Post # 1
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I am 30 weeks pregnant with baby #1. I am looking to have my bag packed and ready within the next few weeks. I live in Canada, so I know the hospital wont provide much. I am a chronic over-packer at the best of times…so I really want to avoid that, but at the same time I don’t want to be UNDER prepared! Here is a list of what I THINK I need:
-PJ’s for me
-A going home outfit for me
-Toiletry bag (toothbrush, soap, hairbrush, spare hair tie or two)
-Socks and underwear
-One or two onesies
-Going home outfit for baby
-Some diapers and wipes (no idea how many)
-Deck of cards
-Hot water bottle
What am I missing? Is there anything on this list that shouldn’t be there? Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 2
Personally I wouldn’t bring slippers unless you’re going to throw them away afterwards. The things those floors have seen…
Pads, icepack, heating pad probably could all be provided by the hospital if/when needed.
I would recommend bringing a lightweight bathrobe in case you need to walk the halls or whatever. The gowns are usually open in the back.
Post # 3
I’d leave the deck of cards, towel, hot water bottle, and ice pack at home and wouldn’t have brought a robe, but that’s just me. Our U.S hospital supplied diapers, wipes, Advil, pads and frozen pads (so nice!). I would bring a nursing bra or nursing tank for you plan to breastfeed as well as some nipple ointment. Also a phone charger or camera.
Post # 4
I’d say you don’t need the diapers and wipes. My hospital provided them and also gave me a pack to take home. Pads and ice packs you wont need as well. The nurses will help get you set up with that stuff too, and again they’ll give you more to take home (mesh underwear, dermoplast, etc).
I’d an outfit for the baby to take their picture in if you don’t want them to wear the same outfit to go home in. And I definitely recommend bringing different size clothing for your baby – 0-3 and newborn. My baby came early – I was 36 weeks and change and she weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces. My mom and Mother-In-Law had to run out and get preemie clothes for her since she was swimming in both outfits we brought for her to wear home. I’d say a blanket for baby as well for when you leave the hospital. You can put it over baby when they’re in the car seat for extra warmth.
Post # 5
snowflake8 : Having my first, I would only bring myself, and some snacks maybe. But I wouldn’t bring all the stuff I did for my first, didn’t even need it. They provided everything even the diapers and formula since I couldn’t breastfeed.
Post # 6
snowflake8 : Commenting to follow
Post # 7
If it’s like the UK you will need diapers and wipes and everything! My US hospital had everything for me even after birthing pads, the UK gave nothing so because it’s NHS I would take lots of newborn diapers and lots of after birth maxi pads and lots of wipes lol.
Also you will probably need more than 1 or 2 onsies. Take a whole packet of them as newborns spit all the time. Your new bundle will probably need several outfit changes in one day. Also sleep suits. If it’s cold he or she will need a onsie and a sleep suit over the top. Oh also a little hat. They have very delicate heads and need to wear a soft baby hat. Also nursing Bras and pads if nursing, bottles and formula if formula feeding.
Bring comfy baggy PJ bottoms for you and granny pants. You will want bug stretchy comfy clothes for afterwards. Also a nice expensive smelly shower wash. The first shower post birth you are going to want to spoil yourself a little 🙂 (plus you deserve it)
Post # 8
What about vitamins and snacks?
Post # 9
I just had a baby in Canada and was provided everything to care for baby and myself post delivery. I made sure to ask my doctor what was provided before delivery. I had brought a robe and slippers but didn’t use either. The hospital provided me a robe and my feet were too swollen for slippers. I wore sandals most of the time. If I was to repack, I would pack more sleepers for baby as we had an extended stay, and way less for us.
Post # 10
Good list! I suggest a small handheld fan. I got hot during labor and the fan helped me cool/calm down. It was also nice postpartum when the room was stuffy from a lot of visitors and keeping our door closed. I can’t recommend it enough.
Post # 11
Look up your hospital’s policies on giving our baby care items. I am in Ontario, Canada and my hospital had a strict “no-freebie” policy: they don’t supply diapers, wipes, pads, cold compresses, hot packs, etc.
We brought:Loose-fitting PJs, a robe, a pillow, one pack NB diapers (around 30), one pack of wipes, four baby outfits (two in Size NB, two in Size 0-3 months), receiving blankets, burp cloths, wash cloths, tylenol, advil, cell phone charger, camera, water bottle, Depends (best choice I ever made), huge overnight pads, a stool softener, hat/socks/mitts for baby, several pairs of large extra undies for me, nursing bra, snacks and clothes for my husband.
Please do not rely on the hospital to provide pads, OTC meds or baby supplies as PP have mentioned. This was not my experience at all and you don’t want to have to worry about it
Post # 12
I had my baby two weeks ago and this is what I packed/used:
– a couple pairs of fuzzy socks
– robe/nightgown for after delivery
– Personal pillow
– Nursing bra/nursing tank
– toiletries: deo, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, sleep moist mask, make-up, face wipes, shampoo, body wash, etc.
– Going home outfit for myself and baby
At my hospital they supplied pads, peri bottle, witch hazel pads, diapers, baby hat, onesie & swaddle. They also gave me mesh underwear.
Post # 13
snowflake8 : You need chaosick. 🙂 I would have died without the!
Also, I wasn’t prepared for how swollen and puffy I would be aftr, and I really wish I would have brought a second (or 3rd) outfit choice for myself so that I felt more comfortable
Post # 14
PP suggestions are all good. Does the hospital you are delivering at have a pamphlet on what to bring? Mine did and it was really helpful. I would contact them and see if they have a list of things they personally recommend to bring 🙂
Post # 15
I’m just giggling at this because I hadn’t put my hospital bag together at 36w5d and my water broke that night so I threw my bag together…here’s what I can tell you to be sure to remember to get by!:
Yoga pants or loose fitting pj pants.
Dresses (much easier to go to the bathroom and nurse in)
snacks and cash for any vending machine stuff you may need
wipes for you (I couldn’t take a shower once I was on my pitocin drip and I was in labor for 33 hours, these made me feel human again)
your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash of choice for your first shower, they can provide some to you but having your own is heavenly.
slipper socks, that way you can walk the halls/floors and just toss them afterward
for the baby: blankets and clothes. If you’re in the US almost all hospitals that I’m aware of will provide you with diapers and wipes.