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    Default Hospital : What To Pack

    So far, this is what I've figured:

    For Baby
    • diapers
    • outfits (not sure how many)
    • receiving blankets (again, not sure how many)
    • wipes
    • socks


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    • pads
    • comfy clothes
    • a nursing nightie
    • underpants
    • book
    • camera
    • snacks
    • toothbrush
    • toothpaste
    • deoderant
    • hair brush
    • slippers
    • socks


    What am I missing? I am not sure on quantities I should bring either.




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    chapstick your lip will be so dry
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    I brought about 4 receiving blankets and 4 sleepers. I agree with Tan about the chapstick!
    I totally overpacked, and ended up with a c-section and used everything.
    The one thing I had my Mom bring was nail clippers for DS. He came out with claws! lol

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    Forgot Kleenex! The stuff there sucks!

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    nice note on the chapstick. i keep lots in my purse everyday, so yay!




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    I'm not sure, but would women usually bring a nursing bra? And maybe a deck of cards?
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    Don't worry about diapers...take advantage of theirs! About 2 blankets...just for the car ride. Again use theirs... Bring the least amount possible...less to unpack and lug around. One pair of pj's, warm socks for both, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, brush. Comfy pants for you ... Jogging. Big girl undies... Though use their mesh as long as you can. Use their pads... Cream as you will be dry. The wipes for face cleaning are great to bring though a baby wipe works fine..ESP to do a quick wipe of yourself to make you feel human! Spotters if you plan to use them. Your own pillow and a nursing pillow if you are going to nurse. Flip flops or crocs...slippers get gross on the floors. House coat to wear over open backed gowns. Hair elastic. Ok.....that is all I can think of and pretty much all I had with ds.

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    Second the chapstick

    Nursing bra definitely!

    Pack/put in the car, some big towels/something waterproof for your ride to the hospital (in case your water breaks, or if it has already broken, dribbles!)

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    OH and yes, like Cmama said, Hair elastics and clips!! I couldn't get my bangs to stay out of my face, and during transition and pushing, I nearly ripped them out myself they were pissing me off so much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~I'm Listening~ View Post
    I'm not sure, but would women usually bring a nursing bra? And maybe a deck of cards?

    I brought a comfy bra, one you would sleep in. Don't bring anything new like cute pj's or anything because they might get yucky. I brought slippers and wore them while pushing, they were big, fluffy and pink haha. I wish I had a robe because I was kinda chilly walking up and down the hospital halls. Magazines, cause a book took too much thinking and I was tired.

    As for diapers and wipes... I brought some but I just used the stuff at the hospital. We left pretty much right away so we only used 2 outfits I think and one blanket. Make sure you have the carseat in the car with you.

    pictures/music/ bathing suit if you plan to go in the whirlpool (make some flip flops for the shower too), batteries incase your camera is out (if yours uses batteries), phone numbers of people you want to call


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    Cards are a good idea, I made DH bring some.

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    Also, I had my bag packed early, and grabbed it when I ended up having to be admitted to the hospital unexpectedly - and I had clothes and such, but had not expected to have to stay in hospital. So it had NOTHING to do! So yes, put a magazine, some change for the cafeteria (hospital meals are not enough food for a pregnant lady), phone numbers, change for payphone etc!

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    Oh tighter fitting tops work better for nursing...though I just turned the gown the wrong way ESP at night to make it easier to nurse. Yes deodorant. A soother if you are going to use one. I just kept my kids in their gowns and swaddled so only brought a going home outfit. You can throw in snacks like granola bars but my dh just went and got stuff we needed. Bottled water was nice ESP for dh....oh and pack some deodorant for dh and an extra shirt. He will stay prob and wAnt to freshen up. A little hat for the baby may be useful as they will only supply one for you.

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    ok this may be TMI... but my doula friend suggested I buy depends and use them instead of pads. it was really really embarassing buying them but they were a god send. for the first few days I just used them for heavier bleeding and didn't have to worry about leakage and they aren't as bulky as those restangular pads. and when you are done just throw them away. seriously if I have another baby I am totally buying them again.

    I overpacked and didn't use half the stuff. but I think you've got everything covered. and yeah I bought new pjs to be cute LOL when it came down to it I didn't care how cute I was

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    - Health Card
    - Loose comfortable nightgown - or wear hospital gown. I wanted my own
    - Slippers
    - lip balm
    - hair scrunchies
    - food for labor partner in case cafeteria is closed
    - bathing suit for labor partner - to assist you in the shower
    - camera
    - disposable diapers
    - 2 to 3 hats for baby
    - sleepers
    - clothes for leaving hospital for baby
    - car seat

    For after at home:
    - Frozen meals
    - Frozen pads (spray sanitary napkins lightly with water and/or Witch Hazel and freeze
    -makes nice “tucks” for a sore bottom) or small bag of frozen peas or corn.
    - List of things your visitors can help with on the fridge
    - Sign for “New Mom and Baby Sleeping - Please Do Not Disturb”
    - Answering Machine message with Vital statistics of you and baby so you don’t have to answer phone
    - Arnica - a homeopathic remedy that is helpful for bruising and swelling
    (list provided by our midwives when our daughter was born)

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