The Hospital Bag

June 25, 2009

I have a list of posts that I want to write but as I think I have almost finished packing my hospital bag I thought that I would write this one to attempt in some way to put my mind at rest and feel slightly prepared.

Okay so I have actually packed two bags, one for Squigler and one for me. However, I am thinking of changing it to one for labour and one for me and Squigler afterwards. Any opinions on what is best?

So as it stands:

My Bag
Maternity Notes
Nightshirt for labour (£3 from Primark, so happy to just throw away after)
Hairbands and hairclips
Hand held fan
TENS machine
Shorts for Mr C (for if we can get in the birthing pool)
Food / drinks (any suggestions)
Sweets (any suggestions)
Breastfeeding nightie
Dressing gown
Old knickers (my sister said disposable ones didn’t really fit so I have old ones that I don’t mind throwing away)
Nursing bras
Wash kit – flannels, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrush, handcream, moisturiser, deodorant.
Maternity pads
2 t-shirts
Jogging bottoms
Breast pads
Bin liner
For Mr C – clean t-shirt, pants and socks

Squigler’s bag
Nappies (1 pack of 27)
Cotton wool
Swaddle blanket
Size newborn – 3 vests, 3 sleepsuits (one special sleepsuit as going home outfit)
Size 0-3 – 3 vests, 3 sleepsuits (one special sleepsuit as going home outfit)
Car seat

Ha! In writing all this down I have realised that I have not put everything in the bag yet at all. Cripes!!!

Please, as a lot of my new readers (and some of my old) have been there and done this can you please leave me a comment and let me know what you wouldn’t / couldn’t cope without for labour and the bit in hospital afterwards. Thanks to Polly for her suggestion of lollies, that one will go straight on the list.


  • Reply New Mummy June 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I would also take vasaline it gets really dry in the rooms, your own pillows there are never enough I got a two pack from M&S all rolled up in a platic bag with handles think it was £5. Also take flip flops me and the 2 other woman on the ward feet really swelled after birth and couldn't get our shoes on not funny when its snowing outside!!

  • Reply Dragonfly June 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Food / Drinks / Sweets – these are going to mostly be for Mr. C, yes? Just little snacks he likes, then.

    Take a pack of cards – they'll come in handy. We played a few hands of gin while waiting for my youngest to get the ball rolling a bit faster.

    A tennis ball applied to the lower back by Mr. C during contractions can be very nice to have. Of course you have a TENS! I love love love TENS.

    You might want a pair of slippers (as opposed to just socks) for walking around the hospital.

    So excited!!!

  • Reply Kat June 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Would add in bikini top for you if you're planning on getting in the tub! Own pillows are a must.

    Pack two bags, labour & after. Include first change of clothes etc for baby in labour bag and what you might need for first couple hours. You may have to leave your things unattended so think about what you can't afford to lose (phones etc). Leave the second bag locked in your car boot to emerge if and when needed (you might be off home within six hours!)

    You might well over pack but as you won't be carrying the bags I wouldn't let it worry you 🙂

  • Reply Mrs OMG Pregnant June 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I dont have anything to add other than WTF is a TENS??? Is this yet another thing I know nothing about??? I am such an armature! Off to Google now!!!

  • Reply SandyCalico June 25, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Oh how exciting, washing those tiny clothes, trying so hard to imagine life with a baby. Packing and re-packing your bags 🙂
    Yes, bag for labour with first clothes for the little one & spare nighty for you (make sure OH is familiar with contents of bag, this will save you having to shout at him between contractions)!, and a bag for the ward (you may need extra maternity pads)!
    I would add: nappy sacks and a little bowl to put water in to dampen your cotton wool, those first nappy changes are yukky!
    You will overpack, you may not need the dressing gown (hospitals are so hot) and I didn't bother getting a TENS for labour no 2. Gas & air is your friend.
    Oh I'm getting over-excited and broody. Oh dear.
    Good luck xxx

  • Reply clareybabble June 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    So excited for you!! I agree with Sandy, make sure hubby is familiar with the layout of the bag. You'll probably find you won't use half of the stuff but it's better to have it all with you! I'd take some snacks for you like crisps or cereal bars, just in case you're not keen on the food. Also, in our hospital they gave me dinner but couldn't give W any because he's not a patient, so hubby could bring a bag for himself with some sandwiches!! x

  • Reply Coding Mamma (Tasha) June 25, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Oh, how exciting! Packing the hospital bag.

    You have the two things that I didn't have – hairbands and straws (make sure they're bendy straws) – and tell everyone to take.

    Have you got dark-coloured nightie for after? I spent far too much time wandering around with stained, very white nightie (took 2, one for labour and one for after) and wish I'd had a black one!

    I'd also pack a book. It's quite possible you won't get a chance to read, but it's good to have just in case.

    Hairbrush and, if you wear make-up, make-up.

    Hat for squiggler. I know it's warm at the moment, but just in case, and they lose lots of heat through their heads.

    Change for phone, in case you can't use mobile. Charger, in case you can (though you'll probably want to leave packing that till nearer the time!).

    That's all I can think of at the moment.

    So exciting! I'll be packing mine at least 6 weeks before due date, possibly 8. Rosemary was almost a month early, and there was a lot I didn't have packed. Though I did have time to run round the house gathering bits and bobs.

  • Reply Polly June 26, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I had two bags – one for labour and one for the hospital, I found that better than rifling through everything for what I needed while in labour.

    If you plan to breast feed, I found button down shirts were fantastic for those first few days when I was still learning and still a little bit self concious.

    A decent robe was also useful, especially for the night feeds. I think not to worry too much. Focus mostly on what you need for labour rather than what you will need in hospital – you can always send for what you need.

    Oh but one more thing I found great – plastic bags so I could send my dirty clothes home with my husband.

    Oh and lastly a dummy (pacifier?) you may not plan to use it, but its nice to know its there if you need it.

  • Reply solnushka June 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Food/ drink? Water. Lots and lots of water. Especially this time of year.

    Button down nighties/ shirts definitely seconded. Although you can get specially designed breastfeeding tops too I think.

    Anyway. Good luck!

  • Reply dulwich divorcee June 26, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Oooooh such an exciting time! What an adventure you're going to have. My top tip is to have your legs waxed and paint your toenails a nice bright colour. I forgot the first time but remembered second time and it did cheer me up during the very short labour to see my nicely done toes. Plus you will be able to see your toes again properly soon! Food – hate to break it to you but you won't be eating much! You just don't think about food at all. Bonne chance!

  • Reply zooarchaeologist June 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Gosh thats a lot of stuff! I found somes bottle of water, clean clothes for after the birth, and your own towel, toiletries, tens machine and a babygrow, nappies, wipes, a nice towel to wrap baby in (hospital ones are yuck!) and hat were all i really needed. The hospital will tell you to only use water and cotton wool on the babies bottom, but to be honest i did this with baby 1 but not with baby 2 and I havent noticed any difference!
    Food for hubby might also help.
    In my humble experience I would try not to take too much stuff as you will end up un-packing most of it when you get back home and thats the last thing you want to do
    Good luck!

  • Reply Laura McIntyre June 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Would definitely bring food, sandwich , crisps, junk anything really . Maybe bring some books or magazines ? With my first i ended up in a week (she had problems though so was kept in longer) and had nothing to read and got so bored.

  • Reply allgrownup June 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I liked having lucazade to drink, as i was worried about energy levels & didn't feel like eating AT ALL. It was a 50 hr slog,so glad I had something to keep me going. I recommend taking a book, as some newborns feed for very long stretches of time, very frequently, it can get tedious. And breastfeeding gives you a spare hand! These wheely tables in hospitals are great for balancing your book on. Make sure,before you start feeding, that you also put water/snack/phone etc on the table too 🙂

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