(Closed) Hospital bag prep!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@eecuadrado:  you are making me realize at almost 32 weeks I really need to start thinking about this and planning! 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When you pack socks, I would make sure the socks have some rubber on the bottoms so they aren’t so slick. I was on hospital bed rest for about 4 weeks and I almost ate the floor because I wore regular socks on the first day.

I would also pack lip balm or chapstick. The air in the hospital can be dry and you’d be amazed how dehyrated you get especially in your lips. I also can’t stand having dry lips so my Soft Lips was a must.

Yoga pants were pretty comfy after I gave birth so I packed two pairs, just in case the first pair got dirty or umm smelly afterwards.

My story was a little different since I was already at the hospital and I had to give birth via emergency c-section soo those are the only things I could think of that kind of caught me by suprise that I needed. Good luck!

 

Post # 20
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Newbee

I told myself I’d start packing at 35w, but went into labor at 33w5d! Started having contractions at 3, got home from work and grocery/dinner shopping at about 6. Started packing when I got home… Darling Husband and I left for the hospital to get checked out a little before midnight (it was about a 15min drive), and he even said we should just leave our stuff since we’d probably be back home by morning haha, we were so sure it was all just BH or something!! My mom ended up bringing our bags over by morning. 🙂

Don’t forget to pack dad’s stuff too! Change of clothes, toiletries, reading materials, etc. 

Cameras, phones, tablets, chargers.

And I was born small so I had a feeling my baby will be too, so I packed him one preemie outfit and some preemie diapers, which came in handy!

Post # 21
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Newbee

Also, I packed a bunch of snacks and water bottles in case the nurses were too busy to feed us lol. I didn’t want to have to keep sending Darling Husband out to get food, and I wasn’t allowed to leave my floor. 🙂

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

at 33+3 weeks, i’m just starting my list too!  I am planning on getting 1 preemie outfit for baby too, just incase the nb or 0-3 is too big. 

Much of what has already been mentioned is on my list, as well as pillows for Darling Husband and I (our hospital rooms have a bed for your partner to sleep so they don’t have to leave you!), and 2 fleece blankets.  Also, hair ties, baby book for hand and foot prints, blanket to cover the car seat…..

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

How big a bag do you bring?  A gym bag?  A carry-on sized piece of luggage?  I’d prefer to not overpack but I guess if I  need stuff for my husband too I’ll probably have to go larger than I’d want.

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I packed early, like 24 weeks. I figure I had better be ready, you never know what could happen.  Looking back, I overpacked. This is what I packed that I ended up using:

-Your own PJs (it’s more comfy than hospital gown)

-Pads and/or depends (the depends are more comfortable than the mesh panties and pad the hospital gives)

-Socks and slippers

-Toothbrush and toothpaste

-Face wash, shampoo, conditioner

-Cell phone and charger

-Comfy pants and shirt to go home

-Clothes for baby

-Diapers, wipes and cream (we said no to the hospital baby package and brought our own stuff)

-Receiving blankets

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@eecuadrado:  Oh, I also thought I’d add that I’d make a list of things that are needed to be done after baby is born (like add them to insurance, apply for birth certificates and social security card). I was so overwhelmed after giving birth my brain became so scattered that I couldn’t remember what I had already taken care of or what else I needed to get. All those things were pretty simple to do, I just had to remember to do them. So if I had to do it again I would’ve made a check list for things to do after baby was born to stay on top of things.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Lyndzo:  Why did you say no to the hospital baby package?  Was it expensive?

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