Hospital Bag Must-Haves?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I WAY overpacked my hospital bag. In retrospect, all I needed were snacks for me and DH, a going home outfit for me and baby, and my shower stuff/towel/toothbrush, and iPhone charger.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I also way overpacked.  Bring comfy pjs, toothbrush/toothpaste, clothes for baby, something comfy to wear home.  Also I recommend Depends for after-birth bleeding. I found them more comfortable than the stuff the hospital offers.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Chapstick, cheap flip flops, sweatpants/yoga pants and a robe. If breastfeeding, an oversized nursing bra and or tank, lanolin(start using it right away) and a few nursing pads.

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Katie-Didnt:  I. Had to stay in the hospital extra due to preeclampsia and did use nursing pads. They don’t take up much space and if you have complications it’s better safe then sorry.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Katie-Didnt:  My milk didn’t come in until Day 4. I would bring some nipple cream though as they may get sore from breastfeeding (until you get used to it).

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Tagging to follow, thanks for posting this OP 🙂

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Lyndzo:  Most women’s milk does not come in till day 3-4.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Honestly, I way overpacked (as I seem to do for everything lol). I definitely would NOT bring my own underwear next time tho, trust me with all the bleeding (sorry, gross) ur better off wearing hospital disposable underwear. I also breast fed so I pretty much lived in my hospital gown and socks. Maybe slippers. But to be more to the point, here’s a list of some essentials (for me)

-toiletries (toothbrush/paste, hairbrush, shower stuff, etc)             -slippers/flip flops.                                                                                  -snacks, phone, phone charger                                                            -things to keep u entertained (I mostly watched tv tho).                 -going home outfits for u and baby (baby will prob be in hospital clothes and blankets most of the stay).                                              -not part of hospital bag, but car seat ready to go 🙂                        – drinks u guys will want (I had to have coke)                                   -Maybe some cash or change for vending machine                         -I also packed my own nightgown too, bottoms were uncomfortable for me                                                                             -nursing bra if u r nursing 

Also I wouldn’t pack or buy ur own pads, the hospital will Gove u super heavy duty pads, and trust me I needed them….the kind I brought wouldn’t have cut it. I also had to wear an ice pack in my underwear over the pad! Basically felt like I was wearing a full diaper, thus no pants. 

Oh and Advil or Tylenol!! They will give u some but will be much cheaper to bring ur own! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Lol well my daughter came out fist first lime superman, so I had to get stitches, so that could be why so much bleeding and icepaacks 🙂 I’ve never seen pads like the ones they gave me they were intense and super heavy duty!! Haha but then again, u will need ur own for a while after u leave the hospital so it wouldn’t hurt to have them already/bring them along.

Sorry I’m trying to remember everythinng, its only been 15 months but seems like forever ago!

Post # 15
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Newbee

I overpacked but the things I ended up using — toiletries for me and DH (i liked using our own shampoo, soap, etc); electronics and chargers; clothes/flipflops for us and clothes for baby — he needed an outfit for his newborn baby photos and another for going home; snacks for me and DH. 

I needed nursing pads coz I started breastfeeding hours after giving birth. Sent my husband home to get them, luckily we weren’t too far from home. I only brought one tank top with me but found it the most convenient for breastfeeding (just pull one strap off and pull top down on one side to nurse, plus they’re tight enough to keep the other nursing pad in place), so hubby had to bring a few back too. One year later, I’m still in tank tops almost everyday at home. 🙂

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