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The Definitive Hospital Bag list

(49 Posts)
WhatsTheWordHummingbird Tue 01-Apr-14 19:21:23

This is my second dc and I need little to nothing in preparation except hospital bag stuff.

Last time round I just sort of threw everything in and went and can't really remember what I used and what I didnt amd I want to be Miss Organised this time around. me make a list please. What do I need for certain, what was a waste of you taking.


stargirl1701 Tue 01-Apr-14 19:43:10

I wrote this for DC2 after having DC1:

Hospital bag (after labour)

Nightgowns (front opening)
Nursing bras
Tena Lady pants
Maternity pads
Breast pads - normal & hydrogel
Breast shells
Compresses (MAM & Lansinoh)
Aloe Vera Durex Lube
Lansinoh cream
Lansinoh latch assist
Moist toilet tissue
Sanitary bags
Anusol HC
Flip flops
Toilet bag
Phone & charger
Ecover hand wash & hand cream

Hospital bag (labour)
Cold compress
Swim suit top
Misting spray
Birth ball

Hospital bag (baby)
Shawl & blanket
Hat & Cardigan

GoooRooo Tue 01-Apr-14 19:55:33

I wish I had taken my make up with me last time. I felt hideous after the birth and would have loved to spruce myself up a bit to feel better.

Lollypop1983 Tue 01-Apr-14 19:58:52

I would add Vaseline/ lip balm. Awful dry lips with gas and air

WhatsTheWordHummingbird Tue 01-Apr-14 19:59:58

Make up. Yes! I looked like a boiled potato after the last birth. A bit of tinted moisturiser would have gone far.

WipsGlitter Tue 01-Apr-14 20:01:46

Durex lube?!!????! Why??

rootypig Tue 01-Apr-14 20:03:23

Lube! confused

Mrswellyboot Tue 01-Apr-14 20:05:54

I had an emcs so needed peppermint tea and soda water

Also nipple shells and sheilds

Bigger knickers than I thought -size 18-20

Flip flops were a must


Headphones and extra phone credit

Mrswellyboot Tue 01-Apr-14 20:06:42

Oh yes, I got dh to bring in a proper mug and flask and tea bags. Was in for six days

WhatsTheWordHummingbird Tue 01-Apr-14 20:07:20

Missed lube grin

stargirl1701 Tue 01-Apr-14 20:07:26

MN tip! It was THE most soothing thing I found for my stitches. I kept it in the fridge! Amazing!

I hope I don't tear again but if I do...aloe vera lube is THE way to go! grin

somedizzywhore1804 Tue 01-Apr-14 20:11:10

Marking place!

ladymalfoy Tue 01-Apr-14 20:18:12

Anti bac wipes. Just to re wash feet before getting in to bed.
Bobbles for hair.

Mildpanic Tue 01-Apr-14 20:27:51

For me I really regret not having enough knickers and maternity pads. My waters had gone and I had to wait for 12 hours before getting to theatre for CS. (Planned CS was brought forward due to ruptured membranes)
I was contracting and very quickly soaked everything I had, DH couldn't go in search of more as risk of missing birth. Ward did not have any, or were unable to supply any spares.
I would also recommend your DH's underpants!............ I bought my DH some new ones and pinched those before he had even opened packet. They were a godsend with a section scar but also great with big bulky mat pads.
Muslins. Warm socks. Nice shampoo and shower gel. Small towel to put on floor after getting out of shower so don't have to stand on manky floor.

WhatsTheWordHummingbird Tue 01-Apr-14 21:01:36

Thank you to everyone. I didnt shower the last time I went in (apart from once post birth in a private room with ensuite) so not sure if I will do the same this time.

OwlCapone Tue 01-Apr-14 21:03:11

The softest toilet paper money can buy.

GingerRodgers Tue 01-Apr-14 21:52:06

Just marking place.

Can only think of straws for during labour (so partner can help you drink) and squirts bottle to aid peeing after.

rootypig Tue 01-Apr-14 21:55:41

Gracious stargirl, wonder what the midwives thought grin grin

Not a hospital bag thing but on the subject of stitches, my lovely aunt sent me a wee bottle of lavender oil - the £3 ones you can get in the chemist - and it was heaven in a bath for weeks afterward. Heavenly heaven. Soothing and healing. I recommend.

OP, pack some food, or if you're greedy like me instruct DH carefully on its immediate acquisition. Tea and toast do NOT cut it!

stargirl1701 Tue 01-Apr-14 21:59:04

Ha! I didn't have it hospital. I posted on here after I got home and someone suggested it. Bloody genius. Designed for the area grin

The MW did give me a ice condom, mind you! It was soothing too! grin

rootypig Tue 01-Apr-14 21:59:57

an ice condom! shock WTF is an ice condom?! stargirl I thought I'd heard it all....

stargirl1701 Tue 01-Apr-14 22:02:34

A condom filled with water and frozen. You just use it like on ice pack.

NHS Tayside gringringringringrin

WhatsTheWordHummingbird Tue 01-Apr-14 22:03:02

Food. Yes. Good idea! I was brought a roast dinner by the canteen trolley last time confused and was not in the mood for that so dh ate it.

WhatsTheWordHummingbird Tue 01-Apr-14 22:05:30

Wouldnt it be all slippery?

stargirl1701 Tue 01-Apr-14 22:07:11

It was wrapped in gauze before it was frozen.

GoooRooo Tue 01-Apr-14 22:10:07

Aren't condoms like water balloons and blow up to HUGE proportions when filled with water? <mind boggles>

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