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Hospital bag: packing advice please.

posted 1 decade 2 years ago
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It's been 19 years since I had to pack for a hospital birth, and I'm not sure what to pack. When I had my first we had to stay in hospital for a week so if I'd forgotton anything there was time for one of my family to pick it up for me. It's the quantity of what I need to take that i'm not sure of, ie. how many nappies should I take in? How many breast pads and maternity pads? So far i've packed in my bag: 2 towels, 2 nighties, 2 pairs of socks, 5 pairs disposable briefs, 1 box breast pads, 2 packets of maternity towels, thin dressing gown, slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, travelsize showergel, shampoo, deo, change for carpark/phone, hairband and lipbalm and small hot water bottle to aid backache. I know I will need clothes to come home in but that will be whatever is clean and in my wardrobe nearer the time! (I take less when I go on a weekend away!) I can't pack my meds yet as I use them.)

In babies bag I have changing mat, about 30 nappies, wipes, cotton wool, soap, sudocreme, a couple of bibs and muslin squares, nappy bags. Will I need to take my own formula and bottle if I cant breastfeed and if so how do I sterilise them in hospital? I have clothes etc for the baby but want to wash them first so they are clean and soft. We have a car seat and cosy plus a snow suit as it's due boxing day. Any further suggestions, or even if you think i've packed the wrong stuff would be appreciated. x

posted 1 decade 2 years ago
I can't help you with the formula feeding part I'm afraid so I suggest you ask your midwife. As for your bags, it sounds as if you have everything you need. You will find you have more nappies and breast pads than you need if you are in for a normal day or two stay, or do you know you are going to be in for longer? I found with all my children I ended up bringing home most of my hospital bag stuff unused.

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