Monday, July 30, 2012

Hospital Packing List

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It is major baby-prep week here for me. In fact, if this girl comes the same timing as my other two girls, she will come today. So this week I am posting all things baby and baby prep. Today is the hospital bag.

With Brayden, my first, I scoured every suggested list I could find and packed accordingly. After he was born, I realized we had way too much stuff and then amended my list. When Kaitlyn was born, we had it all just right. When McKenna came along, we went off of our perfected list, but her labor was so much longer that we realized we would have liked some things we had packed with Brayden. 

This is my current list of things I think I need for the hospital. What you will need will vary based on your own personal preferences and your hospital. My hospital seems to provide a lot of what is found on many lists, so I don't need to worry about it. If you are delivering in a hospital you have never delivered in, it would be a good idea to ask the hospital or a friend who has delivered there what to expect for your stay.

I would love to hear what you find essential for your hospital/birthing center/homebirth. Please share in the comments!

Essentials For Me
  • Scriptures
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • iPad
  • iPod
  • Book
  • Notebook and pen
  • Journal
  • Pillow
  • Earplugs
  • Toiletries
  • Underwear
  • PJ pants
  • Robe
  • Going home outfit
  • Boppy
  • Nursing bra
  • Lansinoh
  • Pump
  • Nursing pads
  • Camera
I have my entertainment items. My phone and various i-things along with my scriptures and a good book or two is more than enough to keep my mind entertained. My husband and I typically spend a lot of the time visiting with each other anyway, so I don't really need much. My notebook and pen are so I can keep notes of things that come to my mind. When I sit still, my mind starts planning. 

I love having my own pillow with me no matter where I am sleeping. I even took my own pillow to Hawaii. I sleep best with my own pillow, so it comes along. I also sleep best at the hospital with earplugs to block out any hospital noise. 

With Brayden, I didn't have my own PJ pants or a nursing bra. It was okay--I survived without it all, but by McKenna, I had those things with me and just liked it so much more. I like my hospital's gown just fine, but I like to have some pants on underneath and a robe is nice if you want to get up and wander about. 

I have always had a boppy for each child, and I love it. The lansinoh and nursing pads are not necessary--the hospital has them--but I bring mine along "just in case." In case of what? I am not sure. I just do. The pump is something I bring because my pump hooks up to the hospital's several-thousand-dollar electronic pumps. I can use those for free, but it will cost my insurance about 100-150 dollars if I don't bring my own pump along. 

The camera and going home outfit are obvious.

Oh, and let me just say, I shower every day at the hospital. I can never tell you enough how much I love to shower. Showering makes me happy.

Essentials For Husband
  • Scriptures
  • Phone
  • Book
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Underwear
  • PJs

My husband is obviously a little less maintenance than I am, but hey, I am the one who just gave birth right? He has no breastfeeding issues going on (among other things).

Essentials For Baby
  • Carseat
  • Going home outfit
  • Blanket
  • Diaper bag
  • Finger nail clippers

This is really an area the hospital pretty much covers. I basically only need what I need for the drive home.

Oh, and while looking for a picture for this post I found this cute printable list you can check out if interested:
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That is my list. What is on your list?

18 comments:

Christi said...

Looks like a great list...just wanted to wish you good luck on the impending birth! :)

Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...

Good luck!! I am excited for you!

I think chapstick and a hair tie / scrunchie deserve a separate entry although they're technically under toiletries.

Also, along with camera, either the charger or extra batteries.

A birth plan to give to the nurse if you have one, and also any info for any studies you're participating in that want cord blood (this probably doesn't apply to most people, but it's also super easy to forget to inform the nurses to contact the people in those studies). Or, a cord blood donation plan if you're donating it.

Along the PJ pants and robe lines, I never minded the hospital gowns but did like having my own slippers / indoor sandals to wear when roaming the halls afterwards.

Your list looks great though and covers everything - these are just ideas others could need. Good luck, I'll be thinking of you!!!!

Janice Schmidt said...

Enough underwear, pads, clothes, etc. in case of an extended hospital stay. I was discharged on schedule, but DD was kept in the NICU days. They gave me a room to stay in so I could be there all the time and BF, but as I was discharged I was on my own for pads, gowns, etc. I almost didn't have enough and it's easier not to send DH to get more!

Janice Schmidt said...

She was kept 4 days. The number got deleted!

Michelle said...

I personally prefer the my brest friend nursing pillows to a boppy any day.
I love seeing people's lists because with a 27 weeker we didn't have a hospital bag packed!

Ron and Tiffany said...

Don't want to be gross or anything, but I definitely bring my own pads. The ones the hospital has are uncomfortable, and I find mine to be more absorbent anyway. A friend suggested just wearing Depends for the first day or two. Not sure whether I'll try that with #3 or not -- it depends (teehee) on how bad things are. Interesting suggestion anyway, though.

abslyhoff said...

My advice: less is more. Most hospitals (and you can check with yours) provide almost everything you need aside from clothes, toiletries, and the essentials for taking baby home. Also, I want to kindly say that providing copies of "birth plans" will only give the nursing staff a good chuckle :) Things don't always go to plan… so communicate what you want and be willing to be flexible if necessary!

Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...

I completely agree that things always (in fact, usually!) don't go according to the birth plan. With my first, I had to totally scrap "the plan".

I chatted with a friend who was a labor and delivery nurse, and she said they are actually very helpful because they "give them an idea of the type of patient you are." In that case, not providing them with a birth plan also gives them an idea.

Some things on birth plans are important, too, in case you forget to tell the staff. For example, I developed hives after the birth of my son and thereafter did not want to use Tucks or Dermoplast with subsequent births. This kind of thing was not necessarily in my medical record but was still pretty important to me to tell the nurses when I had my second child!

So yes, sometimes having a birth plan is useless, but it can be helpful for basic information and to help the nurses know best the types of things you might like or want, what will make you comfortable or uncomfortable, etc.

Chrysti Hedding said...

I called my birth plan a "wish list" because I knew it wasn't going to go exactly to plan (and it didn't!)

One thing I couldn't live without in my hospital/home birth bag was Arnica tablets. They help with healing internal bruises and other injuries. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=arnica

Laura Cherry said...

Great list! The only thing we have on ours in addition would be nurse/doctor gifts. When I asked several of my L&D friends what they appreciated most during their work day, hands down every one of them said that it made them feel extremely special when a family brought a long (or delivered later) a token of their appreciation - no matter how small. My sister had a 24 weeker in the NICU for 4 months, and we would sneak bags of m&m's in for the nurses. They LOVED it. When we had our first son, I created little gift baskets for the nurses and the attending OB. I just put homemade jam, a homemade peppermint candle, and hand-dipped chocolates in them. This time around (we're 26 weeks now with twin boys) I'm opting for homemade peppermint body scrub, a candle, and probably something a little more manly for my male OB just in case he does wind up delivering. ; p Maybe new golf balls or something. Ha! But we just keep this bag in our truck so it's there and we don't have to think about it. After babies arrive, my husband will run down and grab it. Oh and I also bring along a few 'thank you' cards for the RN's in Mother/Baby and anyone else who pitches in during the process. :) Good luck and best wishes on the upcoming wee one!!

Caroline said...

Yay! So exciting! Like Michelle said, with my second I brought my "Brest friend" nursing pillow instead of the boppy! I LOVED IT! I have a long torso, and I personally felt like it helped to not feel like I was slouching as much while breast feeding (aka--it didn't hurt my back/shoulders!) Thanks for the info about the pump! It hadn't really occurred to me about the extra cost (Hah! Silly--I know!)

Jennifer said...

I love the idea of thank you cards for nurses. I always try to be very appreciative of everything they do, but a card and/or a small gift is extra nice.

I also added wearing a nursing bra under the gown for babies #2 & #3. It helps me feel much more human.

Flip flops for wearing around the room and it the shower were a must for me. I also bring in my own helpful snacks--particularly prunes. It helps keeps things nice and soft in a sensitive area, you know? I eat about 1/2 a bag a day for the first week or so after baby is born and have found that is more effective than stool softeners!

Good luck!!

santosh kumar said...

Wonderful piece of information ”ibps”, this is just the kind of information that i had been looking for now and I would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again and if u have anything related to pnr status , and watch movies online , Results , interiors it will be of great use

santosh kumar said...

Wonderful piece of information ”ibps”, this is just the kind of information that i had been looking for now and I would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again and if u have anything related to pnr status , and watch movies online , Results , interiors it will be of great use

Tayshelton said...

I'm due August 24, with a tentative eviction date of August 17. (Hoping the little guy will come before that's necessary, though!)

Here's what I'm packing:

Birth plan
Crackers, lollipops, gatorade, bananas
Cooler for Dad
Ipod (Hypnobabies tracks)
Hypnobabies Quick Reference Guide
Toiletries
Comfy clothes
Underclothes
Medela Nipple Cream
Coming-home outfit
Socks
Flip flops
Camera
Cell phone
Lap top
Chargers
2-4 pillows
Birth Ball
Car seat

We waaaay overpacked for our daughter's birth, so we're trying to keep it light this time. :-) Best of luck to you!

Plowmanators said...

Thank you everyonefor your comments! Lots of great ideas and additions. I love the thank you card/Gift idea. And the socks/slippers/flip flops. I had that for the others and forgot! Thanks for the great additions.

Amanda said...

I am super low maintenance. For my second I wore the outfit I'd give birth in (birthcenter), then brought yoga pants, jeans (yes I'm a freak and walk out wearing my jeans), 2 shirts, socks and underwear, my own pads (I agree with pp, these are a must!), nursing bra, nursing pads, bible, book, purse with ipod and phone of course, and that's about it I think. I was only there to give birth though and then happily went home. If I had to stay longer than a day I'd likely pack a boppy pillow and maybe some other things too.

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

When Kaitlyn was born, we had it all just right. When McKenna came along, we went off of our perfected list, but her labor was so much longer that we realized we would have liked some things we had packed with Brayden. removals north london

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