Monday, 27 April 2015

BABY: What did I actually use from my hospital bag?

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 Shampoo
Ibrophen
Paracetamol
Travel Size Batiste Dry Shampoo 
Travel Size Conditioner 
2x Primark Maternity Nightgowns 
2x Primark Thick Thermal Socks
4x Primark Knickers
Grey Primark Towel 
Mini Toothpaste
Mini Toothbrush
Primark Slip On Slippers
Plastic Bag for washing
Kleenex Tissues
Bendy straws
Hairbrush
Make Up

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 
2x Dribble bibs
1 pair of scratch mitts
1 pair of booties
1 hat
Cellular Blanket
Nappy sacks

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 :)

Helen x
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2 comments

  1. Like you, I used more baby things than I did for myself. I barely used anything from my bag. I was discharged less than 3 hours after giving birth so I just had a quick shower and decided to wash my hair etc at home. I didn't even use my nighties as wore nothing in labour then just put my clothes back on after. xx

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  2. This is so helpful! My hospital actually gave me a list of what I need to bring with me but I havn't even looked at it yet! lol

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