What should I bring to the hospital when I go into labor?

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Alice - posted on 04/21/2009

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Quoting Joy:

I had my bag packed and ready for the last month of my pregnancy. While in the hospital I realized that I had over packed. If all goes well with you and the baby, most hospitals only keep you for 48 hours after you give birth. So you don't need to pack the kitchen sink like I did LOL! Next time, here's what I'll bring for me : toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, tooth brush, hair ties, brush), pads (the longest, thickest ones with wings you can find), 4-5 pairs of underwear (because the ones they give you at the hospital are a joke), pj's (or whatever you feel comfy sleeping in), a few button down shirts (if you plan to breast feed), a nursing bra and breast pads, a few pairs of comfy pants with elastic or stretchy waist (so you don't have to sit around all day in your pj's or hospital gown), flip flops, and an outfit to wear home. That's really all you'll need for you. You can bring a book or some magazines if you want. I did but never got a chance to read anything. There is always someone coming in with something for you to read and sign, there's tv, there's visitors and most importantly, there's your new baby. You'll have plenty to do and probably won't have time or the desire to read. Tip : get all the sleep you can in the hospital! You'll need it.
To bring for the baby : car seat, 2-3 onesies, a special outfit to bring baby home in (if you want), a recieving blanket (we "stole" the one from the hospital LOL), mittens (so the baby doesn't scratch him/herself) and footies or socks, and a camera. The hospital will supply you with diapers and wipes. The hospital where my son was born told me to take all the diapering supplies from the bassinet drawers when I was packing to go home.
I can't think of anything else you will need to bring. When I packed, I used the check list on BabyCenter.com and half of the stuff I didn't even use. It just made my suit case heavier for hubby to carry. The one thing I did that helped also was to make seperate lists, one for me and one for hubby. Things like the camera, change for vending machines...that kind of stuff was on his list. Oh, also you want to make a phone list of the people you want notified when the baby is born. I made that my husband's "job" also, giving him the honor to tell friends and family about our new son! Good luck and congratulations Mommy!



I agree with not overpacking and that you will have plenty to do (SLEEP!).  Don't forget to pack the husband a set of clothes if he is staying the night with you.  You guys can share toiletries.

Sandra - posted on 04/22/2009

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Make-up and some yummy smelling lotion, fragrant shampoo/conditioner, body wash. It'll do wonders post labor. Comfy PJ with easy front access if breast feeding warm slippers. For baby, come home outfit, blankets, car seat. They give you wipes, diapers and sometimes even a diaper bag. Yes! the camera.

Brooke - posted on 04/22/2009

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It sounds wierd, but my sister told me to take Depends with me and I'm sooo happy I did. They were just so much easier to use than pads especially since the recovery floor did not have "maternity pads". Other than that I just took the necessities like comfy clothes and toiletries(I got travel sized stuff to save room in my bag) , cell phone and a pillow from home. (I took makeup and did not touch it) And for the baby all you really need is a carseat and some clothes to go home in. The hospital has everything else you need for baby and will probably give you a bunch of stuff to take home too! (make sure you get the aspirator...you won't find a better one anywhere. I've tried) I'm also glad I didn't take too much stuff since I had a bunch of gifts I had accumulated while in the hospital to take home. That's just my experience, but I hope it helps...good luck! :)

Christina - posted on 04/21/2009

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THESE ARE ALL GREAT SUGGESTIONS! DEFINITELY PACK LIGHT, ONLY BRING WHAT U KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO USE BECAUSE YOU WILL ACCUMILATE THINGS FROM THE HOSPITAL. I HAD A C-SECTION AT WINNIE PALMER IN ORLANDO AND I DIDN'T NEED A THING. THE HOSPITAL WAS FANTASTIC FROM THE BLANKETS, PILLOWS, AND THE FOOD. I WOULD RECOMMEND BRINGING THE MOST COMFY CLOTHES FOR AFTER. SLIPPERS AND LEAVE YOUR PERSONAL ITEMS, LIKE LICENSE, ETC WITH A FAMILY MEMBER. (HUSBAND) IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A FEW DAYS MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR GIRLY THINGS LIKE A LITTLE MAKEUP, ETC.. SO YOU DON'T GO INTO THAT GRANNY MOMMY STAGE THAT SOME WOMEN THINK YOUR SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE NOW. YOU WILL ENJOY EVERY SECOND OF IT, IT IS THE MOST EXRODINARY EXPERIENCE EVER. GOD BLESS!

Astrid - posted on 04/21/2009

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Before going to the hospital, I had a pedicure - made me feel somewhat pretty in those darn stirrups! I also brought my maternity pants to wear after delivery, they were loose and comfortable.

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Taniesha - posted on 08/15/2013

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Do I need to bring diapers and wipes to the hospital or should they already have those?

Kathleen - posted on 04/22/2009

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Something that hasn't been said, and may seem strange, Poise pads or other disposable underwear. I hated wearing the big ole pad and those netty panties. I was advised those disposable underwear were awesome, but unfortunately where i was I could not get them.....
they are easier to deal with, to just take off and change

Nichole - posted on 04/22/2009

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Everyone has posted all the necessities that you should need. There are 2 things I would suggest to bring. First thing would be peppermints, they help very much with the nausea you may have while in labor and second thing is a couple of tennis balls in a knee high stocking to massage your back if you have bad back labor!

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don't forget the chapstick!!! you will need it

and if you are planning on breastfeeding, you need some nipple cream or ointment

i recommend Lansinoh.

Nechama - posted on 04/22/2009

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Bring a very soft roll of toilet paper and have someone make you a hot cup of tea right after the birth. My doula did this for me and it was heavenly! Good luck!

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Pretty much what everyone else has said. I took disposable pants but they felt awful and cut into my c-section scar so I would recommend cheap BIG panties that you don't mind throwing away. Lip balm was a life saver and so was a hairband to tie up your hair. Don't forget a pair of flip flops as the showers are well used and may harbour nasties. Disposable change mats were handy for just sitting on at hospital and the car ride home. Nipple shields are a godsend if baby doesn't latch on, they don't always sell them in the hospital shop. Last but not least drawstring pants and anusol.

Sheltar - posted on 04/22/2009

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I'm not sure if I posted in the right place earlier oops.
Along with your basic necessities, take a two piece swimsuit. It sounds strange, I now. For some reason when I went into labor I had my swim suit in my bag. It really came in handy. It made it much more comfortable while being hooked up to the monitors. I wasn't exposed, but the doctors and nurses had access to me when needed without even waking me sometimes lol.

Cheri - posted on 04/22/2009

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Don't forget to pack a bag for your husband, so he can stay the whole time. Also a pair of slippers, they wouldn't let me walk the halls without them.

Savannah - posted on 04/22/2009

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i had a c-section and it was hard for me to get up and move around freely so i wore bathrobes so i could breast feed easily! and some comfy slippers! you definatly want to be comfy!

Virginia - posted on 04/22/2009

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The things I used both times: Fruit juice boxes with straws - so thirsty during labour! Jelly beans - quick to eat between contractions and they give a fast energy boost! Bathers for my husband - if you're going to use the shower for pain relief.

I only packed pjs the first time and had a catheter put in because of complications (they will put one in if you have an epidural too). So I couldn't wear pants because of the bag - so I would recommend nighties in case! They also keep the maternity wards quite hot for the babies.

Then pack a bag of clothes, wraps, nappies etc. for the baby and your toiletries and clothes.

Rebecca - posted on 04/22/2009

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apart from all the things that have been mentioned already ... take a face washer. Believe it or not but it actually helps to have a cool wet washer on your forhead when in labour, it helped me.

Kate - posted on 04/21/2009

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I packed food. Lots of snacks. I was so hungry for days and days after giving birth and I couldn't get enough to eat! I'd also be looking for something to eat in the middle of the night when feeding and you can't raid the fridge at the hospital :)

Amanda - posted on 04/21/2009

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Cell Phone and charger. Camera and charger/batteries. Address/phone book. Something to keep you occupied while waiting. A movie, a book, birthday cards you will be too busy to fill out and mail the next few months. music of many varieties (ipod maybe) Journal to write in things you may not remember later all about your experience.

Megan - posted on 04/21/2009

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i would say anything that makes you comfortable. like your own shampoo toothbrush. dont forget about sleep stuff like.....your own pjs. think about your nightly routine. bring a pacifier, blankets i thought it was always cold in the hospital, both times. video camera.i regret not taping, cuz you dont really get to 'see' it.(plus i was so tired i dont remember it all, isnt that awful) camera, taking pictures helps pass the time during the day. Wipes! some hospitals use dry cloth like paper towels that you have to wet. its kind of a pain.headrest for the carseat. deck of cards or a board game, magazines, lol coloring book. nursing bra with pads.both my kids they made me stay 3days and i had no problems, the 3 days felt like 3 years. good luck congrats!

Alayne - posted on 04/21/2009

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The kitchen sink..lol.. no seriously, what the other ladies have suggested is great..
oh, bring Chapstick.. believe me I needed to use it alot while in hospital.. the rooms were too dry. Bring sanitary pads as well & a cup & spoon for ice chips.. the cups they give you don't last long & the spoons are flimsy.

Chona - posted on 04/21/2009

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Dried fruit, like mango's. They will give you stool softener but I would get a head start on it. Its a scary thing to go to the bathroom the next day after giving birth. Plus its nice to have some thing to snack on while in the hospital.

Marisa - posted on 04/21/2009

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in case you need more advice than the other 90 posts, here's my two cent :)
pack light but bring whatever makes you comfortable. for example, i brought a night gown (loose, comfy) because the idea of wearing a hospital gown at any point other than during labor is not appealing. also toiletries - that post-birth shower will be the best shower you've ever had! socks are a good idea too (i had serious chills after giving birth even though the birthing room was really warm)
and, of course, anything you plan to use during labor - music, visuals, etc.
Good luck!

Jax - posted on 04/21/2009

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as silly as this sounds......a pair of socks !

A friend told me to take a pair because your fit can get quite chilly after being stuck up in the air for a while! She was soooo right ......i was so glad i took them.

Best of luck.......before you know it you will be trying to remember what labour was like! Hope you are all fine when the time comes !

Brittany - posted on 04/21/2009

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For you .... Bring something loose to wear and bring pads..... For the baby I only needed clothes and wipes a couple extra diapers.... Ask if you can give your baby a bath the day you leave to get the hang of it.... I wasns't allowed but just an idea..... You don't have to worry about bottles just have them ready for when you get home!!!!

Laine - posted on 04/21/2009

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Among so amny other thing add in some kind of puzzle - crossword, wordfind ect - for the quiet times when you havent any interest in t.v ( and a pen ) Plenty of baby wipes - those first few poo's are so sticky and require many more wipes than usual : ) fowl but true. A list of people to call and their numbers. Best of luck to you !

Kelly - posted on 04/21/2009

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Bring your own pillows from home with an old case on it.Brind something to tie your hair back with.Make sure to have a small suitcase with clothes to go home in for you and the baby.Also pack toiletries in the suitcase!And of course don't forget our camera!

Priscilla - posted on 04/21/2009

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1) Light robe 2) Maternity Tank Top (in case you breast feed) 3) Light slippers 4) Face products 5) Under wears 6) Relaxing music in case you have a long labor
***Don't overload because you might have to take back more stuff than what you came with, like flowers and gifts. You may want to pamper yourself, but honestly once that baby comes you'll be surprised how your priorities change. Have fun!

Michele - posted on 04/21/2009

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Check out this website: www.itstimelaborbags.com They have pre-packed labor bags and you are able to personalize them by emailing them. They are pretty cute and very handy.

For the baby I would pack an outfit to take the baby home in, carseat and a blanket. The hospital will send you home with diapers, a pacifier and formula if you formula feed.

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contact your hospital to find out what electronics can't be brought. Some may interfere with hospital equipment. Also they may have a DVD player for your use there, so why bring another? For you, bring some night gowns, several cheap pair of underwear (to be throwen away, unless you don't mind taking them home and washing them), sanitary pads, lip chap, a book, or some sort of embrodory, knitting, etc, to work on while the baby sleeps (if you are into that sort of thing), lose clothes to wear home, deotorant, shampoo, body wash, your own towel, any make up that you want. the must have items are a camera, and a cell phone, or phone cards. Also bring a birth book or just a simple note pad to record any visitors, and gifts.



For the baby, contact the hospital to find out what they actually provide for the child. For both my kids, the hospital provided hats, clothes, blankets, burp clothes, diapers, wipes, pacifiers (only 1 style though, but you got to take it home), nasal aspirators (you got to take it home), formula, bottles, bacitracine (sp) for the circumsision. So depending on what your hospital will give you, or what your health insurance will cover, you may want to bring all those things. For the trip home bring several outfits to wear home, (some times they have to be changed several times before you make it actualy out of the hospital.), carseat, hallo thing to support babies head, blankets, hat.

Jodie - posted on 04/21/2009

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i forgot my shampoo and conditioner when i went into labor they have stuff at the hospital but its nothing like your own so dont forget your shampoo and conditioner and soap and a razor if your like me and cant go a day without shaving the underarms socks or slippers cus ur gonna wanna move a little (if ur allowed) while in labor i know i walked about 3 miles while in labor and of course the other nessesites like undies and comfy clothes unless u want to lay around in the hospital gowns lol good luck and congrats

Val - posted on 04/21/2009

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Bring socks! your feet will get cold while you are in the stirrups pushing. I would also say bring gum or cany you can suck on. You can't eat while you are in labor and something sweet is really nice. I would also suggest an extra pair of pants because you will bleed and it can sometimes be heavy after you give birth. It is nice in case you have an 'accident'. Bring a book or magazine because it does get boring while you are waiting to have that wonderful baby! Plus it gives the other people waiting with you something to do

Carra - posted on 04/21/2009

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make sure you don't forget your own toiletries. bring make-up if you wear it, you will feel human again after a shower and some make up on your face! perishable snacks like dried fruit...bring 3 outfits for you and 3 for the baby and the carseat and you should be golden! most hospitals supply diapers, wipes, alcohol swabs, blankets, nail files, and all that for the baby. good luck!

January - posted on 04/21/2009

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COngratulations!! I miss being pregnant so much, my little one just turned 6 months! :) All the things people are telling you are great, I had extra time to think about what I want because I was induced, so I had time to prepare. Eventhough I brought all the above I didn't use everything! I was all about bringing some comfortable PJS but I NEVER changed into them, You dont want to soil your own clothes so I kept the hospital drab on, its not that bad. I pack my babies bag right up with everything you could think of. Didn't use any of my diapers or anything that I brought for her besides a blanket and her clothes for the day we took her home. Bathing suit is a good idea, I got to get into a tub, and it helps with contractions so much! Its amazing. Taking a shower is also wonderful, so bring your bathroom necessities. Ask the nurses if they can show you how to make Ice Diapers, because if you're having the baby naturally, ice packs do wonders for you! But ice diapers are nice for when you go home if they don't give you enough ice packs. Food for hubby is a good idea as well, I was allowed to eat clear food when I was in labor, which also included Coke, weird I know! Depending on where you have your baby i'm sure everywhere is extremely different. Good luck with everything, its the best thing in the world! Don't for get your camera!

Fatma - posted on 04/21/2009

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first congratulation 2 u
bring with u clean clothes 4 the baby diapers bottle ,tit and shampoo
and 4u breast feeding bra 2 make it easier 4 u :))

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2009

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Clothes, Toothbrushes, Underwear, something to do like magazines or crosswords. Stuff for the baby like first picute outfit and diapers. remember you can always have someone run to your home if you forget something =)



Get some Dermoplast from your local pharmacy! Its a spray that works fab for your soreness and stitches! Look into it or ask others moms about it if you have any concerns but I promise it will be a HUGE help. Also ask for frozen pads at the hospital and get them everytime you need 1.

Melissa - posted on 04/20/2009

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There's no need to over pack! You will be bringing so much home with you. Take any personal toiletires you may want, something comfortable to wear home (most lilkely you won't be putting on your prepregnacy jeans yet!), a going home outfit for the baby, your own pillow, the camera & camcorder, the carseat & blanket to cover the baby with, and if you plan on breastfeeding you should take your breast pump with you. If you have any questions the lactation consultants at the hospital will be able to help you with the pump you will be using at home! Don't forget the baby book, a lot of hospitals will put footprints right in you book for you.

Krista - posted on 04/20/2009

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I had a c-section, so was going to be in the hospital for a few days and moving about was a bit difficult, so I would recommend buying a pack of those moist face wipes. It was such a quick and easy way to make myself feel better and clean! And of course your own pillow!

Talese Talley - posted on 04/20/2009

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Oh! And a heating pad!!! I brought it for my back, but it came useful when I was trying to pump.

Talese Talley - posted on 04/20/2009

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Buy like 12 pair of panties that you can just throw away. Get briefs, don't try and be sexy. While you are "recovering" you will need these.

Heather - posted on 04/20/2009

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2 pair of large and comfy pj's something light..... because after you deliver you are going to experience night sweats (mother natures way of getting rid of the extra hormones ) and wake up drenched in seat so you want to have extras, Bring your own soap and shampoos the hospital stuff is harsh and smells bad and leaves you itchy....also for labor pack along a tube sock stuffed with 2 tennis balls, this is to help as a massager for those back pains you have during contractions ..... the 2 most important things other than your baby esentials(car seat, first outfit, pacifier.. they dont have them in the hospital...) are a tooth brush and a modest robe.... both for no other reason that the company your going to have during your stay....no stank breath and no mother cleaveage !!!!

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Well I see lots of lists of things so no need to really add to that. I would say pack enough for a longer than average stay ( long labour, slightly jaundiced baby - very common- all lead to slightly longer stay than you thought) on the basis that it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Visitors are all very well but if you want something right then it's frustrating to wait for someone to come and bring it and you will likely be a bit tired and emotional so anything to give yourself an easy time is well worth it. Plus there is nothing more reassuring as you head off in labour than the knowledge that you are prepared for every eventuality. Enjoy - it's an amazing experience :)

Natalie - posted on 04/20/2009

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and don't forget to charge up your phone, i was texting my husband all morning aboutthe things he needed to bring me ha ha ...seriously so helpful having phone on you

am so jealous of you, your about to go through something soooo magical xx

Natalie - posted on 04/20/2009

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I don' know where you are, but if u are in the uk, then don't forget nappies,wipes etc and a little tip, babies first poo (or first few poos even..we had 3 like this) are like tar, they are so sticky are crazze (is it melconium they call it) to clear up especially if you are new to nappy changing ! take some vaseline and if you or your husband get the chance to put the first nappy on (or even ur second nappy) then a tip i got which was brill, was smear your babies bottem in vaseline, it really helps with the tar like poo clean up !!!

Susan - posted on 04/20/2009

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One thing I always get my friends who are soon to go into labor are socks with the treads on the bottom.....for walking the halls of the hospital, the ones they give you are too much one size fits all....don't fit comfortably though

Natalie - posted on 04/20/2009

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i loved having my own toiletries, don't forget some serious maternity sanitary pads and i bought some cheap knickers as well, nightdress, nice blanket for baby, and obviously clothes to go home in for both of you.

i definetly think some snacks too, i was starving at about 4 in the morning and just ate loads of snacks my hubby had left me.

this is abit gross but i personally recommend some moist toilet tissue as well, for the obvious.

Tessa - posted on 04/20/2009

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a donut seat(the life saver looking inflatable butt pillow)if not having a c-section,it works wonders in keeping pain at bay when sitting up after delivery,some hospitols provide them...and elastic hair ties.

Chris - posted on 04/20/2009

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Yeah, something for your hair and the carseat should stay in the car. I would bring pillows but remember, the more you bring, the more you have to find someplace to put it when you are in labor, and the more you have to take back home. You will have a baby and flowers and balloons to take home too.

Chris - posted on 04/20/2009

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After 4 children, i say as little as necessary. The hospital will provide you with diapers and wipes and some toiletries. I would bring my own shampoo and conditioner and soap. I would also bring some comfortable pajamas and something for the baby to go home in. Otherwise, as little as necessary.

Trisha - posted on 04/20/2009

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i took my own pillow and blanket because, the pillows there are horrible.i brought pj, and clothes to go home in for me and my babies, the hospital usually will give you a diaper there so dont worry about bringing your own i got like 4 with my first baby. and i brought my cell phone charger because i knew people would be calling that more than the hospital phone so i made sure it was fully charged......and make sure you bring your granny panties lol those big ol pads you have to wear after dont work to well on thongs lol!!! well anywho good luck and congrats even tho i dont know you!!

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