I'm due in August and making a list of things I will need ready for our little boy to come and also of what to put in mine and his hospital bags. Can you please let me know if I've forgotten to write something down as I feel like I have. I've probably missed something so obvious but remembered all the less obvious things!!
- Dressing gown.
- Nighty or t.shirt,
- Lip balm (heard your lips can get VERY dry during labour)
- Snacks & drinks
- Relaxing items such as books, music, magazines etc..
Items for birthing partner/s;
- Phone numbers!
- Snacks & drinks
- Relaxing items
- Money for TV, phone or car parking!
- Going home outfit for me,
- 2 or 3 nursing bras,
- 2 or 3 packs of maternity pads,
- Breast pads,
- Nightshirt or t.shirt for after the labour,
- Towels, brush, toothpaste & toothbrush,
- Old comfy underwear,
- Sanitry towels.
For the baby in hospital;
- 2/3 sleep suits and vests.
- Carseat (as some hospitals won't let you leave without one!)
- Outfit for home,
- Scratch mitts,
- Jacket, coat or snowsuit,
- Nappies, wipes etc..
- Muslin Squares.
Have I missed anything or is there anything that I don't need that is on this list? The internet helped me a lot. Also, will I need bottles and formula as I don't want to breast feed my baby but been told that hospitals tend to provide this?
I would pack a few night shirts and also some comfy lounging clothes in case you don't get to go home straight away - you'll be changing tops every few hours from getting covered in leaking milk and baby goop too.
Holy Cr*p you're organised!! Hehe I've just looked at your list and thought 'pants, need to put that on mine! And that, and that!' lol it seems like you've got everything covered on there I'd definately take a good few pairs of dark pants, pj's, and dark coloured clothes, just incase you have to stay overnight, as like the ladies said before you'll get dirty quite quickly lol. Don't know if you wrote this or not, but maybe a camera? xx
Don't bother with the sterilising tablets, just get yourself a steam steriliser.
Get your self some continence pads, you can ether get special maternity ones or you can get the ones for kids who are toilet training. They are handy to put on your bed to protect your mattress incase your waters go in bed or for putting on seats if your waters go before you need to go to hospital.
as above,some maternity pads,i would also say some move shower gell and shampoo, conditioner for yourself.that shower in the morning was amazing and it felt soooo good to have nice smelling shampoo!! I would also take more than 2/3 sleep suits for baby.my lo was very mucasy and sicky we went through about 5 sleep suits and a going home out fit! your very organised, iv not even began to think about these things this time yet!
When I was packing my hospital bag, I saw another thread about what to pack and someone suggested "granny panties" that fit high on the waist and are slightly lose fitting - they turned out to be the most useful item in my hospital bag! I had an emergency c-section and I was so glad my panties were not rubbing the staples!
Defo lots of comfy maternity pads... I got the ones from boots and they were brill... It's the comfort u need the thicker the better lol! I had stitches and the padding helped a lot also like someone else said defo take a few more extra pairs of big pants! As you will probs have to change them few times due to blood leaks (tmi)!!
And 1 last thing as someone said take maybe few more sleep suits! I only stayed in1 night but my LO got thro about 4 outfits! Due to being sicky and having a nappy leak!! Xxx
My hospital supplied the bottles they had cow n gate and sma! I would ask your midwife they will be able to tell u if the hospital supply or not xx
You may find it comforting to take your own pillow in, so you've got something from home.
Definitely a camera and definitely maternity and breast pads. I was also really glad I took in my own bath towel, Lansinoh cream and a BF cover.
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