Packing a Bag?

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NutMeg4189's picture
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Packing a Bag?

Is anyone thinking about their bag(s) yet ?

When will you start packing ?

What are you going to bring ?

AFM, I made my list months ago and packed his bag a couple weeks ago after I washed all of his clothes. I'm just taking his diaper bag with what I would normally keep in it. I picked a couple of different outfits that looked to be a little different in size and fit. Our DD ended up being too big for her take home outfit, so I was glad that we had something a little less adorable to put her in to ride home.

I don't know when I'll actually pack my bag. I'm not in a big hurry right now, but we are going on a weekend trip for DH's birthday the weekend of Feb 1-4, so I will have it packed by then to take with us just in case. We are only going about an hour away. That is my limit so close to go time. I will be 36 weeks that weekend.

I'll take all my toiletries, a comfy outfit for lounging in at the hospital, and a fresh outfit to come home in. I'll have my ipad, iphone, and camera with their chargers so we can share photos with family who can't be in the area and friends who I'm asking to wait to meet baby until he comes home. My ipad will also be nice if my labor is anything like DD's. My water broke and then nothing really happened for about 10 hours. I was mostly walking, but it was nice to sit down and mess around on my laptop occasionally as well. A breastfeeding pillow and some nursing pads just in case. I've already been having leaking issues. I'll just use the pads and other supplies they provide for the most part. DH will probably just throw an extra change of clothes and some deodorant in my bag. Because of work and DD we aren't sure how much time he will be spending up there.And I will make him pack me snacks Smile

I'm also packing a bag for our DD. We haven't finalized plans but I suspect she will stay with my parents while I'm in the hospital. I'll pack everything she needs ahead of time and then add things like her leap pad last minute so she has something to entertain herself with if she decides that her brother is boring when visiting We will also have a gift set aside for her from the baby, no idea what yet!

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Been thinking about this as well. Probably after my next Dr's appt next week (I will be 36 weeks) will be a good time. They will check me then so I will have an idea of what my body is doing and where we are at... You did have a good idea about having your daughter packed. I didn't think about needing to do that for my boys! Good call!

I like to take some underwear so I dont have to wear the mesh, but buy ones I don't care if they get ruined.

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I'm planning a home birth, so I need to get my birth kit together soon. I doubt I'll pack a bag per se, but I'll probably make sure things I would want to take are in one place, so if we need to grab stuff we can. I really need to get serious about getting ready, since my last 2 came on their own at around 37-38 weeks, I could be looking at holding another newborn in just 5 weeks. EEK!

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I'm planning to have mine packed for the 1st of Feb, it's our last trip home (and our baby shower) so we'll bring our hospital bags and car seat with us just in case. I'm not overly worried because the hospital here provides everything, if I wasn't ready we'd only need someone to grab something for baby and I to wear home anyway. If we ended up having the baby back home we'd need someone to get us a bunch of things while I'm in labor because the hospital there provides NOTHING, no diapers, no pads, zip. Just a Johnny shirt for me and our very first diaper, we'd be responsible for everything else.

DD will be staying with our friends until my grandmother gets here (it's a 3 hour drive) then she'll be home in her own bed so we don't need to pack anything for her Smile

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Eeek! I can't believe it's almost time. I need to start thinking about what to pack. I'm a notorious over packer so I really need to keep it under control. Also, the hospital is only 7 (yes, we've timed it...lol) minutes away so I'm not too worried about brining everything with me. The only thing I know I'm taking is the coming home outfit I bought for Baby Boy. Smile

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Jina does your hospital provide everything for your stay? It's really nice when they do because for me that's one less thing to worry about. I had a huge bag packed for DD1 for labor and didn't even touch it lol.

I have a list of things I'd like to remember to bring (mostly for coming home) but if I don't happen to get packed before go time I'm still going to be ok, someone can grab some clothes and shampoo for me lol. DH is already asking if we're packed yet, He'll need more for our stay than I will because we room in with Dad's staying as well. In fact they expect someone to stay in my room with me if Dad can't be there. There is no nursery other than the special care one - you are on your own with baby right from the get go (there are nurses to help and ask questions as needed) and in extreme cases where there is simply no one available baby would have to go to the special care nursery, although up in this area that's rare. It's not a place young people move to unless they were raised here and have family around, we're a rarity (who moves TO Bathurst?? is the most common thing we heard coming up here, even from people who live here)

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I think I'll be packing my bags next week after my 36w check up. Lol or I might got bored and do it over the weekend Smile

For those of you who've been through this before, what do you recommend? I'm a notorious over-packer too, so I'll probably end up with way more than what I need!

For baby's list, I have:
Newborn diapers (our hospital provides some, but recommends bringing 10 or so as well)
Coming home outfit
Car seat
.....?

For my list I have:
Nursing bra (ordered online, hope it gets here soon so I can make sure it fits!)
PJ's and comfy clothes I can walk around or nurse in
Pads (although I've heard a pack of Depends is sometimes better?)
Underwear
Phone
Camera
Ipad (note to self - load a few more games on there!)
Deck of cards
Toiletry bag for me and DH
Change of clothes for DH
Swim trunks for DH (they request that the support person brings a swimsuit just in case you want to use the shower while you're labouring)
Snacks
Pillow

Our hospital is similar to what Crystal was describing - they no longer have a nursery (except the NICU), so they have baby room-in with you from the very start. I love that idea, except if you don't get a private room (only 1 or 2), then you're in a shared room with another new mom and her newborn. If you get a private room (first come, first serve, and you have to pay for it), then DH is allowed to stay with you, but if you're in a shared room, they don't allow spouses to stay the night Sad

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Wow Jo! We are luckier than I thought, our private rooms are also on a first come first served basis but they don't ask if you want one, they also don't charge for the upgrade. The rest of the rooms are semi private which they only start to 'double up' once there is a mom in each room. Even when you share (which is rare) Dad is still expected to stay, the Semi's are WAY bigger than the private rooms though (I'd kind of like a semi without the roommate). Most rooms have a bathroom with a shower but some of the private rooms have a shared shower room off the hall.

Be prepared to NOT use things you bring for entertainment, when I had DD1 I think the only downtime I had was the little I slept despite being in the hospital for 4 days. During labor, if you have an epidural, you might have some time to kill lol

I've also heard depends are better, it's worth a try! One thing to make check into - since either way your DH will be spending a LOT of time at the hospital - does the cafeteria at the hospital require cash? DH will need to eat while you are there too and you probably won't want him to leave to go get himself food. AND make sure you've got $ on hand for a parking pass too. I'm a cheapskate, I refuse to let DH take money out of the ATM at the hospital because it costs us $3/4 each time. lol

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Crystal, I'm not too sure. I haven't taken the hospital tour yet, I'm doing it this Saturday. That's really cool that your hospital provide everything for you. I'm really going to try to take the bare minimum. Maybe I'll keep an extra bag with all the nice to have but not really neccessary items in the trunk. Biggrin

According to the hospital brochure and website, the delivery and postpartum rooms are all private with private bathrooms and showers. The rooms also have an extra sleeping area and 3 meals provided for a support person. Though, I'm pretty sure Hubby is not going to want to eat hospital food. :rolleyes:

I haven't even really thought about the nursery part. Some people said to take advantage and send the baby to the nursery so you can catch up on sleep and others have said that I probably won't want to. I don't know. I'm planning on playing everything by ear, I guess. lol

Jo, wow, I can't believe they make you pay extra for a private room if you end up in one. It also sucks that they won't let your DH stay the night. Where will he stay if you end up in a shared room? Is the hospital close by?

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Our birthing room will be private no matter what, but the postpartum rooms just depend on the number of babies born. Our 1st night postpartum with our DD we shared with the rudest woman alive. She had the television on loudly all night and then complained when our DD fussed. Not cried, not screamed, fussed ! The hospital had literally had to tell her that she couldn't have any more formula for x amount of time because every time her baby opened her mouth she fed her. Sometimes babies just need a little love to help them calm down :/ The 2nd day/night we had the room to ourselves and it was much nicer ! I don't mind sharing, I just hope we have a better experience if we do.

Our hospital allows you to send babe to the nursery, but we didn't with DD. I'd been waiting so long for her that I couldn't bear to be apart! Also DH was with us, so I had his support if I wasn't feeling so hot or was too tired to soothe her. Honestly the first couple days she literally slept about 95% of the time and woke up long enough to eat and make dirty diapers, so it wasn't too hard to get enough rest. The hardest part for me was learning how to BF. I think I was so concerned about the "technique" that it was stressing me out.

My husband had a couch/bed in the room, but my bed was large enough that he slept with me. We live about 30 - 40 minutes from the hospital so I don't want to have to send him home, so hopefully nothing will happen before I get my bags packed because I just like having my things Smile

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I am lucky as well it seems because our hospital has all private rooms, and the hospital you labor in, you deliver in, and is also your postpartum room, so no switching rooms after the birth. And the rooms are huge with bathrooms and showers. No tubs tho. That's the only bummer bc with my first, I loved getting the tub to relieve labor pains.

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I did my last load of pre-baby, baby laundry this weekend (unless we get a TON of clothes from the shower coming up) so I packed the diaper bag while i was putting things away. I decided to bring a few sleepers so she gets to wear some cute ones rather than the kind of ugly unisex ones the hospital has for our use lol I even have one DD1 wore, it's the only NB size one we ever had for her! lol

Nichole I wish I could have gotten back in the tub during my first labor, it was the only thing that helped me relax but just as the tub was turned off my water broke and the policy at that hospital was that I couldn't get back in after that. Sad This hospital is different, as long as baby's head is engaged and not up too high I can still tub it after my water breaks!

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Yeah with my first son, I went in with broke water and it took several LONG hours to dilate enough to be able to get an epidural so I was in a lot of pain for a long time, and the tub helped me a lot. With my second, I was induced for post-dates (my choice) and so I had to be hooked to monitors the whole time... not the best case, but it was fine. I did like the control I had with my induction, so I would definitely do it again if it came to that. Hoping for a more natural start this third time around!

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So the last of the baby clothes got washed this weekend Smile

I also started packing - I made the dreaded buy and got a pack of depends for myself....and of course, as I grabbing them, I run into a woman I dance with!!

I also heard about making 'Padsicles'......open up a pad, pour 1-2 Tbsp of witch hazel on it, and stick it in the freezer. Sounded like a good idea, so I grabbed what I needed to make those as well.

So our hospital has all the Delivery rooms private, it's just your postpartum room (still on the same floor, just a different ward) that could either be shared or private. I'm *really* hoping it's not a busy time, and we can get a private room.....as long as I can have some privacy to recover, and have DH stay with me, I don't care that we'd have to pay. if DH does have to go home though, we're only about 5 minutes away

......Luckily for us though, DH used to work at that hospital (worked there until November when his contract ran out, now he's at the other hospital in town), so we can use the staff parking and not have to worry about paying for parking/getting a parking ticket. Crystal's mention of the cafeteria reminded me though - there is NOTHING near our hospital - it's in a residential area.....no stores or anything close by, and the cafeteria closes at 5pm I think. I'll have to bring a few things we can throw in the fridge for him.

So other than getting stuff prepped for the hospital, is anyone getting stuff ready for the postpartum recovery time?

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I'm planning on stocking up on easy grab snacks and having a few meals prepped in the freezer. Been pinning some new easy recipes on pinterest too Smile

Other than that not a whole lot of planning or prep for postpartum. Despite a pretty 'good' tear I healed pretty quickly last time and I have a lot more support this time from my partner :biglove:

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I am packing a few things to make my "stay" more comfy :o)

Robe
Soft PJ's that I can nurse in (and may wear home to stay comfy)
Sports Nursing Bra (VERY comfy to sleep in)
Soft warm socks
Crocs (ugly but soooo comfy)
Travel Size toiletries (so I can throw away and have less to pack up when I leave)
Make up
Blow dryer, brush & flat iron
Lotion (make back rubs from DH feel better and keep skin happy LOL)
Toilet Paper Roll (the hospital's is NOT soft)
My fave Tempurpedic pillow (wrapped in garbage bag and then put into a pillow case I don't mind getting ruined)
DVD's
Laptop
Kindle
Boppy
Baby memory book
Camera & charger
Pen & note pad
Cell phone and charger
Snacks and beverages (we have a private room that has a mini fridge)
Going home outfit
Diaper bag stocked and ready with supplies: Diapers, wipes, paci, etc (going to my parents house from the hospital to recover since they have a one story home)
Gift for DD from her new baby brother

I am going to pack a small bag for DH and drop off a ton of stuff at my parent's house so that my DD has toys to keep her busy while I am at the hospital. We are also surprising her with a throw pillow that has our family picture printed on it. She wanted a picture of us that she could hug when she missed us. I found the pillow and thought that would be even better Wink

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I have the baby's bag packed and ready to go. Mine is in the process now. I have some PJs packed, coming home clothes, and some single use toiletries, and pads. Last min I will need to pack my robe, make-up, laptop, camera, etc.

Jo- that is interesting about the pads! I usually just stick a couple of tucks on top of my pad with each trip to the toilet, and just change them out. Your idea sounds so much more soothing with them being COLD!

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