What to take to the hospital?

Emily - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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At the hospital I am going to deliver at you only stay the night that your child is born basicly, and then are released the next day.(as long as there are no complications).. I have read all these list's of things from different places on what is good to bring.. but I want to hear from people who have had the hospital exxperience themselves though and know what they think is best.



so far I have packed:



A button up night gown

2 Nursing Bras (Should I throw in some of those leaky pad things for the breast milk??)

2 Nursing Tanks

a pair of night shorts and pants to wear depending on how cold/hot I am

some relaxing lotion

my pillow spray(it relaxes me also)

2 calming CD's (theres a dvd player in the room)

my pillow(regular and nursing.. dunno if I feel like lugging my body pillow around also)

a comfey robe

soft socks (I hear the pedal things are cold, and thats how my doctor delivers)

Some travel sized shampoo, condtioner, etc.....

my baby book

and outfit for him to go home in ( I read that footie one pieces are easiest) and a cap

a birth plan.

phone charger

camera



so I think I still need:



snacks? for the babies father right?

the babies father an extra set of clothes?

a blanket to take the baby home with..(what kind? it may be slightly chilly)

they say an outfit for me to go home in... I figure I will just want to wear sleepy pants and a tank and sweater....



Any other sugestions?????? Is any of this stuff unnecessary?

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Gill - posted on 11/02/2009

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Flip Flops to wear on your feet when you are having your shower,Showers dont always be the cleanest.

Gwen - posted on 11/02/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

Soap, Shampoo (trust me, it'll be the best shower of your life)
Sanitary napkins (heavy flow, nighttime)
extra camera batteries (empty your memory card before go)
An outfit for you to go home in
A list of phone numbers of people to notify (family/friends)
Snacks for sure
Baby carseat - Fit it in the car before you go to deliver - this way you won't be fighting with it when you have the baby waiting to leave
Magazines/Book to read


Yes, you will go through tons of sanitary napkins!  Bring the thickest, longest, channeled, winged ones you can find!! lol! gross, but true.  Also, remember the nurses are there for YOU (not the other way around)! --Assuming you are in the USA? They do not have to take the baby for eye drops, etc. for an hour, which means if you want to hold the baby and bond, nurse, etc.  you can ask for the hour.  Also, you do not HAVE to do everything they tell you.  There are a few things hospitals like to do because they are convenient for the staff, not always necesary for you/baby.  Read the expectant mother's bill of rights and don't be afraid to ask questions while you are there.  My favorite book was "When the Belly Button Pops, the Baby's Done."  It has lots of helpful suggestions.  Best wishes :-)

Jennifer - posted on 11/01/2009

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The one thing I forgot to take was a shaver...Don't forget your breast pump if you have one. And a list of people and phone numbers...And insurance cards. Also contacts glases and ect...Good luck...My water broke 6 weeks before my due date so have it ready as soon as you can...

Michelle - posted on 11/01/2009

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Don't forget the carseat! HA. I didn't like the nursing bras, the tanks are awesome! You just put any shirt you want to wear over it and then when you pull up your shirt to unbutton and nurse, you don't have to flash your belly. Bring lanolin and put it on before your first breastfeeding and after, and just use it like that religiously. Prevention is better than cracked boobies (which will hurt bad enough to make you cry). Lotion/chapstick is good, a hair tie, and things to take a shower will make you feel better. Baby outfit to go home in, I loved the footie one pieces because they are comfortable and warm for the baby Definitely a camera. I wore pajama pants home and at the hospital. The hospital usually has snack machines and food, but if he wants something specific then definitely bring it. Oh! Bring your own popsicles! Thats the only thing they let you eat while giving birth and the one's that were given to me tasted crappy. I was starving after 12 hours of only ice chips, so I wish I had brought some popsicles that were actually palatable. I did not do it naturally, and I always say, don't let anyone tell you how to give birth. If you want it natural, then go ahead, but don't feel guilty to get the nubain and epidural. I did and my baby was wide awake/alert and I have no regrets. Good luck!

Lyn - posted on 11/01/2009

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My mom brought me a journal which was great! So I started a letter in it to my daughter while in the hospital. She also packed $ for parking and change for the coke machine if hubby needed it! ( I had a preemie so I had nothing packed, so my mom went and p/u everything the hubby overlooked. He brought me "skinny" jeans, thongs and little tank tops! Thank God for my Momma!!!)

Suzanne - posted on 11/01/2009

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Make sure you take lots of snacks and drink. I didn't particularly fancy the hospital food but i found i could manage a chocolate biscuit or something high energy. Also tons of really thick maternity pads, you will get through them, and half a dozen really big pants (throwaway discusting ones as you wont want to keep them). Be careful of the elastic line though in case you have to have a c section.

I took my slippers with me and i'm glad i did as i did a lot of walking during my 43 hour labour (should have worn my pedometer!) and I also took my dressing gown as i didnt wear any bottoms as things were slightly messy down there. That way I didn't have to keep taking my pj bottoms on and off when i went to the loo.

For the baby i made sure i had a really big bag of cotton wool balls as the first couple of poos are really messy and i didn't want to use wipes on sensitive skin and a few sleepsuits and vests just in case you have to stay longer.

Last but not least a going home outfit for you too. I just took my maternity jeans and a top i could nurse in but a lot of mums went home in joggers, after all it is our right to slob out!

Good luck with your labour.

Lydia - posted on 11/01/2009

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You seem to have everything covered. The only thing I can think of that you may want is some pads as it can be kinda messy (and they make good ice packs as well if you are tender) :)

Jolene - posted on 11/01/2009

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I think you have covered it all in your list but dont forget mittins for bub as theyare born with long nails and scratch themselves plus they will keep his hands warm- and just remember this labour is all about you and having a healthy baby so just relax and go with your body(it will know what to do) and aif the father wants anything else he can always pop home and get it cause there are always nurses and midwives with you!

Jacqui - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Jodie:

Hi Emily,
Firstly Good Luck with your labour!!! This may sound really strange but the one thing i tell every first time packer is a roll of your fav Toilet paper!!! LOL I know it sounds weird but if things are a bit tender down there you dont want to be using the Hospital grade sand paper that they give you to wipe down there!!! and i would also for sure pack beast pads!! Hope all goes well for you and your partner!



This is funny but sssoooo true :)

Sarah - posted on 10/30/2009

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Soap, Shampoo (trust me, it'll be the best shower of your life)

Sanitary napkins (heavy flow, nighttime)

extra camera batteries (empty your memory card before go)

An outfit for you to go home in

A list of phone numbers of people to notify (family/friends)

Snacks for sure

Baby carseat - Fit it in the car before you go to deliver - this way you won't be fighting with it when you have the baby waiting to leave

Magazines/Book to read

Carri - posted on 10/30/2009

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I took the advice of someone and wore the lovely hospital gown that first night. Things were a little messy that night so I was glad I didn't ruin my own clothes. You might want to pick up a pair of "Soothies" for nursing in case you get a baby like my first. I was so sore from nursing I couldn't stand for my clothes to touch me and the Soothies helped so much. Oh, and I had this notion my baby wouldn't use pacifiers so I didn't take any. He had other ideas and my husband had to make a mad dash to the drug store. You are nicer than me if you are worried about snacks and clothes for the baby's father. Shouldn't he be going to get you whatever snacks you want? LOL I agree on the footie outfit, especially in chilly weather. You may want a receiving blanket to swaddle with and a heavier one too. And yep, I think your go-home outfit is perfect.

Jodie - posted on 10/30/2009

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Hi Emily,
Firstly Good Luck with your labour!!! This may sound really strange but the one thing i tell every first time packer is a roll of your fav Toilet paper!!! LOL I know it sounds weird but if things are a bit tender down there you dont want to be using the Hospital grade sand paper that they give you to wipe down there!!! and i would also for sure pack beast pads!! Hope all goes well for you and your partner!

Angie - posted on 10/30/2009

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sounds like you're ready but I'm sure you'll need a car seat. I know my hospital wouldn't let me leave unless I brought the carseat in. might be something to ask about

Melissa - posted on 10/30/2009

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One good thing to have is a stool softner. Depending on your delivery. I found out after the first one that I should have brought that with me. I was constipated for almost 2 weeks!!

Alison - posted on 10/30/2009

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Your hospital should have a list, which is a good place to start.



I always (ok, 2 times) bring a toothbrush, undies and a clean t-shirt for hubby.



Bring snacks for BOTH of you. If you want to eat while you are labouring, the hospital staff does not have the right to prevent you. You may throw it up, so keep it light, but you may totally run out of energy if you don't eat. The snacks also come in handy post partum.



I also bring gatorade and got a nod from the nurses for being so smart. Hydration is very important especially post-partum.



I like to wear my own clothes rather than the hospital gown after delivery. I don't know if that is allowed in your hospital.

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