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Post by daisynova on Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:03 pm

Hi all,

well I have now hit my third trimester and have started to think towards the inevitable - labour & birth!

I am wanting to start to pack my hospital bag soon and need some tips of what to pack. So far on my list I have:

For Baby:
6 vests
6 sleepsuits
6 socks
2 hats
1 going home outfit
1 snowsuit/jacket for going home
1 pack of nappies
1 Bepanthen
1 pram & footmuff (hubby can bring that when I am being let home)
1/2 blankets

For Me:
3 nightshirts
2 joggy bottoms
4 baggy tops
2 nursing bras
6 cheap knickers that can be thrown away
24 night time sanitary towels
2 black towels
1 shampoo/body wash/toothpaste/toothbrush
1 lipbalm
1 foot spray
1 slippers
1 flip flops
1 going home outfit including coat, scarf & gloves!
1 Lansinol nipple cream
Mags/books/Nintendo DS
1 TENS machine

I know it sounds a lot but we don't have a car so I don't want Ian running up and down with things for me every time he visits. What am I missing?
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Post by Sally&Seph on Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:20 pm

Hi hunny! Congratulations on your pregnancy!! (Well it's nearly over now anyway!) the only thing I can think of that wasn't on your list was drinks/water, I had gas and air and it made me really thirsty, and it might be worth taking some lucazade sweets etc in case you have a long labour and need to keep your energy up, maybe some snacks for you hubby, and maybe a change of t shirt for him.

How long do you have to be in hospital for? I was allowed out the same day but decided to stay in an extra night, I took as little as possible for labour but also made up a bag incase I was kept in for any length of time but of course, it was easier for us as we had a car. Also I know it will depend on where you're having your baby but here we are not allowed out without a car seat, even if we don't have a car.

Good luck hun x
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Post by mamamany on Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:37 am

Wow that's some list, all I have in my bag are 2 sleepsuits & 2 bodysuits olus coming home outfit and snowsuit nappies, socks, and toiletries for me and a change of clothes along with shorts and vest for labour. But then I'm not planning stopping in hospital long.
I'd say you sound well organised but drinks and snacks are sometimes a good thing to have although some hospitals won't let you eat just in case you need a section but most encourage it to keep your energy levels up!
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Post by Rosey on Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:56 am

Another thing maybe to add if you have them is Muslin Squares as my sister took a few in to place over the mattress of babys cot in the hospital, and to mop up any sick. She thinks Muslin Squares are essential!

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Post by mamamany on Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:31 am

That's a good one Rosey, I actually have some in my bag too :D
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Post by Rosey on Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:35 am

Breastpads!

I just noticed you dont have them on the list

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Post by Fran on Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:14 am

Thats a great list Ally, I agree def breastpads you will need them! I didnt like the disposable pants so I just took old normal ones. Maybe a dressing gown for walking around the ward, especialy at night? Umm, let me think, cotton wool for washing babies eyes, face and bum lol! I found them better than ordinary baby wipes in the hospital with warm water- much cheaper!!
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Post by Tai on Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:33 am

I wish Id had my DS with me!!! lol and the flip flops are a must for the shower!!
Do you have a mirror you could take. After I had Tobey to feel human I needed makeup! lol but they only had small mirrors in the toilet and they were slightly to high for me to see comfortably into!
Also have you thought about taking a dummy? I know you may not want to gove baby one but if hes a little slow feeding (tobey was) they do suggest giving a dummy to mature he sucking reflex.

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Post by Hayley Campbelton on Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:25 am

So far the only things I have in my bag are breast pads, 2 feeding bras and 4 pairs of knickers.
It's hard to judge what you will really need. For my first born I was in hospital for 5 days and for my second I was only in for 2 days.
You can always keep sending your partner to pick you up things that you want or need.
By the way you may need to pack some juice/squash as I found the tea in hospital un bearable.

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Post by daisynova on Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:37 am

I have a high risk pregnancy so I am imagining a long stay in the hospital of about 5 days. Depending on how well baby copes when he comes out really.

Breastpads are now added to the list as are drinks, snacks, t-shirt for hubby, muslin squares and a dummy.

Now sure about needing a car seat but I am going to borrow one if I need it - no need to buy one if only using it once.

Tai - f a dummy works then I will certainly use it - don't care if people hate them!

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Post by mamamany on Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:24 am

snacks for hubby as well as yourself cos you'll get fed and he won't.

My hubby's got a lot of food allergies so I've stocked up on snacks for him cos all they offered last week was cereal and toast cos the kitchen wasn't open.
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Post by Sarah Y on Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:59 pm

Sounds like you have covered everything hun, best of luck x
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Post by daisynova on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:21 pm

I need all the luck I can get!!!

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Post by Sally&Seph on Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:41 am

One other thing is once baby is born you might want to put vasaline on babies bottom The meconium is a pain to get off but the vasaline means it won't attach itself to babies bottom and will wipe off easier. I was a bit worried about asking in case they were against it, but I just told her there was vasaline in the bag and she just applied it for me!
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Post by mad267 on Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:06 am

Have you thought about nipple sheils incase you get sore trying to breast feed? I know you have cream, but it may be worth trying sheild too? Just a thought.
You seem to have it all very well covered Ally x
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Post by Rachpinkstar on Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:03 pm

Definatly take some snacks and drinks with you hon esp with your diabeties! xx
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Post by daisynova on Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:07 pm

I have nipple shields now too and vaseline which I can double up as my lip balm. Will definitely pack some snacks too and leave Ian a list of other snacks to bring to the hospital for me once Bubs is out!

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Post by Sarah Y on Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:15 pm

daisynova wrote:I need all the luck I can get!!!

You'll be fine hun, Millions of women go through labour and i'd happily do it all over again given another chance. x
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Post by Hayley Campbelton on Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:34 am

You might also need to pack some socks as your feet may get cold.
I have hit 33 weeks with my third child and have hardly packed anything yet. I'm very disorganised this time, but seeing what you have got so far has given me a kick up the ass.
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Post by daisynova on Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:34 am

Hayley Campbelton wrote:You might also need to pack some socks as your feet may get cold.
I have hit 33 weeks with my third child and have hardly packed anything yet. I'm very disorganised this time, but seeing what you have got so far has given me a kick up the ass.
Good Luck
hayley xxx

Oh no, don't mistake my list for something that I have already done! It's all in the house but I haven't packed anything yet!

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Post by mad267 on Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:47 pm

Are you/did you take one big bag, for the whole stay, or did you split your stuff up, so you had a smaller bag for labour with one change of clothes/drinks/snacks in and all the other stuff separate for after?
Just curious xx
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Post by daisynova on Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:51 pm

mad267 wrote:Are you/did you take one big bag, for the whole stay, or did you split your stuff up, so you had a smaller bag for labour with one change of clothes/drinks/snacks in and all the other stuff separate for after?
Just curious xx

I had one bag packed with stuff for Lewis and things like towels & sanitary products. I hadn't a chance to pack a bag for myself so myhusband ended up doing that.

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