hospital bag

Puja - posted on 07/03/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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what do i take in my hospital bag.... for myself and the baby?

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Kelina - posted on 07/03/2010

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Find out what your hospital provides as when i went all I needed clothing wise was something for me and baby to go home in. They provided all the pads, and disposable underwear(those proved to be a blessing) they also had diapers adn plenty of wipes and onesies for baby. If you sleep with a lot of pillows, or just want your own bring that/those. Make sure the carseat is all buckled into the car as many hospitals will not allow you to leave without having baby in the carseat and making sure it is properly adjusted. A couple of recieving blankets, just in case. Our son was too small ofr the carseat so we used them to make the buckles a little more snug. And your toiletries. Oh and socks cause when you're in labor you might get cold. When i was it was like all of a sudden my body stopped making heat, it sucked! Remember you're probably not going to go home in your skinny clothes, lol, so take loose clothes, or your maternity clothes. Good liuck and congrats!

Keli - posted on 07/03/2010

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well everyone is saying bring all these pads and clothes. i dont know where you are delivering, but the hospital i gave birth provided all the pads i need and i had to stay 2 extra days, i ended up not changing into regular clothes because i was in too much pain and i wasnt allowed to put my baby into anything until we checked out so:
VERY loose clothes for going home
one outfit for baby for gong home
toothbrush/toothpaste
toiletries
chapstick
"period" underwear
some extra cash for snacks between meals
socks/slippers
camera
blankets/pillows -plenty of them!
carseat!!!!
really thats all you are gonna be laid up alot of the time and taking care of your new little angel! good luck to you!

Helen - posted on 07/03/2010

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The best advice I had was tena lady incontinence pants!! I ended up with a c-section and they are so much more comfortable than pants and pads (especially the paper pants!!) and no washing needed!!

Tiffany - posted on 07/03/2010

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my first child i read list after list sayin dont forget this and dont forget that and youll need this and that. i packed a huge bag of everything the lists told me to and ended up not usling any of it except 1 nightgown after delivery and one set of cloths for me to go home in. my second time around i packed only soap cuz i didnt like the hospitals, shampoo for the same reason, some pj bottoms and a few tank tops, and one pair of cloths to go home in. and a couple pairs of pantys. now here are my reasons for that. During labor and delivery, always choose to wear hospital provided gowns. its much eaiser to change when needed and your in pain after, and if they get nasty, oh well, u wont have to worry about it. Most hospitals provide cotton like disposable mess pantys, which may not sound like it but they are very comfy. plus, you may swell during or after delivery causing your regular pantys to cut into your legs or waist and be very uncomfy, while the hospital mess ones stretch like crazy and dont cut into u at all. Plus the hospital pad are huge, so it would be best to wear the hospital pantys because the pads dont quite fit in regular ones right. I used the hospital pad, yes the huge ones, because bleeding is very heavy after delivery, and very unpredictiable. After my 2nd baby i quit bleeding an hour after delivery for about 12 hours and then all at once it started back. so its safer to wear the large pads that willl undoubtedly protect your clothing should a sudden rapidn occur. The hospital provided all of my drinks and food, they also provided diapers, wipes, a new cute diaper bag with lots of samples, a breast pump, all the necessities for bathing the baby, all my snacks, and clothing and blankets for the baby. But of course both times i brought cloths for the first picture and also to play dress up...lol. There are alot of things that are told for us to bring that are really unnessesary and when you pack it and dont use it, its very aggrivating. Also it leaves a mess and clutter in the hospital room. Im very lucky to have a hospital who provides all this stuff, i know not many hospitals provide all of that, but hopefully yours does. Dont over pack, anything u dont bring that u realize u need, the hospital may provide, or u can get a family member to bring it. Its much eaiser that way. good luck

Tyneisha - posted on 07/03/2010

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Bring heavy absorbency pads, a few pairs of underwear that you won't made messing up, socks, something loose and comfortable to wear like pjs, nursing bra if your nursing,a phone and charger, diapers, change of clothes for baby. Don't pack the whole house because they usually dont keep you more than 2 days if the delivery is welll. It's a little longer if its a c section

Angie - posted on 07/03/2010

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I like Tamara's list but I would add:
Lip Balm in several flavors, you lips will dry out as you do your breathing
Soft socks, sometimes your feet get very cold
Breath mints for hubby while he helps you do your breathing. My husband had a hamburger with onions before we went to the hospital with our first child and his breath was VERY annoying!
Make sure the phone numbers everyone you want to call are in your phone

Good luck! Delivery is the most amazing event of your life!!!

Karen - posted on 07/03/2010

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not sure about your area, but i was able to call the hospital and they gave me a printed out list of everything i should pack :) gl and early congrats!

Dianne - posted on 07/03/2010

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a couple rolls of supersoft toilet paper, i was sooooo glad i was given this advice (my hospital had cheap stuff and on a limiter grrrrr)

Amy - posted on 07/03/2010

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Cell phone and charger so you can make phone calls, a laptop in case you want to watch movies or get on the Internet if you can't do it with your phone. Check with your hospital I know here they supply you with a bag of diapers and wipes for your little one, so I didn't bring that stuff!

Sarah - posted on 07/03/2010

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i noticed no one added to bring along your baby book if you want the hospital to do your baby's footprints in it. i would bring more than one outfit for you and the baby in case you need to stay longer in the hospital for some reason. i think everything else was covered already!

Zoe - posted on 07/03/2010

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you need

Birth plan (if you have one)
maternity notes
Change for parking, snacks etc
Whatever you are wearing while in labour
bobbles if needed
a mix tape if you have one
Drinks (unless hospital provides drinks )
Toiletries for you
nappies
wipes
Maternity pads
good support bra/ nursing bra and breast pads
Clothes for baby
Change or phone card etc for hospital
camera
comfy clothes to come home with
Tens machine if you have one

anything else that you have in mind that will help you be comfy

Tamara - posted on 07/03/2010

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this is what i took in my hospital a nighty to give birth in plenty of pads and comfy clothes and knickers that u wouldnt mind if they get ruined socks to keep your feet warm and my i pod and 4 the baby i took plenty of nappies and nappy wipes and a couple of bunny rugs summer and winter i took 4 singlets and 4 jumpsuits baby bath wash and cream booties and hat, mittins and an outfit to wear when going home and i hope this helps.

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