My Second installment of All Things Baby
Are you getting ready to pack for the hospital?
Trying to figure out what to bring? Don’t forget that you are only going for a couple days (or maybe 4) so there is no need to move in to the Hospital. Trust me…you’ll be ready to get out of there anyway. I have to say that I LOVED my hospital. My delivery and hospital stay were all great. I had considered finding a closer Dr since I moved halfway through my pregnancy, but after the delivery/Hospital experience I have decided to stick with my Dr. She is awesome and so is the Hospital (Plano Presbyterian) which is a “Baby Friendly” Hospital. In my mind, when looking for a good Dr., it’s just as important to make sure you like the hospital too. I could go on and on about this place, but I won’t…you get the point.
As for what to pack, here is a list I used to pack my own bags…ahemmm BaG
Packing Your Hospital Bag For Labor And Delivery
Getting ready for the big day? 2 big ticket items to take care of in advance: 1) Install the baby car seat and 2) pack your hospital bag. Avoid over-packing by using the list below.
- Health Insurance Card
- Ipod/Ipod Charger – Labor mix – I made a playlist of SPA Music. Seriously, I had the hub turn it on right before I started the long arduous 5 minute journey of pushing 🙂 The music was playing for the hour that we got to spend with the babe before bringing the family in to meet him. Talk about relaxing. I wish I had remembered to play it throughout the labor process.
- Ipod Speakers – I found a good cheap set at Bed Bath and Beyond…they worked great and were really small.
- Snacks for your partner
- Camera/video camera/charger
- Cell Phone/charger
- Laptop/charger – many hospitals have wifi
- Books/magazines – I tried to read a bit during labor, but couldn’t focus on it.
- Folder or Envelope to organize hospital and birth papers – You will get LOTS of papers/documents. This was a huge help keeping it all in one place.
- Bag to bring home hospital issue blankets, diapers, etc. – You get to take home the remaining diapers, wipes, blankets, etc… (make sure you have room in one of your bags to pack these items.
- Breast feeding pillow. I brought one, but didn’t need mine. I just set up lots of pillows in the bed to nurse.
- Hair brush
- Face wash
- Makeup — you’ll want to look nice in your pictures?
- Ponytail holder
Clothes for Mom
- Underwear (2) – you will probably wear the hospital issue disposable underwear
- Nursing bras (1)
- 1 outfit for hospital, although you will probably wear the hospital gown until you are discharged
- Going home outfit – comfy stretchy pants and roomy shirt
- Nipple ointment. Lansinoh cream is a must. Your hospital may give you a trial size tube, but it never hurts to bring some of your own just in case.
- Breast pads – Brought some, but did not need them as it takes a few days for your milk to come in anyway
- PILLOW – You will definitely want to bring your own pillow. Just make sure that any pillows you bring (for you and Hubby) have a colorful pillowcase on them otherwise you are likely to lose them.
Clothes for Baby
Baby will wear hospital issue kimono shirts, hats and swaddle blankets.
- Going home outfit – zip pj’s is probably the best option
- I kept the little guy in hospital issued shirt the entire time. Some like to bring an outfit or two for the babe to wear while in the hospital. I didn’treally see the need.
Clothes for Partner
- Slippers – you can’t walk around the hospital without shoes
- 2-3 Underwear
- Sweater/Jeans/Sweatshirt – The rooms can be a bit chilly…Bring a long sleeve t-shirt or sweatshirt just in case.
- Extra pillow – Don’t forget the colorful pillowcase 🙂
The hospital will likely issue you disposable diapers/pads for Mom, squirt bottle, disposable underwear, sanitary pads for bed/car/chairs, baby diapers, gauze and vaseline for circumcision dressing, swaddle blankets, hat, kimono shirts. The hospital may also issue you a bag to take things home, breast shields and tubing, SNS starter kit, formula, and nipples.