Just in case this is of any use to anyone, I thought a list of what I’ve packed for our visit to the hospital might interest my pregnant readers. And, those that have done it before, any feedback at all would be useful. Once Pip has arrived, I’ll try and report back on what I found was useful.
I have packed 2 bags, one for me, and then one for me & Pip afterwards. I am also planning on taking my handbag and a separate bag with some food and drink. We are not taking a car basket with us, and will be brought one by Marto’s brother, when, all being well, he comes to collect us to take us home.
I have just used my usual overnight bag (a Kate Sheridan beach tote, only mine has wolves on it) which, incidentally, as a bag in itself, nothing to do with babies, I highly recommend. I got mine at London Fashion Weekend about 6 years ago and I use it frequently, it holds loads, is strong, but packs away small when not in use. Anyway, I digress.
In it, I have packed the following:-
Notebook and pen
Sponge bag containing shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hot cleanser plus cloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant etc.
2 old bath towels
Hair band (soft Alice band as well as hair elastics)
Flip flops (havianas which can get wet)
2 dresses (old) which I can wear to birth in
2 bikini tops
Hareem trousers (soft and loose but cooler than leggings or jogging bottoms)
Long soft cotton jumper
Slippers (not my sheepskin ones but cow print fleece ones with grips on the bottom)
Several pairs of different sized knickers inc some Primark large high waisted ones
T-shirt, pants and pyjama bottoms for Marto
Plastic bag for dirty clothes
Sieve (required by hospital if planning a water birth)
In Pip’s bag
Which is a waterproof Liberty of London patterned tote bag:-
several different suits in various sizes
10 disposable size one nappies
Muslin for swaddling
Night dress for me (soft old shirt of M’s)
Elephant soft toy
The food bag contains water, iced tea, lucozade, mints, biscuits and a chocolate bar.
I plan to wear my jogging bottoms, ugg boots, soft t shirt and cardigan to the hospital and I also plan to add a coming home outfit of trousers, top and jumper, such items to be decided dependant on weather and mood when we leave for the hospital.
Have I missed anything? I welcome any further suggestions as it appears I still have time to pack it… No sign of baby yet today.