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When did you pack your hospital bag?

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suntodayplease Fri 23-Aug-13 09:32:56

Out of interest? I keep reading about people having packed their bag by 32 weeks. Fully understand if you're high risk etc that you need to be ready earlier. But if you're low risk when realistically do you need to have it packed by? This is DC2 so you'd think I'd remember!

knittingirl Mon 26-Aug-13 13:54:02

I packed it at 26 weeks - was having problems with anxiety and the mw suggested it would help allay some of my worrie to get ready.

PinkParsnips Mon 26-Aug-13 14:19:45

I'm 30 weeks this week and am just starting to think I should think about making a list and washing some baby clothes to go in :-)

GlitterFingers Mon 26-Aug-13 14:27:47

I pack whilst I was in labour on my due date grin it worked quite well I never forgot anything apart from scratch mittens. Dd was sick on first pair took them off and she ruined her face

jammiecat Mon 26-Aug-13 14:56:33

First baby I had a few bits in the bag from about 35 weeks but didn't finish it until after my waters broke at 38+5 when baby was clearly going to make an early appearance!

Might try and get a bit more organised this time round just in case...

CheeseFondueRocks Mon 26-Aug-13 15:04:00

I can't remember with DD but I aim to have my bag ready when I reach full-term so 37 weeks as DS could arrive any day from then. Remember that 40 weeks is only your average pregnancy length. DD was born at 38+6 so I'm glad I didn't wait too long.

vkinski Mon 26-Aug-13 15:38:29

I'm 29 weeks and will probably wait another couple of weeks before starting to pick up some bits and pieces for my hospital bag. Although my nick-name is Monica (from Friends due to my fondness of cleaning, making lists and organising things), so I might give in earlier!

I would second making sure there are a few snacks or drinks in your bag. I didn't think of this with my DD and after she was born, I was starving and they brought me a very rubbery looking hamburger (with no bun), served with fried sliced potatoes?! The most horrible and bizzare dinner ever put down before me, so DH got sent off to Greggs and I pretty much lived on Oval Bites for 2 days! At least if I had of put some healthy snacks (and treats!) in my bag, I wouldn't have been so ravenous!

Cloudkitten Mon 26-Aug-13 15:55:21

Well, it's not hard to pack the basics in a bag and shove it in the wardrobe... just in cases smile Then you know you've at least got pants/nightdress/nursing bra/nappies/babygros somewhere to hand, collected all in one place.

Realistically though, if you were taken in by emergency, shops are open 24/7 and there's nothing that you would need that couldn't be bought very quickly and brought in, by anyone, even a friend or neighbour (pretty much everyone would help out in a situation like that I'm sure).

All I would do is think about anything really personal that couldn't easily be bought eg maternity knickers, or a nightdress that fits nicely that you like. Pack those. Everything else can be picked up very easily.

LongTailedTit Tue 27-Aug-13 02:08:28

I packed mine after my waters broke at 35+5! Had been planning to do it that week, but then DS decided to jump the gun, so packed random crap while waiting for DH to get home to take me to hospital. Took waaaay too much stuff, and not all of it turned out to be useful.

Will get it packed around 34 weeks this time I reckon, just in case #2 is early too.

babyicebean Tue 27-Aug-13 02:19:32

The first time I packed it at six months but only because we were having to move in with the MIL and she would have wanted to pack it for me as she knew better.
Second time I didn't pack anything because she was an emergency c-section three weeks early.
Last time himself suggested I might want to pack something to take with me on the morning of the booked section.

PeriodMath Tue 27-Aug-13 02:34:49

I'm 38wks and have just started putting a few things in a small case.

I don't know why people get so stressed about this. It's just a bag of stuff, hardly any of it essential, most people take 5 times what they'll actually need, none of it couldn't be brought in quickly by someone else and anyway - with a first baby you have usually got HOURS at home to throw if together before you even need to go to the hospital. Plus, if you have a normal delivery, you'll barely be in for 24 hrs and will be carting it all home with you!

I know, I know, it's all part of the ritual. I was much more "prepared" first time round but when you've done it once you realise your bag generally stays untouched till the point where they ask you to get your vest and sleepsuit out. As for the clary sage, massage beads and hypno cds, do me a favour!

Ignore me, I'm just cynical - second time round, give me the drugs! wink

CogDat Tue 27-Aug-13 02:44:07

I just picked up my toothbrush, shower stuff, my book, PJs and a change of clothes on the way out. And something to eat.
I could have done that weeks before, but I didn't see why it would help me.

Queazy Tue 27-Aug-13 07:01:03

I packed at 36 weeks. I know a number of people who've have had babies around the 36-37 week mark, so ideally I would have done it by 34/35 weeks. I wrote lists much earlier and bought the stuff...peaked a bit soon and then couldn't be bothered to pack the bloody bag!! smile

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