What’s In My Hospital Bag
Here it is…after talking about packing my hospital bag for what feels like months and months I finally got around too it. It is a bloody good feeling now it’s done, it has made it very real and a tad scary but we all know by now that I am a big fan of lists and packing the bags meant lots of lists, organisation and washing baby clothes for the first time, baby grows smelling clean and homely…perfect!
I have gone for three separate bags, one for me, one for baby and a small rucksack for Dan. Now, I am sure i have over packed slightly, but nothing in there is something I feel I might not need or use so I just went for it. Any how, i’d rather slightly over pack than under pack.
My Hospital Bag (Toiletries)-
- Disposbale Pants -now i know the hospital provide these, but i used to be a carer, I am well aware of what these are like so I have bought some nice always ones to take with me. I am determined not to make myself any more uncomfortable than necessary.
- Sanitary Pads – Giant Sanitary towels basically, pretty self explanatory.
- Moisturiser – I gag when my skin is dry…don’t ask me why, it’s not a pregnancy thing, it is an issue i have had for some time. Weird i know. So i don’t go anywhere without moisturiser let alone to the hospital without it.
- Body Wash – Some nice gentle Nivea for that well deserved shower after birth
- Small packets of tissues -someone recommended to me taking a pack or two of tissues was a good idea, i can’t really remember why, but there must have been a reason. I will have to find out the hard way.
- V.I.POO – So this isn’t a necessity at all, a bit of a luxury actually. But i went for a ward tour and you have a shower and toilet in your room and I don’t know how i will feel if Dan has to take a dump and I have to breathe it in whilst contracting. Also, we haven’t actually used it since he bought it for me for my birthday and we are quite intrigued to see if it works!
- Scrunchy – I hate just using my hands to wash my body so i have packed one of these – you always feel cleaner!
- Hairbursh – just something you tend to need
- Hairbands – I don’t really want my big curly mop to be getting in my sweaty face during labour
- Shampoo and Conditioner – that first shower is going to be heaven and i will wash my hair even if it has be done in 5 minutes! (I’ll update you on whether than actually happens or not)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste – in case i’m there overnight and for more than a day.
- Razor – just in case i get bushy arm pits i can whip the hair off in that first shower.
- Deodorant – Avoid B.O.
- Hand Sanitizer – Again something i carry on me because i’m a bit weird
- Hand Cream – Same as above, regular moisturiser doesn’t cut it for the hands so i carry separate hand cream.
- Rennies – For me they have become a must have.
- Paracetomal – I’ve put one sheet in, just in case, i mean the hospital might give you this after birth if you have to stay in, i don’t know?
- Nipple Balm – Going to try my best not to get sore nipples whilst getting the hang of breastfeeding.
In a separate little wash bag i have put a few luxury items –
- Cheap, old foundation and mascara – If i am in there for longer than said time, I might want to feel human, (or i might not), and as it takes me about 0.4 seconds to do my make up i thought i may as well whack it in.
- Perfume – a bit of perfume for the same reason as above
- Lip Balm – Apparently something you really appreciate during and after birth
My Hospital Bag (main) –
- All of the above
- A few extra pads (just incase) and breast pads – needed.
- 2 old, dark coloured towels – told to pack these by my midwife, i’m guessing in case they get any bodily fluids on them when i shower.
- Socks – I have gone for a normal pair, a fluffy pair and some flight socks because a nurse told me they stop you getting varicose veins during labour.
- 3 nursing bras – one that’s a bit
- bigger and two super comfy ones.
- Nursing vest top – I thought these were fab, you can unclip them as well as your bra so when you pull your top up you don’t have to get you jelly belly out (obviously it’s just as fab if you want to get your jelly belly out).
- 3 baggy tops – wasn’t sure on how many to put in
- 1 pair of maternity leggings and 1 pair of comfy trousers.
- 1 pair of pj shorts – I don’t know if i will wear these but I saw women wearing them around the labour ward after birth so I thought i would chuck a pair in
- 4 pairs of maternity pants – In black for obvious reasons.
- Nighties – not the most attractive but a nighty to give birth in and an extra one for just in case.
- Flip Flops – for wearing around the ward.
- Wet Wipes – Couldn’t fit them in my toiletry bag and good for sweatiness and freshening up in general i guess.
Left to Pack –
- Maternity notes
- Baggy long cardigan
Baby’s Bag –
- Pack of nappies
- Cotton wool – top and tailing and for when doing nappies
- Sudocrem – I don’t if you need or even can use that straight away but i put a tiny pot in anyway
- 4 lots of Aptamil ready milk – Told by the midwife to put some straight in just incase but hopefully we won’t need them
- 4 pairs of socks
- 4 pairs of mittens
- 3 hats – not sure if we will need three?
- 2 baby grows for wearing home options – A lot of people seem to think baby grows are boring coming out of hospital outfits and pack a proper outfit to go home in but in my opinion there is nothing cuter than a small baby in a baby grow, I always think they look too small to be in outfits.
- 4 baby grows for in hospital
- 6 vests
- 1 large muslin swaddle type thing as i have been told to take cellular blankets for all that jazz
- 2 cellular blankets
- 1 normal blanket to put over her in the car seat
- All in One coat type thing – for her first chilly trip to the car
Left to Pack –
- 2 steralised bottles – just in case
- Dummies – once they have been steralised
- Car Seat
Dan’s bag –
- A book each – don’t know what the chances are of reading but they’ve gone in anyway
- Camera – obviously we will have our phones but putting a camera in too just to catch those extra special first memories with
- Energy Drinks – My midwife advised i pack these as the hospital have gone sugar free which isn’t great when you need energy for pushing humans out
- Energy Tablets – Same as above, midwife advised these
- Sweets – Again, same as above
- Cereal Bars – A bit of normal food mainly for Dan in case it’s a bit of a long process
- Deodorant – Dan doesn’t want sweaty B.O smell either (especially if he’s had to
- come straight from work)
- Aftershave – Same as above
- Hairspray – apparently a must have for photos!
- 2 pairs of socks – Just in case he has had to come from work and he has his smelly work boot feet on
- Toothbrush – in case he is there throughout the night
- 2 pairs of pants – you just never know
- 1 pairs of jeans – Again in case he has come from work
- 2 tshirts – Same as above
- 1 hoody – Same as above
- Purse with coins in – for car park and anything else we might need coins for.
Left to Pack –
- Chargers for all phones
- His non-work phone – only if he has come from work
- Speaker – I’m planning to have music on in the background
- Hypnobirthing bits
So apologies for all the long lists but i feel a whole lot better for feeling ready now. It is a very satisfying feeling. It has made it so real seeing it there waiting when i walk past the nursery. Most of it like i said, is stuff i feel i will use give or take a few bits i have put because I wasn’t sure. For someone who normally packs a full blown suitcase just for myself when staying away from home for one night at the best of times i think i have done pretty well!
Hopefully you have found this useful in some way or if you think there is anything that made a huge difference to your labour, please feel free to let me know! I am open to suggestions and advice.After all i am just winging it!
On a side note, just to let you know, if you follow my blogs, you will know on Friday we were told baby was breech, I had a midwife appointment yesterday and she is back to head down and all where she should be, thank the lord! But I will talk more about that in Fridays weekly update.
Thank you for reading, Anna xx