Hospital Bag Essentials
Ok, so you have been asking for this for ages, and it’s finally here. My not-at-all groundbreaking hospital bag list. I’m going to talk through a few bits on my stories as well today & will save them to my highlights. You can check it out here @drlauragp
Even though I’m doing this for a third time, and only had Indie 2 years ago, I still feel as if I’m forgetting loads. I asked my friend Aisling, who is a midwife in GUH to help me though so have added some bits on her recommendation. Thank you so much to Aisling for the help.
Remember as well that I’m a c-section mum, so I usually just pack one bag and that’s it. I’ll try and cover what others suggest for a labour bag, but this isn’t my forte. I’ve also tried to take into account coronavirus obviously, and the fact that most of us will be in the post natal ward alone. Numbers wise of everything I’m planning on being in for 3 nights post section. So I’m going to plan around that.
Even though husbands / partners won’t be allowed into the post-natal ward they will be allowed to drop stuff off at the door (certainly at my local hospital). For this reason, I’m going to have another bag filled with extra stuff at home just in case I run out of anything etc. Anyone else's husband / partner useless at finding stuff?
I was very kindly gifted a full set of hospital bags from the amazing Siobhan at Ulluv - click here to see what’s included and honestly I’ve had to add very little to it.
She has loads of different bags available and they can come packed or not. Or you can buy all the different pieces separately. Its great to be able to support a local Irish business at this time so be sure to check her out. Takes a LOT of the hassle out of this work.
Items for Mum
In case of any issues when breastfeeding I always bring these few things with me. Thankfully I have never had to use them, but each baby is different so I bring them in my hospital bag just in case. I’m adding a couple of extra things down the bottom that you might want to consider bringing. Usually husbands would pop out and get these, but that might not be possible, so if you want to pack for all eventualities then this would be it.
* I have never used the last 2 items but they come highly recommended.
Items for Baby
Labour ward bag
Extra bag at home - I don’t know about you guys, but my husband is TERRIBLE at finding things, so I think this will be the easiest thing for me, to have everything I *might* need ready.
Have you your hospital bag packed yet? I'd love to know what you have in it. Is there anything here you had forgotten? Let me know over on my instagram page @drlauragp
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