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Hospital bag question

(33 Posts)
RoxyLady Fri 17-May-13 18:01:28

When should you get it ready?
Im 32 weeks next week and maybe its time?

Advice appreciated

cupcake78 Fri 17-May-13 18:05:09

I'm nearly 35 weeks and all I've done is buy pads shock. It's dc 2 so I'm a bit more relaxed about it all.

RoxyLady Fri 17-May-13 18:06:13

Mine is 2nd also. I remembered having it prepared weeks before but cant remember when i did it!

Fairypants Fri 17-May-13 18:07:19

I was about that when I started 'just in case'. I just packed the essentials initially with a plan to add extra stuff later but didn't get round to it. I ended up at 39 weeks with 'finish packing bag' and 'write birth plan' on my to do list for the next day when dd turned up!! Tbh, there really isn't much you really must have, it's all just for comfort and the hospital and yr dp will sort out anything you really must have.
Maybe start with a list and buy the stuff u need like pads and knickers so you or your dp can chuck it in a bag if caught on the hop.

RoxyLady Fri 17-May-13 18:08:34

Yep list done! Think im just going to get it ready.... Im an over organiser!

joanna1990marie Fri 17-May-13 19:17:21

Im 38 weeks and have had it on a too do list for quite some time! I just can't be bothered, might keep me busy in the early stage of labour lol.

quoteunquote Fri 17-May-13 19:26:12

Pack the bag, it won't hurt, and in the event it is needed early, you will be very very grateful you did.

VisualiseAHorse Fri 17-May-13 20:25:08

I was packed and ready to go at this point. Mostly because we live way out in the sticks (not near any 24 hour supermarkets) so I wanted everything to be ready!!

gingeme Fri 17-May-13 20:28:23

Had mine packed about 30 weeks. Never can be too early In my opinion smile. Good luck xx

looneytune Fri 17-May-13 20:29:53

Another one who has it on their 'to do' list. I'm 36 weeks on Monday so think maybe I'll get it done in the next week just so I'm prepared.

ButteryJam Fri 17-May-13 20:45:40

I had mine packed by 36 weeks

Itsgoodtotalk Fri 17-May-13 20:50:25

There is no harm in doing it now - it's a job done then isn't it. I left it quite late with both of mine and much of what I packed wasn't needed in hospital in the end!

rrreow Fri 17-May-13 20:52:42

I'm 36w tomorrow and just about have it organised. I'm planning a homebirth though so I've probably been a bit lax with the content of the bag.

FoofFighter Fri 17-May-13 21:08:37

Aiming to have mine packed by 32 weeks. Got some bits n bobs already though, Asda have 5packs of disposable pants for £1.50 which is quite a bargain smile

KatAndKit Fri 17-May-13 21:12:19

I'd say have it done by 35 weeks - you'll end up unpacking and repacking it in the final days but it will give you something to do! Considering 37 weeks is not classed as premature, I'd say having a bag ready at 35 weeks would be sensible.

TinkyPeet Fri 17-May-13 21:23:11

I'm 31 weeks and mines done, cos now I don't have to think about it until chucking my phone charger and notes in on the way out the door (however we do have 5 iPhone chargers between the 2 of us so I could just sling one in now)! X

TheDetective Fri 17-May-13 21:25:04

I was planning a homebirth so didn't do one.

Got to 19 days overdue, and did one then when I succumbed to being induced. Took 5 minutes to grab everything to be honest.

I wouldn't worry too much if you know where everything is. I live close to hospital, so it wasn't really an issue if I forgot anything, DP could go home and get it.

WeeS Fri 17-May-13 23:02:24

I am 33 weeks today & so far only have shampoo & conditioner in my hospital bag! grin This is my first, so a bit clueless as to what I need so going by a list from Mothercare. Do I really need disposable pants???

ButteryJam Fri 17-May-13 23:03:31

I've got a typed up list of what I've got in each bag, with a copy in each bag lol as well as copies of that on email and in Dropbox wink

mikkii Fri 17-May-13 23:10:49

With DS I didn't get my bag ready until my water broke and I went in to be induced the next day.

With DD1 I had placenta praevia. Was admitted as an emergency at 33.5 weeks, arrived at hospital with my notes and a book, expecting to be checked over then sent home. DH had to prepare the bag from a scribbled list. Knickers weren't on the list list so I didn't get any! When released 2 days later I packed my bag and the baby bag, was re-admitted the following day.

With DD2 (placenta praevia again) I packed my bag as soon as diagnosed at 21 week scan. Needed it 3 weeks later.

I now believe it's never too early!

mikkii Fri 17-May-13 23:14:02

WeeS as far as dispoable pants are concerned, I had them but couldn't bring myself to wear them.

I bought M&S value ones in a bigger size and wore those. If you need a section, big knickers miss the scar.

Fairypants Sat 18-May-13 00:23:55

With dd1 I found disposable pants indispensable as I leaked with every pad. I got one pack and sent DH out for more the day after she was born.
With dd2, I decided I would use old pants as disposable and just replace them but it was actually more manageable and I only chucked a couple out. If I ever have dc3, I will use washable sanitary pads so will just wear old pants and they can be washed along with the pads if necessary.

nannyl Sat 18-May-13 08:25:26

Im 35 weeks, no where near any 24 hour supermarkets (talking nearly an hours drive) no where near hospital (45 mins plus) and havent even started, though do have pads, and new birth pool liner and a new helios homeopathy kit

I MUST pack soon, even though im planning a second homebirth i still pack for hospital as its such a trek to get there and get anything to me there that i may have forgotten.

Last time i was all ready at this point.... this time, i figure i still have everything from last time. (would just need to find it!)

WeeS Sat 18-May-13 09:18:54

Ahh! I wondered why I needed 'big knickers' - that makes sense now. I went to M&S last week to buy some but came home with a pack of Brazilian pants grin Think I'll pack a selection to be on the safe side, including some disposables smile

VisualiseAHorse Sat 18-May-13 09:40:28

I packed some massive black knickers from Tesco (£3 for 5!) and some disposable. I figured that the knickers were so cheap I could just chuck them if needed.

Even if I was planning a homebirth, I would still pack a bag. But I like being prepared for any event :D We live 40 minutes from the MLU, and 2 hours from the hospital, so I wanted every thing packed early!

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