BTDT - Hospital bag

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Registered: 07-15-2004
BTDT - Hospital bag
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Tue, 12-29-2009 - 2:03pm

I think we have had a thread on this before but I couldn't find it.


DH and I have our bags and Simon's for the hospital mostly packed but I still feel like I am forgetting something. We don't live terribly far from the hospital but i still feel like there is something missing.


What was the most important things you needed?


What could you have lived with out?


What was in the baby bag? (I feel like there is nothing in here!)


Thanks ladies!

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 06-25-2006
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 3:16pm

For the baby I had his going home clothing and blanket, and maybe his lovey.

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Registered: 05-24-2007
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 3:46pm

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 4:14pm

Honestly I never used 90% of what I packed. For baby I needed a coming home outfit and blanket, I actually put Eloise in shirts we had brought while we were in the hospital because they fit her way better then the ones the hospital provided, but they weren't a necessity.

For me I needed, toiletries, a coming home outfit, a bathrobe, slippers, a book or two (I read a lot), and the camera and video camera. Everything else was not really used. That being said, when we have our third I am sure I'll over pack again.




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Registered: 02-27-2008
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 4:37pm

Hi Cassie - everyone has given you great advice, the only thing I would add is to pack a nursing tank top for the hospital. I hated the hospital's nursing gowns (though that might just be me!); I preferred to wear my own comfy clothes, so I changed into a nursing tank, yoga pants and a zip up hoodie/cardigan after my first PP bath (which, I agree with the PPer, was heavenly!). That way I could stay warm but still easily nurse often. Honestly, it's still my basic uniform at home!

HTH!

Good luck!! I can't believe you're already 38 weeks! SO CLOSE!!! Can't wait to see what Simon looks like and hear about his birth!


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Registered: 07-15-2004
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 6:44pm

Thanks ladies it sounds like I'm on the right track.

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 8:13pm

DH's advice for husbands is to pack comfortable shoes and extra socks.

I desperately wished for an eye mask to help me sleep when the baby was napping during the day. I would also recommend bring a nursing pillow with you (and I highly recommend the My Brest Friend pillow). It seemed silly to me when people suggested it, but it was a lifesaver having it there.

And, I'm with the people who prefer wearing their own clothing in the hospital. It made me feel much better being in real clothes instead of a hospital gown.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Wed, 12-30-2009 - 9:15am

Everyone gave you great advice... but one thing I wanted to add - CASH!!


When I had DS the XH didn't think to have cash on him (you know how some people are they never have cash on them he was one of those).

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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 11:40am

You got some awesome advice there!


Here's my two pence; although it has been mentioned before. For the baby, take plenty of "basic" clothes i.e. vests and sleepsuits/onesies. I took too many "fancy" clothes and DH had to run out and get some more sleepsuits on day 2. You do get more poop accidents than you think and in the early days those simple onesies are just the most practical clothing for your baby.


Also, if you're planning on BFing do pack some Lansinoh or similar cream. It didn't stop me from getting cracked and bleeding nipples but it certainly provided relief!

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Wed, 12-30-2009 - 11:41am

Matt is normally very good at having cash on him. Drinks and snacks were something else that is on the list to go in the bag. If nothing else I'll just make him throw in an MRE because we have lots of those hanging around. lol


 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 12-30-2009 - 1:47pm

Toiletries were a big one for me, since with my first pg, my dh kept forgetting to bring me a hair dryer.

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