Labour & birth
Aug 20, 2007 5:59AM
Labour & birth
Hiya. I was just wondering what you all put in your hospital bags? Do you wish you took anything else? What did you take for your lo? Thanks Abbey xx
Aug 16, 2007 10:26AM
Hi Abbey, all i would say is prepare for the unexpected. I took...
2 night dresses
2 pairs of knickers
outfit to go home in
wash bag with shampoo etc
2 maternity/nursing bras
breast pads (when your milk comes in you may leak for fun!)
However i was in hospital for 5 days so my oh was back and fourth to the hospital with thigns i needed.
2 baby gros
But again we were both in hospital longer so needed more. Also, when i got my maternity notes my mw gave me a list of things needed for the hospital for both me and the lo which was a great help. Hope this is ok, also i packed mine 4 weeks before lo was due but mw usually suggets 6 weeks x
Aug 16, 2007 11:22AM
Hi, I've been researching this as well, a little early I know, but like to be planned.
People have suggested to me to take some snacks and drinks incase its a long labour or night time, as may not be able to get anything in the hospital. Take enough for both you and your partner.
Aug 16, 2007 12:14PM
Im due in 19 days and i've packed;
6 pairs of old knicks
cereal bars & sweets
4 baby gros
4 baby vests
outfit for us both to go home in
I think thats it? It seems alot but I think just pack what willl make you feel comfy and more relaxed xx
Aug 16, 2007 4:22PM
disinfectant anti bac wipes were adv by my friend a midwife as you have a shared bathroom i used them to wipe the toilet seat before i used it and the the bidet.
Aug 20, 2007 5:59AM
I agree with the disinfectant wipes. You'll feel betting about sitting on a toilet that you have to share with two or three other bleeding women if you can wipe the seat first!
I took nightgowns, but I wish I'd taken 2 piece pajamas instead. I would have been more comfortable having pj bottoms on.
Also for you:
-toiletries (lip balm, face wipes, toothbrush/paste, deodorant)
-a towel (you'll want a bath or shower after giving birth)
-plastic bags for dirty laundry (send the dirty laundry home with your partner)
-cereal bars or raisins for afterwards
-socks and slippers
-a light weight cardigan to wear in bed. (I was cold and didn't like to wear my dressing gown in bed)
robably size 1, but if you have a very wee baby or a long skinny baby, send your partner out for Size 0 (boots) or Pampers Micro. My baby weighed 7lbs, but was skinny and wore the micro nappies for the first 6 weeks.
-wipes (we use wet washcloths when we got home, but wipes were just easier to cope with at the hospital)
-sleep suits (account for about 2/day you're in hospital)
-scratch mits (to keep your baby's hands warm)
-outfit for coming home
You won't need:
-socks for baby
-toiletries for baby
-shampoo for you (you probably won't be allowed to plug in a blow dryer, so you might not feel like washing your hair)
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