| Hospital bag list |
16/11/2007, 11:26 AM
Joined: 14-November 04
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
24/12/2007, 09:14 AM
Joined: 21-January 04
Ryan 10, Kiara 8, Jett 4, Levi 2 & Cienna 3mths
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.
This post has been edited by MickeyBoo: 24/12/2007, 09:14 AM
27/12/2007, 08:27 AM
Joined: 18-March 06
Yes my hands are full!
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
27/12/2007, 08:25 PM
Joined: 28-March 06
Blessed with baby #7 on board - Well overdue.
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.
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