One of the biggest problems for me is there are so many lists out there of recommendations of what to take, and the lists go on, and on, and on, and on! I mean seriously, it's more stuff than I would take on a 2 week holiday?! I'd be walking into hospital with a massive suitcase if I took everything I've seen on some lists! I get that you do need to be prepared and have spares, as labour is just one of those situations where anything could happen. I could have a quick and easy natural birth, or I could end up having an emergency c-section and be in hospital for a few days.. you just don't know! So like I said, I do understand that it's important to be prepared. But nowadays with so many 24 hour shops, if I did suddenly go into labour early, Josh could easily run and pick up anything I didn't have yet or desperately need!
One thing I have made sure of is that I haven't spent a fortune on things that could potentially get ruined... I definitely won't be taking any of my Victoria's Secret lingerie & nightdresses to hospital! So, here is what I have managed to put together so far, and this is just for me this isn't including anything for the babies bag!
(NOTE: not everything is pictured! I'm sure the world doesn't need or want to see my big BIG knickers!!!)
So there we have it.. I'm nearly there! Of course it's not quite 100% all organised and in a bag ready to go! But it's all in a semi-organised pile together, so when the time comes it won't take much to just pop into a bag. I am thinking maybe using a hand luggage sized suitcase to put everything in? Thinking it'll be easier to wheel along then carry and to have a bit more space? I'll probably end up taking in my own blanket and pillow as well for that "home from home" comfort feeling, just to make hospital and the whole experience as easy as possible! Also I'm not planning on getting bits like the food till last minute.. can't be taking old bruised apples with me!
If anyone has any good advice or notices anything super important I've missed, feel free to drop a comment below and let me know! Or you can message me through the social page. And if you're struggling to pack your hospital bag, know that you are not alone! It can all feel very overwhelming!
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