*Clean knickers, maybe more than 1 pair *clothes to leave in for you *1 or 2 sets of clothes for new baby * a book or magazines to read *some snacks for during and after birth *lucozade is good to sip if you feel sick when giving birth *maybe a little gift for your dd either to give to new baby or for her or both!
can't think of anything else yet...still got quite a wait, only just under 22weeks
Maternity Pads Breast Pads Disposible pants and cotton pants Pj's/nightie wash bag etc dressing gown slippers clothes for going home in nursing bra (if need you are going to breast feed) cream for nipples nappies wipes/cotton wool musling sleep suits body suits outfit for baby to go home in bibs muslin squares blanket hat snacks/water camera That's all I can think of, so far
hospital notes birth plan iPod & docking station (or similar if you want music) towels flannels extra pillows flip flops for the shower arnica tablets (to help with bruising afterwards) straws (so you can drink stuff without needing hand-eye coordination!)
continuing this theme - what is a 'going home outfit' for the baby? my other half doesn't see the point in getting a little jacket for baby (just some cheapo warm jacket I've seen in M+S) as we'll only be walking from hospital to car park, then car to house (not far in either case). He reckons a sleep suit and a hat should be enough.
baby is due in late september, so it shouldn't be freezing, but it's unlikely to be balmy warm weather wither.
think my other half is just a bit taken aback by how much baby stuff we have around the house now! he's trying to put a brake on my spending too plus we're told by EVERYONE 'ooh, you won't be able to leave the house once sprog arrives!'
and we're pretty sure it's a he, so no offence taken!!
Hi!! My baby is due 3rd sept and I've got a little jacket, plus some knitted cardigans for coming out of hospital/walks etc. When I had DD I was told that as a rule of thumb, the baby needs to wear the number of layers you are wearing, plus one extra layer, so a cardi or jacket on top of a vest/baby grow will be ideal!
Really annoys me when people say 'ooh, you won't be able to leave the house once baby arrives'! Yes you will!! We had to take DD to physio at 4 days old, the day after we bought her home from hospital! While we were out, we went for a coffee and a stroll too!! It takes some organising, yes, but you will be able to go out!! I think some people like to scare first time Mums!
DH lugged several large bags around when I was in labour with DD (he needed a trolley for them all FFS Oh the shame), and all I used in the whole 20 hour ordeal was one glucose tablet. Although DH (keen to prove that the excess baggage was in fact necessary) did force me to eat a banana. It was returned in a projectile manner a few minutes later.
'Going home outfit' for me - I was thinking of just a spare set of clothes in the bag, something very comfortable and practical. Last time round I could barely stand for long than a few minutes and just wanted to get into the house and be comfortable. As for baby, just something warm to wear over a sleep suit.
Bag of change for car park/phone/taxi to hospital if needed. Also to have the car sear/base ready in the car.
I think the thing about not leaving the house is very true. I had to as my dad who would walk my sisters children to and from school (she is a teacher at a diff school) was in hospital so I did it for about 4 months the day after I came out of hospital from having dd. Being my first though it was a bit of a shock to the system and all my rigid organising/planning was much more of a 'winging it' for the first few weeks!!
I found a good walk every day worked wonders for both me and dd. A friend of mine didn't make it out the house for the first few weeks then she almost got a bit scared to leave the house (too daunting/baby blues type of way). Just going to a mum and baby group every tue with us she found really difficult.