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hospital bag?

I haven't been around much and might have missed an earlier post. BUT I was wondering what you ladies are putting in a hospital bag? I can't remember what I packed for DS but I also know that I had stuff I never even used/needed/forgot was in there.... trying to get mine packed.

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Shampoo, conditioner, and face wash (all in little travel bottles) for myself. Hair brush, tooth brush and paste. Extra pads. Two changes of clothes for myself (depending on what the whether will be like). Make sure the clothes are something that fit you toward the end of your pregnancy. Then for baby... 2-3 outfits or "combinations" depending on the weather and size of baby. One baby blanket. One baby hat. Some newborn diapers and wipes. I "think" that's it for me... Oh, and I will grab some food on my way out of the house. At the birth center I go to we are responsible for all of our food, but we're not really there long either, so just a couple snacks should do.

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Its crazy early for me, but I've already started mine. (I didn't have one last time and it was a lot of telling people what to grab and bring). I'm not bringing underwear because I actually liked the mesh ones from the hospital, lol!

Razor, toothbrush & toothpaste (for DH too)
NIghtgown
Yoga pants
maternity tank top
maternity t-shirt
deodrant
flip flops
makeup bag
sleep bra
nursing bra
brush

Hubby;
underwear
t-****
pj bottoms (I told him he didn't have to sleep with us, my parents live down the street)

Baby;
nb outfit
0-3 outfit (not sure on her size)
couple whit onesies
pacifier
mittens
beanie hat
baby blanket

Nipple guard
breast pads

DS;
Present for him
Nook or video player

Other;
Chargers
camera
video camera
snacks
juice boxes

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I only plan to stay 24 hours unless there are complications (and I don't expect there to be this time! With Tori I had to stay seven days. And it was a vaginal birth! Ick!). Hospital provides basically everything. Last time that even included full size bath and body works products. They have 24 hour room service and also a family snack room that is stocked full of all kinds of good stuff.

I use a special line of hair products so I'll bring those, a change of clothes, some comfortable pajamas to hang out in instead of the gown, and then my electronics/chargers. Going home outfit for baby. That's about it. Oh and a bottle of Colace. I always get so constipated after birth and want to try to skip that this time!

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I stay pretty simple. Definitely haven't packed it yet!

toothbrush & toothpaste
nail clippers
lip chap
nursing bra
maternity clothes to wear home
couple pairs of underwear (I like the mesh ones too though)
flip flops
makeup

Baby's coming home outfit (NB and 0-3 month size)
pacifier
hat

breast pads

Chargers & phones
camera & batteries

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adding to mine as I read all of yours! Wink

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Oh yeah, a nursing bra would be good... I know I won't need breast pads for a couple days though. Deodorant, yes, I should bring that too. I actually prefer to wear the mesh underwear provided instead of my own. No need to worry about any stains then.

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I never usually need breast pads either for the first few days. I throw in a couple pairs though.

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I love that mesh underwear! I'm always sad when I use the last pair and have to switch to my own.

Deodorant and toothbrush. There's two things the hospital doesn't provide. Glad I'm reading this or I would end up being one stinky patient! I forgot them on my first list, ha!

I saw a thing on Pinterest on how to make your own ice pack pads like they give you. I want to make some for home.

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Clothes to come home in
Nursing pajamas
Tolietries
Nursing bra
A couple of baby outfits
Baby book
Camera
Phone charger

I keep it simple, most of what I need they will have at the hospital. I don't want to bring a bunch of stuff I don't really need and will just have to pack and unpack.

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You girls are nuts. I hate that freakin' mesh underwear!! It won't stay on my butt to save my life and I pretty much have to hold them up anytime I move around. I'm packing Depends this time for that reason and I won't wear regular underwear, even cheap ones, because I'm a super heavy PP bleeder for several days after so it's a waste. I'm also packing: a nursing tank, a t-shirt, cropped sweatpants, flip-flops and socks (I can't stand being barefoot on hard floors), basic toiletries, and nursing pads even though I also doubt I'd ever need them in the hospital - easier to take them than to send DH home to find some Wink Oh and chapstick, jolly ranchers, camera, phone & charger, and something to wear home. I'll have my Boppy, my fave pillow, and a sweatshirt in my car (in case I need it - I got bad chills after one of my others). And I'll have DH bring me my laptop later because I like to type out the birth story while it's still fresh in my mind.

For baby: blanket, 2 hats, PJs, onesie, going home outfit, mittens, socks...I think that's it. I liked having my DS in his "own things" rather than the hospital stuff like I did with my first but that's totally just preference.

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I remember you saying you were going to use Depends. I was thinking about it but what turned me off was: don't they get sweaty? All that thick material up your front and back and around your sides?

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Oh yeah, a nursing bra would be good... I know I won't need breast pads for a couple days though. Deodorant, yes, I should bring that too. I actually prefer to wear the mesh underwear provided instead of my own. No need to worry about any stains then.

I probably don't either. My milk didn't really come in until the 3rd day.

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I don't remember if they gave me Tucks last time or if someone brought them for me.

If not, those were really soothing on where I tore

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