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<p>Please share some advice about what I absolutely want to take with me to the hospital. I know the standard stuff- i.e. toiletries, clothes, baby items,...of course. Is there one thing (or more) that you were thankful to have packed? Something(s) you wish you had? Things you brought along that you never needed? <span style="display:none;"> </span></p>
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<p>* Lip balm! the dry hospital air gave me terrible chapped lips.</p>
<p>* Gum.</p>
<p>* Change for the vending machine- staff was great at getting drinks for me, but DH was on his own. I wish we'd packed some quarters for him to buy a soda/snack when the caffeteria was closed.</p>
<p>* Playing cards or other stuff to keep you occupied. DH and I played a lot of UNO. </p>
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<p>Don't forget your camera! and charging cable or extra batteries!</p>
 

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<p>lipbalm, snacks for you and hubby, change for vending machine, a list of phone numbers for people you'd like hubby to call after Baby arrives, more than one outfit for Baby to go home in (the one I packed swallowed her), extra batteries/charger for camera, a pillow for hubby if he chooses to doze/ spend the night, lots of socks, cell phone charger</p>
 

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<p>Your own pillow or 2! Hospital pillows are terrible. I really like to pack light. My first baby I way overpacked and didn't need most of the stuff. So mine will have:</p>
<p>going home outfit for me</p>
<p>going home outfit for each baby (including socks, hats, blankets)</p>
<p>toothbrush/paste</p>
<p>brush and hair bands</p>
<p>mini shampoo/conditioner</p>
<p>change of clothes for DH</p>
<p>nursing bra and pads</p>
<p>camera+batteries</p>
<p>phone+charger</p>
<p>laptop+charger</p>
<p>pillow</p>
<p>nursing pillow</p>
<p>The camera and phone will probably be in my purse, and the laptop has it's own case, and I will have DH bring in my pillow and nursing pillow afterward, so my actual hospital bag won't have much in it.</p>
 

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<p>I brought my RL tea and was so very happy I did.  What a nice piece of home and a comfort.  Also, my own clothes, I didn't even wear their gown.  Oh, and a few pairs of nice slipper socks. </p>
 

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<p>Oh, and music with headphones.  To shut out the hospital noise.  Loved that.</p>
 

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<p>do hospitals have wifi?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>trekkingirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280614/hospital-bag#post_16061916"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>do hospitals have wifi?</p>
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These days, most do. At least all the hospitals in my area do. I'm sure it'd be fairly easy to call your hospital and find out.</p>
 

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<p>Ours has WiFi :)</p>
 

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<p>well I made the mistake of mentioning it to DH and he reminded me that nothing on the computer should come before my time with baby. He says "the whole reason you are staying in the hospital is to be able to give baby 100% undevided attention while others wait on you." He's right, that's our plans and intentions <span><img alt="bawling.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bawling.gif" width="21"></span></p>
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<p>What am I going to do if I can't update you ladies with how everything went??? I guess I'll just have to update you guys when I get home <span><img alt="banghead.gif" height="20" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/banghead.gif" width="25"></span></p>
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<p>Or maybe I can plead with him to bring me my laptop when he comes to visit us.  <span><img alt="praying.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/praying.gif" width="25"></span></p>
 

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<p>I think when I poked into some of the recently-birthing DDCs here they had a sign-up so that each woman in the DDC was paired with another woman who WASN'T due during the same point in the month, and the partnered two exchanged phone numbers and agreed to notify the other when labor started, so that the non-laboring partner could update to DDC as the labor progressed. Does that make sense? It's having someone play Telephone (internet) for you, in a way. I'm not sure if there's any interest for something like that in our DDC, but I think it's a cool idea. I mean, I certainly don't want to be updating everything I'm involved in online, though I'd love to have my tribe of birthing mamas thinking good thoughts for me while I was in the throes of labor!<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>trekkingirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280614/hospital-bag#post_16062221"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>well I made the mistake of mentioning it to DH and he reminded me that nothing on the computer should come before my time with baby. He says "the whole reason you are staying in the hospital is to be able to give baby 100% undevided attention while others wait on you." He's right, that's our plans and intentions <span><img alt="bawling.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bawling.gif" width="21"></span></p>
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<p>What am I going to do if I can't update you ladies with how everything went??? I guess I'll just have to update you guys when I get home <span><img alt="banghead.gif" height="20" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/banghead.gif" width="25"></span></p>
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<p>Or maybe I can plead with him to bring me my laptop when he comes to visit us.  <span><img alt="praying.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/praying.gif" width="25"></span></p>
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<p>I think I would be able to send out a "on my way to the hospital" text to someone who could update. That makes sense. I'm game!</p>
 

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<p>Thank you for the packing advice! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> I am a PLANNER!!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>trekkingirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280614/hospital-bag#post_16062221"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>well I made the mistake of mentioning it to DH and he reminded me that nothing on the computer should come before my time with baby. He says "the whole reason you are staying in the hospital is to be able to give baby 100% undevided attention while others wait on you." He's right, that's our plans and intentions <span><img alt="bawling.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bawling.gif" width="21"></span></p>
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<p>What am I going to do if I can't update you ladies with how everything went??? I guess I'll just have to update you guys when I get home <span><img alt="banghead.gif" height="20" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/banghead.gif" width="25"></span></p>
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<p>Or maybe I can plead with him to bring me my laptop when he comes to visit us.  <span><img alt="praying.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/praying.gif" width="25"></span></p>
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Trekkingirl- maybe it will help if you remind DH that newborns sleep a LOT and that the Mom instinct can give you major insomnia. Maybe that will help? Good luck!</p>
 

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<p>Oooo good point burg!</p>
 

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<p>I packed 3 bags for each of my girls births. One for birth, one for the hospital stay and one for the going home bag. That way I didn't have to have everything at once.. My suggestions for each bag:</p>
<p>Birth:</p>
<p>any meds you are on</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">copy of your birth plan</span>..actually several copies. Your nurse might ask you when you get there for it so its nice to have it there and ready if she does. My first baby that was the first thing they asked for after admittance and I hadn't brought it.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">lip balm</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">lotion/message oil</span> (if your hubby doesn't give you a back message during labor a lot of the times the nurses will, my first labor I had a great nurse who was very helpful)</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">snacks for you husband</span> (and little things he can sneak you <span><img alt="bag.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bag.gif">)</span></p>
<p><span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">socks</span>, socks and some more socks.. the floors are cold and you might end up having your water break all over your socks. You don't want wet socks or cold feet and the ones the hospital has are boarderline useless</span></p>
<p><span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">notebook/pen</span>- DH brought one along and wrote down things like weight and time of birth because honestly I wasn't paying attention. It was nice since he wouldn't have remembered and they didn't give us anything with that stuff written on it.</span>. even though you needed it for the birth certificate</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">swim trunks</span> for hubby and a swim top/bottoms (if you want) for you just in case you want to jump in the shower or they have a birthing tub you can use.. Water is your friend in labor.</p>
<p>Baby book if you want the first footprints.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Camera with several batteries</span> if you have them. My friend had a baby, hubby went to take a picture and the battery died.. He had to go run to the shoppette (which was luckily open) and pick some up after she got down to the postpartum floor.</p>
<p>Tip I got from a L&D nurse, if you want them to take pictures for you bring a disposable camera or a very simple/cheap digital one. Most of the nurses won't touch an expensive camera for fear of breaking something but if you bring a cheap one or a disposable one and ask them to take pictures they will happily take a few for you as long as they aren't needed elsewhere.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phone with numbers to work people</span>- DH has to check in with his command shortly after the birth so its nice if he has the numbers instead of having to run out to get them. When I was working I also had to check in shortly after birth, luckily DH use to work with me so he knew the numbers to my bosses by heart.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Something to do</span>- labor can take a while and you might want to have something to pass the time. My first I was only in the hospital for less than 4 hours (I was in labor for a little over 16 but labored at home) so it went fast, second I didn't make it.. However, one of my friends was in the hospital for over 20 hours so she was glad she brought something to do while she was there.</p>
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<p><strong>Hospital stay-</strong></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">comfortable outfits</span>- a lot of people just stay in the hospital gowns, honestly I can't stand them so I try to shower/change as soon as possible. I bring a couple of maternity nighttime outfits to change into. Comfortable but covering!</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Socks and slippers</span>- that way you aren't in danger of taking a fall when you are walking around and your feet stay warm (can you tell I don't like cold feet??)</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Nursing bras, nursing pads</span>- I leak from like day 2 until 10-11 months so both times I had to get pads from the hospital to go home with. Their pads stink!</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">scriptures/journal</span>- to write down your birthstory (journal) and to read if you are religious (scriptures). Some hospitals have bibles in their rooms but the naval hospitals Ive delievered at don't, with my first I borrowed a bible from the Chaplin and with my second my husband brought me mine from home.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Iphone, Ipad, laptop</span>- if your hospital has a WiFi, you will probably be there at least 24 hours if not 48 and your baby is going to be sleeping ALOT of it, gives you plenty of time to update people (hint hint :))</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Toiletries and towels</span>- I forgot these both times and ended up having to dry off with a sheet the second time after being asked "why do you want to take a shower" umm lets see I just gave birth, couldn't that be a good reason??</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Blanket/pillow</span>- for some reason the hospitals Ive been at were both COLD on the postpartum floor and short on blankets. I froze both times.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Anything else to pass the time</span>- DS if you like to play games, books, Ipod, knitting, cross stitch, whatever you like to do.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Snacks for you</span>- I was starving both times.. Luckily the hospitals had decent meal services and snacks in the mother's lounge. It would have been nice to have some variety though.. Although I am grateful for the lovely bowls of fruit each hospital provided. Apples are great for after you give birth just so you know :)</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Big sister/brother gifts</span> if you do them- to give your big ones when they come visit. For my girls Im making dolls... maybe that way I get to keep the baby, they each are convinced he is "their baby"</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Outfits if you are doing pictures at the hospital</span>.. Im making big sister shirts for both the girls and a little brother onesie for the baby. DD1 is helping, shes really excited to wear the shirts. I think Ill leave them with DH though and he can dress them in the shirts before coming to see us.</p>
<p>Chargers for any electronics you packed.</p>
<p>A couple of pens to fill out paperwork</p>
<p>Your schedule book if you have one.. Both times I had the girls I came away from the hospital with multiple appointments I needed to make.</p>
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<p><strong>Coming home bag:</strong></p>
<p>Outfit for baby, including shoes (if you have them wear shoes, I use little socks to keep their tiny toes warm) and hat.</p>
<p>Blanket for baby if its going to be cold.</p>
<p>Outfit for you, don't forget shoes.. not that I would ever forget something so basic..:lol</p>
<p>Pads if you don't want to use the hospital ones and some really old ratty undies.</p>
<p>diapers if you don't want to use the ones the hospital provides</p>
<p>sling/carrier- so if you are like me you can violate the "rules" and wear your baby out of the hospital <span><img alt="Bolt.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/Bolt.gif"></span></p>
<p><span>Car seat- yea, I forgot this one with my second, never installed it. DH had to go home and get it.. she was in the NICU for 6 days though so we had time.</span></p>
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<p><span>Also don't forget you will need to pack a bag for your older children if they are staying with a babysitter (I know some people bring their children to the hospital with them). Things to consider for them: Books, comfort items (blankets, animals etc), a couple of changes of clothing/undies, especially if the child is potty training/recently potty trained, movies if you do them, maybe something new to play with that they haven't seen (we got a couple cheap toys from the thrift store so if something happened to them it wasn't the end of the world), snacks/food for them, cups/plates/silverware if you have throwers like mine that will break dishes, any meds</span> they are on, crayons/coloring book, a sheet of information about anything the person might need to know (allergies, food issues, number to the hospital, med doses etc).</p>
 

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<p>Should we start a new thread to judge interest?<br>
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<p>My advice is to pack waaay more clothes then you will really need.  My ds ended up being a NICU baby for five days.  I only packed 2 outfits (thinking we'd be in and out in two days.  </p>
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<p>There was NO WAY I was leaving the hospital to go get more clothes and I didnt' want DH leaving me either (I was a big emotional wreck).  I also didn't trust anyone to pick out clothes for me and bring them in, so i just wore the same smelly things the whole time and felt disgusting.  I even think some of the nurses gave me dirty looks in the NICU.  One of them asked me if i wanted to go shower ( I already had) and I said i didn't feel up to it (this was during one of our first breastfeeding sessions) and she said "oh you had a c-section?" and i'm pretty sure she knew I hadn't but just wanted me to feel bad for being smelly or something.</p>
 

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<p>thanks everyone!</p>
<p>and "check" on the socks- it just made me laugh out loud, remembering the staff's reaction when my water broke all over my hand-made (looking) slippers. they had really just cost a few dollars and were only for the hospital, but they were all so worried and sweet- they came back washed the next day. lol.</p>
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<p>and thanks! for the idea to pack a bag for the girls- this is a great idea.</p>
 

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<p>There was NO WAY I was leaving the hospital to go get more clothes and I didnt' want DH leaving me either (I was a big emotional wreck).  I also didn't trust anyone to pick out clothes for me and bring them in, so i just wore the same smelly things the whole time and felt disgusting.  I even think some of the nurses gave me dirty looks in the NICU.  One of them asked me if i wanted to go shower ( I already had) and I said i didn't feel up to it (this was during one of our first breastfeeding sessions) and she said "oh you had a c-section?" and i'm pretty sure she knew I hadn't but just wanted me to feel bad for being smelly or something.</p>
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<p>This is good advice! My husband went home and got me clothes/shoes to wear otherwise I would have been a little ripe as well.<br>
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