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CAN WE EVER BE FULLY PREPARED?
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Member Name: angelboouk
My Version of the List
Advantages: HAVING IT SORTED EARLY JUST IN CASE
Disadvantages: FORGETTING SOMETHING
From around 32weeks I had myself convinced I was going to go into labour at anytime and I to be prepared, so my hospital/labour bag was mostly packed and sitting at the front door. The night I did go into labour though, we were at my Mother in Laws and had to stop off home to get the bag! Every woman has different needs even in labour but I will list what I personally think is a well planned labour bag!
First of all, the bag doesn't have to be massive, just enough room to fit your things. Primark do some lovely holdall type bags for around £5-7 which are perfect and my sister bought me a red with white polka dot one.
*a mini fan* hospital rooms do not always have these and they are ideal for keeping you cool
*hair bobble or hair band* keeping hair out of face
*face cloth* for hubby to mop the brow
*toiletries* toothbrush/paste, mini deodorant, shower gel, shampoo etc for freshing up after baby is born
*maternity towels* these are essential due to bleeding afterwards though some hospitals may have a supply do not guarantee this
*breast pads* even if you do not plan to breastfeed, these are good to stop any leakages
*a loose fitting nightgown* preferably an old one for labour and if you plan to breastfeed, then one that opens at the top
*pyjamas* you are likely to be in overnight so clean pjs is a must
*underwear* a few pairs should be enough, they don't need to be fancy..you have just given birth!
*housecoat/dressing gown* you may prefer this if you want to walk around the ward
*slippers* again for the above reason, hospital floors can be cold
*mints and snacks* mints for during, gas and air can make your throat very dry. Hospital food is not always brilliant so ensure you have some snacks in your bag. My mum brought me a picnic after I had my son!
*your birthing plan* this should have really been at the top, it is essential so that any midwife can see your history and expectations
*change of clothes* clothes for going home in and clothes if you feel like getting dressed for any visitors..I didn't
*nappies* newborn, ensure you have at least 10 in your bag
*wipes* unfragranced are best
*nappy bags* not essential but you could put a few in
*clothes* include mittens, a hat, baby grow, vest, going home clothes, bibs and socks
*toiletries* most hospitals opt to use nothing on babies first bath but you may choose to pack some cotton buds, bath bath etc
*camera* to take those wonderful newborn pictures or a camcorder if you wished to be filmed though I personally didn't like the idea of this!
*mobile with credit* once your little angel is born, hubby will need to phone everyone so a mobile with some money in it would be ideal or change for the phonebox
*snacks* it is stressful being a labour partner so Dad will need to keep his strength up with some chocolate and crisps!
*fresheners* mini Lynx and toothbrush incase he is there a while!
Thats my list..i welcome any further suggestions! Do not fret if you have forgot something, someone visiting could bring it in, there is a shop in most hospitals or the staff could provide something if you desperately need it. We can never be fully prepared for anything but we can try!
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