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Nothing like procrastinating!

I need to pack my hospital bag. I've been putting it off since I'm so big, I'm basically cycling through the same 3 outfits so I haven't wanted to pack stuff up but I decided I need to pack or else I will forget things that I really wanted/needed to bring.

So, what's in your bag?

So far, on my list, I have:
nursing bra/tanks
breast pads
Boppy
socks
glasses/contacts/case/solution
makeup/hair brush/toothbrush/toothpaste/deoderant
clothes for after birth / pajamas
Lotion and Lansinoh cream
camera/camcorder/chargers/cell phone chargers
MP3 player
baby's clothes
receiving blankets
car seat - obviously not in the bag
baby book

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add some lip stuff like chap stick...mine always get dry during birth.
bendy straws too!

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Everything you said I have packed LOL. My husband has an extra pair of clothes in the bag for himself...to get comfortable. I wish I had a boppy pillow!!!

Im hoping to not be in very long...so I wasn't planning on taking any books etc...

Sounds like you have it planned though.

Maybe some slippers/soft shoes?

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UGH!! I am having the same problem packing my bag. It means I have nothing to wear in my daily life!! I pack it, and then after a couple days I give in and take out a jogging suit or something.

Now that I am nearly 39 weeks though I decided to just go ahead with it so I am not rushing around in labor. The doctor would like me to be prepared to go quick which means that I can't be messing around with packing my bag when I have other things to worry about, like getting a sitter for the kids.

nursing bra (1)
breast pads (a couple just in case although my milk will probably not come in until I am at home anyway)
socks (1 pair)
makeup/hair brush/toothbrush (2)/toothpaste/deodorant/lotion/face soap
Razor
2 pairs jogging pants, 1 pair regular pants, 3 shirts, 1 hooded sweatshirt
camera/extra batteries/SD card reader
iPod/headphones/USB Cable
baby's clothes (2 sleepers/2 onesies/2 pairs socks)
receiving blankets (1)
baby book
Laptop
Magazines (4-5)
DVDs
Robe
Swim suit top -or- sports bra (undecided) for laboring in shower or tub
Lanolin baby wipes (last baby had a sensitive butt and a bleeding rash by day 2 from regular wipes)
Olive Oil (for baby's butt/meconium dipes)
Cell phone & charger
Hospital registration forms and birth plan

I think that is all I have in there?? Hard to remember!

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Let me see if I can remember (cause I don't want to walk to get it and look!!!)
I have:
toothpaste and toothbrush
deodorant
other toiletries
the top of my pregnancy swim suit
a bra
undies
shirt
babies coming home outfit
baby blanket
a few diapers
a few wipes
nipple cream
(hair brush, scrunchy and lip balm are kept in my purse)

I cant remember if there's anything else.
Like you, I cycle through the same three pairs of pants and don't want to put one in there and not have it to wear right now. I usually have one pair on, one clean and one in the wash - I plan to grab the clean pair when we head to the hospital.)

I usually pack so differently, I hope it doesn't cause me to forget anything that I really need!

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I pack as lightly as possible! For myself, my husband and the baby we fit it all in to one weekend bag.

I have packed:
~ slippers (for walking around hospital)
~ 1 sports bra for tub
~ 3 pairs of ratty undies
~ toiletries (plus chapstick and lotion)
~ 1 extra pair of socks
~ baby name book (still undecided on babe's name)
~ camera
~ change of clothes for dh
~ Electrolyte drinks
~ change for parking
~ coming home outfit for baby
~ baby wipes (I don't like the ones our hospital provides)
~ newborn gowns and a few onesies (I prefer to use my own than the too small size the hospital provides)
~ blanket for baby

I don't bring a change of clothes because I change into a gown upon admittance so I just put something clean on that I can wear home. And I prefer to stay in the gown until I leave as I have very heavy PP bleeding and figure I'd rather stain their stuff than my own.

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I only took:

Clothes to come home in for baby & I.
Nursing bra.
Breast cream (lansinoh.)
Toiletries.

I get out of there ASAP -- tried (and almost succeeded) to leave 5hrs after she was born but they wanted the pedi to check her out at 24 hrs old... So I don't need a lot of stuff like breast pads (milk doesn't come in til 2 days or so), etc...

One thing I REALLY wish I had was lip chap... would have been heavenly during labour.

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Maybe I am the only one, but this time I am maxing out my hospital stay! I left ASAP when ds was born, but I gotta say that this time I am looking forward to spending a couple days laying around while dh wrestles with the older kids at home.

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I'm also going to bring rescue remedy and ledum, arnica.

I'm planning to wear my Crocs as slippers. Hoping that works out good.

Birth plan and pre-filled out admission papers.

Most important, Q-Tips - I'm a compulsive ear dryer after a shower.

Possibly covert snacks.
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I have very little in mine, but wanted to mention that with my daughter I left in the same outfit I wore in...and plan on doing the same. That way I don't have to pack one of my very few outfits. Although, I pretty much live in yoga pants and all my shirts still fit so it's not like I'm Hollywood ready or anything.

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Part of me is, like, am I really gonna need anything? Do I really have to pack a bag?

Another part of me is crazy and is starting to think about packing *2* of everything just in case, after all, it is cold as hell, what if I dress the baby to come home and he leaks pee and then I can't take him out in wet clothes he'll freeze!!! If I have to stay in the hospital 24 hours after the birth, I'm gonna get totally bored! Better bring 2 or 3 books, never know which one I'll be in the mood for...or maybe I'll want to write...or draw or something! Maybe I should bring my knitting!

I wonder which part of me will win...if I get my to-do list done and go too far past my EDD, probably the second one.
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Hmmmm, packing a bag... I guess this is something I should start to think about.

I probably won't bring much:

Nursing tanks
breast pads and nipple cream
Outfit for baby and I to come home in
Slippers

and my book club book, so I can stop being such a book club flunkie!

I also have a favorite pillow for sidelying nursing, so there is a possibility that it will come with me!

My DH will be back and forth, so I figure if I really need anything, I can get it.

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Good call on the sports bra/swimsuit top. I plan on probably getting in the shower or tub at some point and I didn't even think about it.

Last time, I went in thinking we'll be home the next day but ended up with a c/s and was there for 3 days. So, while I'm definitely 100% wholeheartedly planning a VBAC, I want to pack my own stuff just in case because my DH would show up with an outfit I haven't been able to fit into in 3 years and who knows what else.

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I try to pack as little as possible, while still covering my bases:

Clothes for me (2 shirts, pair of pants, nursing bra, socks and undies)
Basic Toiletries (soap, toothpaste/brush, hairbrush, contacts stuff, glasses, shower shoes)
A couple of Depends to wear on the way home--not sure if I'll use them, but I hear they're good and more comfy than wearing a giant pad
Breast pads and lanolin

Baby's clothes + receiving blankets when we take her home in the car

Camera
Laptop--undecided on this one, since DH will be going back and forth between the hospital and home. Last time when it was our first we brought it so we could send out an email.

Snacks for labor
Massager (I tend to feel labor all in my back)
Rice bag (heating pad)

DH has his own small bag packed with a change of clothes and a toothbrush. He probably will go home to shower so that he can also see DS, but this is just in case things get messy during the labor or if there is an emergency and he needs to stay at the hospital with me and/or baby.

I also have my diaper bag packed with the normal stuff: diapers, wipes, cream, extra change of clothes, but that'll probably stay in the car.
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I want to pack my own stuff just in case because my DH would show up with an outfit I haven't been able to fit into in 3 years and who knows what else.
that is totally my husband... He tends to show up with stuff I don't even remember owning, socks that don't fit right and shoes that pinch my toes but I keep for that 1 outfit they look really good with!

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In looking for a map so I know what entrance to go to, I stumbled upon this list from the hospital of what to bring:

* Admission/Health History papers
* Toothbrush and toothpaste
* Slippers and bathrobe
* Shower cap
* Shampoo
* Deodorant
* Comb and brush
* Full-size cotton panties
* Sanitary pads with adhesive strips
* Two well-fitted bras (nursing bras if planning to breastfeed)
* Family Focused Care booklet
* Pillow with non-white pillowcase
* “Going home” clothing and blanket for baby
* Infant car seat (leave in car)
* Camera and film
* Phone book (to call family and friends)


So, ummm, shower cap? huh?

Pillow...is that a suggestion for comfort? I mean, are they not gonna give me a pillow?

IDK what a Family Focused Care booklet is...

Bathrobe...I don't have one.

Deodorant, oops, I guess I am on the hippie side of center after all.

Pads. When I went in last time I was an emergency transfer - the hospital gave me those awesome disposable panties to wear the whole time, I was hoping this hospital would too. Should I not assume that? P.S. is there such a thing as sanitary pads *without* an adhesive strip? Where do I get those, does my grandma have a mail order catalog for them?
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I have not yet packed anything either, but probably ought to at least make a list, so here goes:
~ CPAP machine (I have sleep apnea, and don't want to be w/o that!)
~ pillow (I like my special memory foam pillow...makes it easier to sleep with CPAP mask on)
~ going home outfit for me
~ extra underwear/nursing cami/extra socks
~ brush/barette/hair elastic
~ toothbrush/toothpaste
~ razor/soap/shampoo
~ vitamins and allergy and depression meds
~ book or two to read for during the day after baby is born
~ baby's going home outfit/extra diapers/wipes/rash cream/extra outfit (in case of blowout poop or something...my other two loved doing those!)
~ car seat (keep in car)
~ blankets for baby
~ Lansinoh for me (can double as soothing for lips too)
~ couple of granola bars or other snacks if I or DH gets hungry
~ cell phone and charger to call people after delivery
~ camera for pictures
~ sling
~ crocs to wear as slippers or for walking around

Can't think of anything else right now, but will add later if I do.

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Will the hospital give us disposable diapers, or should I bring some? [we're pretty much planning to use them til we're past meconium]
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Will the hospital give us disposable diapers, or should I bring some? [we're pretty much planning to use them til we're past meconium]
Call and ask. Mine does, but they don't all provide stuff like that.

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I'm all packed and ready to go!
  • PJs/comfy clothes (2 sets for me, 1 for DH), outfit to leave in for me (sweats) and DH
  • swim suit for DH
  • 2 nursing bras (sleep style) and tank
  • sports bra for tub and labor
  • basic toiletries (including hair ties, chapstick)
  • video camera and regular camera and chargers
  • snacks and rescharge electrolyte water
  • slippers and socks with grips on bottom
  • will pack: my computer and charger (hypnobabies loaded on it)
  • ipod
  • Diaper bag with a newborn and 0-3 outfit, onesie, blanket, hat and bunting for going home.

My hospital will provide baby t-shirts for while there, mesh underwear, pads, breast pads, lanolin, disposable diapers, and any other things like sitz baths, witch hazel, peri bottle, and so on if needed. I may use the hospital gowns or not wear anything until we have guests- we'll see what I want in the moment.

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Thanks, I will call and ask.

Now that I'm really thinking about it, I'm assuming that they will provide:
a hospital gown for me
an extra pillow if I ask
a peri bottle
little disposable packets of lanolin
juice and snacks for after labor is over [since I'm a VBAC they don't want me to eat during, see other thread ]
mesh underwear
pads

for the baby:
sposies
gown
hat
receiving blanket

I guess I better call and find out about all that stuff...
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^^^ I'm using the same hospital that I used for my daughter and they provided all that stuff you listed, but that might come from the fact that there are something like 17 hospitals in our metro area so there is this huge competition between them. My guess is that they know women make their birthing decisions based on stuff like this.

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