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Monday, November 30th 2009, 4:06pm

Hospital Bag for Twins...

I was wondering if any of you wonderful twin mummies can offer me their pearls of wisdom :eyebrows:

I am in the process of packing my hospital bag ready for the up and coming event and am in a bit of a pickle about the amounts of everything to pack. I am preparing for the worst case scenario of a maximum 5 day stay and a c-section, as DH will be working while I will be in hospital I don't want him to have to ferry back and forward with stuff that I've forgotten! He can however take things home to wash and replace things the following day. Here's a list of what I have so far:

Babies Bag
10 sleepsuits
10 vests
10 pairs scratch mits
4 hats
2 little comfort blankets with tiny teddies attached :D
2 recieving blankets
2 cellular blankets for the cot (not sure if provided by hospital?)
2 bundle bags (I'm scared of floppy heads :snigger:)
4 baby bath towels
6 large muslin squares

Babies Changing/Toiletry Bag
1 pack of size 1 nappies (have more size1, micro and size 2 on standby at home)
Cotton wool balls
Vaseline (necessary?)
1 pack johnsons baby wipes (for me rather than them!)
johnsons top-to-toe bodywash (also for me too)
Nappy sacks

My Toiletry Bag
1 pack of 10 thick maternity pads (I presume I'd still bleed after a c-section ?( :O)
1 pack of 10 thin maternity pads (more of each on standby at home)
20 disposable breastpads (too many?)
Lansinoh nipple cream (yet to buy)
Usual haircare/toothcare equipment
Tissues

My Bag
2 cheap cotton nighties (yet to find...is nursing best? Dark coloured?
1 thin dressing gown (as hospitals are hot!)
1 thin pair comfy PJ's (smart enough for loungewear)
3 t-shirts
2 pairs comfy jogging bottoms
2 thin bath towels
10 pairs of BIG, granny pants (full briefs, size bigger than normal)
2 general size nursing cropped-top bras
1 pair cheap hotel slippers (don't like thought of having hospital germs on my home ones!)
Twin feeding pillow and pump
Camera
Phone
Money
Magazines/books etc

Would anyone recommend a caesarian belt?
Do I need to take in my own breast pump/bottles/formula? I plan to breast feed and express so DH can share feeding - but don't want babies to starve if I have trouble breast-feeding or don't have enough milk. I know the colostrum and watery stuff can sustain them for a few days...but don't really understand when milk comes in and what to do in the mean time, especially if it's late!


Am I doing ok so far?!! Thank you in advance :D


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Monday, November 30th 2009, 4:17pm

Good luck with your impending arrivals.

I had a c-section with my DD and found that normal pads were ok (for med to heavy flow) as you wont bleed as much as if you have a normal delivery (you get cleaned out very well during the process).

I would invest in some nipple sheilds and some nipple shells. You can get them in mothercare and they may save you the pain of feeding (can be horrendous) and will save your clothes ... especially when your milk comes in on day 2-3. If you feed your babies at the same time you may not need the shells as they are used to catch the milk as it leaks out of your boobies during feeding. make sure you have loads of nappies (it will shock you how many you will go through) and plenty of babygrows. The hospital will have lots of things there so dont worry too much about things you might forget. A charged camera and phone are the most important.

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Monday, November 30th 2009, 4:24pm

Good lord MS, I am in a panic now that I haven't got enough stuff?????
I am not taking my pump as I assume that the hospital have ones, in fact i am sure that they told me that they did.
I have got a ces belt as I read lots of good reviews about them and I think it would make me feel better to have my scar well protected.
I think I only have about 6 babygros as I wasn't sure of the exact size needed so will send my Mum to get more once we know the girls weights, same with nappies, although I might just get a pack of the 5lber ones.
Something that my Mum has told me to take is cleaning wipes for the loos etc, especially for the time on the mixed ward! We get our own room but not until the day after the op.
I haven't got blankets packed but might add 2 now, good idea.
Think I have about 4 pairs of nursing PJs and a dressing gown, I don't intend to get dressed!!
Not sure that I have space for my nursing pillow but I will need it so guess I will have to find space!
Will need to go and look through my bundle now as I don't feel nearly as organised as you!

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Monday, November 30th 2009, 4:41pm

What a fantastic and comprehensive list Moony though it's no surprise you are uber organised.

I'm gonna print it off and stick it on my notice board :D

One thing my sis said to me (she didn't have twins but did have a c section) is that as she hadn't anticipated having a c section, she only had pjs and they were pretty uncomfortable after the procedure so advised to look for a nightie as nice ones are hard to find (with buttons).

I do think you should change the title of this thread to "Hospital suitcase for twins" :snigger:

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Monday, November 30th 2009, 5:14pm

Definately buy the Lansinoh. It is fantastic and kept me going in those difficult early days of breastfeeding when it felt like comeone had sandpapered my nipples. (The best thing you can do is let your nipples "air dry" after a feed as the milk left over is a natural nipple protector, but how practical this is in hospital, I don't know!) My milk came in on day 2 (early apparently with a c/s) but bub seemed fine with tiny amounts of expressed and put on a spoon colostrum in between attempts by us both to learn to breast feed. Incidentally, when it did come in, it came in! It was a torrent, so extra nighties are a must!

Good luck, I am feeling so envious of you. 32 weeks sounds like a lifetime away

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Tuesday, December 1st 2009, 4:08pm

Also get some carlton baby milk. some hospital do not provide them and you will have to bring yours in if you are having problem breast feeding.

Here in London we had to bring our own milk.

all the best with the delivery of your babies.

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Tuesday, December 1st 2009, 4:13pm

Thank you all for your replies and good wishes :D

Sugar-Fairy - I was looking at the nipple shells and shields, but wasn't too sure if I'd need them or not. I shall investigate, thank you x

MM - didn't mean to panic you :snigger: I'm sure I have too much and will look for any excuse to pair down a bit! Going on what I've been told by others babies can need clean vests quite often during the day, hence the quantities! Also not sure if they'll need both vest and sleep suit, or just one or the other in the warmth of the hospital. I have been advised by a few twin mammas to have plenty of tiny baby things (up to 6.5lb) on hand for the early days as they can often look dwarfed in newborn size (up to 9.5/11lb depending on make) especially if they come early.
Cleaning wipes duly added to bag :D Although it has set me off on a mental rant about having to think about cleaning toilets yourself in a hospital!!

Duffychops - I am indeed working on the nightie thing (have been for weeks!). I am having trouble finding something cheap, dark-coloured, with buttons. No pink, no stripes, no polka-dots or cutesie animals or tacky slogans. Just plain, dark, cotton. They do not exist for under £20 and I ain't paying that for one nightie! Maybe I'm being too fussy :snigger: Oh, maybe I should think about charging royalties for my list :P rotf

Roxy - thanks for the BF tips, much appreciated. I remember too jealously looking at Pammy's ticker, who was about 10 weeks ahead of me...now all of a sudden I'm into 30 something weeks, Pammy has given birth and it's all getting a bit too close now :snigger: Once you're past the 20 week scan, time does seem to go a lot quicker and you'll be 32 weeks before you know it! Just make sure you get you're shopping done in plenty of time, walking and shopping is not comfortable after about 26 weeks :snigger:

Victoria Thanks for that, I'll have some formula on standby x


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Tuesday, December 1st 2009, 5:52pm

Goodness me, what alot of stuff. I don't have that many blankets and clothes in.....

Yes, my sis had to get some Aptamil cartons as the midwives said her baby needed more than the colostrum at the beginning. However, my NCT lady was shocked by that and said no one should force you to use formula. I guess it's a personal thing.

Re nighties, I have a respectable stretchy navy and light blue one from mothercare, it probably was £20 but I reckon it will last a while and I'd be grateful of it if my tummy is sore and jamas aren't comfy. It has feeding pockets in it rather than buttons. You'd be able to use it at home for ages too so the investment doesn't sound too bad.

I have heard that hospitals have sterilisers and breast pumps. I guess take your own bottles though.

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Tuesday, December 1st 2009, 6:24pm

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Yes, my sis had to get some Aptamil cartons as the midwives said her baby needed more than the colostrum at the beginning. However, my NCT lady was shocked by that and said no one should force you to use formula. I guess it's a personal thing.

I'd agree with that advice - midwives get VERY little training on breastfeeding unless they've had some specialist extra training. The NCT tend to be much better informed. I've done the NCT breast feeding peer support training (12 week training programme) and, although it can be hard in the early days, it's best to stick to breast if you can. It pays dividends in the longer term.







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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 8:20am

Very good list indeed, I also took 4 small bottles as hospital does not provide, and 6 kartons of aptamil just in case, I dressed the girls in vests and sleepsuits on top, only thing i find useless were scrach mits they kept taking tese off. so i used the sleepsuites with folding sleeves. Sudocrem.
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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 3:02pm

Hi, I would take more pads as my hospital didn't give them out. I had a c section and went through so many!, the thicker the better, I also took some cartons of juice and some snacks for hubby whilst I was being induced etc as that took a long time and the hospital shops are so expensive. Also take some biscuits etc for yourself as I always found I was hungry in the middle of the night and it's nice to have something with a little cup of tea. Good luck twins are fab!!! Mine are 3 soon!!! It goes so quickly xxx

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 3:28pm

Thanks guys :D

I shall need an extra bag at this rate :snigger: My local twins group advised me to take in plenty of food too as the stuff they serve is rank and minimal :snigger:

My lansinoh, theraline caesarean belt and breast shells arrived today so they are winging their way into the bag...I also had some luck with nighties - I popped to Sainsburys and got a couple of cheap ones they're white with black patterns and no buttons - but I was getting desperate. I got them loose enough to be able to slip the sleeves down to feed. Also found a black pair of really loose, high waised pj's so I am definately all sorted now in that department. Phew!!

Are aptamil cartons better in the beginning then to have on standby? I have the powder in a big box.


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Thursday, December 10th 2009, 8:16pm

I were fine with Pj's.

My girls had lost a bit of weight and I was breastfeeding so they had to have formula but the hospital provided it.

Try getting the New Born Pampers nappies as if they are born prem first size will be too big.

They let me borrow a breast pump, as my colostrum didnt kick in straight away with them being early and also my boobs were so big the smallest one struggle latching on as her mouth was so tiny.

Good Luck and enjoy, twins are grrreat!

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Thursday, December 10th 2009, 8:59pm

Thanks for your tips Melanie :D I'm glad you're enjoying your twin girls, I bet they are such fun now they are almost two!

I think I may have the oppposite problem in the boobs department :snigger:

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Saturday, December 12th 2009, 6:56pm

Oh what an exciting time it is for you all.

Some hospitals are different but they should have pumps and sterile new attachments and bottles for it.

My midwife sent my DH out straight after the birth to buy the smallest nappies and babygros of the girls.

The hospital had their own blankets and sheets for the cots as they got puked on a fair bit! My hospital had steamers to use and also gave us ready made formula. My girls wouldn't latch on and cause they were small the hospital gave them formula or they were going on feeding tubes. I expressed as well though and it ws given to them in little pippettes.

Bring loads of maternity pads because you bleed much more with twins as there are two placental sites but again my hospital provided them as they wanted to monitor my blood loss.

They put girls into short sleeved vests and babygros as well and it was really warm in hosp but they said they wanted them to put on weight and not lose it by having to work to keep warm as well! Lots and lots of these too unless your DH or mother or someone can wash them and bring them back to you as they go through so many in the beginning bringing milk back up.

Large cotton wool pads are better then balls as they clean up the poo better.

Ipod or something to play music is good as you may find you can't sleep with the adrenaline and other noise in the ward and helps to relax you.

Most of all enjoy it all as it is totally amazing having twins x
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Saturday, December 12th 2009, 6:58pm

Sorry ready made formula will be easier esp as you'll be sore first couple of days and won't want to have to make up the formula.
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