Tuesday, 23 April 2019

What's in my hospital bag

This may be my third pregnancy and also my third hospital bag however I've never actually taken the time to share what I like to take with me into hospital when I go into labour. With Dylan the bag was huge and literally held every single thing I could possibly imagine needing for me or for him. Things really downgraded with Scarlet since I really didn't need to bring the entire house with us. A weekend hold all and her changing bag was plenty to keep us going for the initial first days, especially since I didn't actually have it during my labour with Scarlet.

I thought I would do a quick and relatively short post on the things I plan to bring with me for labour and the day or two after I give birth.

First up is what I have packed in my bag. I'll start with the obvious, PJ's I have three pairs going in, two will be the usual cotton kind which I find comfortable but they also minimise my itching which will still be around after I give birth. The other pair is more a very comfortable casual pair of wide leg trousers which I love and find extra comfortable along with a vest top which will be good for breast feeding. There is a lightweight housecoat in the bag too. I have put in an old night dress which I can also wear during labour although I've mostly worn what I had on when we arrived with Dylan and Scarlet.

I have also included this pair of soft slippers which I picked up from LIDL and three pairs of trainer socks. I find I prefer to wear socks all the time at the hospital and have my slippers should I need to use the bathroom etc. Bending down to get my slippers on in the first day or two is hard and having socks means I don't have to do it all the time. I have also packed away 5 pairs of 'granny' type knickers which are ultra comfy for after giving birth. Along with 4 nursing bras to wear. I have brought more than I probably need but I'd like to have spares too. I haven't pictured my actual underwear as you probably don't need to see it.

Another fairly obvious item is towels, I am bringing two with me for the first bath after I give birth and I've made sure they are comfortable ones which I like. It's all about the comfort in those first few hours!

Now onto my toiletries bag. Inside I have included small travel bottles which I picked up from Poundland in a set. Each contains shampoo, conditioner or shower gel (missing in the photo) and I have also included the little pump bottle which has antibacterial hand soap. Each is labelled on the bottom with marker but it means that I can bring the brands I use which don't react with my skin and the soap at the hospital won't make my hands hurt from eczema.

I've put in some unscented deodorant to use as I know baby needs to be able to smell my scent to have a good start and chance with breastfeeding. There is also a new toothbrush and a travel sized toothpaste (not pictured as I totally forgot that until now. Whoops!). I've included two lip balms as well for during labour and after. One is tinted but has a different texture when it is applied which I sometimes prefer to the Dr PawPaw. Finally there is a set of headbands (this is literally the only thing I really wanted from my hospital bag when I was in labour with Scarlet!), hair baubles and a hairbrush which I've put inside my hospital bag itself for easy access in labour.

I have popped in a packet of maternity pads from ASDA, the hospital do prefer you to use their pads which will be in each bedside locker however I like to bring a few as a back up in case I really need one and don't have to wait for some should those run out. I've also got a box of breast pads in there which will likely get me through the initial first few days. I plan to use reusable pads at home but I don't want to add to the washing load that will be waiting for us at home.

Finally I have my going home outfit which I completely forgot to get a photo of before packing it away. It is just a nice comfortable top which is loose fitting and my softest pair of jegging type jeans. I can always change this depending on how I feel as Simon can bring up something else should I want it.

There will a few last minute items which I'll need to pack when the time comes which include my phone, purse, hospital notes, camera and chargers.

Inside the bag for baby is a few muslin squares, I have only taken a photo of two but I have got 3 or 4 in there. I find them really handy for nappy changes on the bed, cleaning up baby sick and various other jobs so I always have a few with me.

I have included what should be his first hat (crocheted as I remember they need to wear a warm hat for a few hours after birth.), two cotton hats, two pairs of mittens and two pairs socks.

I went with a general number of 5-6 vests and sleepsuits in sizes newborn and 0-3 months. I do think those will be enough for a day or two at hospital after he is born.

We will be taking one pack of newborn nappies from ASDA, a pack of WaterWipes, a pack of cotton wool pads (not pictured) and some Green People nipple cream which I know I will need in the days after giving birth and starting to breastfeed.

Finally in the bag for baby is his going home outfit, a little cardigan type jacket, a light blanket and our little 'Hello World' milestone circle.

This isn't all that I have packed ready for delivery day as I will have a small bag of items packed for Dylan and Scarlet to go to our friends house while I am in labour. I will also have a small bag full of extra essentials like baby vests, sleepsuits, muslin squares and nappies along with PJ's, underwear, maternity pads, breast pads ready for Simon to bring up to the hospital should we need to stay for longer than a day or two. I have ended up staying in hospital for 5 days after both Dylan and Scarlet's births so I want to be prepared for that should it be needed.


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