We left the blankets, although Its their first blanket it doesn't belong to me. If I did then Its something the public hospital would have to replace and if lots of people did it then that's money that could be better spent elsewhere.
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30-10-2014 15:11 #11
30-10-2014 15:12 #12
Slightly OT, the hospital that dd2 was in was quite large and new mums used to wheel bub down to the food court and that surprised me at first, but I actually saw a few mums taking the babies outside in the cots so they could have a smoke
30-10-2014 15:13 #13
30-10-2014 15:14 #14
Exactly. Say the hospital has 5000 births a year and everyone took home a blanket. Say blankets cost $5 each, that's $25,000 a year being spent replacing things that people stole that the hospital has to replace. And that's just 1 hospital.
30-10-2014 15:16 #15
The beanies are different, they're knitted by volunteers and then donated to the hospital. We have thousands of them. Christmas themed, state of origin themed etc. We encourage parents to take those as mementos instead
30-10-2014 15:18 #16
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30-10-2014 15:23 #17
I posted a pic of my DD on Facebook at home in her hospital wrap, which they gave to us as she seemed to hate the muslin ones I had purchased for her. She only settled in the cotton hospital sheet.
Anyway. A few people asked me if I nicked it, and even more people admitted to 'taking SOME home'. I can only imagine how many get stolen. Soon they'll be doing a linen count on discharge lol.
Any nurses on here know how much of an issue it is for hospitals?
30-10-2014 15:29 #18
There are definitely times when we run low on blankets and it is hard to believe that we would go through that many. Unless a baby wees/poos/vomits on them, then they should be good for a day or 2 before changing, usually after the first bath. We would usually get around 60-80 blankets on our linen trolley each day and some days only half that amount gets delivered. A few days later and we soon have more, usually because an order has come in of new blankets. We recently had a new shipment of these really cute blankets come in with dinosaurs or something on them. Like, we had hundreds of them. They're now as scarce as hens teeth.
30-10-2014 15:36 #19Senior Member
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I took the blanket home, being my first I have no idea but thought it might help ds sleep at home with a familiar smell (he was wrapped in it when born and slept with it in hospital). When we left the midwife was putting all of his tags etc in the nappy bag for me. She then put in the thermometer they had used while he was there and said to take whatever wasn't bolted down! I didn't do that but def took the blanket and the rest of the nappies and wipes we were given. (We were in a private hospital)
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