Well I have finally gotten around to packing my hospital bag ready for the arrival of baby no2 -it’s all starting to feel very real now!
So I thought I’d share with you what I packed. When I had Jake I had a long labour followed by a six day hospital stay, so believe me when I say I really know what I need this time around!
Things for me, during labour:
A long nightie/ T-shirt for giving birth in – keeps a bit of modesty when you are pacing around etc.
Hair band / hair bobbles – there is nothing worst then having sweaty hair stuck to your face!
Baby wipes/ wet wipes – To keep you feeling fresh and alert.
iPod and mini speakers – We didn’t take these last time but I’m hoping that some background music might help the early hours go a bit quicker, and the later hours to feel slightly calmer.
Bottle of squash
Snacks: cereal bars, crisps, raisins – I wasn’t allowed to eat much when I was in labour last time, but this time I plan to lightly graze during the early labour stages to try to keep my energy (and moral) up.
Phone and charger – vital if I am kept in overnight without Jamie
Things for me, post giving birth:
Two vests and PJ bottoms – post birth I found a vest much easier to wear when trying to breast feed then wearing a nightie
A thin cotton dressing gown – hospitals are unbearably hot so a fleecy dressing gown is a big no go to me, but I still want something to cover up in when we have visitors
Five pairs of knickers – you can never have too many clean knickers!
Mini toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturiser, loofa.
Make up and toiletries
Large towel and small hand towel
Comfy clothes to travel home in – for me leggings and a hoodie
Things for hubby:
Snacks: large bottle of water, sandwich, crisps, cereal bar, chocolate. Our labour was so long last time and Jamie didn’t want to leave my side I started to get really worried that he would pass out for just not getting chance to eat all day. This time I plan to send him/ go with him to the canteen for a hot meal when we are in early labour, and then have plenty of snacks for him in the delivery room also. I know I’ll need all of his support and help giving birth, so think it’s really important that he is well fed and at his best throughout.
Clean tshirt/ Tooth brush / deodorant – when I had Jake, Jamie was with me in hospital from 7am until after Jake was born at 4 am the next day. By which time he was very hot, sticky and uncomfortable himself so having some things at hand for him to freshen up a bit would have been really helpful.
Things for baby:
Sleep suit x 5
Fluffy suit for coming home
Hat x 2
Nappies x 15