I wrote a post about what I packed in my hospital bag and our baby's bag (see here and here), but what did I actually use? I had read every list going about what I needed to pack, ready for labour, but in reality I used a small amount of the things I took in. I thought it would be helpful to share with you what I used and didn't use, but of course every birth is different so something I didn't use you may do.
Here's the list from my hospital bag:
Cath Kidston Fold Out Bag (similar here)
Travel Size Batiste Dry Shampoo
2x Primark Maternity Nightgowns
4x Primark Knickers
Grey Primark Towel
Plastic Bag for washing
The items with lines through are ones I didn't use. The hospital was so hot, resulting in no need for thermal socks! Some of the best things I used were: bendy straws for being 'fed' water during labour, cleansing wipes for easy make up removal, dry shampoo as I couldn't wash my hair for 4 days and Tena Lady Pants Discreet for post birth bleeding. Wearing a 'nappy' may not be the most glamourous thing in the world but it takes a weight off your mind to not have to worry about any blood leaking. They are really comfortable and I was so glad someone had recommended them to me! It also meant I didn't have to use the uncomfortable disposable pants at all.
On to what I packed compared to what I used from our baby hospital bag. This is what we packed:
3x 0-1 month babygrows
1 pair of scratch mitts
We only took one hat but wished we had taken more because it got dirty from the post birth 'goo' that was in Isabella's hair when we first put the hat on her. We were only in hospital for one night with Isabella, so clearly didn't need a whole pack of size 1 nappies. I also wish we had packed a fold away changing mat, as there wasn't really anywhere to change her nappy.
What did you use/not use from your hospital bag?
Feel free to leave me a comment :)