ok i know we've disgussed these things already and i should know this already being that this is my second birth but i feel like im just drawing a blank...so fare i have a onsey a little hat, a receiving blanket and little one socks and mits..i also know i need some comfy postpartum cloths for me...but other then that im like...DUHHHHHHH uh i should probably find some comforting oils....idk i cant think lol i asked DH today what am i not thinging of ??? and he was like I DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR SUPPOSED TO PACK!!! and i was like...we'll what did you guys take to the hospital in your bag when you had your first??? and he was like"uh i took a book....im sure she packed a bag but idk what she put in there"............oh joy im really getting a good feeling about him being my birthing partner...my mom had better get here before labor does thats all i have to say
What to pack for the hospital?!??
What I can think of...
-Lanolin. Really, if you have nursing issues, or raw nipples, the little sample tube they give you does squat.
-Disposable baby wipes. They don't have them in the hospital and meconium is STICKY.
-Clothing: 2 pairs each of: Cotton hat, booties, mittens, t-shirts (maybe more t-shirts). My DD2 was allergic to the hospital hat.. she broke out in a rash. Better to be safe than sorry and have clothing on hand that your baby will likely not react to, even if you don't use it.
-Swaddling blanket if you don't care for the hospital ones.
-Going home outfit, if that means something to you.
-Photo outfit for when the photographers come around.
For mama & partner:
-Birthing things if you're using them.. like hypnobabies stuff, birth ball, focal points, whatever.
-Toiletries for both. Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, whatever you normally use.
-Cozy throw blanket for each, can be kept in the car until after baby is born.
-Cell phone chargers, cameras, things to keep your significant other occupied (book, ipad, etc)
-Changes of clothes for your partner
-Clothing for yourself- for me, I couldn't stand the mesh panties so I bought a cheap pack of Hanes cotton underwear, threw them away once I was done. Also a nightgown or two for in the hospital.
-Going home clothing for yourself- opt for comfy sweats.
-BREAST PADS. Oh my goodness. I have overzealous boobs that produce way too much milk way too fast- so this is a must for me.
That's really all I can think of for now... I likely won't pack all of that, and packing a hospital bag does feel odd for me seeing that I'm planning an out of hospital birth.. but just in case, yknow.
I didn't pack a bag with my first because he came early so you'd think I'd have one packed now...but I don't! I have finally settled on a repeat c-section so I know I will be in the hospital for at least 3 days...starting on Monday if I make it to the date.
I really don't plan on bringing much:
- Shorts and 2 nursing tank tops for me; flip flops for walking the halls
- Yoga pants or similar to wear home
- Underwear for me
- Outfit for baby to wear home (I'll keep him in hospital clothes while there.)
- Light blanket to bring baby home
- Travel size products like shampoo plus my toothbrush
- Camera, camera charger, cell phone charger (DH will bring his iPad, I am sure!)
- Breast pads
- Gift for DS when he comes to visit
That's really it for me. I don't really feel like I need a lot, but I also won't be laboring so I don't need things to bring me comfort for that process.
Are those of you planning homebirths packing a just-in-case hospital bag? My husband keeps talking about it, but.. I don't wanna? I have directions and phone numbers to hospital printed out, but I don't know how much more hospital prep I want to do. I should probably at least do the 'baby care in case of transfer for emergency c-section' plan, but a bag? :(
ETA, so this is potentially helpful and not all about me- I've seen mentioned that some people like to bring a pillow of their own since hospital pillows might not be the most comfortable. I've got a wonky neck and travel with my own pillows so that stood out.
Maybe i should have an emergency bag, but i don't. in case of transfer anyway.
We'll have all the baby stuff right there anyway for the homebirth so i'd just throw it in a bag or pillow case. I'd have DH grab me some jammies and a bra, my camera bag, maybe a blanket and a pillow, which will be right there anyway. I'd be good with that.
I can always have him run to rite aid or something and grab a toothbrush and a travel toothpaste if needed.
Hyde, I have a just in case bag packed. Our midwives suggest it, plus last time I didn't, and ended up with a hospital birth so maybe if I pack one I'll get to stay home? lol. (I risked out at the last minute rather than having an emergency transfer, so I had time to pack, but still, I wish I'd packed ahead of time as there were a few things I forgot.)
I've got clothes and stuff together for me and baby, but I haven't put in my toiletry bag or any food yet. I figure if I have to leave too fast to gather up a few of those sorts of things, I'm not going to care much about a toothbrush anyways. Plus, we live about 10 min from the hospital so DH can always run back home to grab me things if absolutely necessary.
I started with laptop, iPad, cell phone, iPod, camera, and used all those waiting for and during my version. I ended up with an emergency cs, and DH brought me a nursing bra, shirt, hair clip, deodorant, outfit for DS and that was it. I used hospital pants and undies or just the sheet/gown. They had diapers and wipes for DS in the bassinet and some toiletries for me.
The funny thing is that I was so going to pack my 'in case of HB transfer' bag but would have brought a ton more stuff to keep track of, and it was kind of nice to have just the essentials and focus on DS.
Edited by Carson - 9/10/12 at 7:42pm
- cell phone, charger
- camera, charger
- going home outfit for me
- going home outfit for baby
- homemade baby blanket
- toiletry bag (contact solution, glasses, razor, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, brush, pony tail holders, toothbrush, toothpaste, mascara)
- nursing sleep bras