I just want to chime in that not packing a hospital bag in advance, or AT LEAST having a list, was one of my only regrets with the birth of my son. I transferred for an emergency c-section due to a footling beach position and had to throw together a bag while contracting. I forgot a lot of things that would have been really useful to have on hand. Because of terrible weather I didn't send my DH home to get them, and my hospital stay was surprisingly wonderful, but in the future I have a list of "must haves" for a hospital stay.
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We didn't pack a bag because we lived near the hospital and my husband could have gone back for anything I needed (which would probably have been nothing seeing as I am kind of a minimalist person) but I did make sure to have an emergency plan written up for the hospital. It had things on it like "baby is NEVER to receive a nipple of any sort or anything but breastmilk without parental consent," etc.
I didn't think there was much possibility we would have to go to the hospital, but having that piece of paper was SO helpful because it actually helped me to feel safer. It was just one more thing I could get off my mind: "what if we have to transfer and someone does something to my baby?"
It felt like learning CPR. The odds of having to use it are probably nil, but you still feel better knowing it.
What do people even put in hospital bags? Most hospitals I have seen supply everything you need except a carseat, a camera and a clean change of clothes for when Momma leaves.
Example of things the hospital probably doesn't have other than what you already mentioned...
- fluoride free/SLS free toothpaste
- change of clothes for mom and baby
- my favorite nipple salve
- breast pads if needed
- blanket for baby if needed
- maybe an MP3 player and a book for entertainment while you are there