hospital bag

Kara - posted on 05/02/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I've been researching lists on what to have packed in your hospital bag and when to have the bag packed by. I'm just starting the third trimester, but everything I've read says to have the bag packed already. Does anyone have any advice on what will be helpful in the hospital bag?

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Michelle - posted on 05/03/2010

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Don't forget deoderant !!!!!!
some other things you might want to take is :
notebook and pens
list of phone #s for those you want to call
I always just used their gowns so I didn't have to worry about messes, plus they were breastfeeding/IV friendly
Maturnity or nursing bra
maybe some snacks of your own . I swear they some times starve you especially if you are nursing !
normal toiletries you would take on a trip
check with the hospital about pads and things they provide and make sure to ask them what happens if you forget something . Most hospitals will only give you stuff if you ask for it .

Chelle - posted on 05/03/2010

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i packed my bag last week (at 35 weeks) i put a wash bag in with shampoo,toothpaste,shower gel...all that sort of stuff. some of my pjs and slippers and underwear, two sets of clothes for the new baby, little things for the baby like a blanket, baby lotion (alot of newborns have dry skin), baby soft hair brush...just little bits like that.

i also packed plenty of maternity pad and breast pads because my hospital only provide the 1st few and expect you to bring in your own... but all hospitals differ so that might not be the case at yours.....also pack a book or some magazines because if you do an over night stay.



if you forget anything or need anything just get family or friend to drop it off to you, im sure no one will mind :) good luck

Ashley - posted on 05/03/2010

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I def agree with the ladies on what to bring... assuming it is your first and your completely anxious I would pack a little here and there and constantly streamline what you feel you need and make sure you don't have a ton of bags (cuz sometimes there isn't alot of room). During first pregnancy I knew baby was gonna be late so I made the bag ready by 38 weeks. This time I feel like I am going early so I have already started the bag (I am 33 weeks).

Ciera - posted on 05/03/2010

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yes, defintely your toiletries, pajamas (something that will be easy to breastfeed in if you plan to do so and also something easy for them to check you in- no pants/shorts, a long gown is best) slippers are important bc you will wanna get up and walk after laying down for so long. Confy socks, undies (maybe a couple pairs bc you might bleed through some) extra pads although the hospital should take care of those for you. Clothes for you and baby to go home in-something comfy in case you are sore. Something to do in case you end up in the room for extended periods of time before OR after baby (ex: book, Nintendo DS, crosswords, iPod, etc.) Be sure to remember your nursing bra, nursing pads and Lansinoh or whatever the nipple cream is incase they get really sore- mine did with my first. Also, take some good snacks- not a lot to conserve space, but maybe like nutrigrain bars or whatever it is you like that is small bc you will most likely get hungry when they are no serving meals and since you'll be up at night, you might get hungry when your partner is sleeping. The extra bag is a great idea too! I was stuffing things into my purse. The diapers, creams, cloths and everything that they have in there for you is for you to take home. Be sure to take it ALL! Even if you don't think you need it. Just throw it away later but the hospital is just going to throw it out if it was taken into someone's room they won't take it to someone else so you might as well take advantage of that. oh! and most important...the camera! GL and congratulations!

Heidi - posted on 05/03/2010

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i would totally suggest bringing your own pajamas (nothing fancy or new or anything, just comfy ones) Use the johnny shirts (gowns) for the delivery and until you've had a shower afterwards, but after that it feels so good to wear your own clothes again. trust me (just did this last week lol) I would also suggest bringing your own pads, especially if you like the ones with wings, hospital pads are very generic and tend to move around. you will also want to bring a few pairs of underwear just in case you leak a little bit onto one pair, remember you will be in there for a few days.

Jane - posted on 05/03/2010

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don't worry too much, just the basics, toothbrush, shampoo, comfy clothes, slippers. but also pack an empty bag - take all of the stuff that is in the cabinet that they stock, you'll use it all at home and it's there for you.
good luck!

Kara - posted on 05/02/2010

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Thank you! That helps, I'm such a worry wart and over planner. My husband keeps laughing that I get so stressed about things 3 months away haha. Thank you for your advice!

Kristin - posted on 05/02/2010

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You will want to bring bathing stuff (face cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, etc. the things that make you feel like you), a camera, clothes to go home in for you and baby, a blanket for baby, pillow for you if you like, hairband/tie, hairdryer if you want, toothbrush and paste, pads for after (you may run out of what they give you there if they give you any).

I've been through this twice now and felt totally overpacked the first time. Use the gowns there, you don't want to get a nice one from home all gross or bloody. Maybe a pair of socks, undies, cell phone or laptop.

A really good resource to talk to about this are the nurses on the maternity ward. They can tell you what they provide and what may just be unnecessary stuff for you to bring. Take a list with you when you go tour the facility and ask questions.

Also, if you forget something or just don't need something, tell your family and friends what you need or ask them to take it home for you. The most important thing, have that carseat installed in the car. The rest can be gotten later.

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