What do I need for my hospital bag?

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  1. Mamafy

    Mamafy Well-Known Member

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    Labour:

    Hospital notes
    Dark coloured towel for shower/bath after birth
    Nightie/pyjamas for birth
    Underwear (for walks or to hold pad in if your waters have went)
    Music/ipod
    Magazines
    Snacks
    Mobile/change for payphone
    Birth plan
    Massage oil (if you want your partner to massage your back in labour
    Dressing gown
    Toiletries
    Hairbrush
    Camera/video camera
    Slippers/flipflops (flipflops are great so feet doesn't have to touch the floors of the showers )
    Outfit for baby
    Flannels

    After birth:

    1-2 pairs pyjamas/nighties (depending on how long you plan on staying, more if C/S is likely)
    Underwear
    Pads
    Bra's/nursing bra's
    Nursing pads
    Nipple cream (especially if you plan on BF)
    Make-up (for those 1st pictures)
    Going home outfit for you and baby
    Clothes for baby
    Towel

    .............

    Reply with your suggestions
     
    #1 Mamafy, Feb 18, 2010
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  2. Wobbles

    Wobbles Well-Known Member

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    OH
    Coin bag with lots of change for the machines (incase of middle of night or long labour and cafes close) & some extra money for cafe - Seriously have ready in the bag!
    PSP/Hand console
    His mobile charger
    Lucozade/energy drink
    Snacks (chocolate/boiled sweets/crisps)
    Camera/spare batteries (best in his bag imo lol)

    You could always put something special in his bag like a cigar/new daddy book etc

    x
     
  3. Wobbles

    Wobbles Well-Known Member

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    After birth;
    Check your hospital provide milk if formula feeding
    Anti bac gel
    Nappies
    Wipes (if using)
    Clothes (x5 vests x5 sleepers going home clothes, coat/cardi based on weather for car journey going home, socks, baby slippers, hat, blanket for on way home based on weather).
     
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    Wipes - not only for baby (if using) but for Mummy too!
     
  5. Rosie's Mummy

    Rosie's Mummy Well-Known Member

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    I took my own mug for tea :)

    Milton Wipes for wiping bassinet - I was not impressed with the hygiene at the first hospital I went to!
     
  6. Mervs Mum

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    Car seat for coming home :D
     
  7. Rosie's Mummy

    Rosie's Mummy Well-Known Member

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    Ear plugs and eye mask

    Reading light for book - one that clips on. I just bought one of these to take with me.
     
  8. Terrie

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    hot water bottle for the afterpains/cramps!!
     
  9. Rosie's Mummy

    Rosie's Mummy Well-Known Member

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    What a brilliant idea or a wheatbag, nice one Tezzie :dance:
     
  10. Mamafy

    Mamafy Well-Known Member

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    I love the mug idea :yay:
     
  11. Mervs Mum

    Mervs Mum Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah and the ear plugs....I would have paid a tenner for a pair! :lol:
     
  12. mel_ed

    mel_ed Well-Known Member

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    ive been had a baby but my friend told me to take vaseline for ur lips as teh gas and air makes ur lips and mouth really dry so some sour sweets aswell for the dry mouth.
    she said she didnt take enough bibs either so plenty of bibs.
     
  13. becks20

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    vasaline for babys bottom too coz there 1st poo sticks like glue apparently, midwife changed my daughters 1st nappy to show me what to do n she used it :) x
     
  14. rbryan0205

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    dont but vaseline on your lips whilst having oxygen because it is flammeble!
     
  15. mel_ed

    mel_ed Well-Known Member

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    we can use it after tho cant we? x
     
  16. Rosie's Mummy

    Rosie's Mummy Well-Known Member

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    Vaseline is only flammable as a liquid and then you would have to heat it right up! :lol:
     
  17. mel_ed

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    i was thinking the same RM. if not vaseline then maybe lip blam is better as my friend said her lips were so sore.
     
  18. rbryan0205

    rbryan0205 Well-Known Member

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    when i did my oxygen training through uni we were told not to use vaseline on patients lips as it can cause burns x
     
  19. Alibabe

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    Girls not preggers yet but have had a babs the natural way delivered with forceps and lotsa stitches and first thing going in my bag next time -

    Sea salt and Arnica.


    After having DS was in a lot of pain from my stitches so nurse on postnatal recommended a quick (don't want the skin to wrinkle :oooo:) bath with sea salt. If your planning on staying in hossie for a day or two bring some. She said it cleans and sterilises the area and really helps healing and I found it great along with taking Arnica tabs for bruising
     
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  20. becks20

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    Also lavender oil a couple of drops with milk into the bath is great for stitches!! I had this at the hospital straight after id given birth and used it when i got home too x
     

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