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August 26th, 2011, 10:46 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Clarksville, TN
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Hello, I'm a first timer looking for some advice about what to pack in my hospital bag. I know there are some obvious ones like change of clothes, phone, insurance card/paperwork etc. But for the mommies that have done this once or twice before, are there any items I should consider packing that might not be that obvious? Anything in particular for myself, hubby or baby? Anything in case the hospital does not provide it or things that may make my stay easier/more comfortable?
I would really appreciate any and all advice on this.
Thank you in advance!
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August 29th, 2011, 10:54 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: USA
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I'm not the best to answer this as I'm only 10 wks and on my first baby lol, but I have read some stuff that I thought was a good idea.

Snacks for you after baby is born and for your partner. Who knows how long it will take for the kitchen to send up some food.

Entertainment - book, ipod, whatever for the down time...apparently there could be lots of waiting.

Bathrobe and slippers

Sanitary pads, breast pads - I guess if you bring your own the hospital shouldn't charge you?

Make up - even though it sounds vain, "the book" says you will be taking lots of pictures and you will want to look good. I know I'll be taking this just because of my MIL comment about DH's cousin after she gave birth: "Look at her in this picture, she looks like death warmed over." How rude!

Anyway, hope this helps even though it's all from my book
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September 12th, 2011, 09:15 PM
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special outfit for the baby to go home in. a blankie if you want the baby swaddled in something other than the hospital blankies (which are pefectly nice).

Snacks are a must- DH's don't get free meals like we do at the hospital. I always ordered extra things at my meals, but still, snacks are a good thing.

Tolietries/make up. You may not end up using everything, but you'll be happy to have them there if you need them. DH's will not bring back the right stuff if sent home to get stuff haha.
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September 13th, 2011, 08:25 PM
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A camera is a must!
Change of clothes for everyone.
Pajamas- I would recommend a dress type as you are checked several times before you go home.
Going home outfit for baby.
Hospitals usually provide diapers, wipes, and formula samples
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