I knew I didn't want to stay long last time (we left the hospital 3 hours after she was born) so I didn't bring much. An outfit & snowsuit for the baby. A couple diapers. A change of clothes for me (although it might have been what I went in wearing - don't remember). I wore the gown during labor/delivery, then got dressed into pyjamas and went home. My ipod and some drinks. This time I actually have to go out and buy some plastic sheeting and a couple other things for the homebirth. They also suggested having a hospital bag packed before just in case - but considering I didn't have one last time, I don't really see why I would do one this time. I can always have someone bring me stuff if I need it.
Kia: I got this one. Pretty much a steal if you ask me
Here is what I plan to take...
*Basic toiletries and make-up so I feel human again
*Yoga pants and a nursing tank
*Nursing pads although I doubt I'll need them
*Sweatshirt (I've gotten bad chills after my other two)
*Adult diapers (recommended on another BB and I'm a really heavy bleeder for the first few days so I love this idea as opposed to soaking my bed multiple times and having to "adjust" my pad every time I stand up - I have no pride at that point anyway so bring 'em on!)
*Jolly Ranchers for labor
*Something to wear home
*Computer & iPhone (which has my music on it as well if I wanted it)
*For baby: hat, PJs, and blanket (I prefer to use my own stuff vs the hospital stuff) plus take home outfit
*My own pillow (can stay in car until I'm in postpartum)
*Boppy (same as above)
I think that's it. DH won't be sleeping at the hospital so I don't have to worry about anything for him.
I am tempted to get some adult diapers as well. I usually wear the mesh undies with 2 pads - one front, one overlapping and towards the back. Maybe I should just skip the trouble and get some Depends for the first few days.
I have always stayed about 2-3 days (3 days with my first because I was in ROUGH shape). With my last, he was born around midnight on Saturday/Sunday and I stayed until Monday mid-morning. I have heard that the hospital I am going to this time is pretty quick on the turn around and many go home after 12-24 hours, I guess it will depend on how rough the delivery was.
We stayed 2 nights with DD but she was a c-section. You can leave within hours here if nothing is wrong.
I just wore the hospital gowns last time. I think they had you put on one front ways and the other back ways so you were always covered. I'm not sure I feel like spending money on something I'm just going to throw out...I'm cheap and it's not great for our little environment anyways.
Hubby spent the night last time but I don't know what's going to happen this time as we have DD now. My mom might stay here with DD. I don't know. Nothing is planned.