Post # 1
So I still have a few months before our LO arrives, but what should I pack in my bag. I know there are a lot of things that parenting magazines don’t mention such as products for tearing, breastfeeing, etc.
Can anyone share some pratical advice on what your bag should include to ensure maximum comfort while at the hospital?
Also, in regards to the baby do you dress them every day or just when they are coming home?
Post # 3
I don’t have anything to add, just posting because I’m interested in the answer to this.
Post # 4
@roxy821: I have been trying to get my bag packed this week and I’m overwhelmed by how many different lists there are out there! I;m looking forward to hearing what others say 🙂
Post # 5
Here’s what I packed:
-Snacks for Darling Husband and I.
-2 pairs of jogging pants
-A couple nursing friendly tank tops.
-2 nursing bras
-breast pads (I loved my cloth ones!)
-lots of granny panties (dark ones are best)
-heavy flow pads
-cozy socks and slippers
-2 nightgowns (nursing friendly)
-an outfit for coming home in
-A special soft recieving blanket that I made for her
-2 small sleepers
-2 coming home outfits (in different sizes. We expected her to be tiny, so I had one preemie outfit and one newborn)
-Wipes & diapers (most hospitals supply these too though)
-carseat (in the car, obviously)
-mittens (I forgot these, but my hospital had some knitted ones that were adorable!)
Other things you may want to bring:
-change for parking, vending machines, etc
If you live far from the hospital, pack a littl extra just in case. I ended up needing to stay at the hospital for 5 days. Luckily we dont live far, so Darling Husband could get me fresh clothes and snacks as needed.
Post # 6
I have a list on my blog if you’re interested 🙂 I tend to be an overpacker so I worked hard on trying to keep it at a minimum. Plus the hospital gave us so much stuff to take home with us, we were loaded down when it was time to leave. The only thing that I had to have my husband bring me that I forgot was our boppy pillow, and some outfits for LO. Our hospital provided me with pads and stuff for breast care, so I didn’t really need to pack that stuff. As far as dressing LO, they provided clothes but they often weren’t the right size and weren ‘t very cute, so I had some brought from home and dressed her in our own stuff.
Post # 7
Just commenting so I can find this later! Good post roxy!
Post # 8
Here is what I have taken for both of my DDs
* Going home clothes for me and baby (wore hospital clothes the rest of the time)
*baby book to get footprints in *camera with extra batteries/charger
*granny panties to wear home *IPOD that I never used since I wanted silence:)
*nursing pads and bra *hair/makeup supplies
Things I did not bring:
*night gowns/PJs (I wore the hospital gowns while there so I dind’t ruin my own clothes)
*diapers/wipes (the hospital supplies these and will send home any packs the open for your baby
*pads hospital supplied one work great for first couple days (then I went to overnights-they have a little extra length to them)
Post # 9
I was so glad I had a sweater. Your hormones will make you feel chilly after you give birth.
And remember that you will NOT be pre baby size when you leave the hospital. Stick to the joggers, or maternity pants for coming home.
Post # 10
This is such a great post! I’ll be looking back at this when it’s time to pack my bags in 2 months!
Post # 11
From personal experience I really wished I had a maternity belly belt for the next day. My insides felt like they were just jiggling around and my belly was just hanging loose. Hard to explain but I hated that feeling especially when I was standing and walking around. I just felt like I needed some kind of belt to put around my belly. I had purchased the Belly Bandit but I had ordered a size small and I didn’t fit into that for about 3-4 weeks after.
Another thing I did get was the New Mama Bottom Spray by Earth Mama Angel baby. I used this spray alot. I had tearing that needed stitching and boy was I sore…. ouch!
They have other products as well:
Edit: I just want to add that I did see the Earth Mama products at The Vitamin Shoppe. Not sure if GNC had them.
Post # 12
Thank you everyone for sharing!
@jolie0119- Great to know about those products. Sorry you were uncomfortable but thatnk you for sharing so that I know what to use in that situation.
Post # 13
Also commenting so that I find these helpful tips later. 🙂
Post # 14
My hospital bags included:
- two pairs of comfy clothes for me (yoga pants, tank tops, and a sweater)
- my slippers
- DH’s pjs and a change of clothes
- basic toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, contact case/colution, toothbrushes/toothpaste, deodorant, comb, hair ties, and mascara)
- the baby’s coming home outfit
- a receiving blanket and a thicker blanket for the carseat
- the baby book
- electronics (cells, cell charger, video camera/charger, and camera/charger)
While in the hospital, we left the kids in the hospital provided t-shirt and swaddle blankets, so I only took one change of clothing for them. With Henri, we ended up having to stay in the hospital for 4 days, so my husband went home and brought back clean clothes each day. We also picked up snacks on the way to the hospital, so he had stuff to eat when the cafeteria closed at night.
If you haven’t gone on your hospital tour, yet, a great question to ask the tour stuff is what items are provided during your stay. I’ve heard that some hospitals provide everything (even toiletries!) while some limit how many personal items you’re allowed (like diapers, wipes, pads, etc…). Also, depending on how far you live from the hospital and how you’re planning to labor (medicated vs. unmedicated vs. c-section) you may bring more or less comfort items.
Post # 15
Consider this my bookmark as well. haha 🙂
Post # 16
- 1 set of comfy clothes (PJ pants and a nursing tank)
- 3 nightgowns (I was allowed to wear my own clothes in labor)
- Sweats to come home in (pants and hoodie)
- 2 pairs of slipper socks (in case I ruined one)
- 5 pack of granny panties
- flip-flops (for the shower)
- phone charger
- basic toiletries (shampoo/cond., brush, body wash, hair ties)
- nursing pads
- nipple cream
- maternity pads
- my own pillows!!!! (best decision ever)
- 2 onesies and 1 pair of pants
- 1 sleeper
- coming home outfit
- diapers and wipes
The nursing pads, maternity pads, diapers and wipes were because I gave birth on the NHS in England and they do not provide anything disposable for you. For people outside the UK, that’s not necessary.
As for taking care of stitches, I did fine with tylenol and cotton wool soaked in water. No need to buy anything fancy and this is coming from someone who got a GIANT episiotomy.
I did over-pack but I ended up having to stay in the hospital for 5 days, so it ended up being a good thing.