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I had like four outfits per baby packed, 3 nighties for me, my favorite fuzzy socks , lots of snacks, clothes for hubby, pads, toiletries, their receiving blankets, pillows, and... that's all I can remember!
Oh yeah, and make sure you're as confident (as you can be) putting them in their carseats. I asked for help and the nurse told me that she could only tell me that the carseats were very pretty. Anything else and she would be liable if anything happened on the way home.
Since my twins were my second pregnancy I packed a little different b/c I knew what I needed and what I didn't.
This is what I had:
3 nursing gowns and 2 robes
Maternity outfit for going home
5 outfits each for the boys - 3 were just sleepers and 2 were going home outfits (sounds like a lot, but we used them all! they got cold in just the shirts that the hospital had them in. then they spit up in their going home outfits so I had to change those. lol)
2 bibs for going home
lanolin for breastfeeding
heavy-flow pads (I used the hospital ones most of the time until the last day)
ear plugs (I can't sleep in the hospital with all the noise.)
blankets for each baby for going home
a few pairs of baby socks
slippers for myself and a few pairs of socks
razor (b/c I really wanted to shave my legs after not being able to see them for months! )
CD's with lullabies (helped drown out all the hospital noise. I had to bring my own CD player the first time, but by the time the twins were born they had them in the rooms)
my pillow...the hospital pillows are really uncomfortable
clothes and toiletries for DH
infant car seats
I kept it fairly simple. I wore the hospital gown and kept the boys in the hospital gowns, too. You'll have enough laundry to do after you take them home. Believe me...... I've done 8 loads in the past two days alone.
Things I brought...
slippers (floors are yucky, so not your best ones)
Makeup and hair stuff - I just felt like I needed to do my hair and makeup to feel normal after I was able to get out of bed
Trashy mags, as I knew I my brain couldn't function enough to read anything of substance
Puzzle books (same reason as above)
Baby book - you may want to start their scrapbooks - keep track of visitors and their gifts so that you can send thank-yous.
1 change of clothes for me and two for the boys in case they pooped through the first one before we left the hospital.
Now....things to take home
*your plastic wash bottle that they give you to wash your "nether-regions"
*ask what they do with opened packages of diapers - you may get to take those home
*any samples of formula they give you
*your hospital tags, and any documents that you are given - even the little label for their bassinet
Your own pillow Nightgown that would be easy to nurse in (never liked to nursing nighties) Sweat shorts and a shirt or two (if you have a c/s you are in for 4/5 days and by day 3 I wanted to wear clothes during the day) Your own undies and pads (hospital pads are great for the first day but then I wanted my own....hospital ones are bulky....I like the always ultra - overnights work well pp) Something to read/do....you will be amazed at how much time you have on your hands....infants - especially premies) sleep alot those first few days Snacks and take out menus of restraunts close to the hospital (food at ours sucked...I remember crying and asking dh to bring me Wendys and then him telling me he was still an hour away) Hairbrush/toothbrush/shampoo/etc Going home outfit for the twins (or two...my ds went home in a hospital t-shirt because he peed on his going home outfit) Cell phone Camera
I had the girls really early and wasn't quite ready to be admitted to the hospital. I did have a little overnight bag packed quickly the day we went to see the perinatologist at virtua (where the girls were born) since we knew the girls were in danger. I had clothes and toiletries for DH, I just wore the hospital stuff, but would recomend nightgowns ( Dh did bring me my jammies, but I had trouble with the pants since the c-section incision was so sore). I also had the camera and a cell phone (don't forget the charger for either of them or at least extra batteries for the camera) My girls haven't come home yet and I knew at that point they wouldn't be comming home for awhile, so I didn't bother with haveing clothes for them with me. They didn't even wear any clothes for the first couple of weeks! One friend told me to take the things out of the bassinett at the hospital so you would have a stash when you got home - diapers, creams, formula, etc... She took most of the stash out of the basinett each day and they refilled it for her, so she had a ton of things to come home with the baby! Also you can take the t-shirts they put on the baby, most hospitals just throw them away anyway. Oh, one more thing to make sure you have - glasses (if you use them) I wear contacts but when I was in the hospital I was glad to have my glasses - made napping easier!
Now I'm blanking on what I packed in this. I did NOT pack DH extra clothes. He didn't need them either. No snacks, I didn't want DH eating around me, he just left to get food.
socky things from Target, look like mary jane style and have sticky pads on the bottom so you could walk around in them
my own pjs- the first night I wore hospital gowns. 2nd night I wore my stuff was was SO GLAD to have it.
cell phone and charger
newborn and preemie size going home outfit for the girls. I did not have them wear their own clothes in the hospital. Hospital provided a shirt and they were swaddled the whole time
I LOVED the hospital mesh panties and pads (they were like kotex overnites) so didn't bring my own
I'm actually amazed that someone said you'd have a lot of time on your hands!! I had NO TIME at all. I was amazed at the people who got out of their room. I would BF one, then the other and formula feed and pump, by then I'd have 30 min-1 hour left before doing it again! Also had people coming in- ped, my doctor, blood work, etc. I did not have time to do anything at all. Plus I had to wake them every 3 hours to feed.
When the twins were sleeping at night I sent them to the nursery because I knew that I was going to need all the sleep I could get. Whenever they would wake up, they'd bring them to me to feed them and I'd send them back. During the day though they stayed with me the whole time... so I really didn't have a whole lot of free time on my hands.