(Closed) Hospital Bag- What did you bring?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Commenting to follow! Super helpful, ladies, thank you. And Daizy914:  wishing you the best!!

Post # 32
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Pillow, undergarments (underwear and nursing bras), flip flops or Crocs, towel, toiletries, vitamins, baby’s going home outfit. Everything else I brought was not used! I was too swollen and in pain to wear anything but the hospital gown during my stay, couldn’t wear socks, didn’t touch any of my snacks or my iPad, and breastfed in the bed without my nursing pillow, which I had brought but didn’t need there because the bed adjusted. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared but you never know how you’ll feel so don’t overpack. Best wishes!

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I didn’t want to rely on the hospital to provide me with personal things because I’m a creature of comfort and I like my specific brands of pretty much everything. I brought – pillow, granny panties, pads (Kotex heavy flow), Tucks pads, pajamas (I haaate hospital gowns), socks, flip flops, and a robe to wear. I had a no complication vaginal delivery so I was up and showering with 2 hours of giving birth. I never put the hospital gown back on and instead wore my own, comfy pjs the rest of the time I was in the hospital (a little over 24 hours after the birth). Made a world of difference for me personally. I also brought some makeup, which I was grateful for because I felt semi-human again after labor. 

If you plan on nursing, I recommend also bringing nursing tanks/bras, nipple cream (lanolin SUCKS, you don’t want that in your baby’s mouth! Get Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter instead), your nursing pillow (I had the My Brest Friend), and your pump. I recommend the pump only because you can have a lactation consultant show you how to use it and make sure the “horns” fit properly, but not a “necessity,” especially if you have a lactation center or counselor close by.  

There can be a lot of downtime during labor, especially if you’re laboring during the day, so bring all of your chargers for your and your companion’s electronics – Kindle, iPad, phones, cameras, etc. Bring magazines and/or books. Bring granola bars or protein bars – something to snack on. I had one in the middle of my labor and one right after the birth and I was sooo grateful to have them. 

My going home outfit consisted of a nursing tank, a hoodie, yoga pants, sneakers. Oh, and a headband to hold your hair back from your face before, during and after the birth. 

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Daizy914:  I would bring a baby blanket for the baby to go home with. My hospital let us bring everything else except for the blankets, and baby hat and socks.

For yourself: bring socks, slippers, tooth brush, tooth paste, detorant, going home outfit, and comfortable shoes, head phones in case you want to watch tv,laptop, phone and charger, Chap sticks, fragrance free lotion for dry hands and face, your own shampoo and body wash, and your own bath robe and bath towel.

For your husband:Extra clothes, tooth brush/paste, socks, phone chargers, 

 

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