Sunday 17 February 2013

Hospital bag essentials

I know that I am quite a long way off from B day but my motto is 'it can't help to be prepared just in case'! So, with this need to be in control, I have started a list of things to include in my hospital bag so that I can get this sorted in the next few weeks.

There's quite a few lists available out there to help, although they all seem to add / miss something off that is on another one, which can make it all a bit confusing. Cow And Gate have a short and simple list - but mine seems to be way longer already. I guess it's down to personal preference (I for one need a lot of lotions and potions every day, let alone when I may be going into hospital for a while and have the whole labour thing to contend with). For ease, I think I'll pack one for and one for baby to help stop things getting muddled up.

Here's what I have so far, in no particular order - it may get longer or may be edited down, so let me know if there's any essentials you took with you that I may have missed:

For me:

Eye mask
Spray bottle
Face wipes
Hair bands and brush
Mini toiletries - shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, dry shampoo
Nipple cream
Lip balm
Sanitary towels
Dressing gown
Nursing bra
Breast pads
Bikini top
TENS machine
Birth plan and green notes
iPhone with contraction timer app
Music and headphones
iPad with films and shows
Money in change
Make up
Washing bag
Snacks and drinks
Comfy clothes to go home in

For baby:

Lotion / sudacrem
Sleepsuits (4, in 2 sizes)
Going home outfit
Muslin cloths


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