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I have found a couple of lists on line and a few in the forums but nothing that seems quite complete. I am wondering what I should pack and what my DH might need and what baby will need. What are you all packing?<br><br>
We are hoping for a home birth but it will depend on how busy the MW is at the time I go into labour because we are out of her area. Most of the women who are due around my time are going to the birth centre which is about 1 hour from my place so if there are others birthing there I will have to go there as well.<br><br>
It kind of sucks that I won't *really* know until last minute, but I'd rather have the chance of the home birth than just agree to drive an hour to the birth centre. And due to this hour drive, it won't be very easy to run home to grab something important otherwise I'd just bring us each a change of clothes and our pillows!<br><br>
One specific question I was trying to find an answer to yesterday that I totally couldn't was just how many diapers would I need to bring?? Should I bring fitteds or prefolds? What other diapering supplies?<br><br>
Also, does anybody know what if anything they will have for me at the hospital? Everybody says they will have special pads and stuff but I don't actually think we have those provided in Canada?
 

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I dont know about Canada or anywhere else but at the hospital I am delivering at, They have diapers,bottles (if needed), blankets, onsies and cans of formula (if FF) they give you and send u home with and for mamma those lovely mesh panties with pads big enough to fit my 4 yr old as diapers, I also remember a perry bottle and sitz bath, a large cup with a straw and a lid and some other odds and ends stuff. With the last one I didn't need to take anything to the hospital for me or the baby except a change of clothes for each of us to come home in and a book to read because I can't sleep in odd places especialy when they come poking at me a million times a night.
 

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Ditto the above. Most hospitals provide diapers, wipes (here they provide cloth wipes, not disposable), onesies, blankets. And while you could CD in the hospital, even as big of a CD pusher (haha) as I am, I'd use 'sposies in the hosp as you probably wouldn't be in there long, right?<br><br>
You don't need much - something for baby to come home in, a blanket, car seat usually (well, especially if you are driving home), clothes for you and snacks, tea, etc. as you'd like.<br><br>
This is my list.. but mine is different in that I will be in for 3-4 days and I am having a surrogate baby, so I don't have anything for a baby, since his parents will bring that stuff.<br><br>
To pack:<br>
Disposable Stayfree pads & undies (just in case, most likely won't need)<br>
Tea (Mother's Milk)<br>
Oatmeal (instant kind, better than not having it at all - I crave it!)<br>
Vitamins<br>
Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, makeup, hair brush<br>
Pajamas (don't NEED, but I hate hospital gowns)<br>
Robe<br>
Socks<br>
Flip flops<br>
Chargers for cell and camera batteries<br>
Bella Band (as I will NEED the help in holding up my maternity pants when I go home, but won't fit into my regular pants, yet)<br>
Laptop<br><br>
Breastfeeding/pumping stuff:<br>
Nursing pads<br>
Bottles<br>
Bags<br>
Lansinoh<br>
Pump (most likely won't NEED, as hosp usually provides on, but I take it just in case)<br>
Nursing cover<br><br>
Vitamins:<br>
Prenatal<br>
B Complex<br>
Cal/mag<br>
Alfalfa
 

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I just wanted to add to the PP list. Her list seems pretty complete to me and I don't have too much to add.<br><br>
For Momma:<br>
~Nursing Cami's (I dont want to wear that hospital gown longer than I have to!)<br>
~Comfy nursing bra's<br><br>
For Baby:<br>
~Coming home outfit<br>
~Blanket for carseat ( I always make sure there is a blanket in between baby and seat as they are treated with a lot of fire-protection chemicals)<br>
~Extra Blanket (just in case...)<br>
~Sleeper and hat (so if you want to dress baby in hospital you can. If I am there more than a day I will want to put some 'real' clothes on the baby)<br>
~Anything particular you plan on using for your baby. For ex: with my son we FF and used the disposable pre-filled bottles at the hospital. Well, I had trouble for weeks trying to find a bottle he would use. He hated the ones I had already purchased. So I would recommend bringing your own bottles if you are FF. I am excited to BF this time as I am tired of bottles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Same with pacifiers...<br><br>
That's it! The hospital pretty much has everything the baby needs. Just don't forget your carseat or they wont discharge the baby.
 

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I like having something to pull my hair back (a barrette or rubber band thingy), plus chapstick. Also socks if your feet tend to get cold.<br><br>
Other than that, some of the pp lists seem complete.<br><br>
*oh, and it's nice to have cash/planned for money for your dp to go get food for himself and/or you when hungry.
 

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Was definitely going to mention chapstick!<br><br>
I would not recommend cloth diapers for the first 24 hours at least. The merconium bowel movements are pretty rough and might not come out. I'd recommend disposables for the first few days.
 

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This is the list my Birth Center (free-standing) gave me for my packing....<br><br>
For Baby -<br>
Receiving blankets<br>
2 hats<br>
2-3 t-shirts that do not compress the umbilical cord<br>
Diapers (cotton or disposable)<br>
Booties<br><br>
For Mom -<br>
2 nightgowns or sleepshirts<br>
Slippers for all who accompany the mother<br>
One package of long night-time maternity pads (stay away from "Dry-Weave" covers)<br>
Nursing bra, if wanted<br>
Several pairs of underpants<br>
Toiletries<br>
Favorite pillow<br>
Blanket for the ride home<br>
Clothes to go home in<br>
List of phone numbers<br>
Emergancy Birth Plan in case of transport to hospital<br>
Extra clothing for mother's supportive person(s)<br>
Bathing suit for partner for shower or birth tub<br><br>
Food Items you may want to bring -<br>
Juice, Recharge or Gatorade and other bottled beverages<br>
Fresh fruit, yogurt, soups - easy to eat and digest foods<br>
Frozen fruit bars, ice pops, etc. if this appeals to you<br>
Bread, cheese, crackers, peanut butter, etc.<br>
Frozen meal which can be microwaved after delivery<br>
Food for support persons during labor
 

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Thanks everybody!<br>
My midwife the other day briefly touched on depends when we were in our group meeting... I should have asked more questions but I wasn't thinking yet. I am wondering, how many should I buy and what kind? Do they have to be depends or could I get the poise pads? hmmm...
 

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I want to add, make sure you either buy or take w/ you pillows with bright colored or differently colored cases!!! We always make sure to take the brightest obnoxious color so we don't forget our favorite pillows!! lol Reminds me I have to go buy some b/c I used the ones from the last baby to make diapers!! lol
 
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