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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?
Toothbrush and paste
Any make up you might want.. I only brought mascara
Socks.. they did give me a pair while there
Her cute outfits
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
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.
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
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