Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hospital Bag

We're very fortunate that Justin's company is so amazing because he has been able to work from home and help me actually stick to my bedrest. It's crazy that I have to rely on someone to make my meals and basically do everything around the house -- I'm not used to this! He's been incredible always!

Today I made a list of things that I need packed for the ever important "hospital bag." I've checked out a few websites that offer suggestions on what to bring, but the problem is that those lists are very extensive! Do I really need a back massager, a blow-up neck pillow and a roll of toilet paper from my own home? I doubt it. So, just in case anybody cares, here's a list of what I intend on bringing. I'm sure I'm missing things, but I'll figure it out as I pack...

for me
socks, slippers, underwear, pads and a robe
wireless bras
pillow (I'll keep it in the car until I need it)
rubber bands & hair clips
chapstick, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, moisturizer, body lotion, deodorant
toothbrush & toothpaste
a towel & washcloth -- supposedly the ones provided by the hospital aren't up to snuff...
camera, video camera & charger
laptop -- I actually need to see if the hospital has wifi...
something comfy to go home

for the babies
going home outfits
receiving blankets -- I know the hospital provides some, but I like my cute ones!
car seats (obviously)

I'd love to hear suggestions from other moms & moms-to-be on what to bring or not to bring!


Rae said...

I don't think you need to bring pads. When I had DD, the hospital provided me with all the pads I needed. I even took the rest home. Also, I just wore the slipper socks they gave me and didn't worry about socks or slippers. And, I wouldn't bring your own washcloth and towel. I thought the hospital ones were fine. Plus, when you're done with them you throw them in the hamper and get new ones. If you have your own, then you'll have to wait for them to dry and then reuse them a few times. Everything else on your list sounds great though. It's all on my list too. :)

Mrs. Goodson...Woo Hoo!! said...

Don't forget stuff for your hubby; he is going to be there with you overnight probably so he will need to pack a few things as well.

Sara said...

I had a c-section and after the second day, they finally let me shower and put my pajamas on since my catheder was out. Bring a set of comfy pjs AND something to come home in. ;-)

Erin said...

I totally agree about using all the hospital stuff you can -- the pads, the hospital disposable underwear, the towels, etc. Definitely easier to have the hospital laundry service wash your bloody towels (sorry if TMI!).

Comfortable pajamas/nursing pajamas/tank tops -- don't forget you're going to have a bunch of visitors and you'll probably be more comfortable if you are in your own clothes after the first day or two.

I would also bring a big box -- you're probably going to get a lot of flowers, and flowers are top-heavy in waterless vases, so the box will keep them contained on the trip home.

Meant to be a mom said...

It sounds like you have it all down. I will have to look back at your blog when its time for me to pack and re-read this.

LDRN said...

I agree about the pads/undies & towel/washcloth (I'm an L&D nurse, and every hospital has less for you to pack/manage & have to wash later)
Also, if you are nursing, nursing bras & tanks, nursing pads, Lansinoh cream, etc...
Baby books (if you have them) to put stats & footprints's amazing how fast you forget things. Or if you don't have any yet, get some cardstock or heavy paper (fold in half) & put the important lines on one side (birth time & date, length, weight) and the footprints on the other side.
Flip flops for the shower.
Stuff for your DH (clothes to wear, including a sweatshirt b/c pregnant women like coldness and you'll have severe hormonal changes after birth that makes you sweat like crazy), changes for the vending machines, etc.
A few DVDs for your laptop or portable DVD player...
LOVE the box idea!!
And for sure comfy clothes for you. You will have company (I'm 99% sure of it), and you'll want to be decent and feel more comfortable in your own clothes.
If you have anymore questions, I'll be glad to help!
resmrn at gmail

bella grace photography said...

We took our own baby gowns, onsies and some cute gymboree layette items for the girls to wear in the hospital instead of those paper shirts they wear...also get some really tiny sock for those precious feet of theirs..
good luck!!
extra things for the babies would not be a bad idea..

J said...

The hospital pads that seemed weird to type but they were much better than what you can buy at the store. I only needed the hospital variety the first 2-3 days after both my vaginal births. I personally wouldn't bother bringing your own towel & wash cloth. Your own TP isn't necessary (if you have a vaginal birth you won't be doing a lot, if any, wiping TRUST ME). BUT I would bring a box of nice kleenex, the hospital stuff is like sand paper.
Good Luck!!

Jennifer said...

Thank you all so mucnh for the helpful suggestions!! I will definitely be re-writing my packing list :-) You ladies rock!!

DonnaK said...

Hey, I just wanted to add that you may want to have some baby nail clippers and some of those little mittens so they don't scratch their little faces!! I could not believe how long my first daughters nails were at birth and we definitely had to cut them...(some mommies bite their babies nails so they don't cut their little fingers) The little mittens are wonderful, because it doesn't take them long to get that little face scratched up!!

kmcclelland said...

Definitely bring PJs! I ended up bringing 3 pairs of PJ bottoms...send DH to Kohl's a few weeks ahead of time and had him buy Lg/XL (even though I typically wear Med) b/c I knew my belly wouldn't be gone and I had a c-section, so didn't want anything tight around my scar. I was in the hospital for 4 days and each day I word a pair of PJ bottoms, then the "gown" as a top (their gowns were handy for tops b/c they're loose and have the neck tie so it's easy to wear them if your pumping or breastfeeding.

I did bring slippers...the kind with rubber bottoms so I could wear them as "shoes" when I walked around.