After my post last week I've had a few people asking what I packed in my hospital bag so I thought I would do a short list.
When preparing for Shelby I asked a lot of friends what they packed, along with reading blogs and books.
In the end there were things we packed that we didn't need and things we should have packed.
I thought I would do a short list on what you don't need and what you do need.
As I've said before, everyone has a different experience so what I needed might be different for others.
I had a baby in the NICU, which not everyone experiences.
My advice to every soon to be mom is to pack as if you did, because you never know your circumstances.
* Clothes - pack clothes for your baby to go home in. I chose a prissy outfit because that's just who I am. Others choose to have their baby travel home in sleepers or a onesie. I think it depends on your personality and the time of year your baby is born.
As for other clothes for your baby while in the hospital. You could bring a sleep sack if you prefer, but mainly they stay in the clothes the hospital provides, especially if you're having them sleep in the nursery at night.
When it comes to clothes for Mom pack a couple of comfy outfits and at least one set of pajamas.
As for pants, you're going to still be in maternity clothes so pack some of your pants from at least your second trimester. As for pajamas, I would suggest a gown over something with pants. Your tummy will be sore and you're not going to want anything cutting into it.
Again, I didn't do this and regretted it.
I would also pack some sort of shoes other than slippers or the ones you're going home in. This again, is in case you're in the position to where you have to visit your baby in the nursery or NICU. It doesn't hurt when you have visitors too.
What NOT to pack is a robe. I just KNEW I was going to wear my newly monogrammed robe and slippers while in the hospital. Well, I'm here to tell you. I'm glad I didn't.
It might be TMI, but you have a lot of blood and other fluids making their way out of you and anything you are wearing could be ruined.
For that first day stick with the items the hospital provides. Yes, that includes underwear. They might be weird but wear them until after you get home.
* Electronics - I had been told all sorts of things to bring. I had this vision of Brad and I sitting in the delivery room listening to music, watching TV and surfing the net.
We packed an IPOD docking station, laptop, video camera, camera and God knows what else.
All we used was our IPhones, video camera, camera and Kindle. Again, everyone has a different experience.
* Other items - several people told me that they waited to shower until they got home. I did not. I felt gross and had to shower so I suggest a pair of shower shoes and whatever toiletries you use at home. I knew I wasn't going to wash and blow dry my hair so I brought dry shampoo and yes, even makeup(which I didn't use).
I also suggest bringing a BOPPY. I didn't do that either. I was told the hospital would provide one. They didn't.
* Breast feeding paraphernalia - I had planned to breast feed and had all sorts of items with me including nipple cream, a nursing tank and nursing bra. Of course, I chose not to nurse. All I can say is save your receipts on those items. I'm sure glad I did.
The only other thing I would suggest you bring with you is your baby book and some sort of file for paperwork.
The reason for the baby book is so they can do footprints in there(even though they provide another document), and the file will give you something to put all of the paperwork that they give you during your stay. You'll refer back to a lot of that in the weeks afterward.
Not the most exciting post but hopefully helpful!
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