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hospital bag?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

I know a lot of you are having home or birth center births but those of you going to the hospital or having one ready as a plan b, what are you packing in your hospital bags?

 

I feel like this is something I should start to think about a bit but still not sure what to put in there-- I was thinking the following:

 

  • camera
  • movies/tv shows on my computer (suggestions?) or a book
  • belly binding wrap
  • set of clean clothes and PJs/robe
  • toothbrush/paste/lotion
  • snacks? dried fruit, nuts, dark chocolate?
  • phone charger/computer
  • money for delivery food :)
  • easy to get on/off shoes

Edited by ithappened - 6/17/12 at 12:30am
post #2 of 26

This is a good idea, ithappened. I have seen some useful lists out there, in my birth prep book, and in other ddcs, but haven't totally decided yet, but definitely all the thing you've listed.

 

I do have a question about what you are going to use for belly binding, though! Do elaborate or start a new thread. I am still undecided about what option to choose. I definitely want something for belly and hips. 

post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 

I haven't looked into the options really but wish I had done something after DS, so Id like to try something this time.. maybe others have some experience or suggestions.. I know some people recommended just ace bandages but there are probably better methods.. ?
 

post #4 of 26

I've seen the zip up belly band thing at Target.  That's what I was planning on using.  It's meant for post-C-sections, but it helps with general post-labor pains too.  I don't know what it does for hips either. I'll try to track down a link. 

post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 

I just remember after DS1 wanting something to hold me in, I vividly remember this weird sensation like all my organs were misplaced and needed to be held in.. as weird as it is to explain that way..
 

post #6 of 26

I just started my hospital bag list yesterday!  I planned to get one of those belly bands for postpartum - great idea to bring it to the hospital as well.....

 

Here's my list (gosh, it looks huge and we'll have such a tiny little space @ the hospital - hoping to get it all in one duffel w/the exception of the yoga ball.....):

 

 

  • Toiletries & Minimal Cosmetics
  • Eyeglasses / Contact Case & Solution
  • Hairband / Elastics / Clips
  • (Leave wallet / ID with Doula)

 

  • Underwear(s)
  • Sportsbra / Tank top / Boyshorts
  • 2 Nightgowns (for labor + postpartum)
  • Nursing Bra / Nipple Cream / Pads
  • Robe
  • Something to wear home

 

  • Spare Ipod & Travel Speakers (make playlist!)
  • Focal Item??
  • Excer Ball & Towel
  • Massage Oil & Essential OilsTennis Ball
  • Small Camera
  • Spare Phone Charger

 

  • Coconut Water for Me / Energy Drinks for DH
  • Snacks (incl. food for DH)
  • Gum / Mints / Hard Candy
  • Water Bottle

 

  • Pen / Notepad
  • Birth Plan
  • Labor / Relaxation Notes

 

  • Car Seat
  • Onesie, Socks, Cap
  • Footed PJs
  • Receiving Blanket
  • Baby Clippers / Emery Board

 

  • DH - TShirt, Boxers, Shorts, Flip Flops, Swimshorts, Toothbrush, Deodorant
post #7 of 26

I have a list but I'm kind of an overpacker.  Part of the problem is that I'm making a conscious effort to prepare in case I have a c-section and am there a few days.  Last time I only had the minimum amount of stuff and I was super bored, and had to stay in the same nightshirt for like three days because I didn't want a hospital gown and had no others.  J would bring me things when he came by but I'd rather have everything I need at my fingertips.

 

sleepshirts

toiletries

heating pad

snacks

birth plan

the wrap thing I got after my last birth

sleep mask (hopefully to avoid nurses waking me up when they pop in in the middle of the night)

 

laptop

ipod

cross stitch project

a book

camera

receiving blanket

present for when Elsa visits

 

clothes to go home in

going home baby outfit

carseat

post #8 of 26
I need to work on this, since right now my list is like:
- iPhone & charger
- camera
- headband
- Popsicles!!!!!
post #9 of 26

I think I may pack 3 different bags: the one I take to the hospital for labor, the one I leave in the car in case I'm at the hospital for more than 6 or so hours after the birth (I left after a few hours for the last two) and the baby bag that I can just set in the car seat that DH can bring up when we're getting ready to leave. I didn't really use much of anything that I packed the last two times, but at the same time, I don't want to be without, either! 

 

I think last time I used my old fuzzy socks, ate the dried apple, and wore my birth beads. My mom had bad breath and it was driving me nuts, so she used my toothpaste. At our first birth, DH threw on the first t-shirt he got his hands on before going to the hospital, and it said "Pain is weakness leaving the body" (U.S. Marines shirt) and the nurses and midwives gave him dirty looks! He couldn't figure out why duck.gif So, last time I made him pick out a t-shirt in advance. I'll do the same this time round, too. I'll definitely bring my camera, and of course a change of clothes, but I think that is it for what goes in the hospital. 

post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 

Id love Popsicles!!!!
 

post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mama Chickadee View Post

I think I may pack 3 different bags: the one I take to the hospital for labor, the one I leave in the car in case I'm at the hospital for more than 6 or so hours after the birth (I left after a few hours for the last two) and the baby bag that I can just set in the car seat that DH can bring up when we're getting ready to leave.

 

I like that idea and thought of maybe breaking up my bag into a couple sets, since I'm sure I'll be at the hospital with plenty of time for DH to run to the car and swap in "after birth stuff" when it's needed.  When we took our hospital tour, the L&D rooms were SOOOOO tiny and sparse, and the nurse kept pressing how important it was to leave any/all valuables at home.... it felt more like a prison than a hospital!  So part of me wants to do whatever I can to make it a somewhat "comfortable" environment, yet I wonder how much I'll actually be able to use....

 

....Too funny about DH's t-shirt!!!

post #12 of 26

I may have to break mine up too, depending on how much I can fit in my big bag.

post #13 of 26

Luckily the hospital I'm going to provide you with a luggage cart that rolls with you everywhere you go and it has plenty of room.  Nice perk we discovered on our tour of the Women's Pavillion in Houston.

 

I've read of these great ways to soak postpartum pads in herbs/with hazel and freeze them.  But how would I use them at the hospital?  I've been trying to think of ways to transport frozen items.  Any suggestions?  Some of you are bringing popsicles: what are you bringing them in?  Sounds like a yummy idea.

 

I got these postpartum recovery throwaway panties from pretty pushers.  They are soft, natural, and big and only close with a drawstring.  Plenty of room for ice packs.

 

I'm starting to panic a little I think.  I'm feeling like I just want everything to be ready now.  Afraid that something may go wrong and I'll deliver early and not be prepared.  Hopefully this is normal... Finalizing this list will be a nice weekend project.  Thanks for all the ideas.

post #14 of 26

Luckily the hospital I'm going to provide you with a luggage cart that rolls with you everywhere you go and it has plenty of room.  Nice perk we discovered on our tour of the Women's Pavillion in Houston.

 

I've read of these great ways to soak postpartum pads in herbs/with hazel and freeze them.  But how would I use them at the hospital?  I've been trying to think of ways to transport frozen items.  Any suggestions?  Some of you are bringing popsicles: what are you bringing them in?  Sounds like a yummy idea.

 

I got these postpartum recovery throwaway panties from pretty pushers.  They are soft, natural, and big and only close with a drawstring.  Plenty of room for ice packs.

 

I'm starting to panic a little I think.  I'm feeling like I just want everything to be ready now.  Afraid that something may go wrong and I'll deliver early and not be prepared.  Hopefully this is normal... Finalizing this list will be a nice weekend project.  Thanks for all the ideas.

post #15 of 26
I'm going to a birth center that has a kitchen we can use, so I'll just bring my popsicles in a cooler & stick them in the freezer.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by eleuthia View Post

I'm going to a birth center that has a kitchen we can use, so I'll just bring my popsicles in a cooler & stick them in the freezer.

Ah!  So jealous..... one of the many things I'll miss about not being able to use a birth center around here!!!

post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 

yeah I second that, so bummed this birth wont be a birth center birth.. the hospital here is so cold and depressing.. they told me I have to bring my own towels headscratch.gif

post #18 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by somazzy View Post

Luckily the hospital I'm going to provide you with a luggage cart that rolls with you everywhere you go and it has plenty of room.  Nice perk we discovered on our tour of the Women's Pavillion in Houston.

 

I've read of these great ways to soak postpartum pads in herbs/with hazel and freeze them.  But how would I use them at the hospital?  I've been trying to think of ways to transport frozen items.  Any suggestions?  Some of you are bringing popsicles: what are you bringing them in?  Sounds like a yummy idea.

 

I got these postpartum recovery throwaway panties from pretty pushers.  They are soft, natural, and big and only close with a drawstring.  Plenty of room for ice packs.

 

I'm starting to panic a little I think.  I'm feeling like I just want everything to be ready now.  Afraid that something may go wrong and I'll deliver early and not be prepared.  Hopefully this is normal... Finalizing this list will be a nice weekend project.  Thanks for all the ideas.

 

At the hospital that I birthed my first, they had frozen things and mesh underwear for me.  I took some with me and they are still sitting in my bathroom closet.  I am not going to worry about that stuff until I get home - I assume in the hospital that they will have everything I need from a medical/recovery standpoint.  I will be packing things for my comfort only. 

post #19 of 26

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mama Chickadee View Post At our first birth, DH threw on the first t-shirt he got his hands on before going to the hospital, and it said "Pain is weakness leaving the body" (U.S. Marines shirt) and the nurses and midwives gave him dirty looks! He couldn't figure out why duck.gif So, last time I made him pick out a t-shirt in advance. I'll do the same this time round, too. I'll definitely bring my camera, and of course a change of clothes, but I think that is it for what goes in the hospital. 

Hahaha! That's totally something my DH would do. Hilarious!

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by ithappened View Post

yeah I second that, so bummed this birth wont be a birth center birth.. the hospital here is so cold and depressing.. they told me I have to bring my own towels headscratch.gif

Sad. :( At least you won't have to worry about the scratchy hospital towels.

 

I have no idea where I might end up having this baby. At this point it could end up being some random hospital depending on how everything plays out. So my list is in the developmental stages:

 

  • Toiletries, lotions, chapstick/gloss/basic cosmetics
  • Hairbrush, stretchy headband, ponytail holders, blowdryer
  • socks, bandeau tops, night gowns, robes for labor&PP
  • comfy pants, nursing bra/pads, boy shorts, tank top, sweater for PP & going home
  • ipad, ipod, ihome, phone chargers for DH & I
  • My Pillow!
  • snacks(apple sauce, honey sticks, chz sticks, yogurt, muffins, oranges, crackers, ginger chews), plan for post-delivery meal
  • Clothes/socks, book for DH
  • outfit, swaddling blanket, hat, socks for baby
  • carseat and shade installed in car
  • massage oils/defuser, rebozo
  • camera
  • baby book for foot prints
  • boppy pillow for nursing
  • belly wrap (do you start this asap? I need to look more into this)
post #20 of 26

Don't forget flip-flops for showering and walking around in.  Also, if you're planning to stay overnight (or if you're not, maybe keep them in the car), bring earplugs, a comfy pillow or two, and maybe your own blanket.  I plan to bring my breastfeeding pillow too.

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