So I hit 30 weeks this week! (yay) BTW, I failed my glucose test and took the 3 hour test last week. I will find out where I stand with the results tomorrow at my appt. I am not sure when to have bags packed and what all I need to bring. I was soo un-prepared with my daughter and stayed in hospital attire the entire week and did not even have a diaper bag on hand! I want to be extra prepared and not throwing things in a bag when it's time to go, so does anyone have a checklist I can use?
I don't know when to have the bags packed. I think most twins deliver between 34 - 38 weeks, so I would assume by 34 weeks. However, as I sit here typing I am 4 days away from 34 weeks and still dont' have my bags packed yet. I guess I need to get on it.
Congrats on making it to 30 weeks!
I packed my bags around 25-28 weeks: one for me, with toiletries, undies (including nursing bras), slippers and pajamas that I could comfortably wear in public and walk around the hospital in, super maxi-pads (though I didn't use them; the hospital provided plenty), snacks like dried fruit and nuts, and stuff to entertain me, like books, iPod, embroidery kit, and a small bedside lamp because the hospital lighting was harsh, and another bag with baby stuff.
I was glad the first bag was ready when I was hospitalized for a week at 31 weeks due to pre-term labor. After that I got to spend another month at home before going back to the hospital to give birth, but I was on strict bedrest and couldn't shop or pack anymore, and I kept my bags packed and by the door all the time.
The baby stuff was a lot harder. I had 10 times too much stuff. The hospital had given me a checklist and I dutifully got everything in double and packed a huge suitcase. Tons of socks, bibs, hats, booties, 6 onesies and 6 sleepers per baby, little sweaters, safety sleeping sacks, blankets, hooded towels, washcloths, packs of diapers, baby shampoo, diaper rash ointment, cotton pads to use for changing (not wipes with chemicals), the whole contents of a nursery armoire. They were born at almost 36 weeks, spent over a week in the NICU because of hospital policy, and the only thing I actually needed was one little cotton hat per baby and a few onesies and sleepers. Everything else, like diapers and blankets, was furnished by the hospital. The first few days they were in incubators and had needles and tubes all over and didn't need any clothes. Once I got to dress them, there were a few spit-up or diaper-leak incidents and I took stuff home and washed it and ended up using only a few things. I never used the 2 preemie outfits I'd packed, too tight in the sleeves to get over their IVs and things. I probably could have gotten away with even less stuff if I'd swaddled them instead of dressing them but this was a French hospital and they would not let me (they said swaddling was a barbaric medieval practice!). Anyway, next time I have twins I swear I'll just take 2 hats, 4 sleepers and 6-8 onesies in newborn sizes, warm blankets for leaving the hospital, and nothing else.
You might call your hospital to find out what they provide. Some places give you everything; others are more spartan and expect you to bring your own diapers and paracetamol and soap etc.
I had a bag "packed" early with travel toiletries and my nursing bras. I had to add clothes the night before because I didn't have enough to spare to have them sitting in a suitcase for weeks.
For the babies, I just brought coming home outfits, and the boppies. The hospital supplies everything you need!
I also packed a "daybag" right before we went, that had my phone charger, laptop & charger, camera, batteries...
Lindsey & Michael 9/20/2009
Andrew & Benjamin: 4/20/2011
Good question. I'm at 31 weeks and need to get going on this, maybe this weekend when hubby is here.
@avasmommy - I like your idea about clothes at the last minute, I'm in the same boat with not enough to leave some things in a bag for who knows how long. I also love the reminder of the "day bag" contents. Those are the things I would forget and have to call someone for. lol
Unfortunately with bedrest others packed my bag, and when family came to visit (1mo on hosp bedrest) I usually asked them to bring things.
The main things you need: camera, charger, laptop (maybe), books to read (maybe), nursing bra, clorthes for you to come home in (I wore the hosp gown, less laundry for me, and easy to nurse in), and clothes for baby to come home in, everything else was provided for me.
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
I broke down and on my lunch break went to Walmart to buy some things for my bag. I guess I am officially starting mine today.
I didn't have enough clothes to spare either. As far as baby stuff went, I held off on buying clothes until after my last baby shower to see what I would get, therefore need. So I didnt even have clothes for them until the week before Christmas. It all happened so fast for us. I packed my bag as we were leaving for the hospital. I was there for nearly a week before having them. Our house was only a few miles away, so DH was able to pick up anything we forgot. We didn't even have our caresses yet!
They really gave us everything we needed. I wore the hosp gowns. It was just easier. They gave me pads for after delivery- the HUGE kind. Nursing pads, diapers, wipes, onsies, hats, lanolin... Our hospital, or I should say insurance, covered the cost of a new set of pumping supplies for the Medela... They gave me bottles to store bm in the freezer...
The things I used-- slippers, robe, toiletries, camera, sudoku, mp3 player with audio books, going home outfits for the babies. I left wearing what I came in, minus the shoes. My feet were so swollen I could only wear my house shoes when we left.
We really could have gotten away with not packing a diaper bag for them, because we took home what was left of the stuff they gave us.