hospital bag

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  1. bbee

    bbee Well-Known Member

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    when do you start preparing your hospital bag?
    im getting so tired of not being able to buy anything for my little one (can soon though - ten more days!!!!) so i need something to do!!!
    so im just wondering, when do you start preparing it?! x x x
     
  2. nbrintz

    nbrintz Well-Known Member

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    Whenever u like Hun alto im leaving mine until about 30 ish weeks my mum did say she is gonna start washing the stuff we have tho can't wait for October now xx
     
  3. Jodie_2013

    Jodie_2013 Well-Known Member

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    No idea when im doing mine?
    Are you guys washing your stuff now then?

    xxx
     
  4. twinkle90

    twinkle90 Well-Known Member

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    Im gonna wait til like 30 weeks or at least til im on Mat leave. Gives me something to do ;) xxx
     
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    Doing mine now started washing at 30 weeks (blankets etc) Doing clothes now as drying lovely outside and smells lush. Doing a small case for me, bag for baby and bag for OH.
     
  6. twinkle90

    twinkle90 Well-Known Member

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    Could someone list out what we would need to take to the hospital as a guide please? Thanks xxx
     
  7. Dax

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    I started mine about 36 weeks - still wasn't fully done when I was admitted to hospital :|
    Would definitely recommend a suitcase or holdall, wish I'd thought it out x
     
  8. Ella1979

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    Last time I started mine the day before I was rushed into hospital to have an emergency section!!! I was 36 weeks. This time I think I'll probably be a bit more organised and get it done around 30-32 weeks.

    twinkle90 - I think there was a list on here somewhere.
     
  9. Lilmisshopeful

    Lilmisshopeful Well-Known Member

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    I need a big bag as I'm booked in for at least 48 hours after birth. I have no idea when to start either but I got ages I suppose x
     
  10. bbee

    bbee Well-Known Member

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    i could to with a list lol :lol: could anyone help me out? x x x
     
  11. twinkle90

    twinkle90 Well-Known Member

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    Always handy to have a list...im sure someone had a thread with one. But i cant find it xx
     
  12. bbee

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    got this off Young Mum 21 x, on a hospital bag thread which i just managed to find.

    General:
    Change for the car park (easy to forget in the rush)!
    Maternity Notes...Quite important to remember!
    Mobile phone - handy for that all important 'I've done it' message to loved ones.
    For Labour:
    Birth Plan
    Dressing Gown
    Slippers
    Socks – in case you get cold feet in labour!
    T-Shirt - to wear for the birth
    Massage Oil
    Labour 'energiser'
    Snacks/Drinks
    Energy Sweets
    Watch – to time contractions
    Camera
    Books/Mags/Music – to pass the time
    Tens Machine
    Toiletries
    Water Spray Bottle - cool yourself down
    CD/MP3 Player (battery, not mains operated)*– favourite tunes make labour more bearable!
    Small Sponge - great for taking small sips of water & to cool down with
    Flannel - get your birth partner to mop your brow!
    Hair Brush
    Hair Bands
    Hair clips
    Water – small bottles are easier to sip from
    Antenatal Notes
    Bach Rescue Remedy – for times of crisis
    Birth Ball – some labour wards provide them
    For Birth Partner

    Change of Clothes
    Snacks & Drinks
    For After the Birth:
    Going home outfit (someone can always bring that in for you later)
    Knickers – disposable or cheap cotton 'big pants'
    Nursing Bras – best to get properly fitted in late pregnancy
    Breast Pads
    Maternity Pads - take a couple of packs & have someone bring in more if need be
    Nightdress that's suitable for breastfeeding (more comfy than PJs if you have stitches)
    Dressing Gown, lightweight - hospitals are hot!
    Shampoo
    Conditioner
    Cleanser/Toner/Moisturiser
    Shower Gel
    Deodorant - hospitals are hot!
    Soap
    Hand Cream*
    Towels – ones that don’t matter, dark colours are good!
    Hairbrush
    Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    Arnica – helps with possible bruising
    Lavender Oil – a few drops in your bath can help healing and also relax you
    Tea Tree Oil – a few drops in your bath can help healing
    Nipple cream – well worth packing!
    Cosmetics (if you can't bear the thought of being seen 'au naturel').
    Favourite breakfast cereal/ tea bags
    Fruit juice/mineral water
    Tissues
    Inflatable Feeding Pillow
    Ear plugs – in case you find yourself with the only sleeping baby on a noisy ward!
    Small plastic jug - some people swear by it....perhaps best not to ask why beforehand!
    *For Baby:
    Car Seat
    One outfit for going home
    Babygros/sleepsuits
    Baby bundlers/gowns – great for night time nappy changes
    Baby Bodysuits/Vests
    Blanket
    Nappies
    Socks
    Hat
    Muslin Squares
    Baby Toiletries (all our toiletries are organic)*- Shampoo/bodywash and Moisturiser
    Baby Nail Scissors & clippers - babies nails can be surprisingly long at birth
    Cotton Wool balls....you'll be surprised how many you get through
    Nappy Sacks - degradable or non-degradable.* How eco friendly do you want to be?
    Nappy Cream
    Baby Wipes - organic or not*(useful to freshen up yourself, if not baby)!
    Scratch Mittens
    Bottles if required/milk - if not breastfeeding

    wowwww, thats a lot!! :lol:
    xxx
     
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  13. Ella1979

    Ella1979 Well-Known Member

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    I can make a start with a list:

    Change of clothing, underwear etc. (I had old cotton knickers rather than getting horrid throw-away ones)
    Hairbrush (I hated not having mine)
    Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.

    Stuff for baby:
    Sleepsuits
    Vests
    Nappies
    Nappy sacks
    Baby wipes

    If you're formula-feeding, you need to remember bottles and sterilizer as well as the formula. I'd also suggest cartons of formula rather than the powder when you're in hospital.

    You could probably go completely mad packing absolutely everything under the sun, but to be honest when it comes down to it, it's possible to survive on just the basics (believe me, I've done it!).


    EDIT: bloody hell, bbee, that's a MASSIVE list!!!! I'll take a look at that in the hope I'll be having a VBAC this time round :)
     
    #13 Ella1979, Jul 9, 2013
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