so its my first and im not sure what to expect.. what do i need to pack for the hospital?
Emma - posted on 04/23/2009
in a nut shell- nappies,wipes, couple of baby grows/vests, scratchmits, a nighty for you for labour then a clean one for afterwards, soap bag with the essentials, dressing gown, slippers, camera, underwear, a book- as labour can be long! the hospital i was at had different bottles of milk if you wern't breastfeeding so you shouldn't need anything.
Rebecca - posted on 04/23/2009
I packed so much stuff I kept sending stuff home with my husband once he was able to go home. My baby and I were transferred to a specialist hospital two days into our stay and then back to our first hospital on the fourth day. We couldn't take much between the two places so most of my stuff went home. All I kept with me was my laptop, my phone, camera, clothes and some toiletries. I'm vain as - can't live without my mascara but didn't even think about it the whole time I was in hospital because I was too worried about bubs. If you're into it, pack it anyway! it does make you feel more like yourself.
Pack some bags to take pressies home in!! Also when I was in labour, after the epidural set in I wish I'd had something to take my mind off things. I couldn't really feel the contractions but I was too excited to sleep. OH, and I wish I'd packed granny pants!! I'm a hipster girl and managed to wear them all through pregnancy and was still sporting them before the delivery. Unfortunately I had to have an emergency C-section and the incision is right where the undies sit. I suffered through the 8 or so weeks after birth with uncomfy undies, don't do it!!
thats a great site!! it has stuff for you and bubs!!
I also had to take in nappies for my daughter as the hospital only gave us ten.
I would also suggest a tin of formula even if you are planning to breastfeed. My daughter didn't take to breastfeeding and the midwives got quite annoyed that I didnt have formula with me
Rhiannon - posted on 04/23/2009
Definately your own pillow! It is hard enough sleeping in a hospital without trying to use their crappy pillows!
Maternity pads (I ended up needing three packs while in hospital) and make sure you have a supply at home for when you get there with new bub.
LOTS of undies! (again, make sure you have clean ones at home for when you get there)
The obvious comfy clothes/socks/slippers.
Camera and spare batteries
And whislt some people probably don't feel the need, I took in my basic makeup, as I got alot of visitors and I have pretty bad skin at the best of times. Plus all those photos!
My other advice is to ask people to send the flowers to your HOME, and have boyfriend/hubby bring in one or two for you. I got so many flowers they had to go home in a seperate trip, and the over powering smell in my hospital room kind of made me want to throw up!
Pen and paper is good to, if you want to keep track of who gives you what to write thank yous later. If you don't write it down at the time, you will never remember who gave you what!
Hope that helps somewhat. It is no where near everything, but a few ideas of basic things.
Melissa - posted on 04/22/2009
It was 3 days before my due date and my sister finally made me vack a bag that night...good thing cuz I went into labor the next morning! I had packed my camera, cell phone, chargers for both, toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, hair dryer/straightner, makeup ( I know I know but I wanted to feel like myself after!) 3 pairs of socks, big oversize tees, and pajama pants. The hospital I was at provided fittings for nursing bras so I got mine there. My boyfriend also packed his bag. All that would have been enough but i eneded up having an unplanned c-section so I eneded up needing more clothes and MUCH looser fitting pants so that they didn't constrict the incision site. I also made my boyfriend come back with shaving cream and razor beacause after a week I was starting to look like Chewbaca. I would recommend at least pulling out enough comfortable clothes for a full week and leavingsome of them packed at home. This way if you need them someone can be sent to retrieve them and they don't have to try to guess at what you want. Best of luck to you!!
Brenda - posted on 04/22/2009
Birth plans are great, but birth is unpredictable. So while having a birth plan is something you want, make sure you are flexible enough to throw it out the window if need be.
http://www.babyzone.com/pregnancy/labor_... is a good article on hospital bags.
Teyaka - posted on 04/22/2009
Make a birth plan. That way you have in writing exactly what you want and what you don't want. You may or may not use it, but it is a good thing to have on hand. The birth plan pretty much maps out your whole visit as far as what meds you're willing to take, type of birth (natural, with epideral, water), want the baby in the room or nursery, in case of emergency what you wish to happen, things like that. As far as packing the rest...
Definately an outfit for the baby to wear when the pictures are taken and wear coming home, comfy clothes for you (mostly pajamas), EXTRA underwear (you may or may not bleed like crazy), a robe, comfy socks, receiving blankets, your charger (you're going to be on your cell phone quite a bit, movies or tv show on a dvd (the tvs aren't the best, nor does everything on come when you like)!
Congradulations! Wish for a healthy and quick birth! Enjoy the baby, they grow up so quick.
I would recommend bringing your own pillow. It was so much more comfortable. I also wished I had slippers. I had bought the sock slippers that button and they broke. so get a good pair. I also preferred the button up sleepers or outfits for the newborn to wear, they are much easier. Good luck and congratulations!
Melissa - posted on 04/22/2009
I didn't have a bag packed. I thought I had plenty of time to get everything together, but then my son came 6 weeks early. What I discovered is that I needed/wanted my camera, my toothbrush and toothpaste, a change of clothes, hairbrush, any special toiletries you can't live without, change of underwear, books or other things if you have time to read or whatever. (I didn't have time for that kind of stuff. I was too busy trying to get my own sleep in between taking care of the new baby.)
Also, if you have the opportunity, check with the hospital to see what they normally provide. My hospital provided me with nursing gowns, ice packs, GIANT pads, witch hazel pads, disposable underwear to hold the pads in place (it was a vaginal delivery), soap, shampoo, linens, a squirt bottle since you're not supposed to wipe with toilet paper after delivery until you heal up, and everything necessary to take care of the baby... including a bunch of stuff to take home like two diaper bags. Not every hospital is going to give stuff to the new mom, but some give more than you can imagine.
Amber - posted on 04/22/2009
I packed so much stuff and didn't use much of it. I used my own clothes pj's, underwear, socks and nursing bras. Also shampoo, soap, tooth paste and tooth brush. My camera and extra batteries and my laptop so we could share pictures right away good if anyone is with you too and gets bored since the baby sleeps so much then. I also brought my own pads much better than hospital ones but they have to be the biggest you can find. I brought clothes for the baby, but none of them fit so I took pictures of him and took him home in an outfit someone brought to the hospital for me. i would get one preemie outfit so many babies don't even fit into the newborn clothes at birth.
Melinda - posted on 04/22/2009
I created a major list for a friend of everything you will need for the hospital and for when you get home (why have your husband run out every 5 minutes if it can all be there waiting). If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I would be happy to send you the list. It is just too long to put in this message. Those online lists never have everything!
Comfy clothes for you - warm socks, pajama pants, a nice bathrobe, etc. You'll feel so much better being in real clothes than hospital clothes. Pack for anyone who will be staying with you in the room. Believe me, they won't want to have to go home to brush their teeth! Also you'll want a copy of your birth plan and your baby book if you have one. If you're breastfeeding, I'd suggest a nursing bra, lanolin cream, and breastfeeding pillow. We packed a camera and laptop as well, since we had wi-fi in the room and that made sending pictures out a lot easier. Don't stress too much about packing though - I packed my hospital bag after my water broke, a week after my due date, and everything went just fine!
Rachel - posted on 04/22/2009
That all depend on your birth plan. I had 3 pairs of comfortable pajamas, remember you are not going to shrink down to your pre pregnant size, extra underwear and something comfy to go home in. Also don’t forget a camera and extra batteries, cell phone charger, list of people to contact once the baby is born, magazines, toiletries, and any comfort items you might want during labor. The hospital did provide me with sanitary napkins while I was there, but I did have some with me. I also had a diaper bag for the baby. The hospital will provide what the baby needs while you are there but it is nice to have it all just incase. My husband also had a bag packed. He spent both nights with me at the hospital so he had a toothbrush, his I Pod, snacks and a change of cloths. Just bring things you are going to want to keep you comfortable while you stay. I found a couple lists on line that helped me pack my bag. Also make sure you have your bag packed in advanced. I went into labor 3 ½ weeks before I was due and I very happy to be ready to go. Good luck and don’t worry if you forget anything there will be plenty of people around to get it for you.
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