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Hospital Bag: What to Pack

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
For those of you birthing at the hospital, what will you pack in the bag you take? My last birth was planned for home and I didn't pack a bag just in case. So when we DID go to the hospital, we were just kind of throwing things together as we could. Here is what I have so far:

Media
-iPad and iPhone for email, Facebook, and FaceTime with those who won't be with us and taking pictures
-Baby Book: for some reason, I worked a LOT on our baby book with DS at the hospital, plus you get so many tiny souvenirs to catalog (so probably a large ziploc to go with it and hold these things)

Clothes/Overnight items
-2 or so soft onesies
-2 or so light receiving blankets (love my Aden & Anais muslin ones- perfect for summer)
-comfy clothes for me-yoga pants and a t-shirt? + a nursing bra and Toms for heading home
-2 or 3 soft, oversize nightgowns I can nurse easily in (I wore the hospital gown the whole time last time and didn't love it)
-change of clothes for my husband
-toothbrushes and paste for us both
-travel size shampoo and body wash

Rations
-snacks! I remember the food trays didn't always come fast enough to match my feral nursing, birthing mama hunger. Probably trail mix and maybe some oatmeal cookies smile.gif

Gear
-carseat! I already bought and installed ours because we're trying to make sure our car is large enough, so trying to live with it before we have to, but the experiment may be up and I'm ready to move it out for a little while
-birthing ball- love this for labor, though I imagine I will mostly use it in early labor before I head out

What else? Do y'all take cloth diapers with you? I won't because I don't want to fool with laundry away from home (although admittedly not a huge hassle), but I want to use the "free" hospital 'sposies until the meconium has passed. Plus, it's honestly one less thing and I remember it all being pretty overwhelming as it is.
post #2 of 18
Consider some nursing tanks and pj bottoms. Totally preference vs gowns, but the tanks are nice for support that fits.

Check if your hospital has a ball that will be available.

Coming home outfit for baby. I bring a smaller and larger one.

I like side snap shirts better than onesies, with the cord clamp etc.

I did cloth in hospital with Bee. Mec washed out of cotton just fine, she mostly wore fitteds with no cover and I just tossed them all in a wet bag and washed when we got home. I also brought my own disposables since I can not stand the smell of pampers.

Hairbrush,hair elastics, whatever toiletries you use on a normal day.

Extra big tote for all the extras they send you home with.

I love he ziplock for scrapbook stuff.
post #3 of 18

This is my list - pretty much the same as last time:

 

Bag:
camera
birth plan
baby book
MP3 player
water bottle
post labor snacks - dried cherries, odwalla bars, beef jerky, peanut butter crackers, trail mix
ID
grocery bags (for dirty clothes)
hair ties
toiletries (shampoo, face soap, moisturizer, deoderant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, chapstick)
2 pair yoga pants
3 shirts
2 pair regular underwear (lowcut)
2 extra nursing bras
2 pair comfy socks
2 pair HUGE granny panties
3 extra pads (very large)
3 extra diapers (plus one for toddler just in case)
small package wipes
2 newborn outfits
1 receiving blanket
after ease potion, postpartum tea (for after-pains)
nipple butter (like lanolin)
monkey and baby for John, baby doll clothes for Becca, Catherine
laptop
pen and paper
phone charger
 
In the car:
puppy pads
old towels
extra clothes for Chris (in case water breaks on him or I throwup on him or something)
post #4 of 18

^^^I second Calladonna on the granny panties.  I made my DH go out and get the big Hanes Briefs when we got home from the hospital.  I found them much more comfortable than then mesh ones.

 

Also, make sure to bring a NB and a 0-3 sized off for coming home.  DS skipped the whole NB clothes phase.

 

We did disposable diapers until the umbilical cord stump fell off; I didn't want to buy a NB stash, plus I was afraid of being overwhelmed.  I have a snappi and some prefolds though, so maybe we'll do that this time.

post #5 of 18

Just started my bag.  Don't think i am changing much from first time.  I went out and bought all my travel size toiletries so I don't have to remember anything that day.  Those are priority for me, because I could not wait to get showered and brush my teeth. I even brushed my teeth during labor.  Next purchase is several pairs of black brief style underwear. I hated the disposable ones. I brought pads last time, but didn't need them.  I am trying to remember if i wore a nightgown last time post-delivery or pj bottoms and a tank. I think i'll bring both.

Birth center and hospital (if i end up there) both have birthing balls, so don't have to bring that.  BUT the birth center linens are gross to me, so i am bringing my own sheet, pillows and blanket. I also just heard a rumor that the center doesn't have diapers, so I will have to check on that.

 

Here's my list:

Flip flops

Sports bra or bathing suit top for tub

Nursing bra

Nursing Tank

Gown to wear during delivery

Lounge pants/tank and/or nightgown for post delivery (probably both)

Black brief underwear

Shampoo/conditioner

Face soap

Deoderant

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Lip balm

Hair brush, elastics and clips

gum and mints

Face towel

Fitted sheet and blanket

Diapers?

GOing home outfit (onesie, leggings and socks)

1 baby blanket

Copy of my birth plan

 

To pack that day: Iphones, small speaker for music, chargers 

 

Snacks is another issue.  At the birth center I have full access to a kitchen, so i can really bring whatever I want. Last time i wasn't allowed to eat (traditional hospital blegh) and was just sneaking graham crackers and water. What do people like to eat during early labor and post?

I am thinking: lara and kind bars, fruit, nuts, granola, coconut water, yogurt? 

post #6 of 18

I actually prefer the mesh for the first 12ish hours post vaginal birth, 24ish post c-section, but after that I want real panties.  With a vaginal I'm ok with my normal panties, but after a c-section, they cut right across the incision, so granny panties it is. ;)

 

For me, I will only bring a newborn outfit - in the past I've brought a 0-3, but even my big boy last time (8lb14oz) still fit nicely in newborn clothes for a few weeks.

 

I'm still not a big cloth diaper-er and definitely won't be stressing to do them in the hospital - probably not for at least a week or two PP....  

post #7 of 18

I wore the panties they gave me in the hospital plus they sent a few prs home so I wore them the next couple of days. I changed into a t-shirt, nursing bra and yoga pants right after delivery so I didn't have a hospital gown on except for the 2 hrs of transition-pushing-delivery at the hospital.

 

I'm bringing slippers and slip-on shoes this time, yes on the baby books, especially if they have a spot for feet and hand prints.

 

I'm hoping to bring the babies home with us so I'll have coming home tiny outfits for them but nothing for while they're in the hospital since they have t-shirts and diapers. I will cloth diaper at home but not at the hospital and not before meconium is all done  because I don't want to stain them.

 

Wow, this is on my list of things to do this week so thanks for starting this thread!

post #8 of 18
I am definitely bringing the baby book next time! Last time I missed out on a few things like baby footprints and buying a newspaper the day she was born. Silly, but I really regret that! :-P

While in labor & for pushing- what do you guys think about the whole "If you wanted to be treated like a sick person, wear a hospital gown" thought? I wore the hospital gown last time and had a great birth experience, but I'd really prefer my own clothes this time. I could just wear a nursing tank top for that part, but I don't know. I feel kind of modest and like I can't imagine my butt hanging out the whole time I'm laboring, but I don't know what else to wear. I'm also cheap and don't want to buy a special labor dress/skirt. I don't mind soaking and washing a messy piece of clothing after birth, either. I guess I just feel like I'll be more at ease in some version of my own clothing this time.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by thecoffeebean View Post

I am definitely bringing the baby book next time! Last time I missed out on a few things like baby footprints and buying a newspaper the day she was born. Silly, but I really regret that! :-P

While in labor & for pushing- what do you guys think about the whole "If you wanted to be treated like a sick person, wear a hospital gown" thought? I wore the hospital gown last time and had a great birth experience, but I'd really prefer my own clothes this time. I could just wear a nursing tank top for that part, but I don't know. I feel kind of modest and like I can't imagine my butt hanging out the whole time I'm laboring, but I don't know what else to wear. I'm also cheap and don't want to buy a special labor dress/skirt. I don't mind soaking and washing a messy piece of clothing after birth, either. I guess I just feel like I'll be more at ease in some version of my own clothing this time.

I am going to try wearing my old, kneelength nightgown that i wore after the birth of my first.  It has gotten some stains in the past several years so i don't mind throwing it away afterward. I am not into the special labor gowns that they sell now either, but maybe you could find a cheap maternity dress on consignment or old navy, or a nightgown at Marshall's/Tj Maxx. I think i spent 12.99 on the one i'm going to use. I think i was pretty exposed last time even with the hospital gown, but at some point i just didn't notice/care anymore. 

post #10 of 18

I don't see the hospital gown as a sick thing but more like, if I don't want to get blood on my own clothes why not let the hospital deal with it? I wore my socks the whole time and got blood on them and just asked them to throw them away.

post #11 of 18

I bring pads because the hospital ones have been so hit or miss (I've delivered in 3 different hospitals and had 3 different experiences with PP pads).  I'd rather just have something I like that is HUGE, sticky, and with wings. :p  My priority is not bleeding on everything. ;)

 

The snacks I listed were originally intended to be labor snacks.  Now I know better - I labor too quick to have time or a desire to eat.  But I do get ravenous after the birth, so my snacks are nursing snacks.  The trail mix is the big one.  I HAVE to have tons of trail mix on hand. :p

 

I really prefer my own clothes.  Frankly things go so fast for me that by the time I'm in the hospital, I'm pretty ready to just throw my pants/shirt off and labor half-naked anyway. :p  I do have a birth skirt that I used with my second and loved...  But I couldn't get myself to put it on last time...  I'm hoping to get over that this time - I would've liked that tiny bit of modesty...  But that is part of why I bring a grocery bag (two actually), I don't mind just stuffing the thing in the bag and taking it home to wash.

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the good ideas everyone!

I actually loved the mesh underwear and wore them until I ran out of all the free ones they gave me. I don't own any granny panties though, so I might like that if I tried it.

As far as pj bottoms and nursing tank, this really appeals to me over nightgowns, but am I mis-remembering how much postpartum bleeding there was? It seems like the nurses were always changing an enormous pad under me. But I didn't have unusual hemorrhage or anything. I might be making it up...

As far as modesty, I had none by the time I left the hospital. The nurses had to tend my absurdly large hemorrhoids and it seems like somebody-a nurse, a doctor, my in-laws, the cafeteria tray deliverer- was always coming in while my gown was falling off me or I was nursing or just wanted cool air on my throbbing lady parts! Ha!
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Edelweiss98 View Post

I don't see the hospital gown as a sick thing but more like, if I don't want to get blood on my own clothes why not let the hospital deal with it? I wore my socks the whole time and got blood on them and just asked them to throw them away.

That's how I feel, at least postpartum. I always wear the gowns and just throw them in the laundry as they get messy. I don't mind laboring in them and I'm hoping for another water birth anyway.

I also loved the mesh undies. I used them for over a week after I got home with my first, but didn't need them much after a few days with DD#2. We'll see how I feel this time around. I do like the idea of the yoga pants/nursing bra for when we have visitors.

I also need to remember to take a book and knitting for me. Maybe we got lucky, but we were totally bored during DD#2's naps.

[quote name="CraftyMcGluestick"
As far as modesty, I had none by the time I left the hospital. The nurses had to tend my absurdly large hemorrhoids and it seems like somebody-a nurse, a doctor, my in-laws, the cafeteria tray deliverer- was always coming in while my gown was falling off me or I was nursing or just wanted cool air on my throbbing lady parts! Ha![/quote]

I've told people I didn't care if the hospital janitor delivered my baby. I just wanted her out!
post #14 of 18
Bumping this thread as I'm trying to pack a hospital bag this week. I'm adding a cooler to my list- so that when we bring the placenta home to encapsulate, it will stay cool!
post #15 of 18

Coffee, pack some ziplocks too so you can full them with ice to keep it cool.

post #16 of 18
Thanks, Leigh! I will add that to the list.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
So glad you did this; I was just thinking last night I need to re-visit this thread and actually get packed!
post #18 of 18
I just remembered the teeny tiny infant nail clippers too. We used those the first day with DD, so I figure we might need them again!
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