Question for the Answer Box (i.e. responses from YOU!): I've been overwhelmed by some of the lists of what to pack for the hospital. What items did you find truly essential for your stay?
For me: A few pairs of clean underwear, sanitory towels, 2 pairs of pjs, slippers, comfy clothing ie baggy tracksuit haha and the usual toiletries.
For baby: Cosy blanket, vests and all in one baby gros x 3, cotton wool and going home outfit.
Me - Kristi, 30
DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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SOCKS! It is freezing in hospitals for some reason! Also, you need all of the toiletries that you will want. I don't know, I think my hospital had a hand soap dispenser on the wall in the shower, but seriously, I'm going to wash my hair with hand soap???? So be sure to pack all of the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, razor, tooth paste, et cetera that you need to feel clean and fresh. Personally, I don't worry about make up while I'm in the hospital (that is like the very last thing on my mind) so I stick with moisturizer and chapstick, but being able to feel good and clean after going through labor - there is a ton of bodily fluids involved there- is a huge must. You'll probably wear your hospital gown for the first day or two after giving birth, but you want a comfy outfit to wear home. NOT your pre-maternity jeans - trust me, you're probably still going to look like you're about 5 months pregnant, so do yourself a favor and pack sweats or even your maternity jeans. I continued wearing my maternity clothes for about the first month after I had each of my boys because they were comfy and still sort of fit (as compared to my normal clothes that were still tight and awful.)
For baby, your hospital will probably provide diapers, wipes, and a little outfit (shirt and hat) and swaddling blankets to wear until they are ready to go home, so I would bring a comfortable sleeper for them to wear on their way home, and depending on the season that they are going to be born, a blanket to put over them in their carseat when they come home. My first was born in June so we skipped the blanket, but my second was born in March so a blanket was definitely needed.
Honestly, that's about it. Maybe movies to watch while you're in labor if you want, but my hospital now does movies on demand, so not sure if that is a thing everywhere. The first time around I brought soooo much stuff (books! movies! pens and paper! mp3 player!) and used almost none of it. My advice is pack lightly because if your babies are anything like mine, you won't be spending a ton of time journaling and catching up on your reading in the hospital. If you do find yourself with some downtime, just sleep, or try to before someone storms in and throws on the lights and checks your tummy and hoohah for the 46th time in the past 12 hours....
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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