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Let's see, for my son, I pretty much made sure to have EVERYTHING on the list above. This time around, I'll probably scale it down b/c of things I didn't need or use, plus add a few things in case we're there extra days (our hospital is over an hour away)
I just copied and pasted this list and I'll bold stuff that I have comments about
*Clothes to come home in (comfy)---Shoes socks *Pads (you don't really need these, they'll provide you with the big huge ones you'll need while there)
*Toothbrush and paste
*Snacks *ID/Insurance card
*Registration papers (I didn't need anything b/c I was already pre-registered with the hospital, I think most hospital do this??)
*Phone list *Pillows (the pillows at the hospital SUCK)
*Baby book *Tylenol (the hospital will provide you with any medication you need)
Daddy- (up to him, he can figure this out on his own lol)
Baby- they will have the little tshirts and stuff for the baby, but I brought extra stuff b/c I couldn't wait to dress him lol ... also, they don't always take the picture on the last day, so you may want to bring something for the baby's first photo, if you plan to get it.)
(pack in diaper bag)
*Socks 2 *Going home outfit (I'd bring an alternative just in case it doesn't fit. My son was a lot smaller than I anticipated and didn't come close to fitting in his outfit!) *Diapers/Wipes (also provided by hospital, they'll give you lots, at least our hospital did)
Those are all just from my experience and what I'll do this time around. I had packed all kinds of stuff for the part when I was laboring and wound up using next to none of it. I wasn't in the mood for anything but lying there
toothbrush and tooth paste
my own shampoo
a new pj outfit for lounging around in the hospital
my own soap
underwear that I don't mind if they get ruined
my own pads.. poise are great for that
money for cafeteria food
my going home clothes
nursing pads for leakage
deoderant and whatever else I can think of
I have his diaper bag packed with:
a few onesies
adorable tiny baby shoes
a few pairs of socks
his coming home outfit
some newborn size one piece pj"s
a few newborn size huggies diapers
and a cute little hat
and his infant car seat
I actually do pack my own pads... I hate the hospital ones.
For dad... bring a swimsuit too in case he wants to shower or get in the tub w/ you but doesn't want to be naked in front of everyone. Brings snacks as well since a lot of places don't provide any food for the Dad at all. Some do, but most don't.
I usually bring.. FOR ME:
Chap stick (I find this invaluable! lol!)
toiletries (toothbrush/paste, deoderant, own shampoo, etc.)
nightgown w/ bathrobe (After birth I prefer to be in my own clothes)
hair ties (also invaluable!)
comfy/thick socks (my feet are always cold after birth)
a few nursing bras
a couple pair of undies
A few snacks for after the birth
Cell phone or phone card
Books to read as I get bored sometimes (The Breastfeeding Book by the Sears comes w/ me too )
A few card games to play during labor or after birth when I'm bored.
Toiletries in case of a long labor
A change of clothes
Going home outfit (Including hat/socks)
Special animal & blanket that we have for each child.
I usually bring some onesies, but have never used them... hospitals seem to prefer to use their own shirts/onesies on babies.
Everything seems to be covered - I will mention though when I went into labour with DD, I packed a deck of cards and lollies. lol. I didn't feel very much like eating, and I wasn't up to cards when I got to the hospital. (I was 5cm dilated when I arrived) I also planned for DH to give me a foot massage aswell. HAHAHA I didn't let him anywhere near them!!
I'm going to try the cards thing again this time. And I may take a portable DVD player and play some comedy DVD's or something. And we'll see about the lollies too. Last time I didn't do anything except focus on the pain, so I think it's important that I keep myself busy this time around
Elise, wife to my darling husband Remy (19/08/06) & Mum to Eva (6), Jayden (4), Lily (2) Baby #4 Due July 7th!!
For those of you doing tours of the hospital or if you know where you are delivering. You can check with them to see what they provide also I remember when I had my first DD I took so much stuff with me that I didnt need to. Here is a list of some things they provided. Just because the less you take there the less you have to take home and the less trips DH has to make to the car to load everything because dont forget all of the stuff you accuire while you are there.
Socks the thick kind with the lil grips on the bottom
Diapers(lots of them, my nurse told me that my insurance paid for them they were mine so take them all home with me.
Dry clothes for wipes
Pads the giant kind
An outfit and just so you know the first 2 outfits they put on my DD were ruined with first poo that stuff is nasty so when she ruined them they gave me more.
Tooth paste and tooth brush but I prefered my own.
Tucks pads these were a life saver if you have an episiotomy
That is all I can think of right now but like I said check with your hospital.
well its mostly all been covered.. But i just wanted to add that if you like music and find it relaxing you might want to bring a portable CD player... maybe with headphones... i think i might try that this time... So i can listen to music that calms and speaks to me to help distract me..
and as for nursing bra and pads.. i didnt use a bra until the day we were going home.. and even then i didnt use the pads because my milk hadnt come in yet and i wasnt really leaking much at all.
~Em, Married to Matt since 7/3/04. Mommy to Layla 3/29/06, Eva 10/18/08, Zeke 2/4/11 and Jonah 7/28/13
jsut wanted to point out..when packing your going home outfit definitely bring maternity clothes..you will NOT be able to fit into
your pre preggo clothes after birth..and avoid jeans if your having a c section cause I hear it rubs on your incision.
also I would not pack a brand new pair of pj's that you LIKE. The sheer amount of blood and stuff you lose will most
likely mess them up. I hear from a LOT of moms that the second you stand up it leaks a LOT and it will run down your legs and stuff
so *I* just plan on wearing the hospital gown so I dont ruin my own clothes..until I leave lol
I went home in a pair of maternity capris and a maternity top. Nice and comfy. I also wore the hospital gown the first night and all of the next day. I took a shower about 24 hours after he was born and put my own gown on with these mesh panties the hospital provides. They work wonders! I didn't ruin my gown since I was up walking around a lot by the time I put it on. I'll be using the same gown this time around.
The hospital provides you with maternity pads (I actually liked them) and pads to go on your bed. They usually give you some to take home as well. They also provide diapers, wipes, formula, shirts, blankets, hats, and baby wash/lotion for baby.