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Hospital bag essentials?
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:26 AM
I'm a week out from my due date and still haven't really packed a hospital bag yet! I've read through a few lists on pinterest but I end up slightly overwhelmed by them all.
What were the essentials for yourself, partner and bub?
What did you wish you had packed?
What could you have lived without?
I just need some ideas
Thanks in advance
Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:08 AM
I'm going minimal for my third:
Partner can take care of himself, but I will get him to bring in my good camera and take it home again.
- Change for vending machines
- charger for phones/ipad, earbuds and wifi dongle
- day clothes I can sleep in (comfy hoodies and track pants)
- pads (or incontinece knickers - don't knock them, they're great for the first few days)
- lip balm and moisturiser
- nipple cream
- notepad and pen (make lists of people you need to thank etc)
- basic toiletries
- one or two muslin wraps (I'm having a summer baby)
- two or three onesies
- mittens if the onesies don't fold over
That's all I can think of atm, won't be taking much for bub. They don't need skin care products etc.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:19 PM
A cheap pack of high-cut briefs with full gussets! Cheap because you won't care what happens to them, full brief in case you have an emergency caesar and a full gusset in case of an assisted vaginal delivery!
Lip balm, drink bottle, maternity pads, nappies, basic toiletries like a toothbrush, some baby clothes, something loose and comfortable to wear in bed and something loose and comfortable to wear when you get up/are going home.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:24 PM
Poise pads, get the overnight ones as they're nice and long and thick. They're great as they're waterproof, pee goes straight through regular maternity pads.
Also look at getting nighties like this. They're way better than hospital gowns and you can slips breastpads in the cups and the bottom is nice and loose. I loved these for breastfeeding! They're also in many colours.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:37 PM
as mentioned by a PP the incontinence undies were the best for those first few days just toss them straight in the bin when you are done using them and go the next size up than you would need so there is plenty of room for any ice blocks that might be needed down there also hydrogel disc pads were amazing and some comfy clothes that you can sleep in in the day but still feel like you have gotten out of your pjs
I packed a separate little bag for labour with snacks for DH and some board shorts as I had wanted a bath/shower during labour and the hospital said he would have to wear them, my labour ended up being so fast the bag remained unopened until a few hours after our baby had arrived and I was going to have a shower
Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:39 PM
Comfy clothes and pjs - for me that was tracksuit pants, hoodies, tshirts, thick socks etc.
Lots of underwear, bras etc.
Flushable wipes. They are NOT flushable, but I found that during that heavy first week being able to feel clean every time I changed the pad was great. I didn't use them past the first week.
All your usual toiletries plus nipple cream. Dry shampoo also good if you can't be stuffed doing full hair wash. Depends how long you are in I suppose.
Water bottle plus snacks.
Phone and charger.
Magazines. You never know! Or a Kindle.
Find out what your hospital provides for baby. All I needed was a going home outfit, and because I wanted to use love to dreams I took a few of those in too.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:48 PM
Something I found helpful was to make up a plastic bag that had a nappy, wipes, singlet, wrap, hat and outfit in it for bub so DP could just grab the bag after baby was born and he wasnt rummaging through the main suitcase looking for things. I also made myself a bag for after the birth so I could just grab the bag and head for the shower. It had a pad, undies, bra, clothes, toothpaste/toothbrush and other toiletries in it. I found this helpful as I could just bolt to the shower afterwards rather than having to search for what I needed.
Edited by 4lilchicks, 19 June 2017 - 08:48 PM.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:55 PM
I also made myself a bag for after the birth so I could just grab the bag and head for the shower. It had a pad, undies, bra, clothes, toothpaste/toothbrush and other toiletries in it. I found this helpful as I could just bolt to the shower afterwards rather than having to search for what I needed.
This is a great idea. DH had to rummage through my suitcase why I stood in the shower bleeding waiting for him to find undies and a maternity pad (he initially brought me the box of breast pads that had me and midwife in hysterics- he was a good sport about it luckily). A grab bag with those immediately post birth shower bits and pieces would be perfect! Noting this down should I ever convince DH to go back for a third!!
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:06 PM
I had one bag for labour with food, chargers, music etc and one for post-birth stay.
Toiletries - face wipes and dry shampoo incase you can't quite make it to the shower (I had some pretty rough births) as well as usual suspects. Maternity pads and breastpads.
Clothes - loose pyjama/trackie bottoms incase you have a catheter. Breastfeeding singlets, slippers or warm socks. Cheap big undies. Something relaxed but nice to go home in. It's nice to have a shower and feel like a real person when you leave.
Extras - syringes from chemist. If you have a few and there are any breastfeeding problems, you can express colostrum into them to feed bub.
Baby - my 2 both wore the hospital gowns for first couple of days. And then just singlet and onesies. Nappies and wipes (hospitals usually have one small packet). Beanie.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:13 PM
I agree about having a bag for the birth suite and another for the maternity ward..... separate the different needs for the different stages of your hospital stay.
For me, I took my own pillow/s..... especially as I got attached to my body pillow!!
Oh, and either thongs or slippers
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:17 PM
I also took a little battery powered light.... you can get them from the home hardware section of Coles / Woolworths.
I used this at home for night feeds too. Easy to keep close / turn on / off and dim by flipping it upside down or placing a breast pad on top to dim the light.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:23 PM
If you're staying at the hospital for a few days, things to set up a nappy change station in the room, e.g. Change mat, change pad (if setting it up on the table), newborn nappies, wipes.
I've found nappy changes too messy to do in the bassinet.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:32 PM
Anything that is forgotten your birth partner or family / friends can bring in later. This was a godsend for us as our baby was a spewy baby and we ran out of wipes pretty quickly.
On the way home, we went via BigW to pick up things I didn't think I would need too. Like a breast pump, bottles, formula and a steriliser. And an ottoman to put my feet up as they were swollen. We got the breast feeding up, but it took two weeks of mixed feeding to fully get it going. And again, this stuff can be gotten after baby arrives, if and when it is needed. So perhaps have some money available during and after the stay, in case you need things like this.
Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:53 PM
I'm a minimalist, I took one supermarket green bag and my pillow
Bag with toothbrushes, toothpaste (mini tube) soap, moisturiser and lip balm
2 pairs of black lounge wear, really just good quality black jammies, I bought ones that looked like day clothes
Undies and two bras, reusable bamboo Brest pads
Blankie and two changes of clothes for baby
One change of clothes for hubby
my things were in seperate zip loc bags so I could just grab one out
As were the baby things and hubbies things and the wash bag things
Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:12 PM
Lots of good ideas from PPs. I'll add-
Check what the hospital provides- at ours they gave a packet of nappies & wipes so we didn't need to bring them. Plus they had little gowns for the baby so we only had to bring a going home outfit.
Also see if they have speakers for iPod or CD player etc for music?
Comfy footwear of some variety as well as comfy clothes. I found it cold so also warm socks.
Knickers you don't mind getting stained/ruined.
Lollies are good for a short burst of energy whilst labouring- so barley sugars, jelly babies etc
Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:20 AM
Don't stress over it too much. Anything that is forgotten or not considered can be brought in by visitors/partner. One suggestion from experience - I bought some cheap undies and pre-loaded them with pads then put them in individual zip lock bags. Saved faffing around for the first couple of toilet visits.
Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:35 AM
Make the water bottle a pop top. My DH bought me in a nice big bottle of water but it had a screw cap. Not ideal for 1 handed opening when your trying to juggle a baby too. He came back the next day with a pop top one
I agree with separate bags and your own pillow
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