(Closed) Mama-bees, what to pack for hospital stay?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I honestly can’t rememever what was in my bag.  But as far as a going home outfit…something loose!  I was not swollen at all during pregnancy, not even my feet.  But after delivery I blew up like a balloon!!!!  My legs, feet, everything!!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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rittenhousenewbee:  Does your birthing room have a shower/tub?  I’ve heard swim shorts/flipflops for Hubby so he can be in there with you.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Going home outfit–something comfy like yoga pants
nursing pads for your bra
hand lotion and lip balm–hospital air is drying
nipple cream like Lansinoh, the hospital might have a sample for you

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Slippers! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

For your going home outfit… I wore home leggings and a loose tunic after having #1. You are going to take a lot of photos, so make sure its cozy and cute 🙂  I would also suggest bringing some extra PJ’s, you are not going to want to wear a hospital gown the whole time. 

We got bored at the hospital. I had a long and mostly uneventful labor after the epidural. We had brought cards, a DVD player for movies, and a board game. We were really happy we had it all, especially since we had a 3 day stay. Obviously you are all over the baby after they get here.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I ended up not even using half the stuff I packed. The stuff I used were my toiletries, a nursing tank and yoga pants for going home, loose shoes (I was so swollen after that my shoes barely fit me), sandels, and robe. We also used the boppy and outfit for the LO for going home. We also used the snacks we brought with. We packed clothes for Darling Husband but he ended up going home to shower because we live 5 minutes from the hospital. He did use the shorts he brought with the first night since I delivered during the night.

I also liked having chap stick. I didn’t use the cough drops I brought with but I could see where they would be useful- my throat was so dry after all the meds.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I also want to add that I brought a few cute tips for photos after baby was born. However, I ended up having a c section and the thought of having any clothes on my incision was unappealing. So I lived in my hospital gown, plus it made nursing really easy.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would bring depends underwear. After delivery you’ll still be passing blood and tissue. Every time you get up you’ll gush a little pool of blood for a bit. Some people like the mesh underwear and thick pads the hospital gives but Depends can give you that extra sense of security. 

I would also bring gel ice packs. Icing your vaginal and perenial area nonstop for the first day or so after birth will help keep the swelling in the area down and minimize discomfort especially if you need stitiching for any tears. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would also bring some brownies or cookies for the nursing staff. they often don’t get to eat and little a sugar can go a long way. Trust me, you show them your appreciation and they’ll really go the extra mile for you

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Slippers, underware you don’t mind ruining and chapstick.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Big slippers.  My feet were overinflated for the first few weeks.  Socks left a deep indent in my big fat cankles.

I was most comfortable in a zip-up sweatshirt and yoga pants rather than the robe I brought.  That way I could just zip down a little ways to nurse, I wasn’t too adept at maneuvering nursing right away so I had trouble keeping the baby on and the robe somewhat closed.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m not a mommy, but one of coworkers recently had a baby. She packed her hair straightener and dry shampoo for all the photos. Lol!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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rittenhousenewbee:  I’m NTNP so not a mama yet, but my sister gave birth last year.

You’ll want to bring a pacifier for the baby at least for the car ride home.

My sister also brought two going home outfits: 1) yoga pants that didn’t have a firm elastic at the waist and a loose fitting top and 2) a loose dress. She went home in outfit #1.

I also got her Fuzzy Footies which are slipper socks with non-skid on the bottom and she loved them. They were one size fits most so they acommodated her swelling, but it probably depends on how big your feet are to start out with. They also end below the ankle. She said they were her favorite thing she brought to the hospital.

 

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