need help for hospital bag

Herlene - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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hi! i'm 27 weeks pregnant and expecting a baby girl. i'm trying to find out what to put into my hospital bag because we're expecting to have the baby delivered via c-section. the problem is i really can't find a checklist on the net which is specific enought as to the quantities i'm supposed to bring. can you guys help me with this please?

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Kimberly - posted on 02/09/2010

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I brought at least a dozen different outfits for the little one. I was there 5 days including labor/c-section and recovery. I was putting new outfits on her left and right. I was bored a lot of the time. I brought my laptop and my digital camera, so I took lots of photos with different outfits. She did mess up a lot of them though. I also brought a bunch of receiving blankets because they were cuter than the hospital ones. They provided pretty much everything. I stayed in my hospital gown till the last day. It was just more comfortable for me to be able to move after the c-section.

I definitely would say bring prunes and such! Trying to poo was the most horrible part. It was super painful, it sucked! They gave me stool softeners....but they didn't really seem to help much at all!

I had a bunch of comfy clothes that I brought, socks, undies, shampoo, conditioner, hair brush...i forgot my toothbrush but they gave me a generic one.

But the best part was the wi-fi :)

User - posted on 02/09/2010

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i got told to only take 3 outfits for baby so i did, i got out of hospital 17 hours after giving birth and we had used all of them! so pack quite a few!

Kendra - posted on 02/09/2010

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lots n lots of undies! they give you some but they were really big n i felt like i was bleeding everywhere

Amber - posted on 02/09/2010

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I think most everything is covered in the lists given above. I bought some nice big men's pj's that have a button up top the pants were nice and loose so they didn't bother my incision and the top is perfect for breast feeding. I had my baby early and didn't have nursing bras which would have been great. I definately wanted my own underwear and pads. Anything that makes you comfy I also had my laptop so I had something to do and could share pictures immediately. I wish I would have had a nursing book. I didn't need much for the baby the hospital gave me everything and wouldn't let him wear the clothes I brought for him. I had little socks for him they left on him it kept his feet warm.

Elle - posted on 02/09/2010

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I packed a very simple bag, I didnt want to have to put everything away/ do lots of laundry when I got home. I brought a dress (loose jersey dress) to go home in, slip on shoes, a going home outfit for baby, a brush, toothbrush & paste, chapstick, camera and cell phone. I used the hospital gown all 5 days that I was there, I used the hosptal slippers and robe and baby clothes, diapers, wipes, etc.

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please dont forget things to make you look and feel pretty... i e makeup hairdryer straigher etc i forgot all of itand ughh it sucks... also your phone charger.... and you can never have enuf pillows....

La - posted on 02/09/2010

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If you are having a c/section make sure to pack prunes and dried fruit...you will want to make it as easy as possible to have your first bowel movement and you will not be able to bear down if it is a hard stool....SERIOUSLY- that was the best advice anyone gave me when I was pregnant!

Oh and bring shower shoes too.

Nicci - posted on 02/09/2010

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I would definately pack everything that Kait listed!! Great list! and of course the usual camera, extra batteries, something comfortable to wear home, I brought a note pad with me too so I could make sure I jotted down the gifts and who they were from and a list of all the visitors. Good luck to you!!

Tara - posted on 02/09/2010

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Well really I think the first two times I had kids I over packed for the event :).. with the third I was more practical... I would suggest the bag for you consist of.. 4 pairs of underwear that you dont mind getting a bit messed up... Since your having a c-section you will probably stay for at least 3 days, so Three easy open shirts (if your choosing to breast feed) ..three pairs of pajama pants that are loose fitting and comfy especially if you are having a c-section.. you will be in your hospital gown for the first 24 hours so 3 outfits is plenty. Hair ties or clips to pull your hair back and a brush of course. I personally brought my own soap and shampoo and conditioner (but they do have a supply like a hotel) If you want to condense it buy trial sizes. chapstick is good to have as well lips tend to get dry in a hospital environment. and a toothbrush! a pillow from home might make you more comfortable as well. And of course a camera and a video camera if you have it to capture the memories. If you have a baby book you can also bring it and ask them to put the footprints in the baby book make sure you tell the nurse a head of time! and if you have a cell phone dont forget the charger! As far as packing for the baby keep it simple they supply diapers wipes etc. Take advantage of it while you can :) So a diaper bag with a couple diapers and wipes for the ride home. If you choose to have your baby wear something other than hospital clothes make sure the clothes have snaps and are easy to open for the nurses that come to do testing etc. and of course one really cute outfit you want to have your babies picture taken in for the hospital photos. and a blanket and beanie for the ride home. If you are breastfeeding and you have one of those nursing pillows bring that as well it will make the process slightly easier. And the carseat you cant leave the hospital without on so make sure the base to the carseat is properly installed into the car ahead of time because the nurse will wheel you out to the car and check to see you have a carseat. If you have issues installing it or feel that it doesnt seem you did it right you can call the police dept. and ask who does the safety cks for carseats sometimes its your local police station and some counties it is the fire dept. Hope this helps :)

Faith - posted on 02/09/2010

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well my best friend had 2 c sections and she packed nothing but comfy cloths and an outfit to bring the baby home in. they will give u everything else that you need

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oh and remember shoes and clothes that are easily slipped on, you will not want to be bending over after a c-section.

Catherine - posted on 02/09/2010

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i had 2 c-sections.

clothes for baby , diapers , bottles if your going to bottle feed and clothes for you. expect to be there for atleast 48 hours.and a camra because you know your going to want pics.also baby book if you want them to put the foot prints in it..

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Depends on what they supply at the hospital. I hated the hospital diapers so i brought my own, (just a small pack) I bought a travel case of infant products to just keep in my diaper bag (little soaps, diaper rash cream etc) just in case. Don't forget sanitary napkins and boob pads! You'll need them! The ones at some hospitals also suck. A outfit for the baby for when you go home (maybe an extra one just in case) Baby hat and blanket to cover them when you leave. Comfortable clothes for you, i used to take loose jogging pants and a shirt cause i hate the hospital gowns. Slippers for you also, cold hospital floors suck and so do their slippers. Remember your camera! lol I forgot mine when i went into labor once and it sucked. Try not to take your jewelry or too many valuable items, you don't want them to get stolen! I also used to take things to keep me busy, books or magazines

Kait - posted on 02/09/2010

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i didn't plan on having a c-section but it turned out that way. I had only packed my bag planning on being there 24 hours. So i had to have my mom keep bringing me things that i needed. Here's a list of what i would recommend:



2-3 pairs of PJ's (unless you plan on just wearing a hospital gown) but its nice to have your own!

your pillow (it's important to be comfortable in the hopital bed othewise you wont sleep, whitch you NEED lol)

2 or 3 pairs of socks.

slippers

shampoo

conditioner

body wash

bathrobe or house coat (some hospitals provide one for your use while there, others don't. you'll have to find out)

i was told to bring some sanitary pads (heavy flow) but i didn't really need them because the hospital provided those too, but it's up to you on that one

hair brush

make up (if you wear it, you'll want to look nice before all the visitors!)

OH! if your going to nurse make sure you bring like 2 nursing bra's (you'll probably leak on one haha)

nursing pads for your bra

and a boppi pillow if you have one! it helps soooooo much if you're nursing so the baby isn't laying right on your incision.



and then of corse all the baby items:



going home outfit

jammies for while she's in the nursery (depending on how long they keep you, you may want 2 or 3 pairs of jammies for your little one also)

diapers and wipes (some hospitals charge for them, so if you don't want to be charged make sure you let them know you brought your own)



hope this helps!

Kait

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