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post #21 of 45

I didn't get around to packing my hospital bag last time until labour started LOL! But I am going to get it done earlier this time just for that piece of mind that I don't forget anything I might truly want.

 

I plan on packing:

Gatorade and homemade electrolyte drink to drink during labour (plain fruit juice made me feel really nauseous last time and I couldn't keep my blood pressure up high enough with just water the first time and I have NO appetite during labour at all)

slippers or crocs

nipple salve

breast pads

maxi pads

change of clothes for ride home

couple sleepers and onesies for baby

receiving blanket and a few diapers

car seat

peppermint gum

toiletries (tooth brush, paste, shampoo, soap)

camera

post #22 of 45
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Originally Posted by CountryMommy View Post

 

I plan on packing:

Gatorade and homemade electrolyte drink to drink during labour (plain fruit juice made me feel really nauseous last time and I couldn't keep my blood pressure up high enough with just water the first time and I have NO appetite during labour at

 

Oh thats a good idea! What do you put in your homemade version? I can't drink Gatorade and electrolyte waters are so expensive!

post #23 of 45
It's strange ... I wasn't stressed about packing anything for either if us and then yesterday evening I just felt the urge/need to do it. 3 year old helped pick out 4 sleepers and 4 onesies for baby and the blanket I made and the I realized I didn't even have a bag big enough to pack out things in greensad.gif DH was not in the mood to climb up and get one down for me. So nothing came of my urge LOL. I do have a suit case out now and my things and babies things should all fit in one and I will get it done tomorrow. Sad that I need an entire suit case but with a planned c section and baby coming just shy of 37 weeks its a necessity.
post #24 of 45
There are a lot of good recipes online. I like a small amount of white grape juice with water (maybe 1 part juice to 3 parts water) juice of one lemon, pinch of baking soda, pinch of salt (up to half tsp salt) lots of ice smile.gif
post #25 of 45
I didn't pack until I was in labor last time. Baby came a few days earlier than expected. Lol. I forgot things like lotion, my eo, lip balm, shampoo. All the things I needed and smelled like me. Rather annoying. This time I'm staying home! Hopefully won't need emergency bag.
post #26 of 45

For those of you who have had hospital births before, do you bring goodie bags for the nurses? I've seen a lot of examples on Pinterest and wasn't sure really how much this is actually done and if it's a good idea?

 

Thanks!
 

post #27 of 45
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Originally Posted by harmonious View Post

For those of you who have had hospital births before, do you bring goodie bags for the nurses? I've seen a lot of examples on Pinterest and wasn't sure really how much this is actually done and if it's a good idea?

Thanks!

 
I don't bring anything. generally they're busy, and I tend to be anxious and you'll see a few anyways. What I do is ask DH to get a small bouquet of flowers to brighten up my room and take that over to the nurses' station as we're leaving, offering a verbal thank you.
post #28 of 45

Is anyone else planning on packing stuff from home to make the hospital room feel less, uh, hospital-y? When are you planning on packing that stuff away? I was thinking of putting the hospital bag together after H and I go camping next week (using the same bag) but I'm not sure when to pack up other things? My room would look really bare without the Ganesh tapestry and nick-nacks that I plan on taking. Are you just making a list and hoping you remember when you are in labor or more like 36ish weeks and just let them sit in car/by door/whatever you keep the bag.

 

On that note.... Where do you keep the hospital bag? 

post #29 of 45
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Originally Posted by inconditus View Post

Is anyone else planning on packing stuff from home to make the hospital room feel less, uh, hospital-y? When are you planning on packing that stuff away? I was thinking of putting the hospital bag together after H and I go camping next week (using the same bag) but I'm not sure when to pack up other things? My room would look really bare without the Ganesh tapestry and nick-nacks that I plan on taking. Are you just making a list and hoping you remember when you are in labor or more like 36ish weeks and just let them sit in car/by door/whatever you keep the bag.

 

On that note.... Where do you keep the hospital bag? 

 

You can pack it whenever you are comfortable. If you want it ready now, get it ready now, if you want to wait until 36 weeks, do that. If I were going to the hospital, I'd probably have it ready around 34 weeks just in case. You can keep the bag anywhere as long as you and DP know where that place is. It would annoy me to have to bring a bunch of stuff to the hospital if I was birthing there personally. Something from home would be nice, but not a ton of stuff. 

post #30 of 45
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Originally Posted by inconditus View Post

Is anyone else planning on packing stuff from home to make the hospital room feel less, uh, hospital-y? When are you planning on packing that stuff away? I was thinking of putting the hospital bag together after H and I go camping next week (using the same bag) but I'm not sure when to pack up other things? My room would look really bare without the Ganesh tapestry and nick-nacks that I plan on taking. Are you just making a list and hoping you remember when you are in labor or more like 36ish weeks and just let them sit in car/by door/whatever you keep the bag.

 

On that note.... Where do you keep the hospital bag? 

 

I am trying to decide just what could make a hospital room feel "home-y." I do want to bring SOMETHING. I'm not supersticious or religious but I've been thinking of busting out the clay and making a little fetish of some sort to use as a focus-object and reminder of my intentions. It wont be a reminder of home, per se, but I think it will be nice. 

 

Sadly, a queen sized bed with 100 pillows on it doesn't seem practical, and that's the only "home" thing I really want! Other than my husband, obviously. ;) 

 

As for your tapestries, etc., I would make a list and walk my husband through anything not immediately obvious or how to pack anything delicate. Then, I would set the bag that will fit it all someplace visible, but out of the way (like maybe by the door of the bedroom?) and put a list inside the bag. Then, if you are feeling up to it, it's a nice distraction from early labor. If you are NOT in the mood, you can count on him to do it, and know how to do it well. 

 

I'm still working on my list...

post #31 of 45
I found that I wanted to travel light; there were enough things we needed for personal hygiene/reasonable comfort that the only extra item I wanted was a small bouquet of flowers to look at and add colour.
This time I will add one more item that I found very helpful with DD: a nursing pillow.
post #32 of 45
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Originally Posted by inconditus View Post

Is anyone else planning on packing stuff from home to make the hospital room feel less, uh, hospital-y? When are you planning on packing that stuff away? I was thinking of putting the hospital bag together after H and I go camping next week (using the same bag) but I'm not sure when to pack up other things? My room would look really bare without the Ganesh tapestry and nick-nacks that I plan on taking. Are you just making a list and hoping you remember when you are in labor or more like 36ish weeks and just let them sit in car/by door/whatever you keep the bag.

 

On that note.... Where do you keep the hospital bag? 

 

I'm bringing pillows and a lap blanket, for comfort.

A small bottle of lavender spray, because sometimes the hospital smell is a little too overwhelming.

As well as a picture of my own kids.

Oh! And a real coffee mug! (I learned how much of a difference that can make during my 6 day hospital stay after a car accident.) 

 

I am feeling like I would like things together pretty soon (I'm 33 weeks now, with twins). We have some stuff going on this weekend, but next week I will focus on making sure everything is together. I have lists that I'm working from, and I have all the stuff, so its just a matter of getting it all together. I guess I'll keep my bags in my bedroom? Easily accessible, but out of the way.   

 

I have a list to print out and hang on the fridge; kind of like a checklist, so nothing is forgotten. It also has important phone numbers (the babies dads numbers, hospital numbers - my hospital of choice and the closest one, close by friends in case I am alone with the kids when I go into labor, etc. It also has directions in case things are moving fast - take pictures, call these people, get towels, etc. (I had two unassisted births due to precipitous labors with my last two babies, experience has taught me its best to be prepared for all scenarios!)

post #33 of 45

At our last childbirth class last night, we decided that we needed to get a bag of mini-snickers for my husband and some (yellow) gatorade for me. And that's about how far we got. I don't feel a great need to bring knick-knacks and stuff with me and have a fairly standard list of clothes/underwear/whatever to bring. Hospital supplies comfy giant underwear, stuff for baby, and all that good stuff (and we don't have many clothes for the baby yet anyway! It's on the stuff-to-buy list). 

post #34 of 45

Oh and I forgot to include that I will bring a pair of swim trunks for hubby for when I am labouring in the shower....I don't mind being naked in the shower but the nurses would probably appreciate him being covered up when hes in there with me LOL

post #35 of 45
Are most of you packed and ready to go now? I am 34 weeks and we just put together our list last week, finished getting a few things for it, and I am planning on hauling out the duffle bag from where it's buried and pack at least some of it today/tomorrow.
post #36 of 45

I want to pack but I'm waiting for my MW appointment on Friday to double check what I actually need/what I can bring. I HATE hospital food/drinks so I'm hoping they will let me bring some coconut water, smoothies etc. I also haven't had a hospital tour yet and I'm 35 weeks so I'm not even sure if there is a fridge or anything that I can use to store cold stuff. I know they have this at Tri-Point, a closer hospital that I didn't like but my mom forced me to go on a tour anyways. Urgh.

post #37 of 45
I have my hospital tour tomorrow so I will make a list of what to pack after that.
post #38 of 45

I think we have a shared family fridge available, but they recommended we bring a cooler anyway. I wonder if that means it gets crowded easily? Or just hard to get to for birth companions? 

post #39 of 45

I have always had out of home births (1st hospital, 2nd and 3rd at a freestanding birth center - I was always afraid my house would be dirty. Geeez, ya dummy!!!), but I cannot remember what I brought. I'm a procrastinator by nature. I do remember that I brought a couple of gowns, peanut butter crackers, Emergen-C packets. I used the packets, but I never touched food. With my first, I wasn't allowed (this was 17 years ago) With my 2nd, I was too focused on labor. With my 3rd, I was 10cm when I got there.

 

So, here's a preliminary list...

-Gown

-Sports Bra

-Nursing Bra (still need to buy - D'OH!)

-Tablet loaded with music

-Coming home outfit for Jesse. I may need two. One in NB, and one in 3mo. My girls (both a bit over 9lb) fit into NB just fine. My son (11 1/2lb) went straight to 3mo. I should ask their estimation on his weight.

-Maybe some snacks, but I really never use them. I guess a whole foods protein bar or two would be good

-Emergen-C packets for energy, should I need it

 

What kind of scents and smells are good?  I'm thinking some sort of aromatherapy oils. I get super confused when I go to read about labor and aromatherapy. I like lavender and vanilla quite a bit, but I don't like a strong smell. I think it would just distract me.  Off to do some more research.

post #40 of 45
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Originally Posted by Jefinner View Post

 

What kind of scents and smells are good?  I'm thinking some sort of aromatherapy oils. I get super confused when I go to read about labor and aromatherapy. I like lavender and vanilla quite a bit, but I don't like a strong smell. I think it would just distract me.  Off to do some more research.

 

What are you looking to get out of aromatherapy? I think this makes a big difference since "what smells good" is a bit different than medicinal purposes. Lavender soothes and calms but can make some people (me) sleepy.... same with vanilla.  For myself I'm using/bringing (hospital has a bit of oils on hand) peppermint which is good for alertness and pain relief, and nausea, and sage oil which has many energetic/spiritual benefits... along with being a sedative: relieving anxiety and depression. 

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