What are must haves to pack for the hospital bag?

Krysten - posted on 08/15/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )




Trying to decided what I absolutely need.... What did you pack? anything you wished you had? Any life-savers?


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Candie - posted on 08/17/2009




a lot of good answers above. I have had 4 c-sections and its not fun being in the room for 4 days so I really enjoyed my sons DS and a portable dvd player. I took my own pillows as those hospital pillows are flat and would cause me a headache and I alway breastfed so i took my breast friend breast feeding pillow (LIFESAVER) and speaking of life savers I took hard candies to suck on and I took splenda as well. It was those small things that made it just like home and easier to deal with being away for so long. A mp3 player was great too.

Alycia - posted on 08/17/2009




I definitely enjoyed having my own clothes for myself and baby, a robe was something i hadn't thought of but was so glad I had, my own favorite pads made the after experience more barable, a blanky for baby...it's now his comfort item! I think though a big issue is overpacking, it's surprising the amount of stuff you want to bring or end up bringing versus what you actually end up need...but better to be prepared so just pack like you would for a relaxing vacation because you'll want to be comfy and pack some simple stuff you might need for baby! Good Luck :D

Laura - posted on 08/17/2009




if you plan on nursing, remember a large nursing bra, probably 1 sz up from where you are now, also, nursing cream that you don't have to worry about cleaning off before your baby eats, and soothie gel pads!!

Katie - posted on 08/17/2009




the hospital I was at provided wipes and diapers while i was staying there you might want to check. if they dont definately bring those. also all your shower stuff all i wanted to do was shower after being all sweaty. also i hated being in the hospital gown so i brought some comfy clothes to wear at the hospital and a comfy outfit to go home in and one for the baby. they also take pictures at the hospital so bring something cute for ur new bundle of joy to wear in those if u want to. dont forget granny panties those are a must have and pads hospital provides some for me but i hated them and used my own. also dont forget to bring your husband clothes and shower stuff too if hes going ot be staying the whole time with you. also bring stuff to entertain yourself and husband ipod hand held games deck of card magazine sometimes you can get really bored. oh and money for the vending machine

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I didn't bring my bella band (that helped hold my pants up when I was pregnant). I really wished I had brought it. After you have the baby your stomach feels really weird and it made me a little sick. When I got home and put it on I felt so much better. I wore it a couple days until I got used to my soft abs and then took it off to get strength back in my tummy.

Amber - posted on 08/17/2009




My life saver was chap stick and lotion. Bring a book or a word search. I had a c-section so I had to stay in the hospital for 4 days. I would bring one just in case. Bring some dvds music, pjs, nursing pads, camera, shower stuff, razor. I needed to shave. LOL. I hope this helps. Good luck

Becky - posted on 08/17/2009




Pen & Paper, you are given so much information, and it's good for writing down questions to ask midwives, doctors etc, beacuse your brain wont be its usual self

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Take a LARGER pair of shoes. When I was ready to go home I tried putting on my regular shoes and my feet had SWOLLEN to 3 times their normal size and I ended up going home in my slippers in the middle of a snow storm!

Mary - posted on 08/16/2009




Yes, the hospital will and should supply you with enough pads for you and diapers for the baby...in fact we were even given more to take home with us for the first few days (although make sure you have a good supply of both at home waiting because it is the last thing you want to think about after leaving the hospital...I had to have my best friend go buy me more pads because my husband didn't feel comfortable doing it :)

I honestly did not get out of the hospital gown for the entire 2 day stay, but I would suggest plenty of socks!!! My feet were very cold and if and when you want to get up and walk around shoes are the last thing you want to worry about so extra socks are a must. I also suggest bringing your must have bath and shower items. Again the hospital should give you some shower gel, etc but it is nice to have your own.

And of course make sure you have your clothes for going home and some for the baby. You probably won't need extra clothes for the baby while in the hospital because the nurses will typically just wrap the baby in blankets after their 10,000 checks on he/she (and onesies are the last thing you want to be pulling on and off for each check-up or diaper change.

I agree with the previous post about the LANOLIN if you are breastfeeding! I didn't have any until well into the second week and by then I was dying...the stuff is a life saver for breast feeding moms!

And finally, don't forget your camera and favorite reading material to kill time.

Good luck and remember to sleep while you are there...the nurses will help and you will miss them when they are gone!

Liz - posted on 08/16/2009




I don't know about where you live but where I had both of my boys the hospital supplied the pads and diapers for me and my boys. It's nice to use theirs cuz once you get home you've gotta pay for them! But you should take some just in case. Also, take a nursing bra if you plan on breastfeeding. I didn't with my first and my nipples were so sore! And if you're nursing, LANOLIN is a must!!! Nursing pads are a good idea unless you don't mind the lanolin getting on your bra. It's safe for the baby to ingest, despite the horrid smell, and it really helps your newly raw nipples. The hospital will also most likely provide you with their lovely gowns to wear, but it's always nice to wear your own clothes. Hope I could help!

Branka - posted on 08/15/2009




hi first of all congrats... you should pack, diepers, 2 changes of clothes for baby, pads for you, pajama for you, tooth brush, and all your showering utencils... pads are if you are having the little one naturally... car seat already set, because the hospital won't let you go home if you don't have your carseat set... warm blanket for baby... i know that is seelly but: when the baby is in your stomack it feels warm and secure, when it comes out it is called and strange, make sure you wrap the baby tight so he/she can feel safe and secure... i know it can be a 100 degrees outside but the baby won't feel any difference... and hold your child as close to you as possible that is a life saver...also, make sure you have 2 more pairs of pajamas, just in case you have to stay in hospital longer..socks, you will be cold, and just have fun enjoying the birth because it won't last for ever.... good luck and let us know how are you, your baby and your family...i will be praying for you to everything goes well with you and baby.. with much love, branka

Jenny - posted on 08/15/2009




Lots of pads, underwear, a going home outfit for you and the baby, diapers and wipes, a camera, magazines (I was bored when I was in labor lol), anything you need for a shower...shampoo, soap, etc, deodorant, drinks and snacks if you want because it can be annoying to have to come up with change for vending machines and hospital food is sucky!, receiving blankets, socks...hmmm can't think of anything else at the moment!

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