Post # 31
The hospital provided everything we needed for baby apart from a going home outfit which made life easier and we also ended up stocking up on nappies and wipes on our way out. It’s so against how I feel about ‘stealing’ stuff but the midwife there on discharge told me to and went and grabbed me more. They also provided pads for me. definitely check in with your hospital about what they do and don’t supply. We got a list with our welcome pack which helped avoid packing unnecessary items
I packed way too much clothe wise and was in hospital 4 days. Personally I liked having a pair (two just in case) of pjs to change into at night to make me feel more human and differentiate Nught and day. In the morning after a shower I’d get changed into trackies and a nursing singlet and then at night change back. This was recommended by the midwife who took our classes and she was so right. Made such a difference to how I felt in myself. I also put on mascara and some tinted moisturiser which may seem silly in hospital but I had burst blood vessels all over my face and chest so thay helped cover them and me feel less patient like too.
Its hard to know how hot or cold the hospital will be so if you choose to take day clothes i’d pack long and short. I was told my a friend to pack multiple pairs of pants in case of leakage which was great advice but I just ended up wearing one.
Post # 32
I didn’t read all the posts, so sorry if this has been said. I had my baby in Ontario in July and they did supply diapers but he was in the special care nursery. My neighbour told me to pack Vaseline for helping clean up those newborn poops. She was right!
i hated the pads the hospital gave me, I sent DH to get me Depends, I highly recommend them! Lol
Post # 33
This thread is great, I am also expecting my first in the spring (April) in Ontario. My hospital actually has a list of recommended things to bring on their birth unit page, as they get this question all.the.time. Perhaps your hospital will as well, or at least lists what they provide?
Post # 34
The first time I packed everything but the kitchen sink. Next time I’ll pack:
For me, from top to bottom:
- Basic toiletries. I DGAF about looking cute, so toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, couple hair ties, a workout headband, CHAPSTICK.
- Good nipple cream. I liked Earth Mama or good old lanolin. My hospital provided those soothies breast pads, but since your milk takes a few days to come in, some hospitals will not provide them. Call and check. Nipple cream stains clothes, FYI. It should probably go without saying that you should not pack stuff you care about for this immediate postpartum time.
- A pair of PJs. Comfy loose maternity PJ pants (nothing fitted in the crotchular area, and remember you will leave looking about 6 months pregnant) and a loose tshirt/tank with easy boob access. Some friends suggested a nightgown instead, which is easier to lift up for all of the doctors/nurses who will need access to your hooha, but I ended up wearing the hospital gown a lot of the time.
- Socks with grippies. And even then you might check because it turned out my hospital provided a couple pairs of grippy socks.
- Going home outfit. Car seat, obviously. Blanket for car seat. That’s it. My hospital provided newborn clothes for him to wear during our stay, receiving blankets, diapers, wipes, and all the other essentials. And we took Everything. (sorry not sorry)
For birth partner:
- phone charger, camera if wanting to use something separate from phone camera
- SNACKS. Make sure partner has something to eat that is not stinky. And remembers to eat it.
- Change of clothes
- Any other stuff you all plan to use for labor (tennnis balls in a sock = good back massager, ultrasound picture for focus object, whatevs — we ended up not using most of it but that’s life)
Stuff on your list I would not bring if it were me:
- Underwear. Hard nope. You will not want to go anywhere near your own underwear for several days. Viva la mesh panties.
- Pads. Again, nope. You will need the industrial strength ones the hospital gives you. They will probably hook you up with the ice pad kind but at the very least you will get the mammoth ones to go with the mesh undies. And probably also Dermaplast etc to ice the lady bits. They think of all this stuff so you don’t have to.
- Towel. Hospital towels are not luxurious but they are there so it’s one less thing to bring unless you really, really care
- No special going home outfit for you. Just wear something comfy on your way to the hospital that can do double duty. I wore maternity leggings and a soft stretchy tunic and soft jersey cardigan, and my softest/least constricting sleep nursing bra (looks like a crossover sports bra, plenty of room for pads and engorgement). Notice the keyword is soft? You will be sore in all kinds of charming places. Think comfort.
- As previously mentioned, stuff like diapers, wipes, newborn clothes and receiving blankets for use during hospital stay are usually provided. Check ahead.
- Deck of cards. Probably won’t get used, TBH. Unless you know you are scheduled for an induction or something. Even though my labor was 30 some hours I don’t recall there being a lot of down time where I felt up to something like that.
- Hot water bottle and ice pack. Hospital usually can cover a lot of those things. Ask on your tour. (Definitely take a tour.)
ETA: our hospital room also had a thermostat we could adjust, so I did not need to worry about temperature and my own clothing. (Totally broke the stereotype of bright cold hospital environment… they brought in aromatherapy, dimmed the lights, let us raise the temperature, provided music/nature sounds, etc.) Again, I strongly recommend taking a tour so you can (a) get all these questions answered about what to bring/expect and (b) visualize the space where all this will be happening.