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Hospital Tour Questions

Emily's post about "good patients" and scary nurses reminded me to ask you ladies for some advice.

I'm going to tour L&D tomorrow at the hospital I'd be transferred to in an emergency or if I risk out of my birth center. I have a strong feeling baby won't be here by their aggravating 41 week deadline so I ought to be prepared. I'd like to have a list of questions ready for when I go. I don't want to come across to the nurses as combative and then have them remember me as that crazy lady should I wind up there. What are some good questions to ask and how can I ask them "nicely?"

For instance, I know that they don't "let" you labor in their tub after your water has broken. When we get to that part of the tour is it advisable to ask, "And if I don't get out what will you do?" They also have a 2 hour mandatory nursery time. Can I ask what they'd do if I simply said no? I'd rather test the extent to which they follow protocol now rather than finding out when I'm in labor, KWIM?

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wow i've never heard of a two hour nursery time before. I would definately be protesting that. Find out why it is mandatory for a normal vag. birth. Be firm about your position.

My first question would be for a norm. vag birth (with or w/o epi) what is the shortest lenght of time you have to stay? and for a c/s? Always remember that even on medicaid you can check yourself out AMA if need be.

Ask about movement, monitors, ivs/heplocks, eating, positions "allowed" for pushing, pretty much anything "unusual" you may have to get consent forms for (like not doing any of the newborn testing (eye goop for example), anything that you would have on your birth plan that isn't "standard procedure"

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I would question away! Jade mentioned some great questions above. I can't believe the 2 hour nursery time, that is crazy. I would question that for sure. I guess just go in non-combative and ask what forms they can give you for some of the things you don't want to have done.

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If for some reason you are forced into a 2 hour nursery time (and don't sign yourselves out of the hospital...) you could take advantage of the time to wash & dry your hair, pack up and nap... things you'll not have much time for at home very likely. But really, do they give demonstrations at that time or what? My baby was "used" for a demonstration. Possibly at some point your pediatrician will want to check out baby as well, though that is no 2 hour job usually. One worry of course is that they use that time for feeding them water, whether you want that or not!

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2 hour mandatory nursery time?! Wow... I thought that was unheard of these days. My hospital was all about baby and mama rooming in together the entire time. I would be fighting that one. 2 hours!! Jeez... Newborns need to eat that often. If you're BFing, are they just going to keep your hungry baby from you??

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When you find out about the mandatory 2 hour nursery time (that is ridiculous, BTW) also find out if the baby can be accompanied the entire time by DH. I wonder if it time so they can do those NB procedures (eye goop, etc.) without having to deal with parents who don't want it.

I would ask as much as you can. We toured 3 hospitals before we decided what we were going to do and I seemed to be the only one asking questions and I asked a lot. The nurses at one hospital looked at me like I was crazy. The other people on the tour even began to do the same when I had a discussion with the nurse after asking about their routine use of pit during the third stage, but whatever - you need the information.

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I'd love to be able to sign myself out early but in order to get my short term disability I have to be admitted for 24 hours. My birth center is willing to fudge that for me but I highly doubt the hospital will. I believe they do it because they want to be able to do all their measurement taking and whatnot of all the babies in one room. They do wait a period of time and we are allowed to go with the baby to the nursery. If I'm able to, and they force it on us, we're going in with her and I'm not letting go of her. If I'm not, DH is going in with her. I'm wondering though, if they come to take her away and I won't give her up, what exactly can they do? They're not going to rip her out of my arms.

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good luck with the tour. Remember that no matter what they try to tell you, you are the one in charge. You can always alter the blanket consent form they have you sign so that they can't legally do anything to you without your consent, or you can withdraw your consent in writing once you get to the room.

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wow. I would definitely ask about the 2 hours nursery time. ASk how you can opt out. OR, ask if you can spend the entire two hours in the nursery with her. That is the one thing I would have an absolute issue with.

That's a good idea to tour the hospital in case of a transfer. I didn't even think of doing that with DS since we were at the birth center then too. I think I'll do the tour this time for entertainment purposes as well as information!

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There is no way in hell that I'd allow my newborn out of my sight for 2 hours without damn good reason. Absolutely not. That's ridiculous and definately not something they can force upon you. They can do the newborn exam in your room. If they say that the Pediatrician who looks at the babies only visits the nursery then I would tell them that he will HAVE to make an exception or look negligent by not visiting your baby. That's nuts.

I would ask about things that you know you can opt out of...like a heplock, pushing positions, availability of a squat bar, ect. I would not ask things like 'what will you do if I don't get out of the tub' because they could blacklist you to prevent you from ever getting the tub to begin with.

Also, remember, you don't HAVE to tell them if your water breaks. If you're in the tub and it breaks, just keep quiet and they'll never have to know. Smile

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"Emilys3Guppies" wrote:

Also, remember, you don't HAVE to tell them if your water breaks. If you're in the tub and it breaks, just keep quiet and they'll never have to know. Smile

So sneaky! I will sooo keep that in mind!

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"faeriecurls" wrote:

When you find out about the mandatory 2 hour nursery time (that is ridiculous, BTW) also find out if the baby can be accompanied the entire time by DH.

I agree this could be a good solution. I'd be curious to know why a hospital would want to have a 2 hour mandatory nursery time, especially if you're BFing. KUP!

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"MissMia" wrote:

I agree this could be a good solution. I'd be curious to know why a hospital would want to have a 2 hour mandatory nursery time, especially if you're BFing. KUP!

I believe it has something to do with what they call "transitioning" the baby--watching to make sure he is adjusting to life outside the womb well. With some hospitals, the way they are set up and the nurses are staffed, it is easier for them to do this in the nursery. It is too bad that there are still hospitals that have policies that routinely separate mothers and babies, it is not a baby-friendly thing to do at all.

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My local hospital has a 2 hour nursery time for newborns also. I don't deliver there cause they are not natural or baby friendly (obviously). But my BFF just delivered there. The nurses told her once she got there that it's not usually 2 hours, but they did take the baby for about an hour and she took a shower and got cleaned up while they did that. While she was cleaning up I went down and watched him cry his poor little eyes out under the warmer for an hour while no one was even in the same room with him, I felt so bad for him. If it had been me delivering there, I would've just refused to let them take the baby. They could've just walked their happy a$$es down to my room and did whatever they needed to.

Definitely ask about pushing & delivering positions, if there's a lactation consultant on staff, monitoring equipment- whether they have waterproof ones and/or portable ones just in case they decide baby needs constant monitoring for some reason. Ask if they have a birthing ball you can labor on, if you can bring your own gown for labor/delivery, how many people can be there with you, if you have to purple push or if you can do mother directed pushing, make sure baby will not be taken from you as soon as you have him/her so you can get skin to skin immediately and nurse immediately. You might offend or turn off some of the nurses, but there might be some natural friendly nurses there that will want to make sure they get you when you come in.

I agree about not telling them if your water broke. Just look down and see if it's clear or not.

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I was thinking about this last night before I went to bed...

I do not think it is unreasonable to wait until the tour is over and ask one of the nurses if you can get a copy of hospital policy. A lot of the times they use the "It's hospital policy..." to fall back on, but where is the actual policy? If they don't have one on hand, set up a time for you to come back and get it... stand your ground. And the bad thing is, I almost think the nurses are lead to believe that all these things are hospital policy, and they believe it, and that's what they pass on to their patients. There are ALWAYS exceptions to policy, but it may take some advance planning. It's great you are thinking about all of this now.

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Excellent advice Ariel! I think you're dead-on there. It's not necessarily the nurses fault if they've been told something is policy when it isn't.

On a related note ....... As I've been looking for daycare I've asked each place I've visited whether or not they'll accommodate CDing. Half tell me no immediately and site state regulations as the reason they "can't." Well I looked up state regulations and low and behold there is not even one sentence pertaining to CDing nor is there any clause that would prohibit the use of CDs. I don't blame the staff at these places. They've just been told to tell parents they can't CD. I make a point to correct them now and most tell me that if it's indeed true that they can, they will!

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see if your daycare will do it if you bring in your own bag/pail. I was told with my DS that they could do them as long as there was a separate pail for them...that was the only health/hygiene related rule. We ended up not doing the CD at daycare just b/c a) i am anal retentive and don't trust people with my expensive dipes (and mine aren't even THAT expensive) and b) i couldn't keep up with the laundry during the work days (I work 3 9-10 hour days in a row)

eta: and if you have a nice pediatrician, they could write a note stating rashes/allergies as a reason the child NEEDS CD's

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"LMCH" wrote:

see if your daycare will do it if you bring in your own bag/pail. I was told with my DS that they could do them as long as there was a separate pail for them...that was the only health/hygiene related rule. We ended up not doing the CD at daycare just b/c a) i am anal retentive and don't trust people with my expensive dipes (and mine aren't even THAT expensive) and b) i couldn't keep up with the laundry during the work days (I work 3 9-10 hour days in a row)

eta: and if you have a nice pediatrician, they could write a note stating rashes/allergies as a reason the child NEEDS CD's

I hadn't even thought about trusting people with my precious dipes. Hmmm... Maybe I'll just send her off with the used ones. I do want to keep it simple for the daycare staff and just send her with one kind. Asking my Ped for a note is totally Plan B.

That reminds me. I need to ask about CDing during my hospital tour. Is that even an option in hospitals? I'd imagine it wouldn't be a problem since I'm not going to let anyone else diaper her unless she's in the NICU for some reason. Have any of you CD'd while in the hospital?

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"Preggo_in_Tucson" wrote:

That reminds me. I need to ask about CDing during my hospital tour. Is that even an option in hospitals? I'd imagine it wouldn't be a problem since I'm not going to let anyone else diaper her unless she's in the NICU for some reason. Have any of you CD'd while in the hospital?

This is my issues with hospitals. It makes me sad that we have to ask the hospitals if it's ok to do things with "our" babies. To me, if you want to CD your own baby, then take your CD's and do it. I wouldn't even ask. It would just be that way. Simply ask the nurses to take the disposables away and if they don't, then take them and put them on the floor outside your room Smile

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"Preggo_in_Tucson" wrote:

I hadn't even thought about trusting people with my precious dipes. Hmmm... Maybe I'll just send her off with the used ones. I do want to keep it simple for the daycare staff and just send her with one kind. Asking my Ped for a note is totally Plan B.

That reminds me. I need to ask about CDing during my hospital tour. Is that even an option in hospitals? I'd imagine it wouldn't be a problem since I'm not going to let anyone else diaper her unless she's in the NICU for some reason. Have any of you CD'd while in the hospital?

The hospital/birth center we are at had no problem with CD when I asked about it.

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"Preggo_in_Tucson" wrote:

I hadn't even thought about trusting people with my precious dipes. Hmmm... Maybe I'll just send her off with the used ones. I do want to keep it simple for the daycare staff and just send her with one kind. Asking my Ped for a note is totally Plan B.

That reminds me. I need to ask about CDing during my hospital tour. Is that even an option in hospitals? I'd imagine it wouldn't be a problem since I'm not going to let anyone else diaper her unless she's in the NICU for some reason. Have any of you CD'd while in the hospital?

Ask the answer might surprise you. I asked at my initial midwife appointment expecting I might have a fight on my hands, and they told me that they only use cloth and they provide it (snappies are on the too pack list) in the hospital I am going to, you have to bring your own dispoasables if you want to use them (and your own formula if you want to use that, they heavily promote breast feeding).
I was surprised when I spoke to a daycare about cloth and they told me they have to use whatever a parent wants, I think most just put out there that they can use dispoasables only because it is easier for them.

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Just got back from my tour and I must say I'm relieved. First, the nurse who gave the tour is a home-birthing momma who offered up little bits of advice for avoiding interventions each step of the way. She answered most of my questions before I even had to ask them and I was satisfied with most of her answers. When I asked about the 2 hour nursery time she said she'd talk to me about it afterward. I'd already told her I was a birth center patient touring the hospital as a backup plan so she wanted to talk to me individually about some of my concerns.

After the tour, she stayed behind to talk to us and another couple who is considering my birth center. She said they mandate the 2 hour nursery time because they monitor the baby every 15 minutes and they don't have enough staff to run to every room every 15 minutes to do this in the room. I can probably get out of it if baby happens to come during the day when they have more nurses on staff.

She gave me a few pieces of general advice to help me have the birth I want:
#1- have my baby at the birth center Wink
#2- If I go post-dates, I shouldn't come in unless I am 1,000% sure I am in labor or else it will be an epic battle to avoid an induction
#3- ask for the natural birth friendly nurses
#4- pick my battles

Overall, I feel OK about a transfer to this hospital if it has to happen.

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LOL, I love her #1 piece of advice!
I'm glad you had a great nurse tour-guid on the tour. It sounds like she was able to answer a lot of your questions. Remember her name in case you ever have to go back there and ask for her!

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I'm glad the tour was overall a good experience!

Let me understand this...they need to monitor the babies every 15 minutes for their first two hours and to do this they need the babies in the nursery. Is that right? I still wouldn't agree to it and there's no way they can force you. If you and baby are healthy then there's no reason for it. Heck, my midwives leave 2 hours after the birth. Yes, they check the baby often during those two hours, but it is recognised that those two hours are best spent bonding with mommy...not in a nursery. Did she say what they do for people who refuse this "mandatory" time?

You said "I can probably get out of it..."
I don't know how pushy you want to be or how important this particular issue is to you. For me, personally, seperating mom and baby when both are healthy is absolutely unacceptable. I just want you to know that if you feel the same way it's not an issue of if you can "probably get out of it"...you can absolutely get out of it. It's your baby and you are your baby's best advocate...if you don't want your baby out of your sight, then that's your right. Smile

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I agree with Emily. I can't remember where I read it, but the best way to regulate a baby's heartrate and breathing is to be skin-to-skin with mama. Optimal body temperature for the baby is also achieved by skin-to-skin contact, NOT by being under a warmer as many would have you believe. Those three things are the MOST IMPORTANT aspects of the first few hours of a babe's life, so I don't understand how mandatory nursery time could possibly be a good thing.

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I am glad you had a good nurse to give you the tour and got most of your questions asked!

I agree with Ariel and Emily though - that time is super important and I wouldn't let them take my baby without me. I would ask more questions to find out what happens if you refuse to let them take the baby? If it came down to it I would spend the 2 hours in the nursery with baby.

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I think the reason she spoke to me individually about it is that she wanted to let me know that I can very well get out of it if I make a stink, which I plan to do. She'd probably get in trouble if she announced that to the entire group and she probably also doesn't want to tell me explicitly that I can get out of it by making a stink. She's probably gotten this question from nearly every birth center patient she's spoken with.

I'm 100% in agreement that mother-baby skin-to-skin time following birth is the very best thing for both mother and baby. It may come down to just how big a stink I need to make. I'm likely to be exhausted. That leaves the fight up to my hubby. Hubby has a tendency to get a tad belligerent with "authority" figures in such situations. The last thing I want is him screaming and yelling "Attica!!!" while I'm bonding with my baby. I'll be very firm about my wish for my baby to be left with me but if they give me a ridiculously hard time about it, I'll suck it up and either wheel myself into the nursery with her or send my revolutionary husband. Then I'll write letters to the hospital in the hopes they'll change this policy.

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If you give birth naturally, you may be able to walk yourself to the nursery. That was one of the most awesome differences between my natural birth and my medicated one--being able to walk so soon afterward and all of the energy I had Smile

I'm glad you had such an awesome nurse for the tour. If you do go post dates or have to transfer, I'll be hoping she'll be working that day!

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This makes no sense to me. They should be monitoring YOU that often in the first couple of hours after birth as well (for bleeding, uterine tone). Our hospital is pretty crappy as far as normal birth goes, but mom and baby generally spend the first 2 hours after birth in L&D (before transfer to the maternity ward) with 1 to 1 (one nurse to one mom and baby dyad) nursing. Mom and baby are monitored as needed there, together. It just makes sense to keep the mom and baby together...they need to be checking you anyways.

I'm kinda stumped on this one.

Oh, and most definitely assert your rights as needed. You're in charge of your baby.

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"Amber_daisy" wrote:

This makes no sense to me. They should be monitoring YOU that often in the first couple of hours after birth as well (for bleeding, uterine tone). Our hospital is pretty crappy as far as normal birth goes, but mom and baby generally spend the first 2 hours after birth in L&D (before transfer to the maternity ward) with 1 to 1 (one nurse to one mom and baby dyad) nursing. Mom and baby are monitored as needed there, together. It just makes sense to keep the mom and baby together...they need to be checking you anyways.

I'm kinda stumped on this one.

Oh, and most definitely assert your rights as needed. You're in charge of your baby.

There was a NICU nurse who was on this board a while back who worked at a hospital who did the 2 hour nursery thing, and she said that they have separate "mother" and "baby" nurses, so the nurse that checks on the mom is not the same as the ones that are checking on the baby. The hospital where i had DD did it similarly, though the first couple of hours after birth she was with me, then they took her to the nursery and did the newborn exam, bath, and a bunch of procedures (a lot of that stuff could have waited though, or not been done at all, but I didn't really know better at the time) While she was in the nursery, I was moved to the postpartum unit and given food. The hospital where I had DS had LDRP rooms and no nursery and I think all the nurses did L&D, newborn, and postpartum mother care, which seems much more ecoomical to me.

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I don't like the idea of anyone touching my baby without me being present. It gives me the willies, to be honest, because babies are so vulnerable and can't express themselves or tell me what was done to them. I would simply say, and keep quietly repeating, "I do not consent to being seperated from my baby. If your procedure is important to hospital protocol then you will figure out a way to get a nurse to my room every 15 minutes."

As for cloth diapers, we had to go to hospital for jaundice treatment when DS2 was a few days old (bummer, after a homebirth!!). I brought our cloth diapers and used them. THey didn't care...I'm the one changing his bum, and I brought the laundry home with me. Smile

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I agree with Emily and the others.. I would not consent to baby being taken away at all. I'd personally raise h3ll.

Glad that everything else is looking good for the hospital. Did you get names of the NCB friendly nurses just in case?

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"Illiana" wrote:

Did you get names of the NCB friendly nurses just in case?

I got the name of the nurse who gave the tour. She says about 50% of the nurses are NCB friendly. My MWs are familiar with the staff as well. Since most of the big things on my birth plan are a given at my birth center I plan to talk mostly about a transfer at my birth plan visit at 36 weeks. Since the MWs deal with this hospital all the time, they may have some additional advice. When it comes right down to it, if I don't give up my baby they can't take her away from me.

Oh, and I did ask about CDing. The nurse said she's never actually seen someone CDing in the hospital :eek: but that it wouldn't be a problem whatsoever.

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A lot of mamas who cloth diaper don't do so in the hospital because:

1. They don't want to lug dirty laundry home
2. They don't want to stain their cute tiny diapers with meconium
3. They don't want to lose any cute dipes at the hospital when the nurses come for the bedding.

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"Emilys3Guppies" wrote:

A lot of mamas who cloth diaper don't do so in the hospital because:

1. They don't want to lug dirty laundry home
2. They don't want to stain their cute tiny diapers with meconium
3. They don't want to lose any cute dipes at the hospital when the nurses come for the bedding.

Ditto to this, and especially #2. Hahaha, #2. ROFL Did you do that on purpose, Emily?

As for the 2-hour nursery, I wouldn't be allowing it. I wasn't able to hold Weston skin-to-skin immediately after his birth because he was a c-section, so DH did. That's how important we felt it was. He was in DH's arms or my arms for his first two hours, until he needed a diaper change. At my hospital, you have a dedicated nurse for the first two hours post-partum while you're in L&D, and then they transfer you to a post-partum room across the hall, where each nurse is shared by a few moms.

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"Emilys3Guppies" wrote:

A lot of mamas who cloth diaper don't do so in the hospital because:

1. They don't want to lug dirty laundry home
2. They don't want to stain their cute tiny diapers with meconium
3. They don't want to lose any cute dipes at the hospital when the nurses come for the bedding.

My only reservation is #2-gooey #2. Are there liners that might help protect my cute little dipes? Also, I'm assuming there's a bit of a learning curve involved in getting dipes on properly. Would a liner even make a difference if I've diped my baby like a moron? I'd like to be able to CD from the start but is it that much easier to wait until her meconium has worked it's way through and her cord has dropped off?

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"Emilys3Guppies" wrote:

A lot of mamas who cloth diaper don't do so in the hospital because:

1. They don't want to lug dirty laundry home
2. They don't want to stain their cute tiny diapers with meconium
3. They don't want to lose any cute dipes at the hospital when the nurses come for the bedding.

I'm still on the fence about bringing my CDs to the hospital. I'd love to do it (and maybe even teach my nurse something if she's unfamiliar with it) but I worry about #3 just because I don't want to lose the $ spent on a diaper because someone thought it was hospital laundry.

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"Emilys3Guppies" wrote:

A lot of mamas who cloth diaper don't do so in the hospital because:

1. They don't want to lug dirty laundry home
2. They don't want to stain their cute tiny diapers with meconium
3. They don't want to lose any cute dipes at the hospital when the nurses come for the bedding.

We are still concerned about #2 (LOL, you had to have done that on purpose!) I bought some biodegradable liners, but I don't know if they will do the job - I'm just hoping I can get them to come clean.

We are solving #3 by just keeping a wetbag with our hospital bags. I don't expect it to be a problem.

I am concerned about the learning curve and the cord though - we are going to be using PFs and I have never used one in my life.... hope I am a quick study!

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I didnt' have a problem losing diapers or sending the dirty ones home with DH. It was actually pretty easy if you keep your wetbag accessible. Clean diapers in the diaper bag, dirty in the wetbag, and nobody but mama touches them inbetween...makes organization easier.

I don't care about meconium stains. For me, prefolds are the easiest thing to use for a cord stump...they are SOFTer than papery disposables (I used with my first and second, until we realized #2 had an allergy to them) and you can fold down the top easily to stay well away from the cord stump. All the mec stains on my prefolds sunned out. I saved the expensive bamboo velour diapers until the meconium was out of his system so as to not risk staining...but had no problem sunning out stains from my prefolds. Smile

I hope that helps. I plan on using cloth from the get-go this time too.

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I had dd in a birth center and they used cloth and we had no problems with the cord we'd just fold the front down and the nurse showed us how to use the cloth etc. it was great. But I don't know if i'd bother bringing CD if i were to transfer this time.. i guess i'd bring one or two to go home in or if i wasn't going to be staying long, but i wouldn't haul all of my diapers there if i was going to stay over night or anything.. besides i don't have that many newborn dipes anyway. I'd have to wash everyday.. I was also thinking about liners for the Meconium.. and don't forget to cover baby's bottom in oil so they don't stick to the butt.

ANyone remember how long they have the mec for anyway? I can't remember for the life of me.

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"Illiana" wrote:

I had dd in a birth center and they used cloth and we had no problems with the cord we'd just fold the front down and the nurse showed us how to use the cloth etc. it was great. But I don't know if i'd bother bringing CD if i were to transfer this time.. i guess i'd bring one or two to go home in or if i wasn't going to be staying long, but i wouldn't haul all of my diapers there if i was going to stay over night or anything.. besides i don't have that many newborn dipes anyway. I'd have to wash everyday.. I was also thinking about liners for the Meconium.. and don't forget to cover baby's bottom in oil so they don't stick to the butt.

ANyone remember how long they have the mec for anyway? I can't remember for the life of me.

What kind of oil? I didn't know this.

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I've never done or heard of the oil thing either, but it makes sense. It was hard to get that stuff off of the squishy boy parts, LOL. Is that what "baby oil" is designed for?

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I've heard to use olive oil during those first few diaper changes but I've never heard of slathering them up ahead of time.