(Closed) Your Hospital Bag

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

snacks. stuff to do – laptop, books, etc. camera, video camera. camera + phone chargers.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Phone Charger

Camera

Magazine

Movies (If your hospital room has a TV!)

All paperwork

Money

Own pillow!!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@mighty your list seems great!

I agree with the pillow idea and maybe a nice blanket of yours as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Also love the idea of movies/tv shows and money (more specifically, cash)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Any comfort items you plan on using for the birth?  Like tennis balls, rolling pins, pictures to focus on, etc…

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

oh, and coins/cash for the vending machines

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Some great ideas were mentioned above (especially the focus points and paperwork ones!) 

Some things that really helped me:

My own toiletries — nothing felt more refreshing than waking up the morning after delivery and taking a shower using my own toiletries.  I brought the basics:  toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, and lotion in travel sizes.

Pads and undies — I know the hospital supplies pads but I brought a big bag of my own, as well.  They were a saving grace when I ran out of my hospital stash.  Sometimes it takes a while to receive items you ask for and not having to wait for a pad was lovely.  I also packed plenty of undies.  I went through quite a few pair but I brought them home, washed them and continued to wear them until I was done passing lochia.  Then, I tossed ’em.  ๐Ÿ™‚  The hospital does have the mesh undies that you use once and toss but I didn’t care for their coverage, or lack thereof.

A Boppy pillow, or something similar — my Boppy was a workhorse through the first 6 months of breastfeeding!  It’s also useful for bottle feeding.   I swear, it saved me from many kinks in my neck and shoulders.  If you plan to Boyfriend or Best Friend, you may very well find yourself in some funky positions at first while you and Dirty Delete try to get acquainted with feeding.  It’s not safe for her to sleep in alone but for feeding, it’s lovely. 

Snacks and drinks — while you may not be able to eat during labor and delivery, I did have some gum on hand to chew through the pain.  I also had some light snacks and water bottles on hand for the nights we spent in the hospital.  I work at the hospital I birthed at and I know “food food” (items other than crackers and ice cream) isn’t available after a certain time.  If you don’t get hungry, your SO might.

For baby — the hospital will supply diapers, and plenty of them, so don’t feel like you have to pack hoards of them.  I brought a few different PJ sets in varying sizes and a going home outfit for Madi.  Bring some long sleeved outfits and plenty of little socks as it gets cold quickly!  Also, one thing you may not think of but should pack is a pair of tiny nail clippers.  Madi was born with long nails and when she slept, I trimmed them to prevent her from scratching her face.  I also brought my lanolin cream for BFing.  It helped relieve my chapped nipples.  I didn’t need my nursing pads because my milk didn’t come in until the day after we went home. 

And…last but not least, bring your camera!  My favorite photos (ever) are of Madi’s first few days.  I didn’t bring a laptop (didn’t have one at the time) but personally, even if I had, I wouldn’t have found time to use it.  Try to minimize what you bring because the hospital gives you TONS of stuff, too.  You don’t want to have to unpack and sort too much when you get home. 

I know that was a bit jumbled together but hope it helps. 

 

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

well, your hubby may get hungry :] i wouldn’t think there’s a need to buy birthing gowns. the hospital provides you with that.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

You definitely don’t need any diapers… they will have so many and will also give you a kajillion when you leave.  They will also give you formula and other stuff, so make sure your diaper bag is roomy!

For the car seat: learning how to install it was super each.  But the much bigger problem was that the belt was way too tight, and it was super hard to let out the belt length.  I would maybe let the belts out early, since I think you can usually cinch up the belts but you can’t do anything if the seatbelt won’t even fit.

Make sure you have all of your IDs and insurance card!

We also brought our laptop, since most maternity wards have wifi.  But your priorities may be different than ours. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also this may be Too Much Information, but I wouldn’t sit on any of the chairs in the waiting room.  My wife’s water broke while we were sitting on a chair, and although we were able to subsequently get super-absorbent paper products for her to sit on… I wish I had known that before I sat down. ๐Ÿ™‚

GOOD LUCK!!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

OH wow, MrBee! I wish I would have thought of that…considering I work in a NICU. Ew…lol

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

i do think slippers + socks are a good idea though.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

The lists I’ve seen so far are pretty good. Maybe a book to read for sitting up late at night nursing. Cable TV gets pretty repetitive after a while.

Oh, and triple check everything before you leave… I haven’t seen my phone charger since coming home from the hospital three months ago though my husband SWEARS he packed them.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Oh, and if you would prefer to provide your own birthing gown, I know people make them. Check out etsy.

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