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Hospital bag!

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2015 at 6:47 PM
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Tomorrow I will be 31 weeks. I'm getting my check list ready for the hospital/labor bag.

What are somethings to put on my check list? My fourth baby but it always seems I either forget something or I forget my bag.

Also when is a good time to make sure the bag is packed and ready to go? I had my first at 36weeks, and the second and third babies were born at 37/38 weeks.
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mcmlxxxv
by Bronze Member on Nov. 16, 2015 at 8:28 PM
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Clothes for you and baby (and daddy if he's present)
Baby mittens for scratchy nails
Phone charger
Snacks
Chapstick
Headband and hair ties
Brush, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.
I think that's pretty much all I used. DH was the one who wished he had packed more!
amberlynn1118
by Member on Nov. 16, 2015 at 9:06 PM
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Haha. Thanks. I always make lists and plan and still feel like I'm forgetting something and then I tend to over pack. So I made the posts hoping to get ideas to go through my list to make sure nothing is missing and I don't end up over packing and my fiancé think I'm crazy

Quoting mcmlxxxv: Clothes for you and baby (and daddy if he's present)
Baby mittens for scratchy nails
Phone charger
Snacks
Chapstick
Headband and hair ties
Brush, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.
I think that's pretty much all I used. DH was the one who wished he had packed more!
kajira
by Emma on Nov. 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM
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PRobably 35 weeks or so. as to the rest, I don't know. I jus hae my husband bring me crap once i'm stuck there. LOL 

godsgirl26
by Charmaine on Nov. 16, 2015 at 11:44 PM
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Thank for this post. I was going to post the same thing lol.
incheck4real
by Member on Nov. 17, 2015 at 2:26 AM
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I always bring nipple cream, my own pads, tucks pads to go into my pads for swelling, depends adult diapers because then you just throw the whole thing away I hate hospital stretchy panties, my boppy, nursing cover, an inflatable donut pillow to sit on I had to have one with my episiotomy and I promised myself I would always bring one just incase plus they make the ride home so much nicer, I take prunes with me to eat in the hospital I don't want to get constipated post partum ever again it was one of the monst painful things ever, I also take my own pillow because I can hardly sleep without it.

I pack between 34-35 weeks.
mommy2bRN007
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2015 at 6:27 AM
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Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, ect)
Clothes
Charger
My camera
Slippers
And I bring the diaper bag packed for baby.

I'm 37w2d and my bag still isn't packed. Lol I'll do it soon.
Heathersb33
by Member on Nov. 17, 2015 at 7:04 AM
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Nice comfy socks and a pair of comfy clothes when you have visitors so you have something to wear besides those nice hospital gowns. Definitely phone and charger and a few outfits for baby since you don't know exactly how big they will be and what would fit best.
Mommyof2n0308
by Bronze Member on Nov. 17, 2015 at 7:45 AM
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Haha I'm the same. With my first I was like 25 weeks.. ended up b having a csection.. this my 3rd and I have a scheduled csec to on dec 4 if I haven't gone into labor..but I'm just like oh well... I'll do it later lol

Quoting mommy2bRN007: Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, ect)
Clothes
Charger
My camera
Slippers
And I bring the diaper bag packed for baby.

I'm 37w2d and my bag still isn't packed. Lol I'll do it soon.
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HunnyBabie
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2015 at 9:44 AM
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I'm going backward here:

I'd put it in the car when you feel like you're getting close.  As long as there's nothing perishable in the bag, it could stay in the car for weeks w/o a problem (Oh, IDK where you live, you might need to consider things in it freezing as well???).  But you could make a mini bag of things that need to stay at room temp and hang it near (or on the back of) the front door.

Here are my lists
For labor/delivery/recovery (right around when the baby's born): 

  • Hair ties (ponytails/clips/hairband)
  • Feet: socks and/or slippers (flip flops?)
  • lotion (light fragrance I like at the time)
  • phone (charged) and/or camera and/or contact list (ppl to call when labor starts, when baby is born, the next day)
  • gatorade or electrolyte solution
  • birthing plan (2-3 copies: one for me/DH and one for the nurse/midwife)
  • "Position Statement" article (an article I found on labor and birthing positions a long time ago)
  • music?  Sometimes I like the idea and sometimes I feel like it's too much of a waste of time.  I like the idea of 2 playlists a fun one to help me feel good early on and a more soothing/relaxing one to help me relax when things get tense during hard labor.
  • Anything else I think will help me feel better and/or be more comfortable during early/active labor, pushing, and/or right after the baby's born.

Hospital stay:

  • stuff for washing (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, washcloth); I use coconut oil and baking soda nowadays though
  • lotion (from l/d/r list), anti-bacterial gel (my hospital has dispensers all over the place now), deodorant
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • hair brush & hair ties (from l/d/r list)
  • pajamas (nursing friendly)
  • 2 nursing bras (I only stay 24 hours, so that's one for after L&D and a backup) & nursing pads (12-24 disposable)
  • 2 panties (my hospital provides them, but I feel like I haven't packed right if I don't put them in)
  • slippers (from l/d/r list)
  • notebook & pen (for jotting down notes, what nurses/drs say, stuff to remember to tell ppl, things that come to mind in the middle of the night that I don't want to forget, etc)
  • phone card (in wallet) & phone #s (in purse)  This is an old list.

Going home:

  • nursing top
  • maternity pants
  • nursing bra & pads
  • panties
  • shoes (the ones I wore to the hospital)

For the baby:

  • baby book for footprints, info, etc
  • going home outfit
  • socks
  • a few diapers (I live a long, long way from the hospital)
  • wipes
  • receiving blanket
  • warm blanket (depending on weather/time of year)

I also have a list of stuff for the hospital stay, but my hospital provides everything for the baby (diapers, shirt, receiving blankets, washcloths for wiping, etc) for their entire stay.

I hope this is helpful somehow. =)

Azure
by Group Admin on Nov. 17, 2015 at 11:03 AM
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Camera, batteries, extra socks for you, clothes for you and baby, toothbrush, hairbrush, toothpaste, deoderent, bottled water, jello cups, your own pillow. Those hospital pillows are the pits.

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