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What did you actually use in the hospital bag?

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I'm 35 weeks now and starting to get the hospital bag together. What items did you not use from the bag? What items were most helpful? 

Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM
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by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Clothing, pads, toiletries, phone charger, baby's clothes, pillows. :)
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Bumping it up  :)

by Platinum Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Book, phone charger, loose pajamas, flip flops, change for vending machines, hair dryer 

by Bronze Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Clothes for me and baby, chargers for sure! Personal toiletries that I didn't want the hospital's version of. Don't bother with things the hospital provides like diapers. 

by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Just an extra change of clothes for me
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Phone charger, comfy clothes, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, bodywash, and one baby outfit were all I ever used out if the bag.
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by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM
My pillow, gowns (hate the backless hospital ones) brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, pads, underwear, pair of sweats for going home, and baby's going home outfit plus phone and phone charger.
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Sweats, chargers, pillows, snacks, toiletries, snacks, I was starving. Pads, makeup for the post baby pics.
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by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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For labor

  • picture ID (driver's license or other ID), yourinsurance card, and any hospital paperworkyou need
  • Your birth plan, if you have one
  • Eyeglasses, if you wear them. Even if you usually wear contact lenses, you may not want to deal with them while you're in the hospital.
  • Toiletries: Pack a few personal items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush and comb, makeup, and a hair band or barrettes. Hospitals usually provide soap, shampoo, and lotion, but you might prefer your own.
  • bathrobe, a nightgown or two, slippers, and socks. Hospitals provide gowns and socks for you to use during labor and afterward, but some women prefer to wear their own. Choose a loose, comfortable gown that you don't mind getting dirty. It should be either sleeveless or have short, loose sleeves so your blood pressure can be checked easily. Slippers and a robe may come in handy if you want to walk the halls during labor.
  • Whatever will help you relax. Here are some possibilities: your own pillow (use a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn't get mixed up with the hospital's pillows), music and something to play it on, a picture of someone or something you love, anything you find reassuring. If you're going to be induced, think about bringing some reading material because it may be a while before labor is underway.

For your partner/labor coach

  • camera or video camera with batteriescharger, and memory card (or film or tape). Someone has to document the big event! (Note: Not all hospitals allow videotaping of the birth itself, but there's usually no rule against taping during labor or after the birth.)
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable shoes and a few changes of comfortable clothes
  • Snacks and something to read
  • Money for parking and change for vending machines
  • bathing suit. If you want to take a bath or shower during labor, you may want your partner to get in with you to support you or rub your back.
  • After you deliver

    • A fresh nightgown, if you prefer to wear your own
    • list of people to call and their phone numbers, your cell phone and charger or, if you'll be using the hospital phone, a prepaid phone card. After your baby's born, you or your partner may want to call family and friends to let them know the good news. Bring a list of everyone you'll want to contact so you don't forget someone important when you're exhausted after delivery.
    • Snacks! After many hours of labor, you're likely to be pretty hungry, and you may not want to rely solely on hospital food. So bring your own – crackers, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, or whatever you think you'll enjoy. A bottle of nonalcoholic champagne might be fun for celebrating, too.
    • Comfortable nursing bras or regular bras. Whether or not you choose to breastfeed, your breasts are likely to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in, which can happen anytime during the first several days after delivery. A good bra can provide some comfort, and breast pads can be added to help absorb leaks.
    • Several pairs of maternity underpants. Some women love the mesh underwear usually provided by the hospital, but others don't. You can't go wrong with your own roomy cotton underpants. The hospital will provide sanitary pads because you'll bleed after delivery. Make sure you have a supply of heavy-duty pads waiting at home!
    • book on newborn care. The hospital will probably provide you with a book, but you may prefer your own. Of course, the postpartum nurses will be there to answer questions and show you how to change, hold, nurse, and bathe your newborn if you need guidance.
    • Photos of your other children. When they come to visit, they'll see that you haven't forgotten them.
    • Gifts for older siblings. Some parents bring gifts for the new baby to "give" to big brothers and sisters.
    • A notepad or journal and pen or pencil. Track your baby's feeding sessions, write down questions you have for the nurse, note what the pediatrician tells you, jot down memories of your baby's first day, and so on. Some people bring a baby book so they can record the birth details right away.
    • A going-home outfit. Bring something roomy and easy to get into (believe it or not, you'll probably still look 5 or 6 months pregnant) and a pair of flat, comfortable shoes.

    For your baby

    • An installed car seat. You can't drive your baby home without one! Have the seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle your baby in correctly.
    • A going-home outfit. Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn't have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool. Make sure the legs on your baby's clothes are separate so the car seat strap can fit between them.
    • receiving blanket. The hospital will provide blankets for swaddling your baby while you're there, but you may want to bring your own to tuck around your baby in the car seat for the ride home. Make it a heavy one if the weather's cold.

by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I packed make up and razors...I have no idea why. Don't bother with those things, lol. This last time, I didnt even pack "real" clothes. I was discharged in my jammies.
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