Our bag was done at 37 weeks both times. We stuck with the list out of the What to Expect Book. I took my own pillow, robe, nursing bra & pads, heavy duty maxi pads, socks, snacks for my husband (since they starve you), going home outfit for the baby and also a cute outfit for the baby in which they will take the "newborn photo" in. Of course your camera and cell-along with the chargers or extra batteries, the car seat, my own toiletries, hair clip and change of clothes for us both.
There were a couple things I didn't think of the first time around that I'll be sure to remember now: granny panties-I didn't expect to have a C-section. Where they stapled me up was right where my normal underwear sat and it was incredibly painful and swollen. I had my mother find me the biggest cheap granny's she could! Though they were hideous, they worked great that first week. Also I forgot my own razor. The ones they provided were awful
at 1:55 AM on Jul. 7, 2009