Post # 16
your response made me LOL, I was the same way “Grab that, stuff it in the bag! Take it we’re paying for it anyway!” Some of our nurses actually told us “Empty out the drawers with diapers, they’ll refill it each night and you can get more”
I took diapers, a swaddling blanket (that I had turned into a stuffed animal), a few hats, formula, the bulb, mesh undies, pads, numbing spray, lanolin, soothie nipple covers.. probably a few other things I’m forgetting.
Post # 17
I’m sure it varies by hospital, but at Cedar Sinai in LA, you basically take everything that they make available. The nurses change shifts and encourage you to stash as much away as possible, since they will refill everything at every shift. Be nice to the nurses since they are so extremely helpful. They also said we could take the swaddle blankets. On the morning of discharge, they gave us a huge plastic garbage bag to pack everything and gave us extras of everything. I think I ended up with something like 100+ diapers, 20-30 ready to feed formula bottles with tons of disposable nipples, 5 swaddle blankets, disposable liners to put in the bassinet, bulb syringe, rectal thermometer, 4-5 soothie pacis. For me, I just took a lot of mesh underwear and overnight pads. They certainly charge your insurance company for it, so you might as well take whatever you can (the charges for my c-section was $30k…I paid $1500 when all was said and done).
Post # 18
that’s how they explained it to us too, everything that was disposable:
so no blankets or shirts or wash cloths
but yes to diapers, wipes peri care supplies (pads, spray, creams, bottle, mesh undies etc), baby hat, straw water cup, tiny lanolin samples, the breast pump tubing and parts set that went with the hospital pump but all of that worked with the Medela pump in style I had at home except the actual tubing opened baby wash, comb, nipple shield from the LC, ready to feed bottles of formul as we were supplementing, grippy socks, and a gift pack from Similac that had a small cooler bag (really cheap and thin but we actually use it for short outings) with freezer packs that we still use 4mo later; the soothie paci from his circ.
That said I did swipe one blanket bc LO spit up everywhere right after Darling Husband took the diaper bag to the car)- our hospital requires you to buckle baby into the car seat and have it checked and then hold LO in the car seat on your lap on the wheelchair ride downstairs.) my friend had a baby 2yrs ago at a different local hospital and had a stack of the blankets that she gave me for our LO!
Before the bath they tuck babies in the basinette with the cover tucked in onthree sides but as soon as they have their first bath all the babies sleep in sleep sacks for the rest of their stay (swaddling is not allowed). When you return the sleep sack at discharge they gave you a coupon for a free halo sleep sack to be redeemed at the gift shop so DH took care of that on his way to go get the car.
every hospital is sooo different so maybe ask if you go to a birthing class there or on a local mom Facebook group or local friends for more detail!
my nurse was like what is dermaplast??, I had brought my own and she said I should not use it, which I thought was very strange. There were other creams and a foam spray given to me so I used those and then used the dermoplast (red bottle, I have heard the blue stings but never tried it) along with those when I got home. It was very helpful to have on hand – along with the earth mama angel baby spray and new mama bottom balm, that stuff is gold and I wish I had it at the hospital!
Post # 19
The hat they put on lil man. When he was born a dummy he had in NICU and the sterilising bag for it and a small bottle of formula cuz he was due a feed…. That’s all this is the uk th may be different
Post # 20
The hospital let me take home adult diapers because of my bleeding, (I didn’t need them after the ride home honestly, I think they’re actually all sitting in the closet somewhere), diapers, a brush, 2 little sample bottles of shampoo, a small hand breastpump, two hats (one was a mesh bear ear hat, and one was a knitted snow hat) and a knitted small pink blanket. The knitted items were from a group of elderly women at a nearby nursing home who liked to do this for the snuggery so I’m not sure if it’s a common thing or not for other places. This was all in 2012 though so I might be forgetting other things. They also sent me home with a lot of papers on postpartum and breasfeeding schedules and questions as well as a nurse’s number who I could call for advice. They make sure they can take care of you any way they can, don’t worry.