knickers!

Did you all go for a size up from your normal size to take post birth belly into consideration?

Thank you smile

Passmethecrisps Fri 05-Apr-13 16:24:09

I went cheapo primark pants, big nightshirt for pre-labour (I was induced) and a dressing gown. I think it all came to £15

rootypig Fri 05-Apr-13 16:24:40

Cheapo cotton ones. I hate to alarm you but can't imagine disposable standing up to the, ahem, onslaught, my pants suffered. And if I haven't made my point well enough yet, you want black ones, not white grin. The primark are actually nice enough for regular use I think - they fit my very much enlarged bum anyway.

Can also recommend Boots own brand slim maternity pads, these ones:

Passmethecrisps Fri 05-Apr-13 16:25:20

Oh and I would have gone two sizes up had I known how my flab would shift

Mondayschild78 Fri 05-Apr-13 16:25:23

Primark pants and nightshirt. Can't go wrong

neontetra Fri 05-Apr-13 16:29:06

Primark ones, as if you don't ruin them all you may use some to slob around in post-birth. I'd go for more than five though - what with the show, waters etc, I seemed to use up about a million pants in hospital, and still ran out!

StiffyByng Fri 05-Apr-13 16:29:09

Cheap cotton. Got big size, ended up not really needing them that big, but as I had relatively light bleeding, they came away unharmed, and I'm now wearing them in late pregnancy. High waisted in case of C section scar.

FormerlyKnownAsPrincessChick Fri 05-Apr-13 16:33:34

Rooty not alarmed at all, I had wondered how paper knickers (a la those you go for a massage in) would a) cover your dignity even if you have been legs akimbo for hours b) stand up to!! Thank you for the pad recommendation too smile I haven't bought those yet. I've just been picking up random bits and pieces over the last couple of weeks.

Passme thanks for the tip re sizes.

FormerlyKnownAsPrincessChick Fri 05-Apr-13 16:37:43

So, 4 packs of 5 x big black pants in 2 sizes up from Primark should do the job. I like the slobbing post birth suggestion. And 20 (or however many make it through the war zone) pairs of pants, washed on return from hospital, should negate washing for a couple of weeks leaving me more time to concentrate on baby stuff. That sounds like a tenner well spent to me.

twinsufficient Fri 05-Apr-13 16:49:01

I'm still wearing the cheapo ones I bought to give birth in 4 years ago! They're falling apart at the seams now quite literally.

catlady1 Fri 05-Apr-13 16:56:31

I love my cheap granny pants from Tesco. In fact I may never wear normal size pants ever again. I never threw any away either, I just wore two huge pads all the time for the first week or so and changed regularly.

paperclips Fri 05-Apr-13 17:00:55

I wore my oldest black pants to the hospital and binned them when waters broke in them, wore some disposables (friend gave me some) for about half an hour, handy as they could be ripped off for examination rather than wriggling out of them. Then I didn't any until afterwards. Thats when the lovely Primark pants came into their own.

The quality of those 5 for 2.50 pants is much better than you'd think. Their multi pack pants are better quality than the awful ones they sell individually for £1.50. I still wear my big mama pants for sleeping in v comfy.

ouryve Fri 05-Apr-13 17:03:44

I just took big old dark knickers.

ratbagcatbag Fri 05-Apr-13 17:03:50

Cotton, in your size, not bigger, far more comfy. smile

TheonlyWayisGerard Fri 05-Apr-13 17:05:25

I wholeheartedly recommend Tena pants for initial post-birth onslaught. Hideously unattractive and make you feel about 90, but did a fabulous job, then you graduate onto massive black Primark pants after a couple of days.

rrreow Fri 05-Apr-13 17:07:47

Primark. Will cost you the same, they feel much nicer and blood washes out quite well actually so you can use them afterwards as well.

paperclips Fri 05-Apr-13 17:07:49

Oh and cheap nightshirts. I gave birth in a cheap primark nighty.

A good thing I bought from their nightwear section, was a long checked shirt, that you could wear like a dressing gown come cardigan. This was good in those first couple of days after birth, with some dark coloured yoga pants and a stretchy vest. I felt more "dressed" than wearing a dressing gown, but not too warm for boiling hospital, comfy enough to sleep in. Still wear it now, when up at night feeding.

dashoflime Fri 05-Apr-13 17:09:16

I found mens underpants best for both comfort and keeping the pads in place

Kithulu Fri 05-Apr-13 17:12:37

Am I the only one who bought mothercare pregnancy pants then? I loved the big ones with extra support for bump. They were also comfy after the birth and I wasn't worried about getting them mucky (wasn't actually a problem BTW)

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