FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

My goodness there is so much advice out there on how to pack your hospital bag(s)! From other mama’s to be, from relatives, from friends, from mama’s who have been there and then there’s the internet… I hope that this version helps and doesn’t hinder your process, I am yet to have my baby boys but am now very close to finishing packing all my bags, and the ones which I haven’t completed I have a plan for, so I figured now was as good a time as any to write this post… I’ll let you know on the other side whether I have any more advice 🙂

Please bear in mind the list and suggested items below are based around the fact I’m having twins and also that I’m going for an elected c-section (at 37 wks), so if either of those points are different for you then some of my advice may not apply, but hopefully you’ll still find this an interesting read.

I have, as with everything in life, not just in parenting prep, cherry picked from the advice which I have been given and from what I have read and used a good dose of gut instinct too in order to put this together. I am openly a first time Mummy and a massive planner, but I don’t think an unrealistic one, as I know that my plans don’t always come to fruition but it always makes me feel calmer to plan anyway in spite of this and be as organised as possible. 

When I first got started with my packing I found this pin to a blog post by fellow blogger Stefanie Gass, which I did find particularly helpful; Packing Your Hospital Bag (C-Section Edition), so thought I would also link for you, in case it helps you too…

Another piece of sound advice which I got off an existing twin Mama is to pack for the first 2-3 days and then if you need more after that, i.e. you have a longer hospital stay in reality for one of a million possible reasons, then you cross that bridge when you come to it, so that is what I have tried to do, and send your hubby/partner/family/friend member off to get fresh supplies when needed. Bare in mind you’re not having a baby on the moon and it is very likely that there is some big supermarket or another round the corner from the hospital and perfectly suited for this purpose if, God forbid you forget something. Also in all likelihood home won’t be much more than half an hour away either, so my point here is panic not, your visitors can bring addition supplies if needed 🙂

Another point worth mentioning at the beginning of this post is that in the UK, with the NHS, one luxury we don’t often have is to have the ability for our partners to stay with us, but on the plus side, at least that’s one less bag to pack! 🙂 

OK here is goes….

For starters, what bags do you need…Here’s my choice…

JamJarGill: FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

  1. Main (my) Bag
  2. Sponge Bag
  3. Baby Bag
  4. Entertainment (hand luggage) Bag
  5. Pillow Bag

For the Main & Baby Bags I have opted for our standard weekend cases, wheelie suitcases which we got on our wedding list and have been the perfect size for weekends away ever since, from a random and well rated German Brand of suitcases which I found on Amazon called HAUPTSTADTKOFFER, but I have to say they really do come highly recommended over 3 years down the line and still going strong and they have been all over the world with us! 

hauptstadtkoffer-suitcase-set-on-amazon

hauptstadtkoffer-suitcase-set-on-amazon

For my sponge bag, which I again always use the same one because I love it so much and it is both practical and beautiful, is actually a Ted Baker one which they no longer produce (or seemingly anything like it)…

However I have found you a similar style one on Amazon by a lovely looking company called Bella & Bear and I would say that from experience this style that opens right up, has the ability to hang up and separate out our toiletries, in pockets which you can see into, is very handy indeed in any travel situation:

bella-bear-sponge-bag

bella-bear-sponge-bag

For Entertainment/Hand Luggage Bag I have just opted for a rucksack which we already had. I am linking a QuickSilver One as this is the brand we have but any rucksack you have for this purpose would do…

quicksilver-rucksack

quicksilver-rucksack

For my pillow bag I have just used a large reusable bag which I got when I purchased a vase from Brissi years ago but it is such a handy size and really sturdy too so I usually use it whenever going to a friends for the weekend where I need to take some or all of my own bed linen. Any similar large reusable bag would work for this purpose, but nice little bonus to know they give them away for free with purchases if you ever do shop there, even if in the sale like me, and their stuff is beyond gorgeous!

OK – I hear you – enough  about which bags – now what to put in them, which of course is kind of the point of this whole post! Please find below my check list for each bag, with links to similar if not the same items in each case, and some photos of my packing as I went :): 

Main (my) Bag
[ ]Maternity pads (2 packs)
[ ]Breast pads (1 pack)
[ ]Always pads (1 pack)
[ ]Slippers
[ ]Shower flip-flops (2 pairs) – I’m using towelling ones I picked up free at a spa day
[ ]Eye mask
[ ]Bath towel
[ ]Hand towel
[ ]Flannel
[ ]Manicure set
[ ]Travel hair dryer
[ ]Granny/Bridget Jones pants (5 pairs)
[ ]Dark towelling dressing gown
[ ]Maternity nightie & cropped maternity leggings
[ ]Lavender oil + pillow gift set
[ ]Slipper socks (3 pairs)
[ ]Normal socks (3 pairs)
[ ]Bra crop top (linked the best value ones I have found and bought online from Peacocks and they are so comfy)
[ ]2 maternity bras
[ ]2 full length maternity leggings
[ ]2 maternity/nursing vests
[ ]2 maternity long sleeve tops
[ ]1 maternity tunic shirt (for coming home)
[ ]1 cable knit cardi
[ ]Ballet pumps
[ ]Make-up bag (mascara, bb cream, powder, blush, brush, eye liner) – just the basics to make you feel more human again 🙂
[ ]Cosmetic mirror
[ ]Litter picker
[ ]Postpartum belt

JamJarGill: FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

JamJarGill: FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

Sponge bag
[ ]Cotton wool pads
[ ]Roll on deodorant
[ ]Hair clips/bobbles
[ ]Shower scrunchy
[ ]Nursing butter
[ ]Lanolin
[ ]Antibacterial gel
[ ]Mouth wash
[ ]Toner
[ ]Intimate cleaning spray
[ ]Shampoo
[ ]Conditioner
[ ]Shower gel
[ ]Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
[ ]Vaseline
[ ]Mini spray deodorant
[ ]Hand cream
[ ]Cooling leg and foot gel (Mum-to-be)
[ ]Stretch mark oil (Mum-to-be)
[ ]Bounce back body butter (Mum-to-be)
[ ]Madam Glamour perfume
[ ]Tummy butter
[ ]Heat protection spray
[ ]Face wash
[ ]Face cream
[ ]Disposable razor
[ ]E45

Baby bag
[ ]2 packs of size 1 nappies 
Though I want to go with Naty biodegradable when possible, or equivalent, I figure it’s going to be a wasted effort in hospital as all waste like this is probably incinerated anyway and I have heard only good things about these Aldi nappies, and these are probably going to be the ones we go for when we can’t justify the cost of the biodegradable ones. With all issues, charity, environmental, fair trade etc I am a big believer in doing what you can, when you can and can afford to, and that it’s always worth doing something than nothing at all.
[ ]1 pack of normal baby wipes
[ ]1 pack of nappy bags
[ ]1 pack of water wipes
[ ]1 pack of cotton wool balls
[ ]Burt’s Bees Baby bath set (I’ve now been told we won’t bath the babies at hospital, but have left this in for my use as have been told as well that I will shower in hospital after the c-section and will want something mild which won’t sting on my wound)

Each of the baby sets of clothes listed below I’ve packed in labelled zip lock bags so it is nice and easy for the hospital staff to work out what’s what as they are likely to be dressing and changing the boys whilst I’m in hospital:

JamJarGill: FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

JamJarGill: FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

[ ]2 special sleep suits (for going home in) – these two beautiful sleepsuits (with scratch mittens and feet included) were baby shower gifts from my sister in America, and are from Carters.com, baby wear which I am finding I am pinning so much from as it’s all so gorgeous! Along with 2 vests and two hats.
[ ]2 car seat blankets (made by a local entrepreneur and fellow twin Mum 🙂 )
[ ]4 tiny baby additional sleepsuit and vest onesies (2 each)
[ ]4 new-born additional sleepsuit and vest onesies (2 each)
[ ] 4 additional hats, 4 pairs of scratch mitts, 4 pairs of socks
[ ]Muslin cloths (x8)
[ ]Dummies (x4)
[ ] Carrier bags (x2) – for dirty washing etc 
[ ] Bepanthen nappy cream
[ ] Swaddling Blankets (x2)
[ ] Baby Blankets (x2)

JamJarGill: FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

JamJarGill: FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Packing My Hospital Bag(s)

Entertainment bag (hand luggage)
[ ]3 interior magazines
[ ]Kindle Fire
[ ]Phone charger (the longest cable one you own)
[ ]Camera (fully charged and with space on the memory card 😉 )
[ ]NCT magazine
[ ]Straws (x3)
[ ]Squash (Vimto)
[ ]Water bottle
[ ]Ginger biscuits
[ ]Haribo
[ ]Headphones
[ ]Chewing gum
[ ]2 apples
[ ]2 clementines
[ ]Box of tissues
[ ]Pack of moist toilet tissues
[ ] Teabags (pick a few of your favorites to take with you, it’s these little luxuries which make a hospital stay so much happier, nothing worse than a bad cup of tea after all!)
[ ] Super camping charger (in case they are funny about you charging your electricals when they haven’t been safety tested, this is an excellent idea thought up at our NCT group)
[ ] Set honey (to go in my tea)

 

Pillow bag (yet to pack as still use these)
[ ]1 feather pillow
[ ]Dreamgenii pillow
[ ]Small cushion
[ ]Z Pillow

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