Post # 1
I figured the hive was my best bet when it comes to getting advice on this one!! Especially since we’ve had so many babies arrive over the last month or two.
I want to know what you packed for yourself and what you packed for baby. I’ve been trying to get my bag packed for weeks and it still isn’t done.
How many outfits would you suggest bringing for baby? I already have his going home outfit and I’ll probably add something else cute for the photographer. Should I take a bunch of sleepers or onesies? Or should I just stick with the paper shirts and receiving blankets provided by the hospital?
Also, I’ve seen a lot of people suggest bringing a robe. The only robe I have is white. I really want it more for walking the halls during labor so I can keep my backside covered. Do you think it’ll be fine or should I go out and buy a cheap robe?
Help please!! 🙂
Post # 3
Oooh yay! I’m glad to be able to help here! Ok-I WAY overpacked. So I’ll only tell you what I found necessary. *going home outfit for you and the baby. Avoid bringing a bunch of outfits for the baby. We kept Bug in the hospital kimono and a diaper the whole 4 days I was there and didn’t have time to put her in anything else. Especially bc they took her to the nursery a few times a day. *receiving blankets and swaddle blankets for the baby. You want to get used to using your own. We brought 4 and used them all. We also brought 2 cute ones bc our hospital has a photographer on site that does a photoshoot with all newborns. *maxi dresses for me. I packed a robe and didn’t wear it once. I packed 3 or 4 maxi dresses and wore those. Felt like pajamas but I looked cute 🙂 plus easy access for the dr to check my incision and easy to pull down to Boyfriend or Best Friend. They were all black so I didn’t worry about messes. *travel size toiletries and shower stuff (especially a bath pouf! I hate washcloths) and my savior…dry shampoo spray and ponds wipes for my fAce and body. I couldn’t shower for 2 or 3 days after my csec so the dry shampoo and the ponds wipes were amazing. *camera/phone chargers/iPad. I only watched the iPad sparingly so it wasn’t a necessity but some people might like it *snacks. I had to order takeout a few times (thank goodness I live in NYC lol) *flip flops for the shower I think that’s about it. If I think of more I’ll add It on here later 🙂 but the hospital has everything else you’ll need. I also took like 14 pairs of the mesh undies home with me. Loved those things my first week lol
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Post # 5
Shampoo/cond, comb, toothbrush! I forgot to pack my conditioner and bc I had a c-section I couldn’t shower right away and my hair was a wreck by the time I got home! Comfy, pj type pants. I wish I had brought some so I wasn’t in the hospital johnny the whole time.
Post # 6
My doula brought a big bag of Lifesavers, and they helped so much. I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink (expect for ice chips) and I had a gross taste in my mouth from throwing up during labor, and the Lifesavers helped so much. I definitely recommend hard candies or something like that.
Like everyone, I way overpacked. We kept my son in the hospital clothes until it was time to go home, and I wore the hospital gown for the first day, so I didn’t need many clothes for myself. I wish we’d brought more snacks, and especially more stuff to drink since the hospital juice cups were tiny and I could have gone through about a million of them.
Post # 7
I packed way more than I used, but I’m ok with that b/c I like having things just in case. I brought a maxi dress, pj pants, and a big tshirt and didn’t wear any of them. I had a 2nd degree tear so I was in pain the whole time I was there, and I didn’t get out of bed most the time, and I found it easier to stay in the hospital gown. I thought I would care what visitors thought so I’d get dressed, but i didn’t. I also brought lots of undies that I didn’t wear b/c they have the mesh ones.
For the baby I brought two outfits just b/c I knew she was going to be big so I didn’t want to just have one tiny newborn outfit that would be too small for her. It turned out, the newborn onesies I had never fit her. In the hospital she just wore the clothes that they gave us, or a diaper and swaddle.
We brought lots of snacks and I’m glad we did. My husband didn’t have to leave during labor to get food, plus I wanted something to eat right after I gave birth, I was starving! And I’m a big snacker, so it was nice to not have to wait 45 minutes for the hospital food to come if I was hungry.
Post # 8
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!! Keep them comin’ 🙂
@Sassygrn: thanks! i found another thread…but it was older and didnt have many suggestions!
Post # 9
Really we didn’t need very much (though we packed a lot). My husband ate some of the food that we brought for the labor but I wasn’t into eating. In the diaper bag we had one swaddler and one outfit for the baby (his going home). We also brought baby legs. He stayed in the free hospital stuff the whole time. We did end up trying our swaddler cause the hospital blankets weren’t working.
For me I packed my own pads (the always overnight maxi pads in the purple wrappers) because I knew I wouldn’t react to them and they were FANTASTIC. They cover everything were as the pads in the mommy bag were really too small (I have heard that adult diapers can also be useful). I stayed in the hospital gown the whole time and didn’t wear anything underneath. It wasn’t worth it because they always wanted to look down there and do the massages. I didn’t shower while there but we did have dry shampoo and face wipes which were very helpful. I also had a going home outfit and some breast pads (just in case).
Make sure that you have the carseat. We brought a computer and had our phones and i didn’t ever use the computer. I was pretty much sleeping or feeding the baby.
Post # 10
For baby we just had a going home outfit (footed sleeper) and a blanket. The 36 hours we were in the hospital we just used the clothing, diapers/wipes, and blankets they provided. We also had the car seat but they didn’t want that coming up to the room.
For me we had toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body soap, makeup, comb, q-tips, etc), one nightgown and robe (never used since I stayed in the hospital gown), and one going home outfit. Also we had gatorade and granola bars in case I needed a snack before meal time came around/in the middle of the night.
For extras we had a little book our pediatrician gave us (totally appreciated that book since it addresses the most common new parent questions), earth mama angel baby natural nipple butter (or lanolin if you prefer), laptop, camera (this is the one thing we forgot but it really would have been nice to have), cell phones, a book for pleasure reading (though I never did get that far), and my own pillow (hospital pillows are so flat).
Post # 11
@Pelikila: YES on the pillows. We brought three from home and used all of them, plus two of the hospital ones.