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What to put in my hospital bag for labour?

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[mod] 7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
It's been 17 years since the birth of my last child, and I'm just starting to pack my labour and post natal ward hospital bags, I have read all the websites, but they seem to suggest quite different things, I don't want to end up taking suitcases of stuff with me, so was wondering whether anyone with more recent experiences then myself could offer suggestions.
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[mod] 7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
i wouldnt have a clue being male but good luck
suspended#2
i always took to much i was out 6 hours after my second. So it depends on how long you want to stay but for basics i would take....
lots of knickers
2 outfits for baby including vests
outfit for you
breast pads
snacks
wipes
nappys
towel for you and baby
sanitary towels x
1 Like #3
Remember to pack some clothes for the baby and you, some nappies,

Some places suggest some snacks for yourself, some music if you want it

Not much help but just wanted to say good luck :)
banned 1 Like #4
hey hun, i had a c-section with both of mine but friends were telling me that they were taking snacks and drinks, their own pillows (:?), music, a horrible t-shirt nighty thing to labour in and throw away afterwards, cheap pants you wont mind throwing away and not disposable ones (they are horrible!!)

Hair bobbles, really nice toiletries, a book/magazines for the early boring parts of labour (if your in hospital for those), hairbrush

All the babies stuff :)

emmm ill prob think of more in a in so ill update the list lol

good luck with everything hun

xx
1 Like #5
im just packing mine at the min even though i have 8 weeks to go lol
a few things in mine are
babys first outfit
hat mits etc
my ipod to keep me entertained ( not that it will work )
sanatrity towels and emmmmmmmmm breast pads
flannel sponge and sensitive body wash etc
spare change for pay phone
snacks
emmmmmmmmm a good one is a empty spray bottle you could fill with water to spritz yourself when your hot
just a few ideas xx hope it all goes well xx
suspended 1 Like #6
a ater spray thing is a good idea unless you ar going in the birthing pool i recommend the birthing pool if you have a chance xx
1 Like #7
Hit Primark for a cheap nightie and dressing gown that you can throw away afterwards, depending on when yours is due is whether you'll need a dressing gown or not as I had mine in winter and the delivery room was FREEZING so I kept it on for the birth and believe me you wouldn't want to wash and keep it afterwards!! Just take 6 or 7 nappies with you as you might be out straight away, if not then your other half can bring some more from home afterwards.

I'd basically do things that you think you and the baby would need for one night and then at home either do another emergency pile for your OH to bring in, or make sure your OH knows where everything is so he can find it easily if it's needed. Definitely take a fan or water spray if you're giving birth when it's warm, and perhaps a separate bag for your OH with a snack and book in it.

Good luck and I am so jealous!!
#8
Whatever you put in, don't forget to leave some room in the bag for the baby when you leave:whistling::-D
[mod][Moderator] 1 Like #9
Thankyou all so much for your help, it's been so long, I'm sure I'll be on here loads after the birth wanting advice!! Hope you'll all be patient with me
banned#10
Most important thing I would take is a large bottle of antibacterial spay(hand wash), a good quality one I think min 80% alcahol, and stay in hospital as little time as possible.


Thats from a male though.:-D:whistling::santa:

Hope all goes well for you and your baby . Early congratulations:gift:
banned#11
RUDOLF
Most important thing I would take is a large bottle of antibacterial spay(hand wash), a good quality one I think min 80% alcahol, and stay in hospital as little time as possible.


Thats from a male though.:-D

Hope all goes well for you and your baby . Early congratulations:gift:


lol they have that at the foot of every bed now :) and at every door

enjoy it hun, im jealous too lol. Have been so broody since i had my second :lol: xx
#12
I was only in 6 hours after having my 2nd LO. I recommend ateast 3/4 pjs/nightys because I bled quite bad and went through 3 within 6hours! Seemed to Gush (sorry tmi) a few times.

MP3 player maybe? I was bored walking up and down in my labour room lol

Spray bottle with water in definatly helps :)
#13
I would say pretty much the same as alot of the above but definately old cheap knickers and maternity and breast pads are a must for you. A few nappies and a couple of outfits for the baby and it is a certainly a fab suggestion from Annie to leave a pile of stuff at home that your OH can find easily as you know how blind men can be in a rush.

Also some snacks, that is one thing I forgot though I didn't even have a labour bag anyway with my first and almost bit their hand off when they brought me a slice of toast aft 65 hours labour.

Oh and good luck :thumbsup:
#14
Camera!!! You musn't forgot that :)
#15
Forgot to say, instead of buying maternity pads which are bulky, uncomfortable and expensive, just buy normal sanitary towels but the nightime ones, these are the same absorbency (sorry any men reading this thread) but are shaped better so A LOT comfier. Also, when hitting Primark for your cheap nightie/dressing gown, get your pants from there too as they're really cheap and you can throw them away afterwards.
#16
defo recomend u put in a small make up bag!!

after baby is born and u have visitors coming in u dont wana feel too bleurgh. just a lippy or something.

and also the basics...like toothpaste, toothbrush and other toiletries if ur in for a while.

pack maternity pads and also pack always night towels incase you dont need stitches. i find the night sanitary towels are more reliable than maternity pads.but fdont use these if u have stitches!!

obviously...nappies..baby clothes...ur clothes...slippers....

agree about nightie..cheap and cheerful..its going in the bin! postnatal wards are always very warm imo so not too many layers...

magazine if ur labour is long...maybe a pack of playing cards to pass time if ur there and up for it...i dunno..i saw it on tv once!! my labours are too intnse but in case urs isnt.

still this is ur 2nd labour so it should be faster and easier. loadsa luck!
#17
This was quite useful for me, my son is only 3 but I forgot what I needed when having my little girl in April
http://www.bounty.com/Good_Luckmum/Tips.aspx

Good luck!!

I was kept in with my little boy and had visions of it happening again so I did take a suitcase, glad I did, was in for 4 days!!
If you got someone who can run around for you you won't need extras, but just bare in mind you might be in for a few days
#18
I took with me...

Old Nightie(even tho I found it comfier to wear the hospitals one)
New Jammies for after the birth when ya get a shower and feel fresh
Maybe say 6 old pairs of big pants, your wanting to feel comfortable and make them old because they'll probably get ruined.
Clothes for you to go home in also.
3 Sleepsuits
3 Vests
2 pairs of Scratch Mitts
Some bibs
An outfit to bring the baby home in, dont forget socks.

I didnt take nappies/wipes etc, just check with your local maternity ward if thats something you need to bring, our hospitals provided us with them, they also provided us with sanitary towels.

I would recommend you take some diluting juice as the hospital shop is a fortune.

I took a puzzle book and mp3 player too for the times that I was stuck on the ward waiting to go through to get my waters broke.

You probably wont be eating during your labour so maybe take something for after it even tho the toast and tea you get is the best thing you'll ever taste lol.

Oh and of course remember your toiletries, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush and any creams you have if you want them, I took E45 with me because my skin on my face was quite dry during my pregnancies.

I've never been kept in any longer than 24 hours after having a baby so maybe others might have taken more with them but I've found that what I took was sufficent enough.

If I remember anything else I'll add it.

Oh and good luck. xx

Slippers lol
banned#19
Diluting juice is a great idea, i took it to help me drink loads or water after my c-section. Helped that i had a catheter in so i didnt have to move lol, i just guzzled a few litres of water from my bed to help flush my system out. Dunno if it actually helped but i felt it did good so.... :)

Plus those places are so hot I think it helps to drink a lot to help with bf etc xx
#20
if youre not taking your mobile with you dont forget your lil address book with numbers in,I did!
#21
i would get a few pairs of big granny pants incase you have a c-section.

I didnt bother when I had my son as I was convinced I would have a natural labour like the first.
What a mistake! My mum and older daughter had to go and get me some coz I wouldnt ask my boyfriend. 10 months on and my daughter still jokes about the size of them!

I froze lots of bottles of water and lucosade and put them in my bag just before we left for the hospital. It was great to have freezing cold liquid whilst in labour especially as its so hot.

We took an ipod and audio jack to connect it to the cd player rather than a bundle of cds (saying that i only played the same snow patrol song over and over coz it was the only thing i could concentrate on!)

We also took a maternity mats for the car incase waters broke and they came in handy for your bed too if you need a change and the cleaning ladies arent about.

Hope these tips help! Im doing it all over again. Due in january!
#22
Annie1508
Forgot to say, instead of buying maternity pads which are bulky, uncomfortable and expensive, just buy normal sanitary towels but the nightime ones, these are the same absorbency (sorry any men reading this thread) but are shaped better so A LOT comfier. Also, when hitting Primark for your cheap nightie/dressing gown, get your pants from there too as they're really cheap and you can throw them away afterwards.


I felt more secure with the bulkiness of the maternity pads and you walk like a cowboy afterwards anyway :oops:
#23
Louds of sites given lots of good suggestions, mumsnet etc

Anyway ATB
#24
defo take vaseline with you!!!

if you tear, put some vaseline on the wound before the first wee wee (if poss also wee in the shower, dilute the acidicy(sp) of the wee) takes some of the pain away xxx

HTH
#25
This list was given to us 6 weeks ago by a midwife.

Add to this change for parking and machines in hospital canteen.

Suggestions of what to pack for hospital
Labour Bag
Hand held notes
Bottle for water or isotonic drink
Snacks for Mum and Dad
Glucose tablets
Old T-shirt x2 (something loose and light)
Flannel
Lip balm
Disposable knickers
Handful of maternity pads
(Labour bag can be taken home by partner after delivery)

Overnight bag for Mum
Toiletry bag
Small (preferably dark towel)
Disposable pants (x6)
Maternity pads (1 pack)
Slippers/flip flops
2x nighties (light material and opening at front if breastfeeding)
Nursing bra
Change for phone/papers/snacks/car park
Phone charger
Pen/pencil and notepad
Clothes to go home in

Baby
Baby sleep suit x6
Vests x 6
Hat
Scratch mittens
Nappies (6-12, then rest left in car to top up if needed)
Cotton wool
Baby blanket
Baby milk if bottle feeding (ready made cartons suggested) from July 2009 – PLEASE NOTE: to be confirmed)
Outfit to go home in
Car Seat
(Please ensure you know how to fit it in your car correctly)

Optional extras
CD’s/iPod/iPod dock
Favourite pillow or own pillow case
Book (for partner or if being induced)
Water spray (can be brought from chemists)
Tea tree/lavender oil
Arnica
TEN’s machine
#26
fireheaven
I felt more secure with the bulkiness of the maternity pads and you walk like a cowboy afterwards anyway :oops:


I used normal nightime pads with both my children, the first was a c-section (breech) and I bled like crazy afterwards and they coped fine. I bled less with my second child who was born naturally but had LOADS of stitches (worse than the birth, but that's a whole separate thready (pardon the pun)) and again, the nightime ones were absolutely fine. They're just shaped a bit better than maternity pads that feel like you're wearing a nappy.
#27
Annie1508
I used normal nightime pads with both my children, the first was a c-section (breech) and I bled like crazy afterwards and they coped fine. I bled less with my second child who was born naturally but had LOADS of stitches (worse than the birth, but that's a whole separate thready (pardon the pun)) and again, the nightime ones were absolutely fine. They're just shaped a bit better than maternity pads that feel like you're wearing a nappy.


I agree, used maternity pads wit my first and they just didn't cope, switched to normal sanitary towels, I would say they are far more absorbant and more comfy!
#28
We just bought one from mothercare. had everything in there
banned#29
silkymolo
I agree, used maternity pads wit my first and they just didn't cope, switched to normal sanitary towels, I would say they are far more absorbant and more comfy!


agreed, I used the horrible ones for the first day in hospital (wasnt moving much anyways lol) and then switched as i got home. Was lucky bleeding wise with both of mine as it didnt last very long, with my second i stopped within a week :) xxx

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