hospital bag packing list

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hospital bag packing list
Fri, 08-29-2008 - 3:55pm

I am having my first baby in 4 weeks via C-section, and want to get my bag packed this weekend just in case he decides to show up early. Does anyone have a list of suggestions on what to pack specifically for the c-section mom? This is my first, so I am clueless.



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Registered: 08-23-2005
Fri, 08-29-2008 - 6:22pm

Good luck with your birth!

A couple things that I would take - 1) A comfy night gown that you're not worried about bleeding on. One that is easy for breastfeeding is ideal and will prevent you from having to wear the hosptial gown. 2) Toiletries to freshen up. Both of my C sections were emergencies after long labors, so by the time I got to shower I really, really needed it. I thought it was a nice little luxury to have some nice smelling shampoo, etc. to freshen up with. 3) Obviously new clothes for baby - I also bring blankets because I hate the hospital blankets. 4) You may want a pillow


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Registered: 03-17-2005
Fri, 08-29-2008 - 10:11pm

Best of luck :)

My list includes:

For me:

Nightgowns -


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 08-30-2008 - 8:58pm

Welcome to the board Royann, and congrats on expecting very soon.

In my hospital bag I had all sorts of things packed that I actually never bothered using. The one thing I did do was pack 2 bags one for me one for the baby and that helped with keeping things organized and easier for my hubby to find what I needed.

I brought my own soap and shampoo as well as bath products for baby. Pads, and nursing pads, nursing bra. If I had had a boppy I would have brought that for sure, instead we just used the pillows that were on the bed, it worked ok but it would have made nursing easier if I had had a boppy.

Blanket for baby, clothing/sleepers/nightgowns for baby and booties and mitts.

I brought lots of change and a calling card.

snacks for hubby

Night gown for me and undies and socks for me

book and magazine for me and hubby.

soother for baby, the hospital gave me one as well.

cameras digital and disposable.

change of clothing for hubby, but he went home and showered and changed instead. He also spent the night at the hospital so we brought him a pillow and blanket and kept them in the car just in case.

Car seat, being sure it was installed correctly.

Gifts for my 1st son when he came to visit at the hospital to meet his new baby brother.

I think thats it, LOL, it was a whole lot of stuff to pack...

Good luck to you and keep us posted.


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Sat, 08-30-2008 - 11:18pm

I feel a little differently that most it seems.


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Sun, 08-31-2008 - 8:50pm


I just had my baby boy 10 days ago, c-section, and most of the things I packed I didn't use, I didn't mind using the hospital gown so that is what I wore most of the time.

I used the hospital mesh underwear, they look like boy shorts & comfortable, I didn't want to mess up my own underwear. Depends on your hospital, not sure what kind of pads they will use so I brought my own just in case I didn't like there pads. But they ended up to be fine. But Always with wings is the best, thats what i used after leaving hospital.

Toiletries, when your ready to get out of bed, its so nice to take a shower, I brought my own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, tooth brush, tooth paste etc.

Snacks, you definitely want for after your c-section, between meals or even have someone bring you meals. My hospital didn't have the best food.

Mini Fan I brought to plug in the wall, I was hot all the time, so it helped me out a lot, my postpartum room was really warm, at least to me it was, but my fan was really helpful.

Loose clothing to wear home, nothing thats going to be tight on your belly section, very loose clothing will do best. I actually wore a dark dress home since I was going straight home. And it was comfortable to wear & sleep in.

Hmm, what else?! Oh! Chap stick you will want to bring, especially if your lips get chapped easily, mine do so I needed it.

For baby,

My hospital had under shirts, diapers, receiving blankets for him but I did bring my own just in case they didn't, except baby wipes, they used these napkins and just wet them, I also brought a special outfit but by that time I was ready to get out of the hospital, just wrapped him up & got out of there. Hehe! Of course you need the car seat.

I did bring a baby book for the foot prints but they actually had his foot prints on this paper with all his birth info so I just will use that to put in his book. So my baby book, i didn't need it. It all depends on your hospital, I would guess & especially I was some where else, i think i was finishing up with my c-sec or just brought to recovery so maybe tell your honey to get it done in the book for you.

For my honey,

He just brought his tooth brush/paste, change of under clothes but he ended up just going home after one night to take a shower & clean up.

I hope I covered everything for you.

I wish you the best of luck!



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Registered: 03-19-2004
Sun, 08-31-2008 - 8:53pm

Oh! One more thing, a boppy pillow will be very useful for breast feeding, I didn't bring mine because I thought I was bringing enough, but I wish I did. They are very helpful,



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Registered: 03-22-2004
Tue, 09-02-2008 - 9:40am

ITA with most things that were posted. Especially the fan, I had a drug that made me very warm, thankfully the nurses hunted down a fan for me. I also found a product that I think is called soothies, they are basically depends, but made for c-section mama's. They hold your belly in just a little & have a pad inside. You can only find them at walgreens though.

I would ask what your hospital provides in the nursery & post baby for you. I was shocked when I read 1 only included a paper shirt for baby.
When baby is in your room make sure you take out all the diapers & wipes (formula if not bf). Put them in your bag the hospital charges you for all of it wheather you use it or not. The more you have at home the more time yu can have everyone with you & not running out for thing you may need. Make sure you bring home all the supplies the hospital provides to you also, you will want/need them at home too.

GL hope you have a uneventful c-section & a beautiful birth.



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Registered: 11-15-2007
Wed, 09-03-2008 - 11:36pm

I agree with everything everyone has posted. But the hospital will provide you with everything you need both for the baby and yourself. It's entirely up to you if you want to use your own.

Don't forget the baby book. You will have a lot of time on your hands and you can only watch so much tv before you need something else to occupy your time with. I had a lot of fun filling out the baby book(s). You can also bring your baby announcements to write out as well.

Bring lots of change for vending machines. Although the hospital I went to provide a basket of snacks and they would refill any time at your request...I'm a caffeine freak and HAVE to have my pepsi and my husband was always at the coffee machine and snack machine.

I would definately bring a boppy...even if you are not breast feeding. It makes it so much easier to hold the baby for long periods of time or just to feed. <---This is one thing I wish I had remembered and had to constantly prop up pillows.

If you are breastfeeding, as someone else said, bring your own breast pump. At my hospital, they made you "rent" them if you wanted one. I tried the breast feeding, but it didn't work out and they told me to use the pump to see if I could get any milk out that way (it just wasn't coming in). But, I had to rent it and it WASN'T cheap. I believe close to $75....NOT! I waited until I got home.

Another thing...for delivery...bring some sour lollipops if you like them. Since you can't eat before hand...they only offer you ice chips...but the lollipops are a great alternative to use as well.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head other than what others mentioned. I know you can do a search online and TONS of list will come up. You might find some things on there that we have forgotten that you might find useful.

Congrats and good luck.

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Registered: 09-20-2007
Sat, 09-06-2008 - 7:08pm

I am new to this board so this was a great question. I will definitely use some of the advice you have gotten. One thing no one mentioned, was an i-pod and dock if you have one. But mostly, dont forget your cell phone and charger!


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Wed, 09-10-2008 - 6:38pm

Hi there....I am new to the board.