It only feels like a few days ago that I wrote about getting our hospital bags ready for when Hay went into labour. Checking the dates, I published the post on 4th August, which at that point, I thought gave ample time prior to our due date on 29th August. If anything, I expected the bags would be dust traps for the next month.
What I didn’t know at the time was barely a week later, the missus would go into labour and after a speedy 3.5 hours, we would be introduced to our little baby girl. I have thanked my lucky stars more than once that I wrote that blog post so that I knew EXACTLY what was in the hospital bags and for what EXACT reason they were in there for!
Having rummaged through the bags and questioned what Witch Hazel was for or why she needed so many nipple pads, I felt fully prepared to undertake my role as item seeker and item retriever when at the hospital.
I thought I’d revisit the previous post though because we packed a lot of stuff. Most of which wasn’t even looked at, let alone used at the hospital. Obviously we wanted to be prepared and ready for all eventualities, however 12 hours in hospital has a very different need to 72 hours in hospital for instance.
Excuse the copy and paste job from the previous post, but I’ve reorganised everything into a used and didn’t use list so that you can see what came in handy and what cluttered up the room.
Items We Used
- 1 of the 2 x hats to keep the head warm as baby’s struggle to regulate their heat and lose a lot through their head
- 1 of the 5 x long sleep baby suits to hide the baby’s modesty
- 2 nappies from the 1 x pack of newborn nappies because shit happens
- 1 of the 2 x leggings / trousers if needed
- 1 of the 3 x socks to keep the little one’s feet warm
- 1 of the 2 x scratch mittens so that she doesn’t scratch herself
- 1 x bottle of energy drink for that added boost when needed
- 1 x phone charger to charge all of our kit
- 1 x polaroid camera to capture the special moments because we’re that retro
- 1 of the 2 x nursing bras so she can wap ‘em out easily for the baby
- 2 of the 4 x BIG, black pants for obvious reasons
- 1 x cosmetic bag for vanity
- 1 x digital camera for photos
- 1 x pack of maternity pads to soak everything up…
- 1 x thin dressing gown in case it gets a bit cold
- 1 of the 2 x vest tops for going home / spares
- 1 x trousers for going home
- 1 x glasses in case she needs to see
- 4 of the 10000 x breast pads for soaking up any leakages
- 1 x shampoo for washing hair
- 1 x hair band to keep hair off her face
- 1 x deodorant because no-one likes a sweaty woman
- 1 x toothpaste for cleaning her teeth
- 1 x toothbrush to clean her teeth
- 3 x straws to help when drinking (at least I hope it is for that!)
- 1 x conditioner to wash her hair
- 1 x shower gel for washing
- 1 x comb in case there is a photoshoot
Items We Didn’t Use
- All of the left over items from above, e.g. 1 of the 2 x leggings / trousers, the rest of the pack of nappies etc.
- A few additional items including a change of boxers, socks and trousers for me, an extra pack of maternity pads etc.
- 1 x thin blanket / sheet to keep the baby snug – it can also be thrown away for when the meconium comes!
- 3 x flannels to be used as muslin cloths and general cleaning
- 2 x woollen cardigans if the baby is cold – these were knitted by Hay’s auntie
- 2 x bibs to protect clothes etc from dribble and spit
- 1 x Sudocreme to help with any nappy rash or anything else we can run it on
- 1 x nappy cream (as above, don’t know why we need that and Sudocreme, I’ll ask the missus)
- 1 x pack of baby wipes for freshening up
- 1 x thick blanket in case it is cold
- 1 x pack of cotton wool balls for cleaning
- 3 x carrier bags, because, you never know…
- 5 x snack bars to stop us starving and give us a boost
- 1 x coin bag for the car park and snack / drink machines
- 2 x crisps for sustenance
- 1 x kindle for entertainment
- 1 x thick socks as Hay has poor circulation of her tootsies
- 1 x electric fan so that I can feel useful and keep the missus cool
- 1 x pyjama bottoms to protect her modesty
- 1 x buttoned pyjama top to protect her modesty but also for quick unbuttoning
- 1 x t-shirt for me, because let’s face it, I’ll be sweaty
- 1 x tankini for use in the birthing pool
- 4 x BIG, black pants for obvious reasons (that’s eight in total! That’s a lot of pants!)
- 1 x pair of flip flops in case she’s going in the shower etc
- 1 x pyjama bottoms to protect her modesty
- 1 x buttoned down nightie to protect her modesty and for ease when breastfeeding
- 1 x t-shirt for going home / spares
- 1 x big towel for drying after shower / birthing pool
- 1 x Witch-Hazel to help with cleaning / healing any areas that may have been destroyed / massacred
- 1 x dry shampoo for a quick freshen up
- 1 x nipple cream to soothe any cracks
- 1 x lip balm because gas and air can easily crack lips (the ones up there that is)
- 1 x hair tie to get her hair off her face
- 2 x kirby grips because these are the things that women leave everywhere to mark their territory
- 1 x make-up bag to feel more human (not shown)
So as you can see, I was made to do a lot of unnecessary lifting because the missus is a baby making and birth giving machine! Everything we took would have had a purpose had we been in the hospital for longer, but the quick birth and fact that we could go home quite soon, due to there being no complications with mum or baby, rendered a lot of our stuff useless.
My advice would be to make sure you know what is in the bags, what the items are are used for and where to find them in a hurry. Also, pack for the worst case scenario, but hope for the best! That’s what certainty happened in our situation 🙂