Have I got everything?

Paula - posted on 09/01/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hey all! I think I'm super nervous as when I am, I either google what I'm nervious about (done) or make lists (also done) so now I'm going to publish this list and see what ye think! Stevie isn't being much help to calm my nerves, he won't watch a birth video as he says he doesn't want to see anyone else give birth, only me (yes it's very sweet but I always feel more prepared for something having watched someone else go through it first, it's hard to imagine that he's ready! I know I should just chill as the flowers will hit the fan either way, but I get irrational when nervous.) Right, onto this list:

18 terry nappies
10 muslin squares
20 terry facecloths (I read that I'll need at least 24 terry nappies, so I'm gonna supplement them with muslin squares and facecloths and if that doesn't work, I'll get more terries)
Electric steriliser
Breast pump
2 storage pots
2 150ml bottles
3 260ml bottles (I got these with a Tommee Tippee steriliser set)

By the way, I got this set thinking it was the best deal I had ever set eyes on - wrong! The steriliser lid didn't fit on properly at all, gaps everywhere. They sent me a replacement which had the exact same problem! I got a refund for the steriliser alone, so I suppose it was a good deal, but I could have done without the umpteenth phone call and trip to the post office with two huge boxes covered in REFUND TO SELLER in caps lock. Dear dear. I then read online that this is the most common complaint with this steriliser. Should have done my homework!

2 bottle warmers
Baby bath
Hooded baby towel
Changing mat
5 bibs
5 nappy wraps
6 pairs socks
4 pairs scratch mitts
4 trousers
4 t-shirts
8 vests (also seen them called bodysuits)
6 sleepsuits (2 warm fleece)
1 wooly cardigan which is lined with fleece
1 warm pramsuit
1 hat

For the cot:
2 flat sheets (for over the baby)
2 fitted sheets (for the mattress)
2 blankets

For the moses basket and pram:
1 blanket (knitting one at the moment but I'm terrible for abandoning knitting projects so I think I'll pick another one up somewhere)
4 flat sheets
6 fitted sheets

For my hospital bag I have:
Nipple cream
Breast pads
Maternity towels
Extra pillow
Nightdress
Other stuff to be figured out another time :)

Any comments/criticism welcome!

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Shari - posted on 09/03/2010

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You sound very organized, but have you thought of wash products, and creams you are going to use on bub, hooded towels are a great idea, i have a few. I don't think you are suppose to put sheets on bub until they are older, but you can get sleeping bags for them, kind of like a jumpsuit with an open feet space, they are great for when they are younger. But i would diffidently stock up on bottles, you can never have enough, especially if you plan on expressing your milk.

also for your hospital bag, ive packed in mine, mini travel packs of shampoos and body wash's, in my favorite smells to make me feel more at home while in hospital.

Good luck with everything :)

Naomi - posted on 09/03/2010

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wow you sound so organized... this is my fifth though so i suppose i may be a little over relaxed.

not sure where you are but in oz we are advised to just clean our feeding bottles in hot soapy water. apparently this has been found to be best for bubs immunity in the long term. but totally personal choice. the bottle warmers can be a bit of a pain as they don't always work right we don't bother with them any more but many people use them. again personal choice.

other than that sounds like you are on track... have fun getting ready :-D

Amy - posted on 09/02/2010

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From my experience (and talking to others) bottle warmers aren't all that great. We never used one.

What do you plan to use the Electric steriliser for? The bottles? We didn't get one because we were told by others that they didn't need one. What we did was put parts in a pain once a week and put in boiling watter for 5 min.

You might want a few hats. We had 2 or 3 I think and used them a lot.

Eventually you might also want to think about getting 2 or 3 mattress protectors as well. When your little one leaks through the sheets you won't need to wash the mattress as often (trust me the baby will leak through the diaper a few times while in the crib). Often times they say don't put any top sheets or blankets in the crib until the baby is older to reduce the risk of SIDS. Instead they suggest layering your baby. They have blankets you can "swaddle" the baby in during the first few months, they also make little ssleeping bag type outfits that work great too.

I noticed you have breastpump on the list. Have you decided what you want to do for storage of milk? At first you might want to have some freezer bags so you can stock up for when your out. If you end up pumping and giving pumped milk regularly then you'll want some extra bottles and possible a bottle rack in the fridge (to help keep the milk in the fridge organized and the old stuff up front). When I went back to work I pumped into bottles a days worth of milk and froze the rest. You'll save money if you use more of the bottles in the fridge then freezing.

For breast pump I found it useful to have a double electric pump as well as a hand pump. IF we didn't have power (or went on a car trip) I could still pump when I didn't have an outlet near by.

I'm just getting ready to work on my hospital bag list this weekend, a few things you might want is slippers, hard candy (as many times you can only have liquids while in labor), and snacks. I had made a trail mix of nuts, dried fruit and m&m's that I'd nibble on during the day/night while feeding the baby. Oh, and Camera, defiantly have a camera there! And picture outfit for the baby :)

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Stacey - posted on 09/11/2010

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lol honestly all you need is a few basics, so i would abandon ebay for now lol why arnt yous getting a tour? they done that at the queen mums, the RAH looks lovely because its all been done up, nice and clean and they take food around the wards and delivery suit on that wee trolley, but as for the care at the RAH im not impresed atall, so wish i had my old midwife, but shes based in glasgow and i live in paisley now so ill just have to go with my instincts as the midwifes at the RAH dont seem to listen, told them about 6 weeks ago i was taking really bad dizzt turns whilsty sitting down and i thought i had low blood sugar maybe pregnancy diabetes they never bothered about it, but tested me for it just 2 days ago even though i did tell them weeks ago, im not 100% sure if your allowed to eat stuff during labour, mind you i was on a drip with my first to speed up contractions so maybe thats y i wasnt allowed to eat during labour, erm i would ask your midwife if you have access to a fridge/small freezer as i was reccommended taking ice lollies to help cool down and give a taste if you dont have a spare second to eat, i think your very well organised and you wont need anything else added to your list how long you got to go? ive got 27 days but going in for the baby to be turned in 11 days so she could be born then if all doesnt go according to plan, shes a bit on the big side so i dont think she will have room to spin around the right way

Paula - posted on 09/11/2010

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Hi! I'm booked into the Southern General. I've become much more relaxed than when I made that post I think. I've just come back from an NCT course so I've been reminded about getting some music together. A much more productive way to spend my time I think than on Ebay convinced I need to buy stuff! My partner's sister gave me some baby body wash and shampoo from Boots. So I think the hooded towels will do and I'll just see how I go, because I don't want to spend any more money! Thanks for all the tips, I also got a tub of zinc & castor oil cream as an alternative to Bepanthen as it's cheaper and has just those two ingredients. What's the RAH like, have you heard? The Southern has a brand new suite now, it looks really plush on the website. We won't be getting a tour, but I suppose it really just depends on the midwife doesn't it? I heard too that some hospitals bring around food for women in labour so I hope I get that :D Otherwise I think we'll just have to rely on cereal bars and packed sandwiches/snacks. I can't really think of other food we could bring that wouldn't go off? I drank one of those sugary isotonic drinks while shopping yesterday (usually I get really hungry and weak while walking around) and found I didn't get as weak as I usually do. I wouldn't rely on it all the time for things like that, I was just disorganised and didn't bring food with me, but I'll definitely bring a few bottles of that to the labour. I can't think of anything else at this stage really, I'm just trying to hang on to what patience I have and waiting for the big day!

Stacey - posted on 09/11/2010

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had a wee look at your profile and noticed your from glasgow too! what hosp are you going to as i know the queen mums is shut down now (my first was born there) ill be going to the RAH in paisley. anyways back to your post...noticed youve packed nipple cream, personal opinion if you find your nipples get sore best thing for them is to squeeze out a little breast milk and rub it around so youll prob find you wont use it much if atall, apart fromt that you sound really really organised, hospitals are really warm for baby and i found with my first she was in vests and socks most of the time which is what ive packed for this 1, with 1 or 2 baby grows just incase, as for you for your hosp bag youll obv be taking body wash and stuff, id recomend buying the brand 'simple' as theres no perfume or anything in it and without horrifying you will be alot more gentle on the stitches if you end up with them, bodycare and poundland are selling babys simple top to toe wash ive just packed that as can be used for us both so less bulk in the bag :) they also have the seperate shampoo and baby bath too, but top to toe is the 2 in 1 so again less bulk, id get some more hooded towels if you only have the 1 as they are great for baby, ive got them on my to do list too. a great simple must have for you for the hosp bag is a cd to listen to and if you have long hair..a bobble! i never thought of these with my first was a friend who recomended it as you never know how long labour going to be, do you intend on breast feeding? if so jammies with a button top is very wise, Asda are selling some sets for only 6 pounds and are short sleeved great for a roasty toasty hosp. Congrats for when baby comes

Sarah - posted on 09/10/2010

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You sound very organised. A bit like me with my first baby, but I found that I didn't even use most of the things I took to the hospital with me. I agree with the other mums- don't fortget about packing some things for yourself (You'll need some maternity pads if that's not what maternity towels are???). you need to be comfortable and relaxed too. And if you forget something make your partner do the running around for you.
As for when you get home with your baby, you'll probably get a lot as gifts, and if you need more of something it's usually easy (& reasonably priced) to get from department stores (as long as you don't live in remote areas).
Good luck!

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