What do I need to pack for the hospital when I deliver my baby?

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Stephanie - posted on 08/02/2009

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most hospitals offer the maxi pads, diapers for the baby, and formula if u are bottle feeding, but i recommend maria's list be sure that you bring something to keep you occupied while baby is resting and before baby comes. IF daddy is going to be there my husband always stays with me i pack clothes and snacks for him. most importantly bring clothes for you and baby to come home in and carseat if you dont have one at the hospital they dont allow baby to go home. some hospitals have rules on how old that carseat can be i would check into your hospital for that.

Maria - posted on 08/02/2009

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Hey, I got this list off of parents.com. I made a checklist cause I'm due in 3 weeks. I think it's a pretty complete list. Good luck!

-pj's w/boob access (if you plan to breast feed)

-nursing bras and pads and a few pairs of underwear

-comfy robe

-socks and slippers

-your going home outfit (average women are at 5 month size)

-maxi pads

-toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, makeup

(I bought trial sizes from target so I don't have to take apart my bathroom before I leave to the hospital)

-headphones and mp3 player?

-pillow from home (in case hospital pillows aren't comfortable)

-lanolin cream (for sore nipples if you plan on breastfeeding)

-cell phone charger

-camera

-put car seat in the car

-layette stuff: hat, 2 receiving blankets, burpcloths, 2 onesies, 2 pairs of socks

-baby "going home" outfit

-diapers and wipes w/ diaper bag

-nursing pillow

-hospital registration forms

-insurance cards

-drivers license (some hospitals require this to admit you)

I know this is a long list but most of this I fit in a sports duffel bag for me and a diaper bag for the baby. The pillows are going to be carried in by hand obviously. Hope this helped!

Andrea - posted on 08/02/2009

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Hi Ellen. With my first I was not prepared because I delivered early but with my second I made sure that I brought a set of comfortable pajamas, underwear, toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush etc. Also bring something to keep you occupied such as a magazine, books, or a laptop because before and after the baby is born you will have some time on your hands. I also brought an extra pillow because I had a C-Section and some hospitals don't have extras and it makes it so much more comfortable. Make sure you have the car seat ready along with an outfit for baby when you are bringing him/her home plus a receiving blanket for them. I think thats about it, at least what I can think of. I am sure other mothers will have more suggestions for you. Congratulations and good luck!

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