What's in my Hospital Bag
I often get asked by Mums-to-be, that I meet in the GP Practice I work in and in my Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes, what should be bring in to the hospital. So, I will show you what is in my bag.
Finally, they are packed..you would think I would have them packed at 30 weeks, like we are all told but no... 37 weeks here, I finally got around to it!!!
I found a list I had, when packing for Oisín and Daniels births and I really haven't altered it too much, Just that this time I know for sure I will be in for 5 days. And maybe I'm more organised with not bringing in things I didn't even use!
I'll start with the baby...
I have always had ziplock bags!! So, handy for partner to pull out. In it for labour ward/theatre is a nappy, vest and babygro.
5 x babygro's and 5 x vests. I have all newborn babygro's and vests in the bag. I also have put these into ziplock bags and titled them, Outfit 1 etc.It just makes it easier, when I will have limited movement and not able to bend too much that hubby can pull them out. I like to have all of the baby clothes washed before they wear them, I wash them in Fairy non-bio.
Both boys were decent weights. Oisin was 8lbs and Daniel was 8lbs 14ons. I have 0-3 months washed and in a ziplock bag at home just in case newborn is too small!!!
Essentials - Nappies, cotton wool balls, muslins and a little pot from a top and tail set. I don't really like using wipes for the first few weeks. Water and cotton wool balls are ideal.
I will have a theatre gown on so, it will probably be much later in the day, when I get to freshen up. I will have had a spinal anaesthetic so, will be bed bound for pretty much most of the day.
So, I just want a nice comfy nightie on me. Anything with pop buttons are good for when breastfeeding. I had these for Oisin and Daniel as very hard to get popper buttons. I also wear these during the night as handy when baby co-sleeping. And I wear the pyjamas during the day with a light gown if I need it.
Pyjamas after C -Section
I have walked the streets of Cork and browsed every maternity and breastfeeding website looking for 'rolldown' pyjamas. I have a pair I got in Dunnes Stores for when I had Daniel so, they are old but so comfy. They are ideal after a section as they don' t rest on the wound. Anything with a waistband or elastic may be uncomfortable so, I find roll downs very comfy.
The excitement yesterday when I popped into Mothercare to see roll down pyjamas. I picked them up in a 'medium' size and they are E36.99. 95% cotton too. Nice colours too.
Yoga Pants for backup...
I purchased 2 x yoga pants for hospital as they are roll down...can you see my obsession! Now that I have found the mothercare Pyjamas, the old pyjamas might be left at home! I picked up one yoga pants in Mothercare and 1 x pair in Aldi.
Breastfeeding & Nursing Bra's...
In the picture below, this nursing bra is new from Aldi, I have found their range good before. I like nursing bra's from Debenhams. If you can wait until you have baby/when milk comes in to get measured properly as you will increase and you will want good support. Bra's I got before from Pennys and Mothercare weren't great.
In the pic below with my nightgowns, you will see a 'night nursing bra'. I bought these online and are brilliant for at night. (You can leak at night and will need nursing pads and also, you are quite full and will need support for extra comfort). You can get these online and I did see them in Mothercare. Make sure it is a pullover style as opposed to a sports bra where you cant pull it to the side.
Before Feeding...Lanolin is excellent for putting an extra layer on over the nipple. Mash it up in your fingers and layer it on the nipple. No need to wash off prior to feeding.
After Feeding...Multimam Compresses are aloe vera infused compresses and are so soothing. These are used usually when your colostrum is converting to milk and baby is starting to feed a bit more and your nipples may start to become sensitive.
Breast Pads are essential for when colostrum converts to milk.
Slip on slippers as I won't be able to bend down!
Flipflops for the shower.
Hair turban - so handy
Granny black knickers - yes needed or you can use disposable knickers (Boots) but I prefer these cotton one's from Tesco.
Travel Shampoo & Conditioner
nice shower gel - nothing too powerful smelling as I find my skin is quite sensitive aafter the c section...nt sure why.
Body moistuiser - I like Aveeno
whatever face products you use. I will put these in the morning I'm going in.
Hairdryer and brush
A nice facecloth, hair bobbin and grip. It can get hot in hospitals so, these bits are handy.
I was gifted this lovely Benefit box from a friend and it has all the essentials you may need. Remember you are going to have a 'baby glow' when baby is born due to high levels of oxytocin so, minimal make-up is required really unless you do wear it. I just like some lip balm and something to sort the eyebrows out!
So, thats whats in my hospital bag...oh would you believe I have a book packed!!! You think I'm going to get time!!! You never know. i never have too many visitors so, i may get time.
Other things i bring too are healthy protein snacks for that 10pm time, when you need just need something.
I will also pack fruit that morning too as it is the one thing you don't get in hospital.
I'm going to bring peppermint tea too as sometimes after a section, you can have wind pain which I found so painful after I had Oisin. I don't remember it as bad last time but peppermint tea works a treat.
Hope you have found this post helpful.
Best of luck to all the Mama's to be & Enjoy the 'Love Bubble'
I recorded this after Night 2 for Keela and myself while in CUMH. I recorded it for Facebook Live.
It explains what to expect and my experience.
It can be a hard night and most healthy babies will experience this. It's good to have lined up support for this night whether you are at home or in hospital.
Hope you find it helpful. xx