Sunday, 10 February 2013

What's In My Hospital Bag?!

So we've all seen the What's In My Bag posts that are ever popular among the beauty and fashion bloggers communities, so I thought "Why not do a what's in my hospital bag?" post!

The packing of hospital bags and when to do this seems to be a real bone of contention among pregnant ladies I know - it seems that everybody has an opinion on when they should be packed!

If you have it packed too early, you're tempting fate!! If you dare to reach 30 weeks (a whole TEN weeks away from your due date!) then OMG what are you thinking?! What WILL you do if you go into labour?! 

The whole thing seems quite ridiculous really considering that labour can take a bloody long time, I'm sure if you were to go into labour before your hospital bag was packed you would have time to throw what you really needed into a bag before heading off - particularly with a first baby. 

But anyway, me being slightly OCD - I decided it was best to just get it done, so tonight I set about getting mine packed.

There are still one or two little tiny things I need to add which I plan to pick up tomorrow....but the general gist of it is here!

The first problem I faced was deciding what bag to take!

I ideally wanted something big enough to fit both mine and Beans things in but that proved a bit too difficult - so instead I decided to use a small suitcase for Bean's things, and treat myself to a nice new oversized handbag for my things!

I found this one in New Look and it was PERFECT!

It was just the right size, and it has wheels and a little pull along handle too! Ideal!!

And for £39.99 I thought it was a decent enough price as I will definitely get use out of it in the future for trips away, etc!

The leopard print design is actually much more subtle than it looks on these photos, the flash has made it seem much more apparent than it actually is!

So.....what's in the bag?!

*My hospital notes...probably the most important thing to remember!
*2 Bath Towels (Dark ones! I have been advised against white for obvious reasons!....)
*3 pairs of socks
*Loose fitting nighties - I only have 2 in there at the moment, but will be adding another 2 in as I am having a c section so will be in hospital for a bit longer
*2 packs of Maternity pads
*A pack of breast pads for all the leakage that will occur! Lovely!
*A book...for when baby is asleep and I am bored!
*My mobile phone and charger
*My ipod and headphones
*A mini bottle of perfume and some body spray
*Hand sanitizer
*Face wipes
*Toothbrush and case to keep it in
*Mini mouthwash
*Dry shampoo (I may not be allowed to use products in the shower for a few days, so will want to spruce my hair up!)
* Packet of tissues
*Purse with lots of change for drink/snack machines and the phone!
*Glasses - I ALWAYS forget my glasses and want to make sure I can actually SEE the baby!
*Make Up - I know there will be lots of picture taking and I won't to be on them if I don't have my make up with me!
*My pregnancy journal - there are sections to write about the birth, and the hospital visitors etc - I know I will forget what happened if I don't write it down right away and this will give me something to do if I can't sleep!

Things not pictured that I still need to add:

*A flannel/face cloth
*Soap and possibly some shower gel just incase I'm allowed to use it
*Underwear - I plan on picking lots of big stretchy granny pants!
*Small hairbrush
*Packet of hair bobbles
*My Camera and charger - couldn't include them as I was using them to take the pic! :)
*My coming home outfit - I have no idea what to take with me yet so will add this in probably very last minute!

Bean's Bag

*20 Nappies (Someone can always bring me more as we don't live far from the hospital but I don't want to be overloaded with things!)
*Pack of H20 Water Wipes which are suitable for use from birth - MUCH handier than cotton wool and water!!!
*A cellular blanket
*6 vests
*2 hats
*2 pairs of scratch mitts
*6 sleepsuits (some tiny, some slightly bigger)
*Coming home outfit

Things not pictured that I still need to add:

*Nappy bags
*Coat for coming home
*Cartons of formula
*possibly cot sheets and bottles - need to find out hospital policy and what they provide!

So...can you think of anything I've missed out? Any tips for me? :)

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