Originally Posted by MotherWhimsey
I totally forgot about babylegs. they are teh awesome!
Amen to that! Honestly I don't think we could ever have too many babylegs. In fact, I've been meaning to get some toddler-sized babylegs to use when DS is hospitalized these days, as they make diaper changes so much easier than hospital pajama pants do.
Another two things I would recommend- pacifiers and receiving blankets. Since Fiona will be NPO for a while, the pacis can help satisfy that sucking drive. Hospitals generally only have one type available, so it might be nice for someone to do a paci bouquet with multiple types to see what she ends up liking.
I am thinking of the receiving blankets for after she comes home- they are fantastic, rolled up, for sleep positioning.
Oh- if you are a coffee drinker, and they happen to have a coffee shop in the hospital, get gift cards to it! There was a Starbie's in the hospital where DS was born, and I probably spent $10 a day there while he was in the NICU. Also wouldn't be a bad idea to get vouchers to the hospital cafeteria, too. You could have a family member contact social work at the hospital now to find out how to procure them, then the family member can pass that along to everyone else.
WARM slippers. My feet stay cold in the hospital year-round, and there's something comforting about having night clothes on at night so you have some differentiation between night and day, as they start to all run together.
Last thing for now- and I just thought of this four days ago- linen spray. I was in a sleep room in the hospital Monday (DH stayed with our son), and it was nice- except the linens smelled strongly of the hospital. It would have been nice to have a little scent of home on my pillow.
Oh, one other thing I've started doing that isn't really a registry thing, but just an organizational thing- I keep an inventory in a suitcase pocket of what I need for an inpatient stay. Mine is something like:
-underwear for me
-socks for me
-pajamas for me
-2 changes decent clothes for me
-phone charger/laptop and charger
-3 changes clothes for baby
-3 changes clothes for toddler
-DVD's for toddler
-emergency cash ($50)
you get the idea. There are three benefits to doing this for me- first, I can keep the suitcase mostly packed all the time and not have to freak out when we have an urgent admission. Second, I don't have to *think* when I refill the suitcase, I just follow the list. Third, if I need for someone to pack it or refill it for me, they have a list to follow.
if there is ANYTHING you must have (medication, special diet, etc.), make sure there's an emergency supply in your bag. My poor husband had to drive 5 hours in a blizzard to get some additional formula for my son when we forgot it over easter weekend last year. I now have cans squirreled away everywhere.