I'm planning on sorting the basics by about 24weeks. Cos OH, last time he was asked to grab me a pair of socks, managed to bring the one pair I tend to avoid cos they are sweaty. So OHs can't be trusted to not bring loads of thongs,say, whdn what you want is Simon Cowell knickers.
First dc about 37 weeks, dc2 4 hours before going into labour at 40+5, dc3 about 40 weeks, dc4 started getting tightenings at 38 weeks so packed an emergency beg that night cos they wanted me in. Just brought that topped up with clean clothes when dc4 arrived at 40+1. With this little one I'll prob do it about the 39 weeks (full of good intentions )
At 39+1 when my blood pressure went up and I knew I wasn't getting my home birth. It's a good job I did she was born at 39+3 with a labour of 3 hours start to finish so wouldn't have had chance to pack in labour.
Last time I had the bag out and was putting things in and taking things out from about 30 weeks, but I wasn't that serious about it (midwife said first babies always go over so I was blissfully expecting to hit 42 weeks) as a result DH ended up packing it when I was in hospital after a growth scan worried the staff enough that they decided to give me steroids and induce me, and bless my DH he hadn't the first clue about what was needed, I had to send a bag of lingerie back and ask for tops and disposable knickers!
This time I already know what I want in there and I have a packing / shopping list on Google drive ready to share with him if things progress earlier than expected (the list has been ready since the 12 week scan because I still have nightmares about opening the bag last time), but I plan to start packing it when I go on holiday from work (about 30weeks) with a view to having it completely packed and ready by 36 weeks (I might be induced at 37 weeks and with my medical conditions could go into premature labour anyway)
Thanks all, really helpful.... I will start doing mine in the next couple of weeks. With my first we were prepared with a packed bag but in the panic of my waters breaking before my elcs date (breech baby) we didn't take it into hospital and they did a emcs that night and my poor ds had to wear clothes from the prem baby unit! Lol