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Old Dec 26th, 2016, 06:17 AM   1
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Question to Mums Amongst Us - About What to Bring to Hospital


I'm only four months pregnant so I have a long time before Labour Day (!) but I'm thinking ahead to baby's clothes and what to bring to hospital in my pre-prepared hospital bag.

Main question is: what if I bring newborn baby-grow outfits and they're too big/small? I understand babies can vary, what if all the sizes of clothes I buy for babies first few days/weeks are fitting badly? It's not a big issue but kind of important if I have a baby I don't have an outfit for leaving hospital. What sizes should I get? Will newborn sizes generally suffice?

Also, I've heard it mentioned that special bras are recommended for breastfeeding. Is this necessary or can my normal bras be OK? I aim to breastfeed, so just thinking ahead.

Is there anything major you wish you'd thought to bring in your hospital bag that you didn't? Any recommendations appreciated. This is all new to me.

Sorry if these seem like silly questions!



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Old Dec 26th, 2016, 11:17 AM   2
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My baby was 8 lb 15 oz and fitted fine into first size clothes to begin with, though they grow quickly! I took probably two sleepsuits and two short-sleeved vests, and a hat. I wouldn't worry about clothes not fitting unless you are measuring very far ahead or behind and you have been told you are likely to have a big/small baby.

Take a blanket, too - that way you can warm baby up or cool it down as necessary lol.

Once your milk comes in, you'll definitely need to be fitted for a bigger, non-wired, very supportive bra. Nursing bras are handy as the cup unclips from the strap for easy access, but to be honest, by about 10 months I ended up back in ordinary bras and just popped my boob out of the neck of my top. I still do it that way now.

The only other things you'll need that I can think of are the obvious - nappies, wipes, cotton wool if you want to use it at first, etc. Maternity pads and maybe breast pads. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste ... you'll probably feel pretty grimy after giving birth.

Snacks and drinks for you, not that I managed any of mine.

And of course, the all important car seat!



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2016, 12:02 PM   3
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My baby was 8 lb 15 oz and fitted fine into first size clothes to begin with, though they grow quickly! I took probably two sleepsuits and two short-sleeved vests, and a hat. I wouldn't worry about clothes not fitting unless you are measuring very far ahead or behind and you have been told you are likely to have a big/small baby.

Take a blanket, too - that way you can warm baby up or cool it down as necessary lol.

Once your milk comes in, you'll definitely need to be fitted for a bigger, non-wired, very supportive bra. Nursing bras are handy as the cup unclips from the strap for easy access, but to be honest, by about 10 months I ended up back in ordinary bras and just popped my boob out of the neck of my top. I still do it that way now.

The only other things you'll need that I can think of are the obvious - nappies, wipes, cotton wool if you want to use it at first, etc. Maternity pads and maybe breast pads. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste ... you'll probably feel pretty grimy after giving birth.

Snacks and drinks for you, not that I managed any of mine.

And of course, the all important car seat!
Aw thanks so much for your help and taking the time to answer. I appreciate it. It definitely helps



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Old Dec 27th, 2016, 13:32 PM   4
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My son was 9lb5oz when he was born and was already too big for most newborn clothes. I'd brought some newborn and some 0-3 month and the 0-3 fit the best.

Slippers or loose-fitting shoes are good. I couldn't get my regular shoes on because they'd given me a lot of IV fluids that caused my feet/legs to swell.

Bring snack foods. There was no food on the floor when my boy was born (at 2:47am) and I was starving. Bring things to keep you busy--card games, iPad, stuff like that--if you bring electronics don't forget your charger!

A big comfy robe is nice to have also. Lanolin for nipples. A pillow from home.



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2016, 16:14 PM   5
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Slippers, cheap underwear which you can throw away. Pygamas which are button up dress type so you can just unbutton a bit to breastfeed. Cream for yourself. Lip balm , so dry after birth. Antibac wipes. Snacks .



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Flip flops for the shower, lots of other women washing off after birth



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Old Dec 27th, 2016, 16:43 PM   7
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Flip flops for the shower, lots of other women washing off after birth
URGH, this is a good point!

Luckily they let me have a bath in my birthing pool (cleaned and refilled obviously lol).



 
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Old Dec 28th, 2016, 06:10 AM   8
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Thanks so much for all your replies! Really helpful.

I may buy a mixture of newborn and 0-3 month clothes and bring a few of each, in case. I've been told I'm being tested for Gestational Diabetes by my midwife, so at least if my baby is a bit bigger, I'll have the 0-3 month clothes as immediate back up



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Old Dec 28th, 2016, 10:46 AM   9
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I took far too much stuff in last time! So will pack better this time...

Maternity pads - I got through these so quickly!

Cheap big knickers, you won't want anything tight or fancy as they are going to get ruined. I would take extra pairs as I ended up chucking them as I bled on them!

Flip flops/shower gel etc

At least 2 nightdresses with button opening fronts to breastfeed. I ruined one of mine through leaking!

A very lightweight dressing gown, it gets so hot on the wards but I liked to have one for wandering around the ward.

Lip balm and moisturiser

Some newborn and some 0-3. Would say your baby is very likely to fit in newborn so don't worry too much.

Snacks and drinks for you and partner

Blanket/coat for baby

Nipple cream

You will definitely want nursing bras/soft bras. Your boobs will be super sore/sensitive!

It really depends how long you end up being in there for, I was in 5 days after my c section which was unexpected so I needed my partner to bring extra stuff in. Space is super limited in hospital so th less stuff you have to carry the better as you will already feel cramped! X



 
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Old Dec 29th, 2016, 19:27 PM   10
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Nursing bras are important, but honestly I just go braless unless I'm leaving the house. Also in the hospital I don't wear a bra, or if I do it's a sleep bra. I never brought clothes other than a going home outfit for the baby since I like to take advantage of all the free time to do skin-skin as much as possible.

With my first baby I brought so many unnecessary things, and with #2 and 3 I took a boppy, toiletries, and clothes for me to come home in. I sent my husband out to buy an outfit for the baby to come home in, or anything else I needed.

I really found the hospital had everything I needed



 
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