What to pack for the hospital?

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What to pack for the hospital?
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 1:08pm

I remember sitting down with a pen and notebook, and trying to list everything I would need to pack for the hospital.


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Registered: 10-25-2007
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 1:15pm

I also recomend a sibling bag if your older child will be there.


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Registered: 09-08-2004
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 9:45pm
And don't forget to pack a sibling bag if you are going to be sending older siblings to stay with grandparents or other family members for the hospital stay.



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Registered: 12-30-2007
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 10:36pm
I did the washrag thing but must admit that i really didn't care about what rag was used while in labor lol. With the second kiddo, i packed a lot less because there was tons of stuff that i didn't use the first time and carrying all that stuff from the delivery room to the recovery room was a real pain. I think it's better to overpack and have the stuff but not need it, but i think some stuff could be left off the list. And though each labor is different, i think you have a better idea of what helps through labor on the second baby (just my opinion)

Some things i might leave at home
• the birth announcements--get as much sleep as you can at the hossy and worry about announcements later
• pillows from home--very cumbersome and most hospitals have plenty of pillows. Plus, i don't want to ruin my home pillows with sweat and other birth mess :p

I do have to lol at this--Your own medications that you take regularly. I'd also advise you take your own pain reliever of choice should you get a headache. No one will be willing to listen or supply drugs. Soooo funny!!! Very true too :)


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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 10:52pm
I can't remember what I packed for Tim to stay at the ILs. I think in addition to clothes and more diapers than they would need to use, there were favourite books and a blankie. He already had toys there, otherwise I'd have needed another bag full of those. ;)

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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 7:55pm

I was cozy using the hosp supplies (the less I had to deal with when I got home the better) DH didn't like the T-shirts the put on Adelaide, they must use blueing in their whites because the had the slightest blue tinge to them and he didn't want her in boy clothes.

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Registered: 09-08-2004
Thu, 03-31-2011 - 10:07pm
Oh, I would probably bring water bottles from home because they don't let you drink water while in labor. The truth is that water will help the labor be shorter and birth to be faster. Hydration is soooo very important. They just don't want to deal with cleaning up a pee mess. :)



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Registered: 04-18-2001
Thu, 03-31-2011 - 10:10pm
Interesting! I don't believe I was ever told not to drink... Maybe things are done differently here?

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Registered: 01-18-2004
Fri, 04-01-2011 - 10:29am

no drinking at all even if you bring your own here...it is mainly incase they have to do emergency csect.


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Registered: 06-22-2008
Fri, 04-01-2011 - 11:32am
Bring more than one possible outfit for baby to wear home - you never can tell how big baby is actually going to be (and those clothes sizes are so darn confusing!)

I actually brought a lot of stuff that we didn't end up using because of the way labor went. I never used the exercise ball and that took up a lot of space in the car. I never changed my clothes because I never got out of bed.

Oh, and they let me drink water during labor I think, but I would bring water bottles for DH!
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Fri, 04-01-2011 - 1:35pm
I agree. I packed a newborn and a 0-3 months when I had JJ.


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