Labour Bag Essentials – For Twins

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I originally posted this on my own blog after finally finding all my lists and lists of baby notes I made when I was pregnant. I decided to document this list in the hopes that it might be useful to other mommies out there. 

With twins, your chances of going into premature labour rises considerably. So once you reach the seven-month milestone, it might be a good idea to pack your hospital bag and have it ready to go at a moment’s notice. Here’s a list of the items you will need before, during and after delivery for both you and your newborn babies.

Paperwork

Get a file together with written dividers, giving you quick access to the exact paperwork you need This will not only make it fast and easy for you, but also for your partner while you have your hands full with the babies. Paperwork could include any or all of the following;

files

  • Your Id book
  • Hospital Registration Forms
  • Medical Aid card
  • Medical Aid Pre-authorization papers
  • Medical Aid Beneficiary addition papers for both babies
  • Multiple copies of your birthing plan
  • A page with your baby’s names and correct spelling
  • List of people to call

Also leave space for any paperwork you receive from the doctors, hospital, specialists, etc. This could include bills, prescriptions, birth certificates, etc.

Entertainment

This is not only for the hours you will spend in-between feedings and not being able to sleep but also for your partner’s sanity while you rest or feed your little ones. Remember to include chargers for all electronic devices even if they claim to last for days.

entertainment

  • Phone
  • Camera
  • IPad / E-Reader
  • Magazines
  • Novels
  • Baby/Parenting Books

Soothing Items

We all have those specific items that no matter what’s going on, will just take us to our happy place. Take things that will sooth you in the event of both a natural and a C-section birth.

soothing

  • Music
  • Your Favourite Snacks and Drinks
  • A picture of your kids at home (if applicable)
  • Lip Balm
  • Your favourite scented lotion
  • A soft pillow from home

Mommy’s Toiletries

With all the changes in your life, the best thing to do is to make yourself feel as comfortable as possible. Pack mini-versions of all your toiletries to save space, as you will only need a couple of days’ worth. Think of all the toiletries you use on a daily basis.

mommy toiletries

  • Facecloth
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Shower Gel and Soap
  • Hairbrush, Hair Elastics and Clips
  • Lotion, Face cream, Hand cream
  • Deodorant and Underarm
  • Contact Lenses, Spectacles and Contact solution
  • Sanitary Pads for after the delivery
  • Nipple Cream and Disposable Breast Pads
  • Nail file
  • Hair dryer
  • An extra towel
  • A clock/watch to time contractions (and later for timing breastfeeding sessions)
  • Important medication, especially if you have a serious condition (make sure you inform/alert your doctor and the hospital staff)

Mommy’s Hospital clothes

The maternity ward is definitely not a fashion show, so this is the one time where you can put comfort first. Your body will be sore from both natural birth or C-section birth and the looser and lighter the clothing, the better.

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  • T-Shirts
  • Stretch Pants
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Flip-Flops for the shower
  • A Robe
  • Open-front pajamas for breastfeeding
  • Nursing Bra’s
  • Comfortable Underwear (High-waisted underwear in case of C-Section births)
  • Going home outfit
    • Keep it comfortable and pack a jacket and tekkies for incase.
    • You will still have a belly (it unfortunately doesn’t disappear overnight), so stick to your maternity wear.

Baby’s Toiletries

Most baby toiletries also come in convenient mini versions, so even though you might have an entire cupboard with huge 1litre bottles of baby shampoo at home, opt for the smaller versions in hospital to save space and make the trip to the nursery easier.

With twins, it’s only really the diapers, wipes and cotton balls that need to be doubled.

baby toiletries

  • +- 40 Diapers / per baby (2 large newborn packs)
    • With twins it’s important to pack both premature and newborn nappies due to the risk of premature labour.
  • 2 x Baby wipes (for sensitive skin)
  • Baby Bum Cream
  • 1 large pack Cotton Balls
  • Nail Clippers and/or Emery Board
  • Surgical Spirits (for navel care)
  • Mild Baby Soap
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Powder
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Lotion (preferably aqueous cream, fragrance free)
  • 4 or 5 baby towels (a hooded towel works best)
  • Petroleum jelly (to help remove meconium from baby’s bum)
  • 4 or more burp cloths
  • Infant colic drops
  • Infant saline nose drops

Baby’s Hospital Clothes and Gear

This is where packing for twins becomes a little different than packing for one baby.

So for those having only one baby, just halve what’s in this list.

baby clothing

  • 8 long-sleeved baby grows
  • 8 body vests (long- or short-sleeved according to season)
  • 8 pairs of baby socks (even in summer)
  • 2 beanies or warm baby hats (a baby can lose a lot of heat through his/her head)
  • 2 warm baby jackets or jerseys
  • 4 pre-mature long-sleeved baby grows
  • 4 pre-mature body vests (long- or short-sleeved according to season)
  • 6 receiving blankets
  • 2 warm baby blankets
  • 2 pacificiers/dummies (optional)
  • 2 newborn bottles + small tin of formula (even if you don’t plan to bottle feed, keep something ready as a backup)
  • Breast Pump and Accessories (if applicable)
  • Nursing Pillow
  • In case of planned bottle feeding
    • 4 or more bottles
    • 2 tins Formula
    • Bottle brush and detergent
    • Sterilizing equipment
    • Formula powder holder
    • Bibs
  • 2 Car Seats
    • Install the car seats before-hand, ensuring you know how to use them before placing baby in the seat.

Packing for your Partner

With all the hours of waiting and worrying about you and your newborn babies, it might be a nice touch to pack some essentials for your partner.

  • Toothbrush
  • Slippers
  • Extra Clothing (incase the babies mess on him)
  • Jacket
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Money for the vending machine
  • Magazines
  • etc.

Nice to Have’s

These are certainly no necessary but might come in handy.

  • Spare cash and Change for vending machines, gift-store runs, etc.
  • Extra Bag for all those hospital goodies and gifts from family and friends
  • Journal and pen to jot down notes and questions for the doctors or to record feeding times and other details of your babies.

These items will help to make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Packing all the above items will also have you fully equipped for the first few days with your newborn babies. Some of these items could also be obtained from your hospital pharmacy, but do keep in mind that they run office hours before relying on that fact.

Each maternity ward have their own preferred list of necessities for you and your baby, so be sure to check with them before finalising your packing.

Christine is a first time mommy to two beautiful 17 month old twin boys that have recently started walking and are now running in all directions. She’s wife to her high-school sweetheart – the man of her dreams and also a full-time software/web developer in the financial industry.
She mostly blogs about their experiences with the twins in their daily lives adding some tips and tricks they learnt along the way.

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Hello, HDYDI Readers! I’m Dory, one of the newest authors to HDYDI. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins. I am so thrilled to join this amazing group of MOM authors and hopefully provide some interesting, helpful, and amusing posts. Let me tell you a bit about myself.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comI am a first-time mom and MoM, just trying to navigate this new and exciting world of multiples. I’ve wanted to be a mother for a very, very long time, but I have to say that I was still quite a bit shocked and taken aback when I found out I was going to have twins. I quickly got over the fear of having two little ones at once, and I am absolutely thrilled for the adventures that we are going to be able to have with our little family.

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I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband Tim, dog Lucy, and cat Toby. Tim is my high school sweetheart, and we got married on our 6th dating anniversary in 2009. As you can see from the picture below, we are Virginia Tech Hokies through and through. Although we got married in UVA country (in a building that was actually designed by Thomas Jefferson), we had the Hokie Bird at our wedding! That was quite the happy surprise for Tim and his family!

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comToby the Cat was my first baby. I got him in 2006, right before my senior year of college. He’s an adorable cat with a killer personality, but sometimes he can be really grouchy. So far, he has loved the nursery (especially Baby Girl’s bed). I just hope he loves the babies as much as he loves their room.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comLucy the Dog is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (there may be a quiz at the end to see if you remember this name). I am totally biased, but they are the best breed in the world. They are the smallest of the retriever breeds, but they have the longest name in the AKC. Many times, we get asked if she is part spaniel, Irish setter, border collie, or golden retriever. Nope! She is a pure bred! She has quite the personality, but I know she is going to be amazing with the babies, simply because she is so kind and gentle around other children, whether they are trying to ride her, tug on her ears or tail, or give her a kiss. She also loves pillows, and she has adopted my pregnancy pillows as her own as well.

Our fraternal boy/girl twins are due in November/December 2013. Our technical 40-week due date is December 15, but I do not expect to go that long.

I used to be an elementary school teacher, and I have taught kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades. Now, I am going to be a stay at home mom for my little peanuts, where I can also focus on my blog Doyle Dispatch and my custom craft business Personally Yours by Dory.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comI started blogging in 2009 to document my DIY wedding-on-a-budget, and I have continued blogging past the wedding to document my family life, budgeting and stay-out-of debt adventures, home decorating, and DIY projects and tutorials. In the past months, I have really enjoyed documenting and writing about my twin pregnancy, helping other soon-to-be twin moms though the totally new experience of a multiple pregnancy.

 

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If you like this content, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or suggestion for further topics! Although I am close to the end of my pregnancy, I have a lot of pregnancy-related topics I would love to cover. I love getting input from my readers! Also, if you enjoy this, stop by my blog Doyle Dispatch to see some more posts, whether MOM-related, tutorials, recipes, and family fun!

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