I decided to update this post now that I actually have a bag sorted to keep all my hospital stuff in! As I’m sure you’re aware I’ve had everything I’ve needed for a while but I lacked a bag so that no longer needs to be a worry of mine. I finally have everything prepared for little miss when she decides to make her arrival.
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Being third baby I definitely plan to be in and out of hospital again, my induction and labour was fast with Joshua so I’m hoping for the same again. My bag isn’t going to be filled with stuff I won’t use, I have literally packed only the things I know I’ll use.
So, the bag I decided to use is this Mi-Pac Weekender Bag (Ultraviolet Jungle) and it’s a gorgeous bag! It just has the main compartment and a small pocket on the inside of the bag, but I generally just chuck everything in anyway so I’m not too fussed about having separate sections for things.
I’ve packed 2 packs of big, black knickers. One pack of full briefs from Primark and the other are high leg briefs from Asda. I thought the full briefs would be perfect to hold on to that pad if your waters go and they go quite high up your belly so perfect if a c-section was needed!
I also have a pack of Always Maxi Long Plus pads. I chose these over maternity pads, purely for the fact that I prefer them. I used them with Joshua and they suited me better. They’re just as thick as maternity pads but they have wings, which offer better protection from leaks, and they’re individually packaged making disposal easier.
I’ve also added my TensCare MamaTENS. I bought and used this for my labour with Joshua and found it really helped me get through early labour so I knew I wanted to use it again this time. I purchased this rather than rented it as it cost just £10 more to purchase, so rather than waste money on a rental, that I wouldn’t know how long I would need it for, I decided to buy it instead.
Two nighties, a dark blue and white one to wear during the actual labour as well as a white and pink one to wear in the hospital if I get induced and need to stay during the night.
There is also some flip flops in there. When I was in hospital with Joshua I had slippers and they just made my feet sweat and I was getting annoyed with having to put my shoes on and off all the time if I wanted to walk anywhere so I thought flip flops would be perfect this time around.
These are more for after I’ve given birth, but who said there was going to be an order to these posts?
Anyway, I have a pair of brand new pyjamas. Nothing fancy, just a pair of cropped trousers and a vest top. Hospitals tend to be really warm places so I wanted to be comfortable and cool at the same time, I know I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing shorts so cropped it was!
There is also a nursing bra, just a cheap one from Primark so nothing special, and a pair of fluffy footsies. They’re lighter than slippers so I know my feet won’t be too bad in them and they’ve got the grips on the bottom so perfect for walking around in!
Shower stuff! That first post-labour shower is amazing, but the hospital only seem to provide white towels. No thanks! So I’ve packed my own dark coloured towel, it’s an old one that I normally use when dying my hair so it’d be perfect for that messy first shower. I also have a scrunchie and an old wash bag full of toiletries!
And this is what I have inside that old wash bag!
- Travel size Original Source shower gel
- Bennetts Nipple Cream, I’ve read some fab reviews about this cream being just as good as the Lansinoh Lanolin Cream so I thought I’d give it a try
- Lansinoh Nursing Pads I know that I probably won’t need them but it’s always handy just in case
- Two Sensodyne toothbrushes, one for me and one for Darren. I bought new ones so that I don’t have to panic at the time about remembering to pack toothbrushes
- Triple Dry roll on antiperspirant. I love this roll on, it really helps if you suffer with excessive sweating!
- Travel size Batiste dry shampoo, I don’t really plan on washing my hair, unless I’m in for longer than expected, as it’s just too much hassle so dry shampoo is perfect for a quick refresh
- Carex hand sanitiser in bubblegum flavour. This smells super yummy and we all know anti-bac comes in handy!
- Travel size Colgate toothpaste
- Carmex lip balm as I found my lips got really dry from the gas and air
- Finally, my epi pen. I always have to carry this in case I bump into an angry bee or wasp so I just popped it into my wash bag.
And finally, some clothes to go home in. I have a knee length stretchy dress from H&M as well as a vest top and maternity leggings. Both very simple and comfortable outfits!
So, that’s it! That’s my hospital bag! Of course the missing items, like hair accessories, make up, chargers and hospital notes get used on a daily basis so they’ll have to wait but I’m sure I won’t forget them!
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