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  #1  
November 15th, 2008, 03:37 AM
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Ok girls, help us newbies out a little....

BTDT mums, or anyone with knowledge....

Should we have a "baby bag" and a "mummy bag".... should we have a "hospital bag" and a "labour bag"? Someone told me i should have all 3 I don't want to be taking loads in if I can help it. I have bought baby and me seperate bags.

What should go in mummy's bag?

What should go in baby's bag?

When is the latest they/it should be packed by? When would you recommend they/it should be packed by (if different)?

Any other advice/info about our impending hospital trip?

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November 15th, 2008, 05:13 AM
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Ditto to everything Fiona just asked!! Help!!!
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November 15th, 2008, 06:02 AM
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What I bring..

*My Bag*
Toothbrush and paste
Hair brush
Any make up you might want.. I only brought mascara
Socks.. they did give me a pair while there
Slippers
Bathrobe
Camera

*Baby's bag*
Her cute outfits
Socks
Baby book to write in
Any headbands or hats you'd like
Receiving blankets and one warmer blanket

If you formula feed they have the bottles there so you don't need to bring any and they supply the diapers along with wipes. They have a shirt for baby to wear too until you decide to change them. If I can think of anything else I'll post again
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November 15th, 2008, 06:25 AM
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How many different outfits do you bring?
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November 15th, 2008, 07:33 AM
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what sorts of clothes for you do you take?
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November 15th, 2008, 10:11 AM
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I brought waaaay too much stuff last time thinking that during labor I'd actually have time to kick back & relax! Even though my labor was long, it wasn't anything like that!

My recommendation would be just basic toiletries (toothbrush, paste, shampoo, soap), clothes to wear home, a bathrobe if you want it,,,but make sure its one you don't mind getting stained b'c the lochia might be rather heavy), breastpump (or you can rent from the hospital), an outfit for baby to wear home (and maybe one back up)...make sure you have those little mittens too, as they have long nails. You may also want baby nail clippers. You'll want a blanket, and if you have one of those car seat ones that might be good too, as I imagine it will be very cold where you are. I wouldn't bring a lot of baby clothes mainly because it's just easier to leave baby in the hospital clothes while you are there. I couldn't get out of bed unassisted that whole first day, so it was really Dh who was taking care of Abby, and changing her clothes wasn't really a great concern at the time. Oh, and a camera and if you have some sort of focus/comfort object for labor.

ETA maybe some snacks for when you can eat again or for DH and change for the vending machines.

Darn preggo brain...I keep forgetting things for my posts!

I wouldn't pack your bag too early...I'd say about a month before would be good.
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November 15th, 2008, 11:44 AM
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this is a great thread. Its already got me thinking... can't believe I'm almost half way!
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November 15th, 2008, 01:13 PM
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Glasses/contact lenses/solution!!
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November 15th, 2008, 02:57 PM
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I guess I'm way off because I'd only plan on taking one bag and that's a carry-on/pullman type of bag with both my clothing and the baby's clothing in it.

I never knew that you had to take separate bags. Is this the norm?

Don't forget to add those Depends/Adult Sanitary napkins to your bag.
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November 15th, 2008, 03:01 PM
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I don't think it's a must, just do what is right for you I may end up taking just the one as well, I'll see when it's packed how much space there is.
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November 15th, 2008, 03:35 PM
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I figured the baby will be with me all the while (hopefully) so one bag should be enough...

I think I'll take along a large tote just in case.
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November 15th, 2008, 04:15 PM
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I usually pack one bag for me...

Extra clothing, socks, robe, toiletries, phone list, camera, change for vending machine, etc etc

Then another bag for baby, just usually the diaper bag. I pack it like I would if I were going out, even if I use the hospital stuff.. then it's ready whenever kinda thing!

Diaper, wipes, extra outfits, face clothes, socks, sweater, extra receiving blankets, breast pads, and feminine pads.

We also bring a special stuffed animal for baby. Curtis had a special teddy that went with him during his check up (as well as daddy haha I never leave my babies alone!). Just something special for them to remember as their first ever teddy
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November 16th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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Glasses/contact lenses/solution!![/b]
It's really up to you...I found that it was easiest just to wear my glasses the whole time. I couldn't even get out of bed & of course the a/c is on 24/7 so it was just easier even though I hate my glasses. I'm not sure what I'll do this time, as I'll probably be at the hospital for a longer period of time, and I desperately need new glasses & don't know if I will have them by March, LOL.

I forgot about breast pads. I think I brought sanitary napkins last time but the hospital gave me loads so I didn't even use mine.

Oh yeah, if you are delivering at a hospital, I'd find out for sure what is provided. One of the girls I was pregnant w/ last time said hers even provided medicated Tucks pads, although mine did not.

Oh...and perhaps a Boppy-type pillow for you breastfeeding moms
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November 16th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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Oh yeah, extra clothes I bring one extra pair to wear home. I wore sweats and a maternity shirt home
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