HOSPITAL BAG

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  1. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

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    Not sure where to post this but does anyone have any tips on what to put in my hospital bag?
     
  2. JacqWish

    JacqWish Well-Known Member

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    Hi Kim, how are you getting on? I found the BBC website useful for ideas for hospital bag. See below their list:

    It's in the bag
    Ideally, you should get your hospital bag ready with all your essentials about two weeks before your due date. If you're having a home birth, put all those things you think you'll need in one place.

    It can be useful to have two bags: one for labour and one for your hospital stay afterwards.

    Labour bag
    Include:

    a clean T-shirt or front-opening nightie, dressing gown and slippers - plus bed socks if you have a tendency to get cold feet
    drinks and snacks for you and whoever's going to be with you
    a small facial sponge, for dabbing and sucking on
    body oil, fine talcum powder or lotion for back rubs
    music tapes/CDs and a battery-operated player
    a hairband and brush, soap, towel and flannel, toothbrush and paste, other toiletries as desired
    maternity pads (night-time sanitary pads will do) and knickers
    Keep a water spray in the fridge until you leave for hospital. It's great for gentle cool-downs during labour.

    You might also want to take a camera or camcorder. Check with the hospital first, as some units don't allow filming.

    Hospital bag
    Include:

    a front-opening nightie (easier for breastfeeding)
    comfy clothes (such as a tracksuit and T-shirts)
    sandals or easy-fitting footwear
    knickers and maternity pads for heavy bleeding after birth
    nursing bras (at least two, as you can get sweaty in hospital and if your milk comes early your bra may get wet)
    towels (take one or two - your partner can bring in extras if you're required to stay longer)
    toiletries and cosmetics
    breast pads (to absorb leaks of colostrum and milk)
    phone card/coins (you can't use mobile phones in hospital)
    magazines and books
    writing materials
    personal music player/radio
    biscuits and snacks
    favourite breakfast cereal
    favourite tea bags
    fruit juice/mineral water
    nightie and nappies for the baby

    Remember, you'll need clothing for you and your baby to travel home in, although someone can bring that in once you've had your baby.
     
  3. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

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    Hi Jacqwish

    I'm getting on great thanks, how about you?

    Thanks for that list, it's great, just got to start buying and packing now!!
     
  4. JacqWish

    JacqWish Well-Known Member

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    Hi Kim
    I am not to bad thanks, suffering some very sleepless nights though. Cant seem to get at all comfortable. Hope it isnt going to last the next 3 months!

    You sound like you are very organised, I havent bought one single thing yet!!

    I will try and buy a pram this weekend, that will be one thing of my list!!

    Its a lot to think about isnt it...

    Jacq x
     

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