Today we are 28 weeks pregnant and I should have had our hospital bags packed already – I hate being unorganised. The only thing that makes me feel slightly better is that we finally have the cots (ready for Ryan to build this weekend) and the beside cot ordered. It’s all slowly coming together but we are in for a few very busy weekends. We are now sub 10 weeks and aiming to have everything ready, and have everything we need (or think we’ll need) by the end of February. I’m hoping to keep March as stress free and relaxing for Ryan and I as possible, assuming the babies allow us to of course 😬
I know singley babies can come early too, but it is more likely with Twins – also more likely is that they may need a period of time in hospital, so I’m packing the girls bag allowing for 5 days in hospital as a precaution…fingers and toes are firmly crossed, however, that we’ll all be allowed home with Daddy as soon as possible. At this point we don’t whether I’ll be trying for a natural birth or if we’ll have a c-section so I’m intending to pack for both. Everything feels really uncertain, which I guess is the same for all births… it’s definitely much easier, and less concerning, packing for a 2 week beach holiday 🙈
Anyway, to the point of this blog – help and advice! I’ve watched a few vlogs and read a few blogs so have a basic list of things I think I’ll need for myself and the babies, but I’d really appreciate any other tips and suggestions people may have.
So, this is what I have so far. It looks very light. I’m sure must be missing something… but then I don’t know if I actually need what I have listed either. Do I need bottles? I want to breastfeed but if they have go to into Neonatal unit for any reason, would the hospital supply bottles (assuming also they have a breast pump for patient use)? Do I need nappies? Do I need dummies? If they have to stay in for any length of time do I need to take something to bathe them or will the hospital provide robes, bathing lotion etc? Do I need 15 sleepsuits per child, that’s only 3 per day? Actually now I’ve worked it out per day, maybe 30 isn’t enough based on a 5 day stay. But then if we only have to stay 1 night, that’s too many.
|Sleepsuits / Baby Grows||30|
|Coming Home Outfits||2|
|Comforter Blankie / Teddy||2|
I think all hospitals have their own policies on just about everything, so perhaps people will have different advice dependent upon their experience in their selected hospital. We’ll be having the girls at Frimley but that said, I’d still appreciate any, and all, tips available!
I felt a lot more sure of what I’d probably want and need for myself, which I suppose shouldn’t surprise me considering I’ve never packed a bag for one baby, let alone two! Some of what is listed below I already have, courtesy of my wonderful family and friends, but there are some bits that I’ll have to buy so recommendations welcome…
|Light Dressing Gown (Dark colour)||1|
|Rubber Flip Flips / Slip on Slippers||2|
|Socks (although may have DVT socks)||5|
|Plain Big Pants (Dark colour)||20|
|Change of Clothes (Loose, light but warm)||3|
|Wrap / Shawl / Poncho||1|
|Breast Pads||1 Pack|
|Maternity Pads||1 Pack|
|Eye Mask and Ear Plugs||1|
|Ibuprofen for Ryan||1 Pack|
|Water Bottle (with straw)||1|
|Chewing Gum / Mints||Various|
|iPad (with stuff downloaded)/ Chargers (long cable charger)||N/A|
|Camera / Charger||N/A|
|Headphones (Bluetooth and iPhone)||N/A|
|Wedding Ring Box||N/A|
|Notepad / Pen / Q&A Journal||N/A|
|Hand & Body Moisturising Cream||1|
|Easy Make Up and Remover||N/A|
|Hair Ties / Pins||Multiple|
Ooh, I’ve just thought, do I need to take a changing mat?!
In John Lewis today I saw scented drawer liners and I thought I might get some of those to make my suitcase smell extra sweet! It sounds silly but I think it would be quite nice to open up my suitcase and smell something nice, rather than clinical, chemical hospital smells. I also thought about taking a few essential oils but need to do a little more research on that!
I want to try and have both cases packed by the end of the week so ladies, give it to me – your advice, tips and suggestions, your do’s and don’ts! And, of course a big thank you, thank you for helping a newbie Mama-To-Be out during this crazy ride!
Lots of Love
Hayley & The Babies