Labor survival kit?

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Labor survival kit?
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 11:57am

I discovered that they sell labor survival kits for cute gifts to give someone while they are pregnant.  I'm sure most of this is things that you would pack already in your bag for the hospital.  It listed things like a massage tool, hair bands and headbands, lotion, puzzle books, deck of cards, gum and breath drops etc.  What things would you put in your labor survival kit? I'm sure after we have gone through it our lists would probably change, but it's neat that they think of such a thing.

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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 2:39pm
I definitely WAY over packed. LOL I put in a lot of the stuff on those lists and did not end up using hardly any of it. Granted my labor was short, only 10 hours from the time my water broke at home until my son was born, I was in no way interested in reading, watching TV or movies, listening to music etc. I had an epidural so once I was no longer in pain I rested and got as much sleep as I could before it was time to push so I would be ready for that. As far as after the birth, I went home the next day so I just stayed in the hospital gowns until then because after birth, no matter whether you have a c-section or vaginal birth you will be bleeding a lot and I did not want to risk getting any of my clothes messy. Plus they will be coming in to check on you a lot, even all through the night and it was just easier to be examined while still in a gown. My husband and I both did shower that night after I gave birth so we liked having our own stuff for that. I did pack extra clothes for him which came in handy because he stayed up at the hospital the whole time with us until we went home.

The one thing I put in my bag from the list that I actually used was chapstick. Your whole mouth will get very dry, so this helps.
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 1:51pm

hello!! i think this is cute that they sell a "labor survival kit." i made one for my sister and a friend of mine that i gave them at their baby showers. i actually was going to make another one but her baby arrived 7 weeks early and 4 weeks before her shower so i didnt. but what i put in mine was hair bands, hard candy, chapstick, slipper socks, and a paperback book. the idea of a puzzle book is good...maybe a stress ball to squeeze...but hair ties are a must. i had pretty short hair with my oldest and long hair with my youngest and both times-it got so tangled. and chapstick. after my first was born, my mom went out to buy clothes for her and i told her i needed some chapstick cuz my lips were so dry-they were swollen and bleeding. she brought me 3 tubes-lol-it never felt so good to put that stuff on!! i would also bring a battery charger and/or change of batteries for the camera...and your phone charger. and comfy pajamas you can wear for after the baby is born...i couldnt wait to get out of those hospital gowns and into my stuff!!
joanne

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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 6:36pm

I have heard that extra clothes for DH, snacks for him, things for your to suck on like hard candy, and possibly movies or mp3 player are helpful. I would definatly bring him a sweatshirt and blanket since I hear you can get really hot during labor so you will want the room fairly cold.

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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 5:51pm

Other than things I would already have packed in my hospital bag (like: deoderant, soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, hair stuff, pillow, extra clothes- for me, DH, and baby... plus, baby stuff).

I don't think I'll want to/have time to read anything, lol. Maybe a mixed CD and laptop (games and internet).

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