My first baby I hadn't a clue what would be useful, what did I need?
So we grabbed my notes and headed to Wishaw general. We ended up in there for 7 days.
The first thing I will always tell mums is IF you think your waters have gone, STICK A MATERNITY PAD ON. Nobody tells you that the amniotic fluid will replenish and will come again so best be prepared.
There are so many endless lists out there of things you should buy but over the past few years, I have managed to whittle the list down to essentials.
- Birth notes from your midwife, these notes contain all your information from regular appointments and have your birth plan at the back.
- Nightdress - Front opening for birth and skin to skin
- Nightdress/ PJ's - For after birth, make sure nothing too tight around your middle in case of C-section scar.
- Maternity Bra, sports bra or feeding vest
- Big Pants - Needed for Maternity Pads (Black preferrably)
- Flip Flops for the shower and otherwise as hospitals can be very warm. Sometimes your feet can swell also.
- Tankini - If you want to use the birth pool and not naked
- Toiletries - Suggest pack enough for a few days and travel sizes
- Maternity Towels - hospitals do have these in the cupboard beside your bed but just incase.
- clothes & Undies for you to wear afterwards ( I wasn't a fan of kicking about in my Pj's)
- Nipple Pads
- Hair Bobbles / Hair Band for labour.
- Hairdryer/ Straighteners, electrical goods are not provided at hospital
- Lip Balm
- Face Wipes
- Tooth Brush,Tooth Paste
- Shampoo, Conditioner or Dry Shampoo
- Shower Gel
- Body lotion (unscented)
- Make Up - you never know!
- Small hand held fan from Poundland
- snacks for mum - you get your meals in the hospital but I found I was up through the night feeding baby and was hungry. A packet of haribo or jelly Babies was always very appreciated as well as a bottle of lucozade or something sweet.
- Arnica tablets.
- ipad - if you are induced there may be a lot of waiting about and keeps you occupied. There is Wifi in the hospitals
Nappies - The hospitals will not leave your baby with a bare bot but always wise to have some in your bag. Someone can always get more.
- Baby Wipes/ Cotton Wool Balls. Hospital will provide you with cotton wool to clean baby's bottom for your hospital stay as wipes can be quite harsh on a newborn's skin.
- Muslins for feeding baby and wiping mouth
- Vests & sleepsuits
- Mits, Booties, Hat
- Outerwear for taking baby home a wee cardi and a blanket over at this time of year
- Car Seat
- Isofix in car -if you need one
Dad's hospital bag
We should always consider dads bag for labour too as he can best support you when he is fed and watered.
- Hoodie/ Shirt - front opening for skin to skin after birth
- Change of clothes
- Pants/ Socks