Packing for Hospital and Older kids??

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Registered: 09-10-2006
Packing for Hospital and Older kids??
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Fri, 02-19-2010 - 3:55pm

Hello ladies! I had a really hard time packing for the hospital with my DS. I wanted to bring everything including the kitchen sink! Now with the twins I'm thinking I should pack a bit earlier, but I don't want to pack too early in case I need the stuff I pack still, kwim?

Anyway, I'll bring a few change of clothes, toiletries, etc. But is there anything anyone highly recommends I throw in my bag? This includes things for the babies. Does anyone have a link to a website that provides a good list for packing a labor bag? Is it basically the same when packing for a multiple birth??

Also...for those of you with older kids, what are your plans for when you go into labor? Our DS will be almost 3 when the babies come, and we're not sure what to do with him. Should we get his auntie to come up to the house? Should we pack him and his stuff over to my parents' house? My mom and dad live the closest, and if it's a middle of the night kind of deal, they will be on call. But hubby's mom,dad and sister are closest to the hospital, so it would be nothing for them to zip over to the hospital and grab him. Should I plan to be away for a few days??

Eek, all these things to think about!

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Registered: 07-17-2008
Fri, 02-19-2010 - 8:40pm

Okay, I'm a planner, but I didn't pack until 36 weeks because I'm just that superstitious. Blame it on my mother, she's Jewish and believes buying/doing before birth is a no no. That said, I packed one soft outfit to wear there (t-shirt material pj pants and a top I could nurse in) for my second day. The first day I was stuck in bed with a catheter and wasn't in the mood to have them remove it so I could get up, KWIM? I went home on day three (scheduled repeat c/s) and needed a clean outfit to go home in. I went in PJs again because it's not a fashion show, and I'd be damned if I put anything more on over my c/s.

Other than my clothes and toiletries, I brought one outfit for each twin. Oh, and slippers. That was really it, I'm a minimalist. If all else failed, someone could go home and get whatever I needed, the hospital was only 20 minutes away.

As for DS, my ODD was 28 months old at the time. Because it was scheduled, we had her stay with my stepmom during my actual c/s, and she came up later to meet the babies. After that Daddy took her home and cared for her, I stayed in the hospital alone. I had incredible nurses so I didn't *need* him, but she did, if that makes sense. I've heard the average stay is 2 days, 3 if you have a c/s, so plan to be gone that many days. HTH :-)


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Registered: 12-10-2007
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 8:36pm

Hello!
Congrats on your twins!! I had two csection births and found packing the second time around much simpler. Though I had singletons each time perhaps a few BTDT twins moms will have suggestions for the babies, but if you are having a csection birht, for yourself I recommand comfort be in all you pack. Lose fitting jammies that are stylish for visitors (I brought a yoga outfit that had a nursing top) and very comfy cotton pjs for bedtime. I'm not a makeup and hair type person so I kept all bodycare things to a minimum but I did bring a nice body cream and lovely fragrant soap for showering. For my husband, the basic minimalist of the family, I had packed a pair of shorts (June birth), a pair of jeans, 2 polos and a set of jammies and he was all set!!! For my older son we brought him toys for his visits. We love tea and make a big fuss of proper afternoon tea so as a surprise for Tristan, I had bought him a little tea set (cups, saucers, teapot, milk picture...the works) and gave it to him the first day he came to meet his brother...the present was from Oli to him...and at 19mths he believed his baby brother had indeed bought and wrapped him a present and was very pleased to serve us tea from 'my Oli's tea set' as he called it. My Mom and Dad took care of Tristan for the four days we were in hospital and the little schedule we had was in the morning they would come and visit...we'd spent some time with Tristan alone while Grandma and Grandpa rocked Oli (I was lucky and was up and about the very next morning so we would go to the hospital's garden and walk around and play with him just the three of us) and then we'd go back to our room and play a little as a family...the afternoon was reserved to just us and Oli for baby care and resting and in the evening we'd planned little visits from family and friend who wanted to come to the hospital. I found having a little routine was nice, friends and family knew when to come over, Tristan had time with us everyday so he felt included from the very start of the adventure and after he'd visited he'd go back to my parents and do fourteen thousand activities they had planned for him so he saw it all as a great vacation for himself and loved every minute of it!!! But anyhoot, I'm not sure this is the type of info you were looking for but I hope it helps!

Oh and side note that really is not inticing but the best bit of advice I had received before my first c-section was bring comfy undies...and that meant old gramma you make your husband swear never to tell anyone you wore them undies, the type that are so big they practically reach your rib cage but clearly never connect with your scar which is key for comfort if you want max mobility I find especially if you have a little one who wants mommy to play activily right from day one!

Good luck to you in packing...no matter all the advice you get, I say bring all you think you will need....even if it turns out to be five times too much than you actually need...because really from one worrier to another, you have fifteen thousand things to worry about...make forgetting/needing a little something one thing less on your list!! ;)

Best of luck to all of you!

Cheers,
Donna

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Registered: 09-10-2006
Thu, 03-04-2010 - 4:56pm

I forgot I posted this!! Thanks ladies, that does help. I'll prob pack around 34 weeks, just to be safe. It never occurred to me to pack for a c-section. Of course that's a very real possibility! And, yeah I'm only 15 min from the hospital too, so if need be I can always send hubby on a mission.

Thanks for the input!!

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Fri, 03-05-2010 - 3:42pm

For my twins, I packed my bag pretty early, probably started getting stuff around 25 weeks or so since I ended up on full bedrest at 30 weeks.

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Sat, 03-06-2010 - 11:46am

The only thing I have to add to this conversation is that I packed 2 bags...One was the "big bag" with a boppy, take home outfits, magazines, fun stuff, extra pads etc because i knew I was having a c-section. We left the big bag in the car..

My little bag was stuff I was only going to need right away...camera, toiletries, etc...My DH loved getting out of the hospital, so it was no big deal for him to walk to the car to pick stuff up from the car and take stuff out to the car...

My reasoning for the 2 bags was that in our local hospital, you get taken to one room to get prepped for c-section, then you go to operating room, then to a recovery room, then to your postpartum room...I didn't want my husband running out to the car and leaving me right away after the surgery, but there was stuff I definitely wanted right way after surgery...so it wasn't too much for him to take care of...


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