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05/06/2015 at 15:25
We're working on some new content for the Pregnancy area of our site, and we need your help!
We're putting together a nice, visually-led article that helps you/reminds you what you need to pack in your hospital/labour bag – you know, the bag you take into hospital when you go in labour that contains everything from sleep suits (for your baby) to big pants (for you!).
We've done a lot of looking around at what other (competitor - sshh!) sites of and we're wondering what kind of 'look' appeals to you most.
So, please can you take a quick look at the 4 ideas pictured below, and tell us which one you like best.
It would really help, too, if you could tell us why you especially like the one you picked - what is it about it that attracts you?
We'd be so grateful for your opinions on this. So grateful, in fact, that we have a rather large bar of chocolate to give out as a prize – from everyone who posts a useful contribution on this thread we'll pick one person at random to get the choc.
Good luck - and thank you!
05/06/2015 at 16:40
I really like option number 3 because I'm a check list kind of person, helps keep you organized and on track! Also, that option seems to have a more detailed description on what to bring and separates everything so it's easy to read and keep up with. Also, it's the only option that thinks to put things that will make mommy's hospital visit more comfortable. I'm actually going to print it off and use it for myself
05/06/2015 at 17:14
I like number three, it's easy to read and very clear. Two and four look really cluttered. One lols quite nice but doesn't seem to have enough info.
Love he fact three is a check list too x
05/06/2015 at 18:32
3 for me as know exactly what's what and easy to mark each item of xx
05/06/2015 at 18:49
Number 3- I love a tick list so I can easily see what I need to add! In fact have just used this to go through my hospital bag and see what I'm missing!! ????
05/06/2015 at 18:51
Number 3. I'd probably print it off and check the items off myself.
05/06/2015 at 18:54
Number 3 definately. I like to have something to tick off as I go along. It's very detailed and I like the way it's split into sections.
05/06/2015 at 18:58
I like number 3 the most because I like the check list idea and being able to be organised and tick once its packed but I think I'd want to add a little bit of number 2 in there too as I really like the idea of seperate bags so for the 3rd option but to include - One for labour, one for hospital stay and one for baby.
I was that organised and had an emergency c-section under general so my partner found it really helpful to be able to find things easily in a complete panic! And before the panic began... I knew exactly where my chocolate brownies were!!! My little girl is 14 months now and I've just finished breastfeeding her, I'd love to win the chocolate bar because I haven't had any chocolate in a whole year. She's allergic to lots of things and I gave up all dairy to breastfeed her.
Having said all that I do like the pictures of products in number 2, kind of gives inspiration of what items to look for!
05/06/2015 at 19:06
I like number 2. I like a list but I tend to make my own so even with a check list I would probably still end up making my own! So number 2 has it for me, in particular because I like the way it breaks down labour and hospital in to 2 separate bags. I wish I'd done this as it would have made life easier!!
05/06/2015 at 19:12
I'm drawn to option 2 as it helps to picture things visually and provides inspiration. That said, i like the idea of a checklist as in option 3 too - you can never have too many lists when organising ahead of a new baby! Perhaps a combination of the two options would be good - or with more imagery used on option 3?
05/06/2015 at 19:17
I like the checklist too, pictures can be overlooked if someone has a different item to what is shown. Also, as an expectant mum with serious OCD tendencies, I would love to see some guidance on a 1 night hospital bag and a more than 1 night hospital bag. Maybe even advice on what to pack for C Sections versus Natural...I've read allsorts about extra maternity pads to cover the stitches etc. Some real advice would be ace! Otherwise I can see me moving my entire nursery into the ward with me.
05/06/2015 at 19:18
id go with number 3 as I love lists and would mark off the ones ive packed as I go and use it as a shopping list for what I haven't got
05/06/2015 at 19:35
Personally number 1 is the best for me..3rd time mummy and I really do think you don't need half the stuff on the other lists!! Much of what you actually need to pack is common sense and maybe just a few more items could be added to number 1 and this would be the ideal list for any mum. It's also pleasing on the eye and not at all complicated...
05/06/2015 at 19:36
Also, would love some pointers on what type of bag is actually best for hospital? Back pack? Cabin suitcase? Hold-all?
05/06/2015 at 20:45
Definitely the list as more practical and can tick things off as you get them, and even add your own bits and pieces underneath
05/06/2015 at 21:15
From an asthetic point of view I LOVE the look of no1 but agree that practicality wise you can't beat a good checklist like no.3!
one thing I would say is that everyone is different in terms of hospital bags, what one person packs might not be the same for others. Also if you choose a home birth you need different things on hand at home (cheap/spare shower curtains, old towels) and the same would apply if you're going in for a planned c section. X
05/06/2015 at 22:28
Im a massive list maker so no3 for me, anything you don't want to or need to pack can be crossed off. one comments disposable knickers are rubbish buy cheap black cotton undies from a supermarket much better!
06/06/2015 at 05:42
Aesthetically number 3 is a bit dull but the most useful. When I was looking for this information myself before giving birth this is the sort of checklist I would have found most useful. I think emphasising the idea of taking more than one bag is really useful. I had a labour bag and then a bag for the ward afterwards. Even this still resulted in my husband rummaging like crazy through the labour bag as I (ever so calmly - not!) demanded items during labour and this was because as well as my items it also had things for the baby when he was born and my husband's endless supply of snacks in there. So next time I'll be doing 3 bags - my labour bag, husband's labour bag with his snacks and the baby clothes in there as it was him who dressed our son when he was born as I wasn't moving anywhere! and a hospital bag for the ward. I probably underestimated the importance of the third bag, thinking I'd be heading home after 1 night when in fact I ended up in hospital for a week, so it would be useful to emphasise the importance of this bag. Obviously you can have other people bring more things in for you but amongst all the stress of a new baby and the reasons for staying in hospital longer it's good to already have as much stuff with you as possible.
06/06/2015 at 07:09
From a visual perspective I like option 1, however from a practical perspective option 3, the list provides the most information without there being too much detail and overwhelming.
Essentially I think there are two bags required - one for mum and one for baby. I doubt many ladies will leave things out for their new baby but may leave out some of the more crucial things for herself.
I like the reference to knickers and towels because having had a baby irrespective of how your baby arrived, comfort is crucial from day one! I would recommend a pack of dark cotton knickers over paper pants - so much more comfortable.
I would also suggest three pack of towels because you may bleed heavier than you anticipate and be in hospital longer too and if you are bleeding then you can go through towels very quickly.
I would also move the antibacterial wipes and the flip flops from the nice to have list, to things you should definitely take.
06/06/2015 at 07:25
Oooooo I like number 3 not only will it help me a lot as I forget things. It will give big hints for my oh on what to buy me. I will get one of these and stick it up in my flat where my mum and my oh mum can see and then it gives them an idea of what we need ????????
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