Laurie - posted on 11/30/2014
Your hospital should have a booklet with suggestions of what to bring. For the labor and delivery room you may want to bring music, either soothing music or pump up music, some old pjs that you don't care if they get ruined (hospital gowns are not the most comfortable but you will ruin whatever you are wearing), a watch to time contractions, a pad of paper and a pen. You will need all your normal stuff for a two to three night stay, clothes, toiletries, pads - the most absorbent pads you can find, maternity pads or good overnight pads. Pack clothes that are loose fitting around your midwaist, maybe a nightgown in case of c-section, no one wants to think it will happen to them, but it's better to be prepared, slippers and a housecoat or comfy sweater. For the baby, take a sleeve of diapers unless the hospital will provide diapers for you, some sleepers, burp cloths, receiving blankets, a warm blanket, a nice outfit for when you leave the hospital. You do not want to have a snowsuit or coat for in the car seat as this is dangerous, your best bet is a fleecy sleeper or fleecy pants and shirt with blankets and a hat to keep baby warm. If you are planning to breast feed, get some lanolin cream for your nipples and some breast pads, you will also want either nursing tank tops or sleep bras as anything with more structure will be quite painful to wear and anything less will be uncomfortable. Don't worry about taking too much for the baby as you will likely get clothes, blankets and toys as gifts when baby arrives. Hopefully this is helpful and some other moms will likely think of some things I've forgotten.
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