(Closed) Packing baby bag for hospital

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The only thing I see missing is socks/booties.  Honestly, the hospital will give you everything you need while you are there and all you need is the going-home outfit and a car seat.  You will end up taking a LOT of stuff home that the hospital gives you…diapers, wipes, receiving blankets, hat, nail clippers, nose sucker, etc.

I went to the hospital with NOTHING (was six weeks early and didn’t expect to stay until the baby was born) and it was fine.  I just told my husband what I wanted and he brought it the day we went home.  His mom had to go buy a carseat..we’d not had our shower yet!

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hmmm, well, you don’t actually need anything except the car seat and a blanket; usually the hospital provides everything else including diapers, wipes, formula/disposable bottles, clothes, hats, blankets, pacifiers, and baby wash/lotion.

But if you want to take your own stuff, that’s another story.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I guess it depends on how long you’ll be staying.  Maybe I would add socks to your list?  (If your outfits have exposed feet.)  Oh, and definitely don’t forget your baby book, if you want newborn footprints on one of the pages.

Post # 6
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

your baby will wear pretty much hospital garb (clothes, hats, swaddles) only until you go home so you only need one outfit for that!  they will have diapers, but you might want to bring wipes because hospitals use dry wipes that you dip in water (in case of a reaction) and eventually we found we really wanted pre-moistened wipes ๐Ÿ™‚  other than that, you don’t need much for baby!

and sunglasses for a newborn is probably not a great idea – i mean, i am sure they are cute but its a bit much for a newborn ๐Ÿ™‚  

You could obviously bring a bunch of other clothes to dress up your baby in the hospital but i am pretty sure you won’t even want to

Post # 8
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

The only thing I can think of that might be an essential is a pair of baby nail clippers.  Our little one had some daggers that I would have nabbed in the hospital if I’d had them.  You can see facial scratches in her newborn photos ๐Ÿ™

Post # 10
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second the nail clippers, and also they make little “mittens” for newborns, not sure of the name anymore.  But they’re great for covering their little hands and those super sharp fingernails.

Post # 11
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I would take a cute outfit…I don’t know how everyone else’s hospital was but our newborn photos were done by a professional photographer and I was really glad that I brought a cute outfit. It was just a Carter outfit but I wouldn’t have wanted those photos done in the hospital clothing. 

I attached a photo so you can see what I mean…these are the ones taken the day after he was born…They don’t do the old school mug shots anymore thank god. 

Post # 12
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Derbybride: That is a really great hospital photo!  Amazing! 

Post # 13
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We were only in the hospital 1 night, since we didn’t have complications and I couldn’t sleep at all while I was there.

We only dressed him in the hospital clothes while we were there. He had to get undressed for 2 pediatrician visits, and 6 blood glucose screens. Also the alarm that was on his ankle made it basically impossible to get anything over his foot and a footie pj wouldn’t have snapped over it.

Definitely nail clippers, though they should have them if you forget. Baby T had some very long, sharp nails. Literally his thumb nail was long than mine!

Also, maybe bring snacks or food. I ate and drank during labor (muffins, crackers, apple juice and gatorade). The hospital food I had wasn’t very good and they only brought food for me. We ended up eating some bagels and muffins that we had brought with us, as well as some other snacks and take out our families brought us.

They had plenty of pillows, which were great for propping up my arms and helping me get a good position to breastfeed. But I really liked sleeping on my own pillow. Also, they had blankets but they were really light, so I wish I had brought my own twin size blanket. I’m pretty particular about having a heavier blanket since I sleep better under the weight of it. Oh, I also sleep with a sound machine at home, and didn’t think to bring it. Even if you don’t use one, a small fan or sound machine might be good to bring if you are a light sleeper to block out the noise on the unit. I couldn’t sleep at all, even when Baby T was out of our room (in the nursery or for the tests/screens they did), because of the noise and not being in my own bed.

Post # 14
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We took a going home outfit, a blanket, and something that was super important was nail clippers & a nail file because he had some claws.  Our baby ended up having a lot of hair, so a little hair brush/comb was also nice to have. 

We brought our car seat up to the room, but because of hospital policies, he had to be carried in my lap as they wheeled me out in a wheel chair, he wasn’t allowed to be carried out in the car seat, so I would probably leave that in the car. 

Post # 15
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Lillindy: We had to do a carseat test (to check that he fit in it well and the straps were adjusted to the right spots) before leaving. We didn’t bring it in until the day we were leaving, but had it handy.

Post # 16
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We didn’t need too much for the baby. I had two outfits with us and honestly still ended up bringing her home in the hospital shirt and then a pair of her pants. My hospital was weird and tried putting on a shirt over her legs as pants so I was definitely glad I had pants with us. We also definitely used a baby nail file, mittens, and socks. And apparently my child has a small head so every knit hat they put her in kept falling off so I was glad I had a different type of hat with me as well.

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