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Old 02-21-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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What to pack for mom and baby!?! I'm getting anxiety about not having them ready but every time I go to pack them, I have no idea what to pack!! Please pass along your expertise :-)

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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I don't pack mine until later, another good 4-5 weeks anyways. But I'll pack...

for mom:
pads
nursing pads and bras
comfy clothes/jammies/nightie
extra undies
clothes to come home in (or just wear home what you wear in)
slippers/socks/flip-flops
camera
snacks & drinks (mainly for during labor when they're "not allowed"!)
toiletries
pillow (some mamas like their own from home)

for baby: (this really depends on what your hospital provides/asks you to bring)
cloth diapers & wipes
sleepers/nighties
coming home outfit(s)
receiving/swaddling blankets
hats
pacis
car seat

I'm sure there's other stuff I'm not thinking of, but those are the main ones that come to mind!
See? remembered after reading the next post!

for dad:
change of clothes & socks
snacks & drinks
laptop (don't know if we have wifi at the hospital yet though)
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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Based on my first birth experience, here's what I'm packing this time around (I'd like to add, we ended up being at the hospital for 5 days last time and I was NOT prepared for that. Home was 45 minutes away and it sucked having DH go back to grab things we needed):

For me:
Gatorade, Coconut water and energy bars for during labor
my own gown and robe
comfy pants/shirts to wear while at hospital
nursing bras and tanks
slippers and no-skid socks
my own pillow (hospital pillows SUCK!)
comfy going home outfit
a comfortable swim top and sports bra (planning for a water birth)
toiletries (must include lip balm!)
breastpads
nipple cream
overnight pads
extra undies
hair bands, clips, bobby pins
camera
Phone charger
birth plan

For baby:
two thicker type blankets (hospital will provide 2 receiving blankets)
three or four gowns and hats (our hospital does not supply newborn clothing of any sort, just a little hat after birth)
socks
wipes (hospital provides dry wipes that you wet but they feel REALLY rough IMO)
diapers (hospital will provide a small pack but I'm bringing a few anyway)

For DH:
swim trunks (so he can get in the water with me)
pajama pants
a change of clothes
toiletries

For DD (who will be there during labor and maybe delivery too. Depends on how fast things go. She'll a least need to be ready to go with her Grandparents and stay at hotel afterwards):
snacks
books, crayons, LeapPad (whatever will help keep her occupied)
light jacket
a change of clothes
pajamas
toiletries
"Big Sister" bag (a little camera, Big Sis shirt, book... I'm not sure what all will go in here. Maybe a cute AIO diaper that she can put on baby sister?)

hmm....I think that's it but I'm fairly sure I'm missing something......AND I was
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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I was thinking
For me:
Nursing jammies/tanks/yoga pants
Lots of roomy granny panties
Flip flops
Toiletries
Camera
Phone charger

For baby:
Boppy
Coming home outfit
Maybe pacis

For DH:
Change of clothes
Kindle
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I've been pinning lots of hospital bag lists on Pinterest. Thanks for the info above!
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I have two bags.

C-sec bag (for recovery room):
video camera
Picture camera
Medical paperwork
Baby book (to get foot prints)

Hospital stay bag:
One set of jammies
toiletries
Clothes to go home
Two take home outfits (one tiny, one really tiny :-) )
Infant hat
Blanket

I will bring my new nexus tablet and cell, but those don't get packed

Eta: two diapers for coming home
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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My bag is packed:

it has several small bags in it (I like to keep the bags that curtains or sheets, etc come in).

Mom bag:
-nursing-friendly clothes
-bikini top (for water birth)
-sports bra top (for water birth if I hate the bikini)
-undies
-socks (warm/nonslip types)
-nursing bras
-breast pads (these are actually prolly unnecessary since milk usually doesn't come in until you are home)
-all toiletries - including extra contacts in case I lose mine
-monster maxi pads (although I typically like the ones the hospitals provide)
-chapstick
-hair bands (several)

in the baby bag:
-jammies
-mittens
-socks
-random onesies/outfits
-swaddle

-my nursing pillow
-mother's milk tea
-nipple butter

things I still need to pack:
-going home outfit (I'll grab whatever on the day we go, or have DH bring something back when he goes to take care of DD)
-snacks/electrolyte drinks
-birth plan (need to write this)
-flip flops

I didn't pack anything for DH this time. He has a gym bag with all his essentials in it already. I told him he could throw some extra clothes in it and grab his own bag on our way to the hospital
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Re: Hospital bags!!!

I haven't packed yet. I'll probably pack when I'm 38 weeks or so.

For me:
- gatorade
- chapstick
- comfy pants to go home in
- nursing pads and nursing sleep bra
- depends (you know, the adult diapers...I loved these for the first few days last time)
- kindle to access internet
- camera
- toothbrush/toothpaste/brush

For baby:
- a couple sleepers
- a couple onesies
- a couple gowns
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-breast pads (these are actually prolly unnecessary since milk usually doesn't come in until you are home)
-monster maxi pads (although I typically like the ones the hospitals provide)
-chapstick

-birth plan (need to write this)
I would take nursing pads even if you don't think you'll need them. I, for one, definitely leak enough colostrum to need them, especially when nursing on one side and having let-down on both.

I like to use the overnight pads for the first 2-3 days, all the time. Then once the lochia slows down I go to the normal pads for days and use the rest of the overnight ones for nights.

DEFINITELY bring chapstick/lipsyl!! Hospitals are so dry!

If you have a birth plan typed up, make sure to bring multiple copies not just one. Give one to the nurse upon check-in, make sure to have one out on the table in your room and ask the staff if they know about it/have read it when they come in.
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