Items you might forget...

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Items you might forget...

So I was thinking about the list of things that I might forget to buy before baby is here and since I haven't done this in 8 years I was hoping others could contribute to the list as well.

Here are my contributions:

Breast pads
Nose syringe

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Do you pump at all? If so, new tubing/etc. for your breast pump. A thermometer that's appropriate for a newborn. Those are my contributions, for now at least ;-).

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Tylenol-I forgot it!

Petroleum jelly for a boy (if circ)

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Stuff for mom!! You'll be recovering from giving birth, don't skimp on stuff for you.
I loved Always overnight pads with wings after I gave birth, they were fairly trim so I didn't completely feel like I was in a diaper Lol
Dermoplast! It's a pain relieving antiseptic spray. They gave it to me in the hospital with DD1 and it's a must! Some hospitals give it, others don't; either way I'd want one on hand just in case.
Stool softener! Another must for mom after delivery. I actually wasn't offered this after my first two but was SO glad I accepted with my son. Made 'things' easier Lol
Might as well get some moistened tucks pads too, much nicer to use after the birth than toilet paper and they feel pretty great in your underwear too, I think it helps reduce swelling in all areas.
Definitely remember the ibprofen for you too! Would hate to get home and realize we were out of that. The afterpains have been worse with each baby...I'm more afraid of that this time around than labor itself!
Of course remember to stock up on nursing pads, lanolin and the like...but I think most people remember those more than the 'other' stuff.

For DS' circ they used gauze squares and A&D on it

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Man, I never thought to use a tucks pad to wipe instead of tp! That would have been sooo much better!

I second the stool softener, but take a small dose at first. I took the dose it said to take and was sitting on the toilet for a while.

Grab as many of those net undies as you can from the hospital!

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How about a giant cup/mug/bottle/whatever for that unquenchable thirst when you're nursing?

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Camera and batteries for the camera

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I can tell you some things NOT to bring, magazines and what not! LOL with my first son I brought a ton of things to entertain me while in the hospital. I was way too busy having a BABY that I didn't read any of those, so it was like a waste to bring all that stuff. LOL this time im just bringing clothes, my OWN robe (im not wearing a hospital gown this time!) breast pads, and lanolin cream. everything else I'll take from the hospital (shampoo, pads, etc) hehe

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No kidding Melissa! I've never quite understood why they are on every 'bring to the hospital' list. I've never just had time to sit around and read in the hospital Lol I've barely had time to read and fill out all the required forms they give you after you have a baby. I did bring some knitting with DS and it was a nice distraction during labor but I never touched it after I gave birth. Between resting, baby care and all the stuff you have to do after the birth there was no time.
Make sure to bring the baby book though! They can put your baby's footprints in it when they are doing everything else, I always give it to the nurse while I'm still in labor and they put it by all the papers they need to fill out after the birth. Plus, if you do get a minute you can fill out some of the things in it.
I did like bringing a notebook too to jot down little things when I was in labor 'checked at ***am - * cm dilated' Though last time I had a GREAT nurse and she wrote it all down for me Smile

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Having had a c-section, it's funny how different some of the needs are. I was in the hospital five days with my c-section (eight days total) so I definitely needed something to do in between taking care of baby. I'm hoping to have my ipad by then to keep me entertained. I may have a vaginal birth this time so some of the tips for what mommy needs will be very helpful if I'm allowed to have a VBAC.

I second the robe thing. I loved having my robe at the hospital, especially for walks around the maternity floor. If I hadn't had a c-section I would have worn my own jammies too but maybe this time...

For us, I am planning on breastfeeding (hopefully this time I will be more successful), but I also plan to pump occasionally so I know I need to buy something like those Medela bags to store it.

There were quite a few things we didn't realize we needed until baby was here, but my mind is totally blanking right now.

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I can tell you some things NOT to bring, magazines and what not! LOL with my first son I brought a ton of things to entertain me while in the hospital. I was way too busy having a BABY that I didn't read any of those, so it was like a waste to bring all that stuff. LOL this time im just bringing clothes, my OWN robe (im not wearing a hospital gown this time!) breast pads, and lanolin cream. everything else I'll take from the hospital (shampoo, pads, etc) hehe

I had a different experience - my labour was 18 hours and was pretty boring in the beginning Smile Then after Claire was born I was in the hospital just the 2 of us for 2 days and I was bored out of my mind! I'll definitely be bringing a book and some knitting this time! And my laptop Smile
I second the robe and pjs, especially for after the birth, it's important to be comfortable. And bring slippers!!

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Bring your own pillow!!!!!

Also, a going home outfit for the baby. I bring slippers to wear at the hospital as well.

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I also liked the tucks wipes instead of tp.

Slippers you don't want to keep -- mine were filthy after.

I had to have a catheder in after so the blood leaked down it everywhere so I wore the hospital clothes and hospital panties :rolleyes: I would probably do the same stuff.

Presterilize some bottles. I never bought any because I planned on BF. DD wasn't latching by the time we left the hospital so we had to stop at Toys R us on the way home and pick some up and sterilize them and then make formula :rolleyes:

I had a bag of things to try in labour but mine was so quick that I might have smacked DH if he had suggested it. I was in hospital for 2 days after but I don't remember being bored.

Know what your hospital provides during you stay and what they don't. We got everything for pumping & a pump, pads, NB diapers, 24 hour access to a snack station but no toiletries.

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I would second the tucks pads, or for even cheaper just buy some witch hazel and make up removal pads-it is so soothing 'down there'. Good nursing bras too, don't forget those. No matter how prepared I am, I always forget something!