Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hopsital Bags: What I've Packed for Baby, Me and What I've Left Out.

Oh fabulous, It's that time again. Packing the hospital bags in preparation for labour. This time around seems very different. I have a concept of what to expect (I know things can change), I know what I need and what was very unnecessary and packing seems to be more a sign of impending doom than excitement this time around.

My labour the first time around was what the midwifes keep calling 'easy'...It was anything but easy, but in comparison to others it was a great labour for my first child.

To sum it up my waters broke at midnight, with no previous signs of labour, I went straight into hospital with contractions 3-4 mins apart. I was given my own birthing suite, put into a warm bath and then after that transferred into the birthing pool. Rupert was born 7 hours after my waters broke with only a few stitched needed.

I was discharged alongside Ru at 5pm that same evening. I was pretty much naked my entire labour and put on the same dress I had arrived in, for comfort. I had arrived with four huge bags worth of stuff, not including my birthing partners items. Did I need most of this? nope.

I had packed for every and any scenario, not expecting my labour to go so fast or so smoothly.

I do realise that this labour won't be exactly the same as my first, but I also realise that there is so much I didn't need to buy or pack because they could have just stayed at home and brought to me if they were needed. 

For example: I had packed enough clothing for a three day hospital stay. If I really was needed in hospital that long, my parents or partner at the time would have been able to go home and get the things I needed. Instead of me carrying everything into the hospital, they could have just gathered those things in the situation needed.

I hadn't packed things that I really needed like snacks, high sugar drinks and lip balm. I remember when my labour finished I asked Harry to go to the shop to get me Lucozade as my sugar was so low and I was so exhausted. He arrived at the shop to find it still shut and had to venture out to get me what I needed, I have now packed Lucozade in my bag this time around.

My Bag:

  • Going home outfit (ugh leggings, a maternity vest top, oversized cardigan, oversized lounge top)
  • Large Nightie (this is two sizes two big with buttons down the middle so I don't have to faff about with lifting it off when breastfeeding, pumping etc)
  • Slippers (something I didn't pack before but having to put my converse on every time I had to walk around the ward or hospital was horrible)
  • Socks (multiple pairs)
  • Large knickers (Something to wear after birth that gives you room to breathe and room for the mattress size pads you have to wear)
  • Two big packs of Maternity Pads
  • Snacks (Great for if you're in slow labour, in need of energy or for when baby is born)
  • Lucozade (I have the full sugar one as I find it fast acting and helped me through the aftershock)
  • Tissues (crying)
  • Facewipes (usually I would use a face cream or skincare product to remove any makeup etc but when you've just given birth you don't have the time for that. Wipes are great to have at hand to feel fresh and can help to get off any body muck whilst you wait to wash)
  • A plastic bag (to pop anything that needs washing inside)
  • Towel
  • Paracetamol (I know the hospital can give you these but I find it handy to just have them anyway)
  • Phone Charger
  • Baby's car seat
My Wash Bag:

  • Face Cloth
  • Breast Pads
  • Lip Balm
  • Hairbursh
  • Hair bobbles (for getting my hair out of my face in labour)
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo and Conditioner (my hair was so greasy, sweaty and had blood in from the labour, washing my hair was beautiful after giving birth)
  • Baby body wash (I had stitches with Ru and having a soft, none perfumed body wash was perfect for that shower)
  • Toothpaste and Brush
  • Nipple Cream
  • Sudocrem 
  • Sleepspray (Even if you don't have time to sleep or can't get any, this is a great relaxer)
  • Mama Mio Boob Tube Cream
  • Stretchmark cream 
  • Eye Mask (Again this can just help to relax your body after the shock of labour)

Baby's Bag:

  • Baby Blanket
  • Soft Toy
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Nappy Cream
  • Bottle and Two pre made formula bottles (I had so much trouble with breastfeeding I wanted to pack these for ease of mind)
  • Woolen Knitted Coat (Ru was born in a heat wave but this baby is due late winter early spring so wanted a very thick layer packed incase of cold weather)
  • Two knitted cardigans
  • Cotton Buds
  • Two Hats
  • Two Sets of Mittons
  • Two sets of Socks
  • Four full body onesies
  • Four Vests (Two Long Sleeve)
  • Three Muslin Cloths
I have also packed a Toy for Rupert and Some snacks for him, incase he gets to visit us in hospital.

I seem to have vastly under packed but I assure you it is everything I need. My parents are fully aware of where my belongings are in my room and where to find babies things if they are needed. Items like breast pumps can be provided by the hospital and if I am going to be there longer than expected it can be brought from home to me. 

The car seat has been cleaned and is ready to be brought along too.

Each bag is different in some way to others. I have packed things that I know will make me more comfortable. I haven't packed a birthing outfit because last time my clothes just irritated me, but I know others like to wear particular things for the occasion.


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