Help, I can't remember!

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fireflies11's picture
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Help, I can't remember!

Ladies, do you mind posting what you remember is needed in the hospital and those first few days home with the newborn? It's been 6-years since I had a newborn :eek:

I did a huge shopping trip today and here is what I got, but I know there are things I forgot:

Lansinoh "boob" cream, breast pads, two nursing tanks (Do I need bras too?? I can't remember), pads, swaddle blankets, pacis, wash cloths, long-sleeve onsies, baby wash, diaper rash cream, diapers, wipes.

Also, I remember with my last c-section I did shower at the hospital and changed clothes. But do I need a nursing top? Or do you just wear the gown?

Oh, and I did get a Moby Wrap this time!!!! So excited! I've heard great things about it and cannot wait to use it!!

PAmom2boys's picture
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You'll want some pads for PP bleeding. ETA: oops just sawthat you got pads:doh: Unless youre just talking about for the baby. I think you've got the essentials for baby. I liked having a couple bras along with the tanks especially on laundry day. I lived 24/7 in my tanks so they needed to be washed pretty often.

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good post- i have been going through the hospital bag post so that I can remember what to pack! It's been 7.5 yrs for me , so forget some things and then I read the list and write down some items that I didn't think off.

For my section - wore the gown for the first day or so, but then also had my own jammies/nursing tops for the other days. Underwear, although I think they had some sort of mesh ones too.

I remember bringing bras- with my ds my milk came in on the 3rd day and boy was i glad i brought the bra and nursing pads. Slippers!! don't know what your weather is like but December is cold and I usually have cold feet.

Our hospital- guessing its the same in the states has all the baby diapers and needs. But of course you'll need your own at home.

I was checking out the Moby wraps- but also the Maya sling- I have heard good things about both.

fireflies11's picture
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where do you get good (inexpensive, preferably) nursing tops??

AshnBill's picture
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I have some of the nursing tops from Target (gilligan o'malley I think?) and loved them last time around. I packed 1 to bring with to the hospital. Last time around I changed out of the gown a few hours after I had given birth because I felt more comfy in clothes.

no-scratch mitts for baby
little noses saline drops (for suctioning out boogers)
nail file
vaseline if you're planning to circumsize?

mlle_carrie's picture
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Thanks for posting this. I really need to get with the program as far as packing a bag and getting ready for a newborn is concerned!!

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"AshnBill" wrote:

I have some of the nursing tops from Target (gilligan o'malley I think?) and loved them last time around. ?

Yep, I liked the target ones, too, and the price is right!

Lets see: Hospital:
- chapstick (your lips get very dry with all the "rhythmic breathing")
-camera
- something for you both to wear home
-carseat

Home:
- diapers
-clothes/ sleeper
-hats if you live where its cold?

ETA: oh and is it rubbing alchol you are supposed to clean the cord stump with?

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I think it depends on the pediatrician. I've heard you don't need to use alcohol at all. It doesnt speed things up maybe just keeps it cleaner?**shrugs

_Jessicah_'s picture
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They told us not to use alcohol on the umbilical cord that things would take care of themselves. We won't need much for baby in the hospital as everything is pretty much provided. I can't wait to "borrow" the hospital nose suckers. They work so much better than the store bought ones!

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We used pre packaged alcohol swabs on Lukes stump. One pedi said yes, the other said not necessary. I think it just helps it dry out and fall of sooner. It probably doesn't matter much either way Smile

For vaginal births.... My hospital provided tucks witchhazel pads and dermoplast numbing spray... But you will want more for home.

I bring flip flops too. I was hot during labor and was glad I had flip flops for pacing during labor.

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

They told us not to use alcohol on the umbilical cord that things would take care of themselves. We won't need much for baby in the hospital as everything is pretty much provided. I can't wait to "borrow" the hospital nose suckers. They work so much better than the store bought ones!

ITA. Our hospital gave us one and we still have it. Its so much easier to use than the stiff ones you buy in the stores.

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Hard candies to chew or suck on or snacks/drinks (crackers or gatorade, etc) for recovery room just in case.

Chargers for phones/computers/cameras, etc.

Music/iPod, etc. & books/magazines to keep you busy

Hair rubberbands or headbands

Post more if I think about it.....

JuneorJulyBaby?'s picture
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Definitely bring nursing bras. Baby will latch and drink colostrum the first few days before your milk comes in. Once your milk comes in I read it's good to keep a bra on 24/7 for support (and to hold the pads in!).

Don't forget a nursing pillow for the hospital.

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Looks like what you got should get you off to a good start! The only thing I didn't see on there was baby wash. As far as the nursing bras, I think they're definitely a good investment... they're great to sleep in too, so that you don't have to fuss with clothes and they'll keep the nursing pads in place. For your hospital bag, I would pack an outfit to go home in and something comfy to sleep in, any toiletries you might want/need, baby's outfit and blanket, cell phone charger, and any other personals like an ipod or reading materials. I'm only in the hospital for one night (to L&D and then for 24 hours after baby is born), so I wear the gown they provide to labor and deliver baby, and then I shower and change into my own pj's or whatever is comfy to me to wear until I leave, and then I put on whatever outfit I wore to the hospital to go home in.