Hospital Baby stuff..

Keela - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I know this is a redundant question but... What do I need to take to the hospital for the baby. I dont want to take a suit case, just what I need. Do I take diapers and wipes? How many changes of clothes? WillI need baby Blankets? What else?? remember I dont want tons of stuff... Just what I need.

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Keela - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Vivian:

Almost forgot, I'm planning on breast feeding so I'm also briging a nursing bra and a nursing night gown. You really don't need to but I rather have my back side covered.



I have looked everywhere for a nursing nightgown, where did you find yours?

Vivian - posted on 05/04/2009

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Almost forgot, I'm planning on breast feeding so I'm also briging a nursing bra and a nursing night gown. You really don't need to but I rather have my back side covered.

Brittany - posted on 05/03/2009

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Quoting Rebekah:

All I have packed for my baby is wipes (my hospital only has washcloths), a receiving blanket (for the day she goes home), and two outfits (one preemie and one newborn). I'm also bringing my nursing cover-up, nursing pads, and my Boppy pillow for nursing. But, I still have 3-4 weeks left so my bag may grow as the weeks go on and I think of other random stuff.



Oh! I forgot about the boppy. I did have that and it was wonderful for the first feedings before we got the hang of it.



When I started having contractions, before I went to the hospital, I had already packed but I started adding more to it because I didn't want to be without anything. I even packed a sketchpad and color pencils. The funny thing is we forgot the camera and video recorder, realized it 5 mins down the road so we turned around to get it. They couldn't remember where the camera was so everyone but me (3 other ppl) got out and went to search for it. I was having contractions 3-5 minutes apart for 2 hours before.



 



OH!!!! You'll need bath products. I just kept mine to the side except when I was showering so that they could be grabbed on the way out the door. I didn't realize I'd be having contractions at home and walking around for 4 hours before going to the hospital.

Brittany - posted on 05/03/2009

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Quoting Jamie:

Here is what they have, blankets, diapers, wipes, etc.) THey even have shirts, hats, mittens. For you it is optional to have a cute outfit to take the first pic in and bring baby home in. They send you home with all the stuff that they had in your room, plus they gave me a package of diapers and wipes. They also give you a similac diaper bag and a keepsake hospital bag. Sounds like alot doesn't it??? I just brought a outfit to bring mine home in. THey even give you a pasi if you want it. I'm sure all hospitals are different in stuff. But that is what I got 2 years ago with my last one, with the economy they might be tighter on the free stuff. but not the necessary stuff. Hope this helps.



It was the same at the hospital I just had my daughter in a week ago. I got a similac diaper bag, but not a keepsake one. And I was shocked at all the free stuff. My fiance was packing it and I made him go ask a nurse.

Brittany - posted on 05/03/2009

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The hospital had diapers and wipes, and ours even gave us the leftovers plus an extra pack of diapers. Some people bring onesies to dress their baby in, I didn't, I only packed a take-home outfit (which ended up being too big and my cousin bought us a smaller outfit to put on her lol). The hospital had little shirts for the baby and I decided to use those so I wouldn't have to come home and wash baby clothes right away, they even gave us a cute hat for her. I'm glad I didn't bring extra clothes because she went through the hospital ones pretty quick. She kept spitting up. Pretty much they supply everything you'll need for the baby. Everything else is just optional. I'd bring some slippers for yourself. I brought a robe and clothes but I wore the hospital robes until my second day because I didn't want to get blood on mine. After the bleeding slowed down I wore my robe. I had also packed 2 or 3 outfits for myself (stretchy pants and big t-shirts) but i didn't even wear my clothes until right before I was to go home. I was too afraid of pants rubbing against my sore vagina. I packed books and papers, my daughter's baby book and pillow. But really I didn't have time for any of that between feeding, changing, and bonding with her, reading pamphlets, and reading and filling out paperwork.

Allison - posted on 05/03/2009

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I'm taking several outfits because I don't want my baby wearing the hospital clothes they have - my last baby got a really bad rash from the rough fabric and bleach they used on the clothes (so did my husband from his sheets!), so I'm bringing soft clothes that have been washed in soap nuts to hopefully prevent that.

The hospital typically has diapers and wipes - even if they aren't the best, they work fine until you get home. I use cloth at home, but I'll take what they give me there just so I don't have to pack up and then to wash as soon as I get home. They usually have blankets for swaddling there (and with my first I was told to snatch a few to use at home, which I did and still have ).

Otherwise, there's nothing you really need for baby. Except a properly installed carseat to take baby home.

For me, I'm taking Binsi labor clothes and pajamas to nurse in (I hate the gowns since I'm a small person and they are so big on me), snacks for me and hubby, birth ball, The Baby Book by Dr. Sears to use as reference for some things, my iPhone and charger, cameras, a boombox to play my birth playlist off my iPhone, and an outfit for me to go home in. Flip flops, too. I think that's about it. Boppy is a good idea, too. I know some people suggest you bring some extra pillows, but I've never had a problem getting more if I wanted them by request.

I have no idea what my husband is planning to bring - but I bet he'll have some things he wants, too.

Brenda - posted on 05/02/2009

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I just take a go home outfit in my diaper bag and a couple receiving blankets. I'll take a few diapers and a small package of wipes, just because I already put em in the diaper bag. I pretty much use everything else that the hospital has, which is usually everything else you'll need while there. In fact, I don't even take my own clothes except my go home outfit. For me, I take a nursing bra, nipple cream, and nursing pads for leaking (though my milk prolly won't be in by the time I leave). I'm taking other little things like toiletries of my own, socks, slippers (if they'll fit this time, last time I had pillow feet), and chapstick, make up, stuff like that. Like others said, you leave with a ton of stuff for baby. I left with two diaper bags (one similar, one enfamil) and a bag of stuff from parents as teachers.

Vivian - posted on 05/02/2009

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Keep it simple, I am. One outfit, blanket and an outfit for you that's comfortable. Sample size of toothpaste,soap,shampoo/conditioner,toothbrush & pads & lip balm and some make up. I have all this packed in the baby bag. They give you everything else you need for the baby right at the hospital n you take it home with you. No need to have luggage. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 05/02/2009

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With my first, the hospital provided diapers (and some to take home)--wipes were just gauze pads we had to wet down so this time I am definitely taking some of my own--the gauze pads were a pain, especially when removing meconium :p They did have clothes for baby but they weren't to take home (except for one "keepsake" t-shirt) so this time I am bringing onesies and sleepers and such in case this hospital has the same policy and the baby outfits are washed and reused with each babe. They also would not let us have a receiving blanket to take him home in (a crappy nurse didn't bandage a heel poke for jaundice test properly and he bled all over the only blanket we had with us so we didn't have one to use--the discharge nurse actually removed the hospital receiving blanket from around him in his carseat because we weren't allowed to take it!)--we are taking several of our own blankets with us in case this hospital also has that policy. They did have socks and hats for us to use but no mittens. (although I am bringing my own hats/socks this time around b/c I wasn't too impressed with the quality at the last hospital). Baby stuff is small so you should be able to carry it in a diaper bag/large purse/backpack, depending on what you have :)

Rebekah - posted on 05/02/2009

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All I have packed for my baby is wipes (my hospital only has washcloths), a receiving blanket (for the day she goes home), and two outfits (one preemie and one newborn). I'm also bringing my nursing cover-up, nursing pads, and my Boppy pillow for nursing. But, I still have 3-4 weeks left so my bag may grow as the weeks go on and I think of other random stuff.

Jessica - posted on 05/02/2009

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In my experience, the wipes the hospital offers are not very good ones- they are dry, you have to wet them yourself, and sometimes they just give you washcloths. So, to be on the safe side, I'd recommend having at least a small pack of newborn wipes with you. I'd say at least two outfits, one to bring baby home in. They will not send blankets home with you, so have a couple of receiving blankets with you at the very least. If you're nursing, you'll probably want to have some of your own nursing pads with you, and if you're bottle feeding, and don't want baby to get used to the hospital nipples, then I'd recommend having a couple of bottles with you. For me, this was an issue, because even though I was breast feeding, they had to supplement with formula, and I'm allergic to Latex, and as it turns out my daughter is, too- and all they had were latex nipples. So this time I know better! Also, if you're nursing, a couple of larger baby blankets would be good to have with you, to cover up with. The hospital will provide all the diapers you need, and the day you go home, you will get a diaper bag that's from one of the major formula companies, whether you're planning to formula feed or not. As for a pacifier, if you want a certain kind to be used, take your own for your baby. Otherwise, the hospital will provide that, too. I liked having some socks or booties for the baby, too, because they don't provide that. And if you want some mits for on his or her hands so they don't scratch, that would be good, too! Although, sometimes the shirt they provide for baby has the cuffs on it. Hope this helps you!!! :)

Jamie - posted on 05/02/2009

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Here is what they have, blankets, diapers, wipes, etc.) THey even have shirts, hats, mittens. For you it is optional to have a cute outfit to take the first pic in and bring baby home in. They send you home with all the stuff that they had in your room, plus they gave me a package of diapers and wipes. They also give you a similac diaper bag and a keepsake hospital bag. Sounds like alot doesn't it??? I just brought a outfit to bring mine home in. THey even give you a pasi if you want it. I'm sure all hospitals are different in stuff. But that is what I got 2 years ago with my last one, with the economy they might be tighter on the free stuff. but not the necessary stuff. Hope this helps.

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