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Old 12-11-2007, 07:38 AM   #1
 
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Default Packing my hospital bag ...

Well, I lied. I haven't done it yet.

What should I bring with me? How many outfits for baby? Do I need to bring my own diapers for him?

So far I've got:

Socks and slippers for me
Hair products (of course)
Other toiletries (moisturizer, face stuff, body lotion, toothpaste and toothbrush)
Documentation indicating I am GBS neg, blood type, etc
Breastfeeding book
Going home outfit for baby

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What am I missing?
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:48 AM   #2
 
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Bring an extra outfit for the baby, just in case he poops up the first one. That's a good rule of thumb for every day, not just the first day. Bring a few diapers too.

Chapstick for yourself...chapped lips seem to be a problem in the hospital. Feminine pads, for going home and in case you don't like the hospital ones. Nursing bras...you need to get that on BEFORE the milk comes in, otherwise you won't believe the proportions you can swell to. Something to put your hair up with. Your own nightgown and robe. Clothes to go home in. Just anything you think you'll need for your own comfort.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:03 AM   #3
 
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Snacks for SO. If it's the middle of the night, you don't necessarily want him leaving on a quest for food.

Depending on what hospital will allow you to have, some snacks or drinks for you. I sipped Gatorade throughout active labor.

Also nursing pads and Lansinoh.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:08 AM   #4
 
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My hospital supplies diapers and wipes (they give you enough to take home to last a week or so), so I was told not to bother with those. Mine also provides onesies, but I'm bringing one just in case, in addition to a cute going home outfit.

As of this point, my hospital bag has in it:
2 nursing tanks
2 pairs of underwear (even though the hospital provides them, I figure I might not like theirs
2 pairs of slipper socks
1 pair of comfy sweatpants
cheapo rubber flip-flops (in case I don't want to get in their shower barefooted)
bathrobe
toiletries (shampoo, co, lotion, deodorant, sanitary pads, breast pads, hair ties, etc.)
Tylenol for DH (hospital will not dispense any meds to him)
Tums
Sanitizing gel
massage oil
wooden rolly-type massager
Chapstick (I got a multipack and stuck one in each pocket of the bag)
tissues travel packs (once again, I stuck one in each pocket)
Mints
Hotsling (although I may change my mind and bring a different baby carrier instead)
small bag with lots of change for vending machines


I think that's it, but I'll edit if I remember something else. Also if I'm missing something obvious, please let me know.

Also, I already have in the car a big trashbag with a blanket and pillow. I'm hoping I'll remember to grab another pillow as I head out. I'm also bringing a travel boombox and some CDs. And we have a small lunchbox-type cooler with juice, gatorade, crackers, dried fruit, etc.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:10 AM   #5
 
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A pillow--it was nice to have my own at the hospital.

And next time I will bring a towel because the ones at the hospital were tiny and threadbare.

A tube of Lanolin ("Lanisoh"--found in section where breastpumps/nursing equipment is sold)

Shower stuff!--it was great to take a shower and smell nice again.

Next time around I will also bring more bedding for my husband--I had a c-section (semi-unplanned) and we didn't plan to be in the hospital for so long.
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Lots of good ideas, thank you!

Would footie PJs be better than onesies for baby?
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My hospital supplies diapers and wipes (they give you enough to take home to last a week or so), so I was told not to bother with those. Mine also provides onesies, but I'm bringing one just in case, in addition to a cute going home outfit.

As of this point, my hospital bag has in it:
2 nursing tanks
2 pairs of underwear (even though the hospital provides them, I figure I might not like theirs
2 pairs of slipper socks
1 pair of comfy sweatpants
cheapo rubber flip-flops (in case I don't want to get in their shower barefooted)
bathrobe
toiletries (shampoo, co, lotion, deodorant, sanitary pads, breast pads, hair ties, etc.)
Tylenol for DH (hospital will not dispense any meds to him)
Tums
Sanitizing gel
massage oil
wooden rolly-type massager
Chapstick (I got a multipack and stuck one in each pocket of the bag)
tissues travel packs (once again, I stuck one in each pocket)
Mints
Hotsling (although I may change my mind and bring a different baby carrier instead)
small bag with lots of change for vending machines


I think that's it, but I'll edit if I remember something else. Also if I'm missing something obvious, please let me know.

Also, I already have in the car a big trashbag with a blanket and pillow. I'm hoping I'll remember to grab another pillow as I head out. I'm also bringing a travel boombox and some CDs. And we have a small lunchbox-type cooler with juice, gatorade, crackers, dried fruit, etc.
This is pretty much what I've packed. I've got 2 going home outfits for the baby. My new boombox has ipod capability, so I was sure to make sure it's all ready to go.
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Ooh - I also have some toiletries for DH in case he wants to freshen up as well! And the digital camera and extra batteries!
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:04 AM   #9
 
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Definitely a pillow!

Go to BJs or Sams and get a calling card. Some hospitals don't allow cell phones and there are people you may want to call who are long distance.

Also, make sure you have a list of everyone you want to call. I had a notebook and hubby went right down the list.

I forgot one thing -- I only brought a going home outfit for the baby. The rest of the time, I just let them wear the snap t-shirts that the hospital provided. Let them take care of the laundry for blow-outs, etc.
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:24 AM   #10
 
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They had diapers for us to use & blankets and the little t-shirts and a hat. I didn't other with an outfit since he was bundled up in the blanket the whole time anyway. I did dress him for the car ride home though...

They had wipes but they were dry ones that you had to wet yourself. Luckliy my friend had already learned that the hard way when she had her baby, so I knew to bring my own wipes. I had a c-section, so I didn't gte dressed until the day I left...I brought some pads and nursing pads.... *****STEAL THE MESH PANTIES** They had a bunch in my bathroom & those things are the BOMB! Also, the little puppy pads...I leaked through my pads for awhile at night & I'm so glad I had stolen some of those or my bed would be ruined...TMI-I know...sorry!

I agree about the pillow thing!
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I packed two outfits for myself - I needed more b/c we had to stay for Cassi's jaundice treatment. Maybe overpack for you and the baby.

Also, bring smaller clothes for the baby (even if the baby is not small, usually the 0-3 size will be big). Kennedy was 7 lbs 2 oz and wore 0 or preemie for the first week. With Cassi, we definitely needed the little clothes.

Depending on how chilly it is where you are, bring some hats for the baby. It was really chilly in our hospital room and the hat they gave us for the baby was too big. I had some smaller hats at home that DH brought later.

Your own pillow! I brought my maternity pillow too. I love that snake looking thing!
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All great suggestions! For my first time, I had no bag. I had nothing. I was planning to go to work as usual and wound up at the hospital two weeks early.

I had to send DH home for my toiletries and for a change of clothes for me and the baby to wear home, but that's all I requested. Looking back, I wish I would have brought a sign for my door saying "Knock before entering." Why don't male visitors get that??? The woman might be trying to breastfeed? Announce your presence first and don't stay forever, please! grrrr

I bet DH would have wished he remembered to bring snacks/food for himself because the mat ward cafeteria closed at funny times and no, the daddy doesn't get a hospital meal, too. (He was really put out when they came in with just one tray! LOL)

edit -- Oh, yeah, a camera! Baby's first few moments of life on the outside! What great memories to capture.
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Everyone has pretty much covered what I'd say, but I did want to add that you might want to bring along a notebook or a journal of some kind. The whole labor and birth experience is pretty well a blur to me, but my husband took very detailed notes every step of the way. It was a pretty difficult and traumatic experience overall, but I'm glad now to have such a detailed record of everything.
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Everyone has pretty much covered what I'd say, but I did want to add that you might want to bring along a notebook or a journal of some kind. The whole labor and birth experience is pretty well a blur to me, but my husband took very detailed notes every step of the way. It was a pretty difficult and traumatic experience overall, but I'm glad now to have such a detailed record of everything.
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Looking back, I wish I would have brought a sign for my door saying "Knock before entering." Why don't male visitors get that??? The woman might be trying to breastfeed? Announce your presence first and don't stay forever, please! grrrr
At the hospital where I had DS - they had a sign we could hang on the door that said something like "Mommy and baby are getting some much needed rest. No visitors please!"
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Everyone has pretty much covered what I'd say, but I did want to add that you might want to bring along a notebook or a journal of some kind. The whole labor and birth experience is pretty well a blur to me, but my husband took very detailed notes every step of the way. It was a pretty difficult and traumatic experience overall, but I'm glad now to have such a detailed record of everything.
I also needed to bring a notebook to keep track of Cassidy's intake of breastmilk and her poops/pee. Since she was jaundiced, they wanted me to report out on this everytime they came in to see me. I have no memory these days and the journal really helped.
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