Hospital/Birthing Center Bags

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elleon17's picture
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Hospital/Birthing Center Bags

I never got to pack one last time and was curious what everyone is planning to bring with them to the hospital.

I have a short list started

*Yoga Pants
*Tank tops
*Tee
*Sleep Bra
*Nursing Bra
*Razor
*Facewash
*Some makeup (just to look 'decent')
*Nook - for DS when he visits
*Immodium, Gas-X, etc for DH because he has constant Tummy issues especially when he is stressed
*nightgown
*Laptop?
*nipple guards
*Camera
*phone charger

*couple onsies and outfit for ride home

Should I bring my pump? Last time I rented the hospital's but the nurses had it on so strong that it cracked me and made me bleed. Ouch!

What else?

quonsetmom's picture
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Here's whats in my suitcase by my door.

BABY
coming home outfit
a blanket
a swaddler
hats and gloves
pacifires

MOM
clothes
nursing pads
toiletries
slippers
lotion
chapstick
tennis ball for back labor
nonskid socks
nursing bras
nursing tops/gown
medicines
robe
pics of elora
pen and paper
hair tie
labor music (?)

DAD
snacks / food
clothes
toiletries
jakes bathing suit
camera
change for vending
chargers
sweatshirt (?)
movies
tylenol/antacids/advil
ipad/laptop

My hospital you use their hospital grade pump if need be and they give you the tubing and such.

edit: Totally forgot insurance cards and birth plan (if wanted)

sandraleigh's picture
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Wow. Hadn't even thought about a hospital bag yet. LOL.

Looks like you've got some good lists, ladies. Mine will be similar. Definitely pen and notebook because I always take notes during labour so I can accurately write the birth story. Of course, I was UBER cool last time and actually updated my FB status about 8 times during labour! It was totally rad. Everyone just followed along on their news feed....LOL.

Do you guys change into your own comfy clothes in the hospital after giving birth, or do you stay in the hospital gown? I have always brought something to wear, but end up just wearing the gown because it's more practical, for me at least. I just wear the gown and hospital robe until I change to get ready to go home. Although, I had all 3 babies at the hospital in my old city - this is my first time at this hospital. Who knows what the standard is here.

I also have to pack a NB outfit and a 0-3 month outfit, because my babies are nearly 10 lbs, and who knows what will fit!

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

I also have to pack a NB outfit and a 0-3 month outfit, because my babies are nearly 10 lbs, and who knows what will fit!

I have premie but if i go longer ill add newborn. I only had newborn with dd and ended up having my sisters bring premie to me because she swam in newborn. She was in premie for 3-4 weeks.

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I wore the gown because I didn't have anything else yet, lol! I did get my dad to bring a robe so I could at least walk around without flashing. I didn't get any clothes until the next day.

quonsetmom's picture
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i put on pants was all..... but idk this time

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

Do you guys change into your own comfy clothes in the hospital after giving birth, or do you stay in the hospital gown?

With my others, I've worn their gown for like 24 hours until they quick checking bleeding and whatnot then changed into my own clothes (way too annoying to pull pants down nonstop IMO). However, at the hospital I'm delivering at, they have the more horrendous "nursing gowns" that have open flaps that do NOT secure and I almost flashed several visitors (or maybe actually did and don't know). So this time I bought a super cheap ($15) gown to wear afterwards for a while until the stop the frequent checks.

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"akpufa" wrote:

So this time I bought a super cheap ($15) gown to wear afterwards for a while until the stop the frequent checks.

where? I want one. I remember those nursing gowns now...

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"akpufa" wrote:

With my others, I've worn their gown for like 24 hours until they quick checking bleeding and whatnot then changed into my own clothes (way too annoying to pull pants down nonstop IMO). However, at the hospital I'm delivering at, they have the more horrendous "nursing gowns" that have open flaps that do NOT secure and I almost flashed several visitors (or maybe actually did and don't know). So this time I bought a super cheap ($15) gown to wear afterwards for a while until the stop the frequent checks.

I totally forgot about them needing to check us for bleeding!!

Honestly you would think I have never had a baby.

Buying a cheaper nightie is a great idea!

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I usually go to Walmart and buy a super cheap pair of pajama bottoms because I know I'll end up bleeding all over them. Then I just toss them before I go home.

I have a few things to buy. For example, it seems I left the battery charger for my camera in Orlando. Oops. I haven't used my real camera since the trip (September) and I can't find it now so I think I left it. I need to buy a new one.

I mostly worry about shampoo and conditioner, soap, snacks and things to do. It gets boring! I'll be bringing my iPad and the hospital has wifi so ill be good on that front!

for baby, I usually just bring one outfit and the carseat. Everything else is pretty much available.

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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.

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Kia: I got this one. Pretty much a steal if you ask me Wink

Here is what I plan to take...
*Basic toiletries and make-up so I feel human again
*Gown above
*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)
*Flip-flops
*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)
*Camera
*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.

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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.

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"akpufa" wrote:

Kia: I got this one.

Ooo nice. Does it open nice for nursing and skin to skin?

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"dinzy" wrote:

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.

I don't remember having an option. Our last day there took FOREVER to get released because we were waiting over 6 hours for the pediatrician to sign off on the paperwork

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Lucas was born right after midnight so we ended up staying a that day and going home at 10am the next morning. I was ok with that but with two kids who need to get back to their normal life, we may try to leave sooner.

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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.

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"elleon17" wrote:

I don't remember having an option. Our last day there took FOREVER to get released because we were waiting over 6 hours for the pediatrician to sign off on the paperwork

We had our doc check her and sign her out right away before we let her leave! She did it because my mom was with us, and my mom is a doctor, so she felt comfortable releasing us into some sort of "medical" care. We had to sign the release waivers a million times they seemed to extra want to cover their behinds lol. The time was in waiting for me to finally pee so they could check my uterus.

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DP

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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. Sad

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"quonsetmom" wrote:

Ooo nice. Does it open nice for nursing and skin to skin?

Yeah it has snaps on each side so you could open one side to nurse or the whole thing for skin-to-skin.

Sandra: I did the same with double pads and they still slide around on me. Figured this would be easier. :shrug: The nurses will probably make fun of me (or think I'm a freaking genius...)

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"dinzy" wrote:

We had our doc check her and sign her out right away before we let her leave! She did it because my mom was with us, and my mom is a doctor, so she felt comfortable releasing us into some sort of "medical" care. We had to sign the release waivers a million times they seemed to extra want to cover their behinds lol. The time was in waiting for me to finally pee so they could check my uterus.

That's awesome!

I was there over 3 days. Some of it was because he was technically a preemie, but we did all that testing the first day. We could have been released the last day in the morning, but the waiting put us back to the late afternoon.

I was going nuts in that little room by day 3. I was actuallly pacing the halls just to get out of the room for a bit.

1-2 days (including labor & delivery) for a healthy normal delivery and baby seems plenty to me.

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"elleon17" wrote:

That's awesome!

I was there over 3 days. Some of it was because he was technically a preemie, but we did all that testing the first day. We could have been released the last day in the morning, but the waiting put us back to the late afternoon.

I was going nuts in that little room by day 3. I was actuallly pacing the halls just to get out of the room for a bit.

1-2 days (including labor & delivery) for a healthy normal delivery and baby seems plenty to me.

I agree but definitely fall on the "shorter is better" side. DS2 was born just after 6 am, Thursday morning...I would have loved to go home that day but mostly b/c the hospital bed was so uncomfortable and b/c I already had DS1 at home. I won't be going back to that facility if I can help it b/c of the cave like rooms, hard bed and terrible food. They released us Friday after lunch so that wasn't too bad but much longer and I would have been getting really tired of it.

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I liked being in the hospital for the most part EXCEPT they won't let you co-sleep with baby in the hospital bed. That is one reason I will consider going home earlier this time - if anyone is going to get any sleep, I NEED to be able to cosleep.

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I don't really have a list, the less the better in my opinion, less to have to remember to bring home.
I will bring a change of clothes for me, and maybe a pair or pajamas. Baby going home outfit. Camera, phone, charger. Everything else they will have at the hospital. I do generally wear the hospital gowns, just because it is easier for them to check the bleeding and if I stain it, who cares!