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kenpomom
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Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:02 pm 
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How early do i need to start getting things ready?
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Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:04 pm 
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Kenpomom. I was planning to get mine ready at 35weeks, but my waters started leaking and i was getting contractions at 31weeks. I had to rush to hospital with nothing ready. Luckily they stopped the contractions and i had my baby at 41wks, but moral of the story be prepared we would have been so stuck if i had the baby then. Maybe pack a few basics from 30wks and aim to have it finished for 35wks?


A tip for everyone - mothercare maternity pads were useless (or at least for me). I put these on after birth and i'd soaked through to the bed in less than 30mins. I recommend Tesco ones (they were much cheaper too, about a 1 for 12 whereas mothercare were 3)
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Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:33 am 
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Been advised by a friend to put in some lavander and tea tree bath oil, apparentley works wonders after birth,
And also said to put some nipple cream in if breast feeding, you will be suprised how sore they get when your first getting used to it,
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Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:59 am 
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im just looking at getting stuff for my bag and have a few Qs

what pads would you recomend? iv seen asda do some and boots but iv heard mothercares are rubbish?

what about disposable pants? someone mentioned to me that its prob better to get some cheap knickers from say primark that u dont mind chucking away when ur finished with them.

what about nappy creams? i know everyone says you shouldnt us wipes at first (although i know loads of people who have used the pure ones without any problems) but is it the same for cream?

also i want to express, im not totally against BF and think i will try it but i was wondering if i need to take my own steraliser? when i brought my pump i got a little micro steraliser tub that is big enough for the pump and bottle so that wont be too hard as long as i can get to a microwave to use it Laughing

sorry about all the Questions
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Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:47 pm 
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Ok pads.....tbh the mothercare ones are rubbish (imo) cos they dont do anything that an always nighttime pad will do and they move about and scrunch up and are just a pain in the ass Laughing I have got the always thick pads in the dark purple packet and the nightime ones too for this time round...the nightime ones are ace actually cos they are really long so no embarrassing leakages Embarassed

if it were me i wouldn't bother with disposable pants and just buy a ton from primark as your friend said and then it doesn't matter if they get ruined.

nappy creams - yeah get a tub of sudocrem just in case. it is always handy in case they get a wee milk rash on their chin or a wee pink bum or anything like that. cotton wool pleats or pads are better than balls if you are using water for bums.....i am one of those annoying peeps who doesn't like using wipes at first but it's nice and soothing for them to use warm water on their wee bahookis anyway Laughing

if you are expressing in the hosp they will give you a hand pump and might poss let you use the elec pump. You may need to be firm with them cos i had to hassle them to get a pump cos I literally couldn't bf (really bad inverted nips) and you dont need to sterilise them in the hosp, they preferred you just use hot water and ewashing up liquid - well they did at simpsons anyway in edinburgh xxxxx
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Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:34 pm 
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thanks so much for your reply archie it must have taken you a age Laughing

i have started a list so i can start getting bits in over the next couple of weeks then get it all packed. so its ready.

my cousins bfs sister gave birth in the hospital im going to a few weeks ago and said they gave her everything right down to nappies while she was in the only things she needed was babies clothes! but i think ill still take everything with me then if they want to give me stuff for nout then feel free Laughing
now im wondering how long they will be planning to keep me once iv had her or if itl be worth just moving half my house there with the amount of stuff i need Laughing
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Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:02 pm 
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Aye, it seems some NHS trusts are more generous than others!!! Laughing Some seem to provide a lot and others not very much xxxxx
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Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:00 pm 
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My bags been packed since i went in over night at 35 weeks with a UTI.... but i dont think i've put anything special in really.... just an exhuberant amount of clothes for baby and my house is two minutes from the shop (in the right direction) so on the way to hospital i can pick up snacks and mags.... i havent been able to find out if my maternity unit provides anything specific so im just trying to be prepared....
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Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:09 am 
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my hosp is one that provides nothing at all, they give you one nappy and thats it!
i used tesco maternity pads and didnt have any problems with them!
and i bought a load o granny pants from tjhughes for like 1 each and they are big, cotton and comfy lol.
i've packed babies bag mostly just got mine to do!
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Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:37 am 
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all i can say is OMG!
no way would i of remembered some of these must haves!
i searched on google 'labour bag check list' and their list was really basic so i thought id be ok... clearly the person who wrote it was a male and didnt have a clue! lol.
is so nice to hear other ppls recomendations from their experiences. I really want my experience like home from home... im really hospital-fobic at the best of times and so is my OH. But im sure a family pack of Haribo sweets will sort him out lol.
Im defently going to take my own pillow now i know other ppl do to! i need a security blanket too!!! lol.
going to jot the straws down on my list too and a empty sports cap bottle...
im already in big comfy pants and only 20 weeks lol and 19 yrs old! lol im so uncomfortable!!
Do hospitals allow laptops?? this would be great to keep me ocupied and the OH to be honest.

Thanks girlies! xx
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Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:28 am 
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i wouldnt bother with the laptop, you really wont have a second to be bored lol, you will honestly just sit and stare at your baby all day then wonder where the time went! Amd they need feeding and changing really often on the first few days so inbetween visitors (if your staying in) you wont have time! i took magazines and never touched them!
plus if your having a natural labour you might only be in 6-7 hours!
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Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:23 pm 
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Just wanted to say Tesco pads were the best or just night pads. Like Archie said Mothercare ones were rubbish!
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Hi im only 13 weeks and really anxious to get things moving. I suppose its because im struggling with m/s and i havent felt baby move or even got a bump yet so im bored Sad BUT reading this makes me want to pack my hospitals bagS now! Obviously im not going to but i do have a strong urge to. It would help me feel more positive about this pregnancy. Dont get me wrong im happy but so far only negative symptoms so i have just been miserable and after many attempts of lifting my self up i think this would do it. I have a hospital bag already which i brought by accident. I got a big bag but it wasa to big for me to use lol but things like nappies i dont and wouldnt have yet or baby clothes. I am going to wait until 36 weeks maybe... Gosh it feels so far away, im starting to feel miserable again lol.

but about the list i think its amazing and yea it seems like alot of stuff but better safe than sorry. I suppose it would help you feel more in control when you have EVERYTHING you need instead of having to do without or wait until the midwife/nurse gives you something. This is my 1st and i plan on bringing EVERYTHING and more so it looks like ill need to buy to more bags lol. to all you other mommas i wish you a H&H and speedy pregnancy! xx
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Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:23 pm 
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SOmething I never thought of until I had my last baby - I was in labour through the night on the delivery ward with my hubby and realised he might need to brush his teeth at the end of the day so I've packed him a toothbrush for this time incase he needs it, infact I've packed him his own bag of stuff! Mags, food, toothbrush, spare blackberry charger to keep him occupied during the boring bit of labour so he doesn't annoy me telling me how bored he is!
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Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:19 pm 
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Should I have dressing gown in my 'labour' bag or my 'after' bag?
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