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Check over my Hospital Bag list?

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kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:01:57

I'm 24w pregnant today, so I have started to put a couple of lists together of things to pack in my hospital bags.

Would someone mind checking these over and maybe adding something I haven't thought of?
Or the opposite - something I've written down that I really won't need.

Thanks for any advice ☺️

Seeline Wed 12-Apr-17 18:06:18

Make sure you take food/drink for your DP. They won't necessarily want to leave oyu to keep popping out for stuff. It can take a while....

mummy80317 Wed 12-Apr-17 18:11:02

Hi,
Some body wash and a lufer for a shower after you've had baby...that first shower after you've given birth is amazing. Lots of maternity pads....I had a c section and found that putting a pad on my section scar stopped it from rubbing. Nappy sacks/cotton wool balls/ maybe pack a couple extra sleep suits and baby grows just Incase. Hope this helps!

kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:14:43

I've got snacks, drinks, change of clothes and basic toiletries for my DP in case he needs to freshen up underneath the baby's list but I cropped it out of the photo because it had his name on it 😂

kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:16:10

Are we ok to use body wash/shower gel after birth?
I read somewhere that anything scented or bubbly would irritate downstairs so it said just warm water and pat dry? That's why I didn't add it, but I will look for an unscented sensitive wash.
I totally forgot about nappy bags! And yes will pack a couple extra clothes for baby, 3 of each was just a guesstimate

mycatloveslego Wed 12-Apr-17 18:16:56

My only additions would be an empty plastic bag to put dirty clothes in and a can of dry shampoo for the after birth photo.

kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:17:58

Thank you, these suggestions certainly help!
I honestly don't know how I forgot dry shampoo! I can't live without the stuff 😂

mummy80317 Wed 12-Apr-17 18:19:35

You could get fem fresh or un scented one?. And maybe some moisturizer?

kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:23:52

I'll have a look for an unscented one. I can't wait for the first shower or bath after birth already!
I'll add moisturiser too.

MamaHanji Wed 12-Apr-17 18:24:08

Take a pillow and a blanket

The hospital I gave birth in is one of the top 3 maternity hospitals in the U.K. And they couldn't even find me a bloody pillow. And the blankets are awful and I was freezing.

Microwave heat pack incase you have a back labour like I did!

Music. iPod and docking station. Make yourself a playlist of music to help you stay calm and focused.

jobrum Wed 12-Apr-17 18:26:33

I would leave out the hair straighteners! Drinks. Energy drinks or something else refreshing. Dark towel for showering after, nothing light.

mycatloveslego Wed 12-Apr-17 18:27:55

Just remembered dextrose tablets for a boost of energy were useful the first time!

Shelby1981 Wed 12-Apr-17 18:32:30

Leave out the straighteners! Nighties for after in case of c section/catheter. Earplugs/eye mask if you end up going in for induction as its noisy/light and may take a while. Pillow in a colourful case so you know which one is yours. Big water cup/bottle as they give you a tiny beaker, and straws for drinking during labour.

kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:32:52

I forgot about a pillow, nothing like home comforts ay.
I've decided I will leave the straighteners and just add dry shampoo. Dry shampoo saves everything! 😂
Energy tablets are on. I'm gonna get to hospital with a suitcase I think!

BakerBear Wed 12-Apr-17 18:33:26

Straightners not needed
Make up not needed
Ipad not needed

Take..

Slippers
Sanitary towels
Pre made formula as some hospitals dont provide it and breastfeeding may not work out.
Towel
2 bags for dirty clothes

fizzingwhizbee Wed 12-Apr-17 18:35:34

I don't think you need a towel for your baby as they won't be having a bath in the hospital

fizzingwhizbee Wed 12-Apr-17 18:36:40

Also - they tend to fling scratch mitts straight off. You're better off packing the babygrows that have mitts built into them

Shelby1981 Wed 12-Apr-17 18:37:17

Sorry just saw you've got straws on your list!

Maybe take a travel changing mat, I just assumed there would be somewhere to change the baby but there wasn't, so we ended up changing him in the cot but as we were new to it we kept having to ask for a clean cot sheet! (And then learnt to take the sheet off and just change on the mattress as it was wipe able)

kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:40:25

Thank you for all of your suggestions.
My sister suggested I take a towel for the baby as at her hospital she didn't want to leave until she had been taught to bath baby properly.

Thanks bakerbear, I have most things on that list ☺️

I will add a dark coloured towel also.

kizzle Wed 12-Apr-17 18:41:06

Formula and travel changing mat added

eternalopt Wed 12-Apr-17 19:04:35

Looks alright to me with additions already suggested, save for the "leave out iPad". Definitely take iPad. I was kept in for four days. Downloaded programmes and headphones saw me through the constant night feeds!!

eternalopt Wed 12-Apr-17 19:05:50

Oh, and with bras, got stretchy soft night bras if poss - best for sore boobs that change size hourly as the milk comes in!

mycatloveslego Wed 12-Apr-17 19:07:55

Change for parking/vending machines!

Semaphorically Wed 12-Apr-17 19:17:11

You might want a hook thing (I had one like the pic) with a little bag so you can hang stuff close to you (phone, spare nappy etc) and not have to get into your main bag constantly in the night.

Semaphorically Wed 12-Apr-17 19:19:12

If your hair gets in the way a lot, stash multiple bobbles around the bag so you can easily find one. Also lip balm, I could never find it when I needed it. And make your DP pack the bag so he knows where everything is!

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