Post # 1
Working on my list for my birth center bag and diaper bag
Here is what I have so far – please let me know if I need anything else!
Birth Center bag
- Several pairs clean panties
- toiletries: hair ties, hairbrush, shampoo/conditioner, soap, face wash, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste
- The Baby Book – for reference 🙂
- My bible (for personal reasons 🙂
- A small cooler with several snack options: fruit, veggies, crackers, cheese, items to make a meal
- Insurance cards/info
- cell phone charge/cell phone
- slippers, socks
Diaper Bag (for birth)
- NB diapers (how many for 2 days?)
- 2 Aden + Anais swaddle blankets
Post # 3
Looks like a pretty complete list. I would offer that the hospital will probably provide you with the baby’s diapers and any other needs, and every hospital I’ve heard also provides you with the mesh panties and industrial sized pads. You might also want to bring some books/magazines.
Post # 4
I just started compiling mine, what’s on mine that’s not on yours
- flip flops (for bathing!)
- comfy socks
- car seat ( Iknow it’s a given but doesn’t hurt so we don’t have that “duh” moment)
- “going home outfit”
- Birth Plan
Post # 5
@miss-spunkin: the hospital will give you maxi pads, newborn diapers, wipes (although they use dry so you might want some wet wipes of your own), baby clothes (you just need one outfit to go home in), blankets to swaddle, and disposable undies for the first few days
I would add slippers or some other sort of easy on/off shoe, a cell phone charger and a camera 🙂 and don’t forget your toothbrush 🙂
Post # 6
Man, I have not even started thinking about this but I am dreading the industrial sized maxi pads that they give you…. UGH! I wonder if they will let you use your own!
Also, don’t you leave a couple hours after birth if you are going to a birthing center?
Post # 7
The only thing I would add would be preps for possible cesarean:
Nightgowns or long T-shirts for 3-4 days (I think the usually stay is 3 but sometimes you can ask for 4 depending on how you’re doing)
- When I had DS I had to have a cesarean and putting on pants was OUT OF THE QUESTION I was very glad my momma brought me comfy gowns.
Clothes for baby for the same amount of time & maybe a few onsies/gowns per day.
And just pack all your panties… you may go through more than 1 pair of those a day as well. (just in case)
Post # 8
I remember after my SILs gave birth they used Kotex Maxi Pads (the thick overnight ones) for DAYS. Anything else just did not absorb enough.
oohhh good tip.
Post # 9
@Sunchick19: well actually I’m having a birth center birth, so they don’t have/offer as many of the items that a hospital would. I will need my own baby diapers, wipes, maxi pads, socks etc. I think they provide you with a few maxi pads and mesh panties while you’re there, but the stay at the birth center is only 5 hours post-partum, then we stay in a hotel near the center.
Post # 10
@miss-spunkin: How ever many of something you think you should pack I’d double or even triple (like for baby’s clothes & panties)… just to be on the safe side
Post # 11
@regberadaisy: Ooh I missed a few of those -thanks!
Post # 12
@miss-spunkin: oops sorry, didn’t know that!
Post # 13
@miss-spunkin: Your list looks pretty good. I’d add bringing clothes for the baby in NB and 0-3 just in case.
I’m delivering at a birth center, too. My birth center recommended big pads AND Depends 🙂
Post # 14
This is my list:
For the car:
-waterproof pad for car ride to hospital, or pillows with garbage bags over them
-barf bag (I’ve heard many women in labor get nauseated)
-car seat installed in car
-ID, health ins. card
-cards or games
-loaded iPad, magazines
-roomy clothes (sweatpants/ yoga pants), long shirts, zip up hoodies
-slippers, socks, bathrobe, 2 nightgowns with front access and with short sleeves
-several pairs of maternity underwear
-big maxi pads
-breast pump, bottles
-nursing bra and breast pads
-glasses, contact solution and case
-brush, hair dryer
-shampoo and conditioner
-towel and washcloth
-bag for hospital gifts
-hairbands and bobbies
-shower flip flops
-baby going home outfit and hat, 3 newborn sleepers
-nail file for baby’s fingernails
-paper and ink for footprints
-receiving blanket or two
-diapers and wipes
Post # 15
This is great, we are on the same page!! This means I am on track since you’re my due date twin 🙂 I was literally going to make this post yesterday but instead I searched for old posts with this question and compiled a list. I made my list and now will start packing this week/end. I’ll let you know if I think of anything you’re missing but I think you’ve gotten some great advice (which I’ll be stealing some of!)
Post # 16
@AvantLaLettre: haha! It is so fun having a due date twin 🙂 I wonder which of us will go first 🙂 Yeah, I plan to start packing my bag about 37 weeks, which is only a week away! woohoo for term!