what do i pack in labour bag for me and bby?
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User - posted on 02/01/2010
Depends on how long you are in the hospital really, could be a few hours or a few days. Here's some ideas for you :
You : Shampoo, soap/showergel/bath soap,tooth brush/paste, Hairbands, Hair brush, PJ's and a Nighty or short top (if you dont want to give birth in the nude) old pants and pads. Fresh clothes for when you leave hospital. Camera, dressing gown, slippers, socks, towel, breast pads
Baby: A few Vests/ baby grows, all in one suit/ sleepsuit,Hat, Baby's coat and car seat, blanket, muslim squares, nappies and a bib.
Most hosptals provide the milk if you intend on bottle feeding, Good Luck !!!
Also you might want to take some magazines, ipod, bottled drinks, snacks , your phone charger, plenty of change if your not a fan of the hospital food and you have to stay in a few days you can go to the canteen.
Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010
you should have a couple of comfy outfits for you to wear (lounge pants and a tee shirt work great for the first few days after) and a outfit to go home in. You will need an outfit for your baby, blankets, depending on wear you live a snowsuit, toiletries (brush, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair tie.....), lip balm and lotion (I feel like its dry in hospitals, especially this time of year). an MP3 player helped me - listened to it at night to help fall asleep, cell phone and charger are a must. digital camera to take lots of pics of your new baby and all the guests. Slippers and a robe to walk around the halls in. Hope this helps.
Helen - posted on 02/02/2010
i was in hospital for 5 days before and the lack of fruit and veg in the hospital food made me very constipated which was very painful. so some dried apricots.
also a empty bag to put all the gifts that family will give you. get your other half to take things home as soon as you don't need them.
Holly - posted on 02/06/2010
Your own Jammies.....your own shower stuff, cause your first shower is by far going to be the best shower of your life...lol for baby clothes for pics clothes for coming home pacifier if you are going to use one and anything sentimental to your family...also maybe some dvd's if your hospital has a player in the room...oh yeah a pillow and blanket from home you really like....Best of luck on your upcoming day;)
Nikki - posted on 02/05/2010
Just make sure you are packing comfortable cloths and then your regular stuff such as the toothbrush and toothpaste and other toiletries. For your baby a couple outfits different sizes since you don't know what will fit and a blanket for sure! Most hospitals will have some things for you if you forget something. Good Luck!
Annmarie - posted on 02/05/2010
my baby is 6 months this is what u need
for u 3 sets of nightclothes
lots of old/disposible panties
outfit to go home in
outfit for home
Ashley - posted on 02/05/2010
U should phone the hospital and ask what they suplie are hospitals stopped giving out everything so now u have to bring diapers wipes baby clothing and every thing. My bag carried new comfurtble under waer that i new i was throughing out, comfuy pj clothing for after wards baby clothing and blanket, wipes, cream, chap stick, slipers, a robe, hair brush, body wash, shampo, a book, Things i wish i had of brought are music a back rub vibrater and a blanket for me. I froze for two days because there blankets are tiny and thin. Also jenerly hospitals have a tuer that u should go on before u deliver if u phone and ask they will tell u when its open to look around they also have a list of things they want u to bring. Some hospital allow your spouse to sleep over some don't, some have tubs some have showers all things that u might be interested. Good luck.
Rachel - posted on 02/05/2010
Wow! Looks like you have been given some great advice..... One thought is make sure you have your telephone list for making calls after the baby's birth..... PS when you go home stock up on female products (pads) you will need them. No one told me how many I would need! When my water broke I kept leaking so get a couple of serenity pads to wear en-route to the hospital. Congrats!
Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2010
I remember packing too much when I delivered but hey I didn't know either. Here's what I'm packing for the second one....mostly essentials.
Couple of gowns (depends on how long they keep you in the hospital) I would suggest something conservative, cotton and comfy.
A robe to keep you warm when they make you get up and walk.
Slippers and a few extra pairs of socks.
The hospital I went to provided the maternity underwear with a pad for leakage but when you do your preliminary paperwork you can ask if your hospital does or doesn't.
Bathroom stuff- lip balm, shampoo, soap, makeup etc.
Maternity pants and maternity shirt for the ride home- yeah that weight is still there after you deliver. Bummer.
The baby was outfitted with blankets and such for my stay in the hospital but for the ride home I brought a gown for her, a hat, a blanket and some socks. Make sure the baby seat is hooked up in the car before you start loading up. (my husband's fault)
And leave some room in your bag for pads and whatnot that the hospital provides. You're paying for it, so take it home.
Claudine - posted on 02/04/2010
Soft toilet paper! Hospital- grade is like sandpaper - and you might develop hemorrhoids or a perineal tear during labor! And a nursing bra (no underwire) might be helpful. Wear the hospital gown/ underwear so you don't get blood on your cute stuff. And for sore nipples the hospital will give you lanolin but I found one that's even more soothing - Mother Love nipple cream.
Robin - posted on 02/04/2010
For you: warm socks, jammies and/or a light robe so that your bum isn't exposed to the world while walking the halls, your softest, stretchiest clothes for after the birth (think ~5 months...you don't go back to normal size immediately, and you are sore!), and the usual toiletries. Don't bring anything that you don't want to get blood-stained. For baby, the car seat, and I'd invest in one of those zip-up pouches to keep baby warm in the seat. You can use them for 6-9 months, and they are MUCH more comfy than a snowsuit for baby, and so much faster and easier for you. One outfit for taking baby home, the smallest that you've got, and make sure you bring a soft little hat. A cloth for mopping up spit-up will be your constant companion; bring that too. Your milk probably won't come in for a few days, so I disagree with the need for pads and nursing bra, but you know your body.
Sally - posted on 02/04/2010
Wow, it sounds like you guys are well looked after in the US! At the hospital where I had Nick, they provided pads and hospital gowns for me, and cloth nappies and ugly little "gowns" for him. We got a small sample pack of wipes and a teeny tiny bottle of bubble bath. That was about it! The only way they would provide formula was on prescription, when it was eventually proven that I had no milk. If you choose to formula feed then you have to provide the formula yourself. The idea of being able to ask for chapstick or a pacifier/dummy for the baby is quite funny - I think they would have laughed at me if I'd asked for either of them!
Elizabeth - posted on 02/04/2010
that is true it is hard trying to think what to pack ,but everyone has pretty much said the right things to pack obviously remember newborn baby nappies all in 1 vests and sleepsuits unless u have an outfit for ur baby picked out ,if u know what ur having .Also remember who ever is picking u up to take u home to bring ur baby's carseat otherwise they won't let u leave .good luck and hope it all goes well for u let us know what u have .xxx
Gillian - posted on 02/03/2010
Must be different in different areas of the country, or in other countries. I live in Michigan. Here, once you have the baby... you have between 24 and 48 hrs, depending on the time the baby was born. Unless c-section, then you are there for 72 hours.
Thats why you dont need much stuff. Here in Michigan... if you need chapstick, ask! They bring it. All the toiletries, (including lotion!) the hospital provided. A pacifier, the hospital provided. They give you a diaper bag full of stuff, that is a gift from a formula maker.
I think i would have liked my MP3 player. I think they gave me PJ/SCRUB shorts...
If you have a birth plan, GREAT! But dont expect it to go exactly as planned. Hopefully it will, but it might not. If you are choosing to do it "natural", and you decide part way through to use meds... no big deal. If you wanted vaginal, and ended up with a c-section... no big deal. In the end... you have the SAME OUTCOME! A BEAUTIFUL BABY!!!!
Leanne - posted on 02/03/2010
Sounds silly but ear plugs are very handy too. Apple juice to help with constipation and black licorice babies help too. List of names and numbers to call or set up a phone tree before hand. breastfeeding bra. I liked the one that Warners makes...No underwire.. good luck
Alyssa - posted on 02/03/2010
my hospital only provided formula, diaper bag, vaseline, alcohol pads, and diapers to take home. I had to put him in his own outfit to go home in and was unable to take any blankets, etc. So for your child, a couple outfits (weather being the determining factor) and a blanket to cover him with.
For you, while you are there, they will provide what you need. I brought a set a scrub bottoms and a robe to wear the was more comfortable than the hospital gown (I had a c-section so I was in the hospital for a few days and wanted to be comfortable once I could walk around). I brought my own pads because I wasn't bleeding heavily enough for their pads after about the 3rd day (overnight pads were perfect). I brought a book to read although I didn't really read much. Also, if you want to wash your hair take your own shampoo. They did not offer any to me at mine at all. (Keep in mind, every hospital is different so yours might provide things that mine did not). Toothbrush and toothpaste are a must also.
I would pack as if you were staying for a c-section even if you plan on natural. You never know what might come up and an emergency section might be required.
Hope this helps!
Cat - posted on 02/03/2010
i did not bring much for myself...tooth brush and the regular toiletries. Brought an out fit to take the baby home in and cameras (still and video) to catch all the moments of the first couple days. It was great being able to leave the hospital laundry at the hospital. There is so much mess those first couple days it was great not having to clean it when i got home and just wanted to concentrate on my little girl!!!
Take all the help the hospital offers make good use of the nurses and lactation consultants and make friends with them! they are a great resource and support even after you leave!
Natalie - posted on 02/03/2010
I would bring close for yourself and baby stuff to keep yourself occupied when in labour, overnight pads because the one they have at the hospital are really big and as in and hospital it is always dry a chapstick i needed it all the time.
Ashley - posted on 02/02/2010
Your own pillows, some snacks, clothes for yourself and the baby, tooth brush/tooth paste, shampoo/conditioner, a pacifier if you want your baby to use one, phone charger, extra batteries for you camera and some activities to help occupy your time. Oh Yeah the carseat the hospital won't let you leave unless you have one.
Aliska - posted on 02/02/2010
The most important thing is the softest toilet paper money can buy. You are tender afterwards and the hospital stuff is too hard! Moisteriser and lip balm as you tend to dry out also throat lozenges or similar to sooth your throat which can get dry also. Forget fancy nightwear, it'll just get messy one way or another, if you want a treat bring fancy soap or similar bath product that you wouldn't normally buy for a treat. Also, if you intend to breastfeed make sure the clothes you bring for yourself allow easy access, button through tops are best for 1st timers. Remember it's not a disaster if you forget anything, the shops will still be open after you give birth and family can always go home and get things for you. I also loved being sprayed with water during labour so bring an empty spray bottle so your partner can fill it with water to spray you to cool you down if you want it. I loved it.
Gillian - posted on 02/02/2010
OK... I have read through most of these... and disagree with some. I have 4 boys, so I have a little experience here.
Cell phone and charger, laptop and charger (if available), Comfy (still maternity!!) clothes to come home in. Including shoes and a coat. I would take one nightgown, if breastfeeding, buy a breastfeeding one. They are nice! Undies (Although my hospitals provided me with mesh ones, which washed out nicely!! Why ruin mine, when they provided those?
Baby- My oldest was 9#3 and he STILL swam in the newborn outfit. Buy one nice Preemie outfit to bring the baby home in. (Onsie, outfit, snowsuit (if needed), hat, socks) Carseat (must come to the room, as the hospital had to check it before the released the baby.) Blankets to cover the carseat. No diapers, wipes, diaper bag, etc. The hospital gives you anything that was opened in your room. All the extra diapers, wipes, lotions, etc.
Nancy above was right on... only thing I dont see mentioned was Breast Pads. I guess that depends on how long your there. The hospital provided me washclothes to use, but the breast pads are SOOO much nicer. You will need these if your planning on breastfeeding or not!
I didnt bring much for the coach... he needed a break every once in a while. Its hard for them to watch without being able to do much. So, escaping for a bag of chips is a good excuse! Not only that, but afterwards... he could go get REAL food, not hospital food or snacks that have been in your bag for 2 days! HAHA
Nancy - posted on 02/02/2010
You may want to call the hospital and see what they supply. I just had my second and I just needed to pack an outfit to bring him home in and blanket. I packed a few comfy clothes, but stayed mostly in the hospital gown just because it was easier. They provided feminine products and travel size bottles of shampoo and such. Nurses and doctors seem to come all the time (day or night) so if you're thinking of bringing things to do, make sure it's something you can put down pretty easily. They usually provide the slipper socks to walk around in. Maybe a notebook and pen so you can take notes or just right thoughts down. If they offer to take your baby to the nursery, I'd take full advantage of it because you're going to need all the rest you can get. Good luck and congratulations.
Jessica - posted on 02/02/2010
The biggies for me were CHAPSTICK! LOTION! HAIRBRUSH! and RUBBER BAND FOR HAIR! lol Comfy pjs to wear home and an outfit for the baby.
The hospital has gowns and slipper socks and shampoo and conditioner. Heck, they even help you in the shower. Bring something to read. You will be amazed at how much you won't use if you bring it. Plus you will end up with flowers and gifts that you have to bring home from the hospital so don't over pack! There must be room for the baby in the car. :) lol
Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010
dont over pack. from experience you wont use most of it. lotion for sure, mini bottles of soaps ans shamoo for when you can shower ( hospital will give you stuff but it smells like hospital) i always bring my hair dryer because my hair looks ridiculous air dried. CHAPSTICK. you will need it! Hard candies to suck on during early labor ( or more if they let you). extra clothes. once you are in recovery room you wont want to be in that gown anymore. bring a nightshirt or sweat pants and a tshirt you like, you will feel 100 times better in your own clothes ( just make sure they are "older" you may stain them...you bleed alot even wth pads. Also , bring pads, the super huge overnight kind. they WILL give you ones in the hospital that fit in these mesh panties. i wore those about 1/2 day in the gown so the heavy bleeding was lessening, then swapped to my own ( old ) panties and my own pads( not as bulky)hospital pads are really huge and wide and diapery.
extra pillow pr blanket if it will make you comfy. magazines or books for AFTER. trust me you wont be reading during labor. a few things for baby to wear. and a few things for hubby or support person to wear. i also packed snacks for after labor. so i had them in my room and didnt have to always ask for something more than ice for my sodas!
Michelle - posted on 02/01/2010
an outfit for you and baby to come home in (if you get a newborn one that can be legs or a bag it's great no matter the size)
deoderient, brush, hair ties, tooth brush & tooth paste
your own shampoo and conditioner
some slippers and comfy pjs (and robe)
baby book - most will put the footprints in for you
Alison - posted on 02/01/2010
I find it is VERY personal. Are you a minimalist or an "always be prepared" kinda gal? For me, it was important to have clothes that I felt good about meeting visitors in, and proper hair products and make-up (just enough to feel presentable).
Snacks are probably my number one concern especially during labour. You could be in labor a LONG time and you might not make it to the end if you don't eat anything. I always bring lots of Gatorade for labor and for breastfeeding. And a nice water bottle.
Olga - posted on 02/01/2010
Good luck with the baby. It is the best ever - you are going to love it.
My advice is take clothes for the baby that are much smaller than you think you need - you will be surprised at how small the baby is! I had taken 000 stuff and my little one was swimming in them! Also I took a scarf to cover myself if I needed to breastfeed when people were visiting. Don't forget shoes. i went to the hospital in my slippers and came home in them too as I forgot I needed them! Also I used a zip up hoody to keep the baby warm during skin on skin time.
I took a couple of pairs of PJS with button down tops, lots of underwear, socks, some tracksuit pants or something loose to go home in.
Amy - posted on 02/01/2010
1) If the hospital has Wi-Fi, bring your computer, and any adaptors you have to transfer pics to the comp so you can email friends/family and post if you want.
2) A camera with extra batteries (we brought the charger as well)
3) Pads, you may not need them as they may send you home with some, but you'll still want them just in case
4) A few outfits for the little one, also may want to include a dress outfit as many hospitals will take a nice pic for you.
5) Pants with a draw string or elastic. Make sure it's comfortable, You will still have a little bit of a belly when you leave (most will at least, probabily depends on how much you gain?)
6) Snacks, for you and/or DH, you won't want to run to the caf to get food while in labor! Also, if they may not let you eat until you deliver, I went with out food for 24 hours while in labor!
7) cell phone to call people
8) You may also want to include some reading material or games, in case labor slows down or you have some extra time.
9) Relaxing music, See what kind of hook up they have, if you have your computer and have your music on there, that works great, some places have a CD or DVD player in the room.
Amanda - posted on 02/01/2010
I packed 3 days worth of pjs with my second and LOTS OF UNDERWEAR. For her I brought 3 sets of clothes and 2 for coming home. Because we had no idea how big she was gonna be (and even tho she was almost 10 pounds new born was too big she was so long and shinny her pants were too short but they fell off when we picked her up. ) And deodorant and body wash and shampoo and tooth paste and tooth brushes for both me and my husband, I also packed him 3 outfits BC we lived 2 hours from the hospital and I dint want to have to pay the gas from all that driving everyday and he wanted to stay there with us any way. The first go around he dint pack anything because he dint realize that he was supposed to and his mom bought him 3 new suits of clothes while we were there. But all you really need is your bath stuff and tooth paste and of course your underwear. Fro the baby just one suit of clothes to go home in and a blanket for your baby. And pads I dint know that until I had my first no one told me you cant use tampons at first I was clueless the nurses laughed tho apparently there are lots of people my age that don't know that. Congrats and I hope you have a good easy QUICK delivery. OH and don't expect to be able to wear your normal clothes pack some that you wore when you were about 5-6 months along most people are still a little swollen when they are discharged.
Hi. Congrats on your upcoming event :) I just had my first 7 month ago.
The most important things that I actually used in the huge bag that I packed were:
Lip Balm, hair elastic and headband, deodaurant, shampoo/conditioner, (find out if hospital has in room hairdryer), several newborn baby outfits (and most were too big for my baby) Try to find out what your baby weighs close to your delivery date and bring clothes accordingly. If the baby only 5 lbs like mine you might want to buy a preemie outfit or two.
Don't waste money on pretty nightgowns or robes. You spend most of your time in the hospital outfit and not to be gross, but you don't want to bleed on YOUR nice new sleepwear. I did buy a thin black robe that I did use, everything else sat in my bag.
Bring a jogging suit & sneakers or flip flops (depending on where you live) to wear home.
You won't want to put on anything stiff like jeans. If you are breastfeeding you want bras without underwire.
Don't worry about packing lots of things to DO like magazines, Ipods, books, you will have plenty to keep you busy and if you don't you will want to take advantage of being able to relax and rest!
I hope you find this helpful. Please feel free to add me to your circle and ask me anything else OK.
LAURA - posted on 02/01/2010
just had a baby a few days ago. i reccommend for your labour bag to take:
- comfy, loose clothes to wear after,
- at least 8 pairs of undies cause they're always getting messed up by the after effect from your water breaking, and bleeding after ( which is normal),
- things that make you happy ( to help you stay focused on breathing when your in pain) i took photos of friends, and family to help me have strength
- a few jumpsuits for baby as the hospital provides you with everything else needed for bub
- camera with extra batteries for all the pictures you take when bub is born
- mobile phone & charger to call everyone and tell them the news of your baby
And then whatever else you want with you, while your in hospital darling
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