What should pregnant moms pack in their hospital bags?

Hi moms!

I'm Melisa and I write about pregnancy in Daily Buzz -- I'm writing a post on hospital bag essentials and, since you've been there, I'd love your input! What were things you took and found to be helpful? Or things looking back you wish you had taken? Not just the basics, like clothes for the baby and nursing pads, but any surprising things? Thanks for sharing with and helping other moms-to-be!

Cafe Melisa

Asked by Cafe Melisa at 8:46 AM on Nov. 11, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Crossword puzzle books or something to keep you and dad entertained

    Answer by sbastille at 8:52 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • Video/Digital Camera are def a must!

    Answer by Steph319 at 8:56 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • I wish I would have taken a cd player with my fav cds

    Answer by Steph319 at 8:57 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • the thing i wish i took was an extra robe... the hospital robe was so cold... but the thing i could't live without was my warm fuzzy slippers...

    Answer by ilovenikhil at 9:04 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • hair conditioner my hair was sooo knotted up after 11 hrs of labor and the little sample ones did nothing lol and slippers


    Answer by whitenena at 9:06 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • My advise is not to over pack. I wasn't sure, so had too much. Jammies aren't necessary. I'd recommend using the hospital ones since you'll be bleeding so much and don't want to ruin them. Food for hubby is nice if it's a long labor. Socks or slippers are good. an outfit for baby and a blanket. One nurse gave us a blanket to use for the dog to get him used to her smell, but the other had a fit about me using one to take her home. Just depends on the nurse. Hosp will give you all the baby supplies you will need.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:16 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • snacks for the hubby that way he has less reasons to leave

    Answer by Nicsone at 9:16 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • Hair doo-dads to scrape your hair back with.
    LIP BALM!!!

    (for me, I had heartburn like a mo-fo during labor, so I had my MIL bring me a massive bottle of tums so I didn't pay $5 per antacid in the hospital).

    I also recommend buying some REALLY comfy jammies with button-up tops that you won't mind throwing away. Buy them in your Six-Month pregnancy size. I had a ton of visitors and wouldn't have wanted to greet them in a hospital gown, but I did have to toss the 3 pairs of jammies I brought with me.

    Answer by Avarah at 9:27 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • Hospital Check List:
    Nursing pads
    1 package of maxi pads with wings
    3-4 pairs of cotton undies(soft and stretchy)
    Maternity outfit to wear home
    Cute night Gown (for self reasons)
    Loose sweats
    2 pairs of socks
    Toothbrush & toothpaste
    Face wash
    Mild body soap
    Hair ties
    Lip balm
    Bring ben some snacks
    Camera(bring charging dock)
    Ben's ipod(make sure its charged)
    Magazine or book
    Cell phone(make sure that's charged also)
    The Baby Bag:
    Night Gown
    Going home outfit
    Sweater or snowsuit
    Baby cap or hat
    Booties or socks
    Mittens to keep baby from scratching face
    Few diapers
    Travel baby wipes
    Bring Hayden a bag that she has never ever seen stuffed with new toys

    Answer by ryanlynn at 9:28 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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  • MOST hospitals give you some of this stuff.But I never ever want to be without because i dont like assuming im gonna get free things

    Answer by ryanlynn at 9:30 AM on Nov. 11, 2008

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