what should i take to the hospital?

Meagan - posted on 03/02/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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this is my first child,and im really nervous about going in to labor because i know nothing about it. I lost as to what i should take to the hospital with me. A baby take home outfit im sure a toothbrush, pillow,..?? help =]

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Joy - posted on 03/03/2010

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Your definently going to want to take some pajamas probably some night gowns or long shirts it makes it alot easier when you go to the bathroom. Make sure you take shampoo/conditioner..bodywash..bath pouf.. tooth brush..tooth paste.. hair brush..slippers For coming home your going to need a carseat of course a going home outfit make sure you have an extra bag for stuff they let you take from the hospital like diapers wipes thermometer nasal sucker they'll give you pads if you have your child vaginally make sure you ask for extra wipes they give you they come in handy.. But i would prefer to get always overnight extra heavy flow pads they are more comfortable than those hospital pads. I think thats about all your going to need.. I just gave birth to my son on Feb 23 so I know thats what all I had

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Gloria - posted on 03/06/2010

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I'm on my first baby and was completely clueless as to what was needed for the hospital. I was in complete denial that I was in labor and if it wasn't for my cousin- who already went thru this 3 times- I would have went to the hospital with only my cell phone in hand. Anyways, she packed me an outfit to come home in- something loose light sweat pants and a loose t- shirt. Loose underwear, sneakers and pj's with slippers. And of course a baby first outfit, blanket and jacket. I think that is basically the essentials. I also had a book, my make up and all other things to entertain me. My little was an angel and barely bothered me at the hospital so I had way too much time on my hands.

Rebecca - posted on 03/05/2010

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Lia, they gave me a whole pack of diapers. and two packs of wipes. just ask for more. the hospital you went to was retarded if they only gave you three of everything. AND they supplied menstral pads for me incase i didn't bring my own.

Rebecca - posted on 03/05/2010

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definately a pillow cause those hospital ones SUCK. and a robe to walk around in while you're recovering..and socks. and an extra take home outfit incase they puke all over the first one. and some soap because they only give you one little hotel bottle to do you for two/three days depending on how long you're in there. and deoderant. don't forget deoderant. (i did.ewwww) and some comfortable stretchy pants for you to go home in.

Lia - posted on 03/05/2010

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You will need a pack of newborn diapers and wipes, hospitals will give you only 3 diapers and 3 dry wipes. You will need pads, NO TAMPONS! A pack should do it, they only give you 3 if that. Good luck!!!

Lia - posted on 03/05/2010

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Chap stick saved my life. Your lips will feel on fire and licking or wetting with water will make it worse. warm socks for you, a robe so you can take your gown off and breast feed easier. magazines to read. Your cell and charger, camera. And of course toiletries to wash yourself. A pillow for breast feeding, your own pillow for sleeping with.

Sabrina - posted on 03/04/2010

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i brought my ipod if helped me thru contractions and such and you might be there for a while :) i also brought what to expect when expecting book ... snacks! as well the hospital food well i liked it but my boyfriend didnt haha so snacks for your other half and your self

Laura - posted on 03/04/2010

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For you: Nighties or pj's (make sure you wear a nightie made out of cotton and has a few buttons at the front) its more comfortable during labour, and a lot easier to put baby on your chest afterwards.
Shampoo, Conditioner, bodywash, towel, plenty of underwear, maxi pads, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, hair tie, comfy clothes ( i found jogging bottoms a god send)
magazines, mobile phone,

Cori - posted on 03/04/2010

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List of Phone Numbers to announce the birth of your baby. For baby- big t-shirt for labor-hospital provides a gown but I took a old Tshirt. couple of outfits, socks, couple of blanket, mittens, baby caps. For you- outfit for when you go home , warm socks, bathrobe and slippers, boppy pillow and nursing bra (if you plan on nursing) camera, extra batteries, camcorder , cell phone, charger, the basic toothpaste, deodorant, etc. and a pillow. Don't forget Baby Book. Good luck!:)

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Plenty of babygrows, baby's going home outfit, lots of maternity towels or very thick regular towels, a towel to have a shower, toiletries, pjs more than one pair in case you stain them, personal fan, snacks - ceareal bars, and of course chocolate, book, magazine etc.

Jess - posted on 03/03/2010

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Definatly check with the hospital and see what they do and don't supply. I had to take everything for myself and baby including nappies ! The one think my partner forget to pack for me (emergency delivery) was socks ! My toes were freezing in the air conditioning.



Take loads of comfy Pj's too ! I ended up changing my pj bottoms about twice a day due to the blood. Try to arrange someone like your mum or sister or best friend to soak, wash and bring them back to you. I had my mum on washing duty and every day she brought me a fresh clean supply of pants.

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You can find alot of lists on the internet of items you should take. My only bit of advice is take loose clothing and nightgowns instead of pj's as i needed an emergency c-section and couldnt wear any of my clothes as they were to tight on my tummy. All im saying is just be prepared for a c-section just incase.

Kimberly - posted on 03/02/2010

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All I can say is that I was hotter than hot when I was in labor!! A little personal fan or something to keep me cool would have been awesome! My husband and mom couldn't bring the cool, wet rags fast enough!! Lip balm too :) And something to put your hair back! I suppose it would depend on what kind of birth you have for what you will all want... I always live by the motto, it's better to over-pack than under-pack! You can always send someone to get you something you forgot too! Good luck--having a baby is very exciting!!!! You'll do great :)

Lainie - posted on 03/02/2010

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I wont repeat the lists because the previous posts are pretty much spot on what i packed. Check with your hospital they might give you a list of things they recommend, mine did. Also remember that it is better to pack too much and not need it all than not enough.

Keeshea - posted on 03/02/2010

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I would take a couple of outfits for the baby (I took two ... thank God.. because one of the outfits was way to big), warm socks, tooth brush, pads, camera, nursing cups, nursing pillow (boppy), magazines/books, m3d player, charger, couple of outfits for yourself, a baby bag (diapers, and other baby items), etc.

Have you had an opportunity to visit the hospital? If not, I would suggest that you do that. I know that I was less nervous about the labor when I knew what to expect (i.e. how to register [admit to the hospital], what the rooms looked like, what the nursery looked like, etc.

Have you taken a birthing class? I found this class very helpful. I knew what to expect - more or less. They discuss everything from natural birth or c-sections. I felt that I was prepared - as much as one could be - for the labor.

I went into labor during the middle of the night. I wasn't too bad. We (my husband and I) went to the hospital expecting to be sent home - and was told that we would be having a baby. Needless to say I was scared but I knew about what was going to happen. My doctor and the nurses were wonderful. They knew that I was a new mom - and they treated me with kindness. I was in labor for about 8 hours or so. I had a c-section.

You will be ok - don't worry. Women have been having babies forever. You will get through this. You will be awarded for your hard work - a beautiful baby.

Sheree - posted on 03/02/2010

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The lists above are pretty much spot on, I just wanted to add to be careful which hospital your in, they dont all provide pads, nappies or clothes/gowns for your baby. I know the hospital I was in gave us a list of everything we needed and they didnt supply any pads, nappies or clothing, I even had to take the clothes i wanted to labour in, as they didnt provide the gowns for the mum's either. Also things like baby wipes, creams for baby. Also I gave birth in winter and I was soooo hot in the hospital, i had to send my hubby home ot get me some summer clothes to wear. Best of luck with your new arrival :)

Karen - posted on 03/02/2010

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i took a few outfits for baby but not enough i found out! our hospital doesn't have the baby gowns they used to - you must have your own clothes, slippers, camera (extra batteries), toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste) , LOTS of granny panties and pads..the ones at the hospital are great for right after but they feel like you're wearing a diaper, pjs, clothes for you/hubby, a book or something for you to do - it gets boring once baby is sleeping and visitors are gone! good luck and it's not going to be as bad as you think it will...i know i was scared to death thinking about it, then when it was done i was thinking, well that wasn't so bad!

Kari - posted on 03/02/2010

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I packed a lot of stuff, and never used any of it. I went home in my nightgown...lol...it was just easier for me. The lists above are great, so I'll just add a couple of things. We brought some snacks (peanut free of course) and water bottles, for my husband and I. My husband had some during the labour, I ate some of the food the next day, it can be long waiting for them to deliver the meals, especially if you haven't eaten in awhile. Also don't forget the carseat...probably a given, but make sure you take a look at it and you know how it works, it will just make life easier when you are trying to leave the hospital.

Candice - posted on 03/02/2010

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bring just nessesities... a few outfits for baby, an outfit for you to leave in , hygiene products and a camera .. plus cell and charger.. i packed SOOO much stuff and barely touched any of it... OHH and bring a book or magazine ( for when you get bored) and some snacks ( becuase hospital food SUCKS lol )

Katarina - posted on 03/02/2010

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Books and magazines. For me anyways, it was a life saver. I waas in the hospital for a few days and couldn't sleep when baby was, so reading was great! Snacky things to eat throughout the day, they don't feed you nearly enough, and its hospital food :S. I had my family bring me my meals when they came to visit. Stuff for your hubby if he's staying with you.



Don't be nervous about going into labour. Your body already knows what to do, just let it happen. It's over before you know it and then you have a beautiful baby! It's all worth it



Good luck packing and congratulations. Oh and by the way, leave all jewellery at home, you won't be needing it anyways. Your own pajamas as well, if they'll let you wear them. I'd suggest either a 2 piece or a nighty. And slippers, the floors aren't nearly as clean as you would like to think.

Jessica - posted on 03/02/2010

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Take the basics: tooth brush, tooth paste, clothes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, If your want your makeup, If you want your pillow or blanket take that. socks, slippers, a hair bow to keep your hair out of your face ( its good when you go in to labor), and for the baby, the hospital has diapers, wipes, and t-shirts. so I would take a couple of outfits for the baby. and your BABY BOOK!!! camera, cell phone cell phone charger, and anything else you will think you will need!!!

Sandy - posted on 03/02/2010

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I brought a couple of outfits, one for his hospital picture, and one for taking him home in, Warm socks (my feet were always cold), comfortable clothes for when you go home,boppy pillow if you plan on nursing, camera, cell phone & wall charger, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.,my own bathrobe, and heavy flow maxi pads, they give you pads there but it was nice to have the kind I wanted. I would also bring baby nail clippers, and mittens for the baby's hands so they don't scratch their face.

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