Hospital bag checklist (Feel free to add to...)

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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:27 am 
Post subject: Hospital bag checklist (Feel free to add to...)
Any other suggestions are most welcome......

For labour:

Your birth plan
Dressing gown
Slippers
Socks
An old nightdress or T shirt to wear in labour
Massage oils or lotions
Lip balm
Snacks and drinks or glucose tablets
Watch with a second hand to time contractions
Digital camera or camcorder (check with hospital first)
Relaxation materials: books, magazines etc
Pictures of someone or something you love (the inspiration you may need to see you through to the end)
TENS pain relief machine if you are planning to use one
Toiletries
Water spray to cool you down
Music to listen to (some hospitals provide CD players)
Hair bands, curby grips etc to keep hair out of your face


For your birth partner:

Change of clothes
Snacks
Note of people and numbers for them to phone with updates

After the birth:

Going-home outfit (you will be fragile so something comfy and loose)
Breastfeeding bras,
Breast pads,
Maternity pads,
Nightdress or pyjamas(dark colours),
Toiletries,
Address book, plus lots of change or a prepaid phone card for all the calls you may want to make. You may find you cannot use your mobile phone in the hospital building,
Towels(dark colours), hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste,
Lots of old knickers/cheap knickers/disposable knickers,
Ear plugs (in case you end up on a noisy ward),
Arnica tablets (may help with bruising),
Don't bother with straighteners etc cos you will not get a chance to use them!

For your baby:

Infant car seat
One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest)
A couple of baby blankets as some wards only provide cot sheets
Nappies (approx 10 per day to start off with so usually 20 for a normal birth is ok)
One pair of socks or booties
Hat
Jacket or snowsuit for winter
Shawl for photos as the "Bounty" people come round and offer this service for professional photos
Muslin squares
3-6 Baby Grows.
Scratch mittens x 2
Cotton wool pleats for nappy changes and top and tailing (no products are advised for newborns) - don't use balls as you will use about 50 to do each dirty nappy! Laughing
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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:30 am 
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ive packed a fruitshoot bottle, dont know if i read it or not. Great checklist Smile x
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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:33 am 
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Yep fruitshoot bottle! Missed that one! Laughing Also tea tree oil to put in the bathroom bidet as this will help soothe any stitches xxxxx
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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:41 am 
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i look like im going on holiday, my bag is huge! Ive got a smaller one which came free with it when i bought it and thats full of baby things. I bet we wont use half of the stuff but best to be safe than sorry Smile x
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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:36 pm 
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What I did which worked really well was to have my labour bag seperate from my "after the birth" bag. We left the after one in the car til Lewis was born then hubby took away the labour bag and brought the other one in. Meant I didn't get confused with what was where. I also wrote a list of the things I put in and put it in each bag so I knew (and hubby when I screamed for things!) where to look! Laughing
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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:19 pm 
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My OH panicked when I said to him, if I'm out of it, or being stiched up or whatever and you need to dress the baby, you do know what to do don't you.
PANIC!!
So, I have got a couple of large freezer/ziplock bags and in each one I have put a nappy, a vest and a babygro (would have put scratch mits in but the babygros have the fold over bits) just so he has everything he needs to hand if he is asked to do anything like dress the baby or ev en get the baby some clothes for someone else to dress!!

Maybe other peoples OH are not so useless, but mine is - he'd end up trying to put a maternity pad on the baby, having wiped his bottom with nipple cream and then would end up dressing him in a pair of disposable knickers!!
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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:13 pm 
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A hand held fan, I really missed that the 1st time....
and iPod!!!
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Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:04 pm 
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Thanks so much for doing this list hun,I'm just starting to get all the bits I need,so it's very helpful!

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Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:25 am 
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What a fantastic list, I thought I had it sorted but you mentioned some really good things that I would have forgotton, thank you.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:12 am 
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I hadnt looked into what i need to take to hospital!!

god thats alot!

when did u all start packing ur hospital bag??
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Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:21 am 
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in your labour bag pack an old towel and flannel, sometimes if they are really nice they give you a good freshen up right after, take in something you don't mind being thrown away. Also if you've had an epidural it might be a few hours before you get your legs back enough to have a shower or bath and the "freshen up" makes you feel semi human again lol
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Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:29 am 
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Ladies this has also been published today on the site!

http://www.askbaby.com/packing-your-hospital-bag-for-labour.htm

(I reckon they are copying us at Askbaby HQ!!! Laughing )
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Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:58 pm 
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I think someone advised disposable flip flops for in the shower xx
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Anti bacterial handgel?x
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