Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: What's In My Hospital Bag + Your Chance To Win £100 Mothercare Vouchers!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

What's In My Hospital Bag + Your Chance To Win £100 Mothercare Vouchers!

When I found out that I'd be having a c-section birth with my first son, one of the first worries I had was what I'd need to take with me for my hospital stay.

With a c-section birth your recovery time can be longer, your hospital stay can often be two days or maybe even more and so the amount of "stuff" you need to take in with you obviously increases.

As a first time mum it can be really daunting to know what to take along - I found hospital bag checklists from trusted companies such as C & G Baby Club really helpful when narrowing down what to take with me.

But it can be hard to know what changes to make to your hospital bag when you're having a planned c-section delivery - many things stay the same of course but there are certain c-section specific items that can be really useful.

With that in mind, I've put together a little video discussing what I packed in my hospital bags for my c-section deliveries which you can see below.


So can you think of anything I've missed??

If so, you could WIN £100 of Mothercare vouchers courtesy of C & G Baby Club!

To be in with a chance of winning this fab prize, just comment below with your suggestion and enter via the Rafflecopter form.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Ts & Cs

This giveaway is open to UK entrants over 18 only
No alternative prize will be offered
Sparkles & Stretchmarks does not take responsibility for any prizes not received.



If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me on Bloglovin'
  

167 comments:

  1. To be honest, I think you have remembered everything! What about thank you cards to start writing out as the baby gifts start to come in?

    ReplyDelete
  2. A bottle of water!

    AShleigh

    ReplyDelete
  3. great video & tips, esp the knickers!!! :) The only other thing i have packed in my hosp bag are some gluc tablets. I couldn't keep anything down & they did give me a bit of energy until i could.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Senokot tablets as I got terribly constipated.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Snacks! I found that although hospital food was nice enough - I was peckish in between! :D

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great tips here Hayley, thank you! I've also packed a few bibs for baby in a vain attempt to keep the vests clean! ;-) x

    ReplyDelete
  7. your own soap expensive in hospitals and there own is like rubbing sandpaper on yourself x

    ReplyDelete
  8. Tweezers, to take your nails out of your birthing partners arm!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I would bring some little baby wipes, just something handy if you want to freshen yourself up quickly x

    ReplyDelete
  10. baby wipes and hand sanitizer.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hand sanitiser and flushable toilet wipes!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I think you've pretty much covered everything although I would pack snacks too as hospital food isn't the nicest haha! X

    ReplyDelete
  13. Snacks for when u get the munchies and a mini fan. I was so hot in hospital as we had the hottest room on the ward so as we didn't have a little fan I had a family member bring in my desk one from home.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Something sweet for an energy boost

    ReplyDelete
  15. I would defo take some baby wipes and some disposable underwear - I felt constantly aware of my personal hygiene whilst I was having my daughters :)

    (Elizabeth H)

    ReplyDelete
  16. has to be a bottle of water

    ReplyDelete
  17. Cooling Spray Mist

    Lynsey Buchanan

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wipes or hand wash within reach to just have a freshen up whenever you want particularly as the heat in many hospitals is turned up fully x

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'd say lots of spare knickers!

    ReplyDelete
  20. hand wipes and a bottle of squash are going in my hospital bag

    ReplyDelete
  21. bottles of water are very handy

    ReplyDelete
  22. Snacks, wipes, haemorrhoid cream...,!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Change for the car park and some sweets

    ReplyDelete
  24. cooling mist spray refreshing and cooling especially in this weather

    ReplyDelete
  25. Muslins. They have a billion uses!

    ReplyDelete
  26. SnacK's and food to keep you going

    ReplyDelete
  27. Birth announcement cards and thank you cards. Hospital is the only rest you will get for a while 😃

    ReplyDelete
  28. Chocolate, to take away the taste of the meals!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wipes/Antibac Gel

    Kirsty Fox

    ReplyDelete
  30. lots of snacks, even though I was fed in the hospital I wanted more food

    ReplyDelete
  31. I had a c section with both of mine, second one was an emergency and an awful experience. I would recommend packing LOTS of food! I was soooooo hungry after going nearly 18 hours without food!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Water and some healthy snacks, not the sugar laden vending machine snacks!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I put a few Lucozades in the freezer so I could take out on the way to hospital so I'd have a few cold drinks during labour.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Baby wipes because it might be difficult to get mobile to wash if you hve to have a c-section. I had an emergency c-section and it was 48 hours before I could get up and wash or shower.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I found I needed snacks and drinks with both my children and forgot to pack each time so that would probably be something to pack

    ReplyDelete
  36. Books, magazines, something to entertain yourself!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I would also pack ipod & headphones, magazines, playing cards because there's a lot of waiting around. My wife even packed scrabble and quite deliberately decided to have her contractions just when I was going to put down my first ever 7 letter word. Never got a 7 letter word since ;o)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Music to listen to when your in labour x

    ReplyDelete
  39. Masacara... Amazing how a little touch up can make you feel normal

    ReplyDelete
  40. loose change for car park and any other odds and ends you may need.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Take some money and loads of drinks

    ReplyDelete
  42. I think a few snacks and drinks would be a great addition

    ReplyDelete
  43. Disposable knickers! Great for those first few days afterwards.

    ReplyDelete
  44. If breastfeeding take some Lansinoh cream - great for preventing sore nipples!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Something like a book or mags for when you need a little escape xx

    ReplyDelete
  46. What other item would you suggest to take along in a hospital bag? . . . . . l think you've got it sorted - maybe some puzzle books

    ReplyDelete
  47. Lucozade to give you a boost

    ReplyDelete
  48. You've covered lots, water and snacks. :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. Snacks preferably chocolate to treat yourself ;)

    -Farhana

    ReplyDelete
  50. Snacks, I get peckish at the hospital and hand sanitiser due to my OCDness :)

    ReplyDelete
  51. Snacks like biscuits and a puzzle book or tablet with app

    ReplyDelete
  52. some of your fave chocolate for you and only you.

    ReplyDelete
  53. You thought of items I wouldn't have considered & I've had 2 kids! Like most people say maybe some snacks.

    ReplyDelete
  54. A camera and a brush! You'll need to look flawless for those fits piccies!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Wet wipes can be handy if it's hot in hospital to cool you down.

    ReplyDelete
  56. One of those little battery powered fans for yourself - it gets too hot on the ward!

    ReplyDelete
  57. Perfume, just to make you feel like you smell nice afterwards.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Sweets and chocolate for energy of course :)

    ReplyDelete
  59. An Ipad or similar to keep yourself occupied.

    ReplyDelete
  60. Some squash or cordial to make it easier to stay hydrated.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Definitely some squash. The gas and air really affected my throat and it was so nice to have something more than water to drink. x

    ReplyDelete
  62. You have it pretty much covered! but maybe Snacks.

    ReplyDelete
  63. I was so hungry in the middle of the night, so I would take lots of snacks!

    ReplyDelete
  64. A little mini fan was very useful for me as I felt really hot.

    ReplyDelete
  65. I think you've covered a lot! Defo breast pads and some easy access pjs for feeding! I am thinking about mine at the moment as 26 weeks pregnant x

    ReplyDelete
  66. Moist toilet wipes are on my list :)

    ReplyDelete
  67. I can't think of anything new but agree with snacks - something to give you energy.

    ReplyDelete
  68. plenty of snacks think you have everything covered x

    ReplyDelete
  69. Jelly Babies for an energy boost!

    ReplyDelete
  70. Snacks and vaseline for dry lips.

    ReplyDelete
  71. Nothing extra to add - but wanted to suggest using the mega maternity pads to also stick into the front of your underwear to stop the pants sticking to the stitches/scar.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Plenty of bottled water and snacks!

    ReplyDelete
  73. I think you have everything you would need

    ReplyDelete
  74. snacks - you could be there for a while!!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Water wipes are my favourite thing! I would add a support pillow too, this helped me to sleep after having mine

    ReplyDelete
  76. snacks, i didnt really like the hospital food as i have food intolerances

    ReplyDelete
  77. You will definitely need snacks...everyone needs snacks :) .. and not so much packed but make sure if you have to stay in longer than you planned that someone brings in some fruit.... with the dry sucking-moisture hospitals you can get really constipated :/

    ReplyDelete
  78. Jelly babies- they wake your mouth up when it's hot & dry

    ReplyDelete
  79. my ipod to listen to some tunes

    ReplyDelete
  80. Some snacks for afterwards - I had some chocolate packed.

    ReplyDelete
  81. Snacks and bottles of water.

    ReplyDelete
  82. I'd take my bullet journal to jot down ideas that come to me

    ReplyDelete
  83. Definitely snacks- I was starving first time round. Didn't make that mistake second time and won't this time!

    ReplyDelete
  84. Mascara and eyeliner so you look good for the photos. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  85. Snacks - maybe for me (depending on how I'm feeling) but definitely for the husband!

    ReplyDelete
  86. i had a thing called laboraide that you put in your mouth to clench down on during contractions, i loved it!

    ReplyDelete
  87. Lots of snacks and the moist toilet wipes

    ReplyDelete
  88. A rose face spritz. Something your other half can do for you so he feels useful, the rose will be calming and the mist will be cooling!

    ReplyDelete
  89. I make sure I pack ear plugs and eye mask for my C-section deliveries as you're always in for a few days and sleep is nigh on impossible on post-natal ward

    ReplyDelete
  90. Glucose/Energy Tablets, I found them really helpful to keep me going especially during night feeds.

    ReplyDelete
  91. lip balm - gas and air really dries your lips

    ReplyDelete
  92. just some snacks and drinks, maybe some glucose tablets? x

    ReplyDelete
  93. Some tissues, for those inevitable tears

    ReplyDelete
  94. I'd say snacks... but maybe that's just me! hahah

    ReplyDelete
  95. A mini-fan - hospitals are always so hot and some snacks :)

    ReplyDelete
  96. I can't think of anything else! what about some cooling mist? x

    ReplyDelete
  97. A cooling bag as the water is so hot & can keep some chocolate in there too

    ReplyDelete
  98. sallt as hospita dont put on anything

    ReplyDelete
  99. Chocolate and Sweets, after 13 hours of labour and then a c section this did the trick!! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  100. A pocket fan and a bottle of had wash.

    ReplyDelete
  101. Some snacks to keep you going x

    ReplyDelete
  102. I can't think of anything else, but perhaps an eye mask for sleeping as hospital wards can be noisy and light if you have to stay overnight.

    ReplyDelete
  103. That list was so extensive I felt like you got everything!
    I always took a big bottle of Evian Water and a big bottle of cold Pepsi Max as I found that I was just so thirsty in the hospital. I don't know if it was the air con?
    I also liked taking some lip balm as I needed it as the air con was very drying on my lips.
    The thing I forgot last time was nursing bras. I couldn't believe that I left them out of my case!

    ReplyDelete
  104. I can't think of anything else! I packed a hand held fan which was amazing as I was so hot.
    I would use the voucher to buy my little boy a Summer wardrobe he has just grown out of all of his clothes.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  105. books, magazines, or a tablet computer.

    ReplyDelete
  106. Extra pairs of pyjamas...no one warns you how much blood leaks!!!

    ReplyDelete
  107. Some thing to nibble on, fruity sweets worked well with me.

    ReplyDelete
  108. Sweets! :) and anything that makes you feel comfortable and happy x

    ReplyDelete
  109. Wet wipes and lots of bottled water.

    ReplyDelete
  110. my essentials would be an eye mask and ear plugs so you can get some rest even if it's light and other people are making noise.

    ReplyDelete
  111. A plastic jug! To help with the sting when you pee.

    ReplyDelete
  112. Some snacks! I was so hungry after giving birth...

    ReplyDelete
  113. Some antibacterial wipes for when things are a bit dodgy looking

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

    ReplyDelete
  114. Antibacterial wipes!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

    ReplyDelete

If you're feeling generous, please consider leaving me a comment as they brighten up my days and make me feel all warm inside!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail me at sparkles_blog@hotmail.co.uk or tweet me @sparkles_blog