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Posted 16 November 2007 - 11:26 AM
The revised list.
A note: This list is not to be seen as a "you must have all these items or you won't survive" type list. It is more a suggestion of things you may want to consider when packing. I recommend going through the list and just including what you feel necessary. Quantities are also just suggestions.
Many don't want aromatherapy for example, or are planning a very short stay in hospital. It's purely a guide to help with the mental strain as it's quite daunting.
Check with your hospital for a list of what is supplied. Many provide little gowns for the baby and nappies for example as well as plenty of nice warm blankets and almost everything you need to care for baby during your stay.
- Ante Natal Card
- Hospital Information
- Several copies of your birth plan (if applicable)
- Private Health Insurance details (if applicable)
- Cheque for Excess (if applicable)
- Medicare Card/Details
- GP's details
For Mum during the birth:
- Lip Balm - lips can become dry and chafed during labour from heavy breathing. This may offer some relief.
- Massage/Aromatherpay oils for during labour.
- Soothing Music of your choice for during labour, and CD player if hospital does not supply.
- Something comfortable to wear – I.e. a loose T-Shirt or nightie (something you don’t mind throwing out in case it gets ruined).
- Something to put on afterward
- Extra Pillows
- Beanbag if preferred (check with your birthing hospital)
- Lollies or lollipops to suck on.
- Watch with a 2nd hand or a stop watch to time contractions
- Hand Mirror if you want to watch the head crowning and baby being born (or speak to your birthing hospital about mirror availability).
- Something to wear in the bath if you’re shy
- Heat packs, massage tools etc. to help with pain relief or other items such as a TENS machine if you’ve hired one.
- Cool pack. Can be nice on the forehead and better than wet paper towels.
For Mum after the birth:
- 2 - 3 Nightie/Pyjamas
- 2 - 3 Nursing Bras & Tops
- 2 Boxes Breast Pads
- 8 x Underwear - It pays to have some old ones in the bag that can be thrown away in case of staining in the days after birth.
- Maternity Pads - At least 2 packets - your partner can always bring more if needed. (Some also prefer incontinence Pants - Not good post Caeser though)
- Toiletries - such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, hair bands, make up, deodorant, Liquid Soap, Moisteriser, Lanisoh.(Nipple Cream), Hairdryer (wonderful for drying yourself completely and gently.
- Eye Glasses/Contact Lenses - if worn.
- Face Washers
- Day clothes - bear in mind that you will be sore so loose fitting clothes are the suggestion.
- A roll or 2 of your own SOFT toilet paper - You are bound to be tender and don't want to be using something hard and scratchy! Or Some prefer Flushable Wipes.
- Water bottle with a pop top squeezy lid to clean your bits in the shower
- Breast Pump - in case there is a need to express. The hospital should have these, but some women prefer certain brands and may prefer to use their own.
- Plastic bags for dirty clothes.
- Metamucil & Ural.
- Multivitamins and any other medications you may need.
- Snacks for during and after labour - It can be a long time between meals for Dad so pack some snacks that he can nibble on whilst you are in labour.
- Panadol - some Dad's suffer from stress and tension headaches when watching their partners in pain and often hospitals won't give medication to fathers so it can be handy to have some in your bag.
- Money for pay phone - or a charged mobile phone to make birth announcement calls.
- Swimmers in case he wants to join you in the shower or bath
- Change of clothes in case you're there a while and he wants to get cleaned up
- Address Book
- Video Camera, extra tapes and charger
- Normal camera with extra batteries or charger
- Snacks for when you are back on the ward.
- MP3 player or equivalent
- Journal/Notepad - to keep notes of the things you may forget in the haste of everything.
- Magazines and books - for reading when baby is sleeping (if you are not!)
- Wallet - if wanting to purchase from snack trollies, canteens, or Pay for the use of TV or telephone. Be careful about leaving money in your room when unattended, or simply make sure hubby has money with him each time he comes!
- Pen for filling out paperwork, and Thankyous if you feel up to it.
- Mobile phone and charger (if allowed)
- Your own Pillow/Doona.
- Box of Chocolates and thankyou Pressies for Midwifes.
- Sports drink for during the birth
- 4 stretchsuits
- 4 singlets
- 4 pairs socks/booties
- 4 cardigans (depending on season)
- 1 cellular blanket (for going home)
- Scratch mittens
- Nappies & Wipes (some hospitals provide them, discuss this with your hospital before you give birth.)
- Cotton Wool
- Going Home Outfit
- Bunny Rugs
- Toiletries - Baby Bath stuff. Baby Shampoo. Baby brush and comb. Massage Oil.
- If bottle feeding, check if you need to supply your own bottles and formula.
- Nail scissors for baby
- Warm hat
- A correctly fitted Australian Standards Approved Car Restraint
Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:35 AM
My only other suggestion is Multi-Vitamins (Elevit etc) if you plan on continuing to take them if breastfeeding.
Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:14 AM
The only thing I would add is a warm Hat for baby, our hospital is quite strict on a hat being on babies head at all times as that is where most of their heat escapes from, and the air con in there gets quite cold.
Also, as an 'optional' thing, some baby nail scissors, both my kids had long nails, and hated the mittens, they would lose them and end up covered in scratches till I could get home to trim their nails. It would have been easier to be able to trim their nails right from the start.
Edited by MickeyBoo, 24 December 2007 - 09:14 AM.
Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:18 AM
One thing I also always pack (which I see is on the "for labour" list but it should be in the general list too)
A watch or bedside clock. I know where I have my babies, they like you to chart all feeds, wet and dirty nappies. yet the rooms never seem to have a clock. Makes it much easier to track all that if you have a small clock or watch beside your bed. I know mobile phones have the time but some hospitals/midwifes are strict on the No mobile phone policy.
Posted 27 December 2007 - 08:27 AM
I am just doing up my hospital bag list now and getting a little teary here are some other things I have on mine:
Socks in case feet get cold in labour
Aqium hand gel
Breastfeeding naturally book
Snappis for cloth nappies as the pins at the hospital are blunt
Present from #2 to DS
Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:26 PM
Next time I'll take Gagorage or one of the sports drinks for Labor as I was exhausted. And a squeeze bottle so if you have stiches you can use water for when you need to go to the toilet.
Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:17 PM
OMG I'm gunna need about 3 suitcases to fit all of that in!! I hope there is enough room in my hospital room to fit me, jay, the baby and all that stuff!!
That seems like an awful lot of stuff for the 3 or so days that you're in there.
Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:46 PM
You don't have to take everything on the list, just pick out what you think you will need.
Eg. I won't be taking any clothes for baby as the ones I took last time just got spewed on and created washing for me when I got home. They are generally wrapped anyway so nice baby clothes go to waste. Just take a going home outfit.
I won't be taking any toilet paper (hospital stuff was fine) but will definitely take my own pads! The ones they supply were used in the dinosaur age I'm sure! (Thick gauze like rectangle with no sticky stuff on the back)
I'm not taking my own towel as I don't want my towels getting stained, and I probably won't worry about something to wear to labour in - the clothes I took didn't make it out of the bag, I was in a T shirt and then the hospital gown the whole time.
Posted 27 December 2007 - 08:25 PM
Jayz Mel. Just to give you an idea. This is an example of what I would probably take from that list. Plus added a couple more.
Won't need any of it as it will all be on file there.
For Mum during the birth
Nothing from that list
But will take a pack of pads for after birth, some undies and a set of clothes to put on after birth. Also my toiletries bag from my hospital bag.
Along with a set of clothes for my DH as he may get wet as I like to be in the shower for pain relief (hot water)
2-3 Nursing Bras
2 Boxes Breast Pads
8 x Underwear - old ones as some will probably end up thrown away.
Maternity Pads - I will take 3-4 packs as I am a heavy bleeder
Toiletries - such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, hair bands, make up, deodorant, Liquid Soap. (also use post birth before returning to ward)
Day clothes .
A roll of soft toilet paper
Plastic bags for dirty clothes. (couple of these)
Money for pay phone - or a charged mobile phone to make birth announcement calls.
Also the change of clothes mentioned in my birth bag.
Magazines and books
Watch or small clock for feeding, nappy change records
6 stretch suits
6 pairs socks/booties
3 bonnets/warm hats
3 cardigans -winter baby
2 Scratch mittens
Nappies & Wipes � Cotton Wool
Going Home Outfit
Bunny Rugs for going home
� A correctly fitted Australian Standards Approved Car Restraint
Most other things are either irrelevant to me or the hospital supplies them.
Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:38 PM
My Hospital Bag
Please have a look at my hospital bag!
What's the difference between packing a hospital bag and a labour bag?
Hospital bag or suitcase??
More about Hospital Bags..(Might have been done????)
This is my list, BTW... I found I had way too much stuff last time!
Yellow card/ medicare card
pen + notepad
mobile phone/ PDA (and charger)
2 to 3 pyjamas/nighties/ shelf singlets
T-shirts/ singlet/ shorts
Bottle of water
Ear plugs/ eye mask
Bag for dirty clothes
Breast pump case
Body wash (small)
Face wash (small)
Shampoo & Conditioner
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Take home outfit and nappy
Posted 25 January 2008 - 06:15 PM
My number 1 item to pack each and every time I've given birth is a special, scented set of shower gel, deodorant, moisteriser and talc. Each time I've picked out a different scent, and saved the set for after the birth - and it's been such a special moment, showering after giving birth and being able to luxuriate in something simple but special.
It's my #1 suggestion for your hospital bag - something special and nice-smelly to shower and clean with after giving birth. Avon and Le Reve sell some good sets.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:30 PM
BBlessed, one of my really good long time friends has bought me some lovely L'occitane Cherry Blossom body wash and skin lotion to take to hospital. It smells gorgeous and I can't wait to use it. Great minds think alike.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:18 AM
i am having twins so that means double on the baby clothes eeekkkk
Posted 01 February 2008 - 08:01 AM
My hospital supplies all the baby clothes so all I need to ring is a going home outfit - check with your hospital.
Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:14 PM
A sports drinking bottle is a great idea I reckon! I took one in with me & it saved me having to reach for glasses of water & I didn't have to worry about spilling it or looking to see if I could even reach it for a drink!! Fill it up from the jug & keep it beside you somewhere handy:) Worked a treat for me.
Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:57 PM
Don't forget some large cans of Guiness. No seriously when it's day six and your baby isn't feeding and has jorndice and your milk is still dry and you haven't slept.... have a big glass of guiness and not only will you feel better but it really helps in milk production. It will not harm your bub!!!
Posted 10 March 2008 - 10:03 PM
I'm stocking up on food! I'm always famished after labour and the meals are too small!
I'm taking biscuits, chunky soup, chilli con carne, muesli, and real-sized mug.
Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:30 PM
A HAIR DRYER One thing I can't live without.
With my first it came in handy for drying "down there" as I had stitches. It was great as I could dry there without touching (ouch!!)
Then with #2 & #3 I actually used it for my hair. I have oily hair and have to wash it every day. It was great as 1. I looked good for my guests (I hated being a stay-in-PJ's mum at hospital!) and 2. I didn't get cold with wet hair in the air-con.
That said, I stayed in private, so I was there 5 days. If you are public...forget this item!
ETA: I bought a small travel size hair dryer. It has done me well. Not too bulky for the bag, and means I didn't have to remember to pack it in the bag when I went into labour (I wasn't going to pack my home one away...I use it every day! )
Edited by *Firefly, 15 March 2008 - 04:35 PM.
Posted 24 March 2008 - 09:28 PM
this one is more for your car.
keep a big garbage bag and a towel in the glove box or boot, or even on the seat,and if your water breaks in the car on the way to hosp it saves a big clean up after!!!
(obviously you put the plastic bag on the seat 1st then the towel on top)
Edited by 3munchkins, 24 March 2008 - 09:29 PM.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 12:00 AM
I always take some framed photos of my other kids - as newborns as well as current ones. It's always interesting for the "Who is she / he like" discussions and I'm sure it makes the other kids feel special when they come in to see me.
I also bring in the other kids' baby books (the medical records books) as it's interesting to make comparisons.
Oh - I also bring in my favourite coffee mug from home. I don't like the teeny cups that the tea lady brings around - it's nice to be able to wander down to the patient's kitchen and make yourself a decent sized cuppa / hot chocolate.
Edited to add - I bring in some treats (snack sized choccies, colouring in stuff etc for my other pre-school aged kids when they visit).
Edited by JFK, 14 April 2008 - 12:02 AM.
Posted 23 May 2008 - 10:28 PM
Definetly the medicare card.... unlike a friend of mine!
I would agress with most on the lsit
Posted 29 May 2008 - 04:25 PM
I though to put my 2 cents -
I would also take:
- heat pack
- tennis ball in a socks for quick massage
- Rescue Remedy
- Arnica 30 - It's a great in post birth healing.
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