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I have been trying to pack up my diaper bag for the hospital, and I'm not sure what the hospital is going to provide, and what I need to bring for myself...any experiences welcome. It's funny, I feel an urgency to get the babies bag ready, but haven't even thought about my bag.
I found that so much that I brought for me and baby were not needed. 1-2 outfits to pick from for coming home. Take EVERYTHING they give you at the hospital ( diapers, wipes, ointment, nose sucker, receiving blankets, pacifer, etc.) They will refill stuff as you need it so you might as well pack stuff up. Bring the car seat and a blanket /hat (if needed).
The hospitals usually provide shirts while the baby is there if you want to use them. I'm sending DH home on thursday to go pack Kennedi's diaper bag. We are bringing 4-5 onsies/sleepers because babies like to spit up and we will be here a min of 3 days for having a c-sec. pacifiers, a going home outfit, 3-5 swaddling blankets or receiving blankets, baby book so we can get her footprints put in there, hats (because hospitals get cold), and socks for the same reason. The hospital provides diapers, formula, and wipes while you are there, they also give you a bulb syringe and thermometer. I can't believe it's already time for us to get ready to have our babies!!
Marci - I did the same thing! The baby's bag was packed weeks before mine!
Here - they don't provide anything in the hospital - not even the first diaper.
- wipers (my prenatal teacher said to bring a full tub of wipes cause the meconium is messy)
- vaseline (meconium is hard)
- baby nail clippers
- scratch mitts
- a couple of sleepers / diaper shirts - figured in case he spits up
- hats - brought 2
- receiving blanket
- coming home outfit
I think I have too much - but I'd rather too much than not enough. Of course - don't forget the car seat.
I packed a ton of stuff, and didn't need it! I had a vaginal delivery, and was only in the hospital for 24 hours so I didn't need extra outfits. The only thing I used that was in my bag was her going home outfit, which I could have just packed with my bag and saved dh a trip to the car.
The going home outfit and carseat were all I really needed. The hospital provided everything else. I did bring her baby book (but was so busy with visitors the whole time I didn't even have time to get it out.) and nail clippers but didn't end up using those either.
I just wanted to let you in on what happened with my best friend's son (the little one I helped raise) when he was born. Now I now it is totally different from hospital to hospital but the receiving blanket he was born in, they were not allowed to have. The even offered to buy it and they were told no, so...the stole it.
Which is true because this same hospital denied giving my MIL a blanket when her mother was in Cardiac ICU & MIL was staying overnight outside int he lobby.
Thanks girls....I think I have most of it covered...I STILL have not found the perfect coming home outfit...so I am stressing about that a little bit. other than that, I think I'm good to go...now I just have to work on my bag!!