Ever since my 30th week of pregnancy (when my body decided to go crazy and send me to Labor and Delivery three times in a week), I’ve been thinking about my hospital bag. When I was pregnant with Madeline, my hospital bag was packed differently. I knew I’d be in the hospital for a long stay, and that I most likely wouldn’t be leaving the hospital at the same time as my baby. This time I am hopefully only going to be in the hospital for a few days, and Binky will be coming home with me. I realized I had no idea what to pack.
I turned to twitter for advice and got TONS of ideas. I realized that a lot of what I brought when I was on hospital bed rest would still apply. One key difference this time is that I’ll be able to wear my own clothes (if I want) instead of hospital gowns. I can’t stress how awesome this is. I get weekly updates about my pregnancy from TheBump.com, so I skipped ahead a few weeks (ironically to week 35, where I am now) to see what they suggested for a hospital bag. Their list is great – they list by essentials, the stuff you don’t HAVE to have but might want, and the stuff to leave at home. It helped me whittle down a lot of my list.
So this is the final-ish list of what’s in my hospital bag:
Um. So. Yeah. What does Mike need? I don’t have any idea if he needs anything special. When I was on hospital bed rest, Mike came and went as necessary. This time he’ll stay with me and Binky the entire time, so I want to be sure to have everything he might need.
As is my way, I’m now wondering what else I’ve forgotten. I had a phone list packed, but then we signed up for this awesome service that will call all our friends and family for us. Instead of a notebook and pen and a separate DVD player, I’m bringing a laptop that functions as all those things.
What am I forgetting? Help a mama out!
Also, today is the 11th, which means 11% of all sales made today at Kinga’s Kreations will be donated to Friends of Maddie!
I’m a little out of practice with my youngest now 15, but you may need some nappy rash/dry skin cream for the darling Bink. Also your least precious underwear and some comfortable , er, *pads* (hospital ones are like mattresses). Some nice scented shower gel or soap for you. First thing I did after my second was born (ok, maybe not quite the first) was to have a lovely hot shower and get cleaned up. If you can’t shower post-op then some talc or body spray?
Wishing you and Mike luck on this stage of your journey, and thinking of you. xx
Nancy Smego says:
Cell phone chargers!
Mike should probably have a toothbrush & some snacks. My hubby rarely went home when I was in the hospital. He might want a blanket & pillow too. Those hospital
rooms can be chilly.
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Lotion? The hospital kind sucks and you don’t want to smell like hospital. Contact lenses liquid? Eye drops if your eyes tend to get dry. A brush? A toothbrush? Chargers for your cameras/phones/laptop? At the very least, batteries. Also long distance hugs and good thoughts from us, your readers.
His Incredible Hulk doll? I mean Collectible Action Figure!
If he’s not going home much, shaving creme?
I actually did think of one that might be really good. Maybe he should have a small notebook and pen in case he is inspired with a song idea. Even if he has voice memo on his cell phone, he might get a good inspiration when you and Binky are asleep and he’d want to be quiet then. … I’m excited (not in a jinxy way) for you guys!
what a great idea!!!
No advice on the bag packing (no experiance) just getting excited for you!
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I think your list looks good- definitely bring a phone charger. That phone service is.awesome!! Seriously, where were these services 3 years ago when I had my youngest? I’m mad that *I* didn’t think of that as a business idea. Brilliant!
I KNOW. I said the same thing. We’d be millionaires! Or at least thousandaires.
Hundredaires? OK we’d have more money than we do now!
A water bottle so you can keep hydrated.
Take extra clothes for Binky, newborn babies tend to poo right through their outfits – that lovely tar stuff goes everywhere!
For Mike, His pillow, its much easier to sleep on your own pillow i’ve found!
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Conditioner! Hospitals don’t usually have it. I was able to shower the day after my c-section and having my own products was so much nicer.
I brought the baby book. You have plenty of time to write in it during a c-section recovery. My son’s (who was a c-section baby) book is much more filled out than my daughter’s book (quick VBAC).
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So excited for you!!!! My hubs was freezing when our son was born. So I would say a hoodie for Mike as well. Also toiletries, and underwear. And maybe some snacks. You also might want to do a burp cloth or two for binky as well. OH! and take EVERYTHING that they give you home! the blue bulb sucker thing, extra diapers, pads, etc. Hope this helped! Again, so VERY excited for ya’ll!
That blue sucker thing from the hospital is the best in town, and you can’t buy it anywhere!!!!! They will charge you for it anyway, so steal it!!!!!!!!!
I agree…that blue sucker is NOT duplicated in stores
I, in fact, asked for a second one while in the hospital. So I wouldn’t have to keep track of just one at home.
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OMG!! I was SO going to say the blue sucker thingy ROCKS!! Pretend to lose it everyday that you are in the hospital and get like 3 or 4 to take home, because you will literally use it for years!! LOL Everytime I come at my 10 year old daughter with it, she gets a litte freaky. lol (just kidding, of course)!! Nothing compares to Mr. Blue nose sucker. So excited for you guys!
Debra @ A Frugal Friend says:
Lotion…….that’s what I couldn’t have lived without. I made sure that I had an awesome one right by me……..it smelled great (pumkin I think).
For baby Footprints: A piece of scrapbook paper (blank cardstock): this was the best piece of advice I got……it’s so your husband can make sure to get an extra set of footprints when they print her. I have my extra set framed on the wall. I wish now I had brought several pieces of cardstock….it would be nice to have many extras!
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Oh, I like that idea! I’ll go get some of that today!
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Lesley O says:
Looks like you got your list pretty well covered, right down to the chapstick! What I would have done for some chapstick (No one warned me that your lips get so dry in hospital!).
The only thing I would suggest (as Carrie already did) are pads and some of your ugliest biggest granny Knickers! Anything is better than the horrible net knickers they provide!!! EWWW!
I’m glad you listed your flip camera!! Those things are awesome. My hubby made me the most awesome little music video of our sons arrival (no below the waist shots) and his first week in hospital. He made it to cheer me up after being at the NICU all day. It makes me cry every time I watch it (and everyone one else too!) DON’T FORGET YOUR FLIP!!
Other than the things you already have listed, I really don’t know what else to suggest as I didn’t get a chance to pack since I had PPROM at 33 wks while out of town for a long weekend. I was then flown to the hospital where we live and showed up without anything…no clothes, no shoes…no husband! At least I had my cell phone (thank goodness!). When my husband arrived 6 hours later (he had to drive back home with our stuff and dog) he forgot to bring me anything. I didn’t get anything until the day after our sons birth (two days after I arrived at hospital). Let me tell you, getting to brush my teeth, shower and put on my own clothes was the best!
Your coming into the homestretch now and I am soooooo excited for you and Mike!!
I hope you post a few more belly photos before the big day though…I NEED to know how big that belly is going to get!!
Go Binky Go!!
Lots of love.
HA HA OK, deal, I will take lots of belly pictures. Good thing I have a wide-angle lens!
seems like you have things pretty well covered. I really enjoyed my books, magazines and crosswords. You might wanna grab some snacks for yourself and Mike.
For each of my babies, I brought like my whole house – it was kinda insane.
The Boppy is a VERY good idea! I loved mine.
And the last thing I would mention is that maybe some makeup, it always made me feel better.
oh yeah…I am totally bringing makeup, even though I will get made fun of like crazy by my family.
New reader here…
but I thought I would pipe in that Mike will probably need some toiletries too (razor, shaving cream, d.o. for his b.o., toothbrush, etc.)
I can’t imagine your excitement… you’re almost there!
Oh! And don’t forget some headphones. Not everyone will probably be thrilled with your movie/music selection ALL of the time. Or, you know, they’ll be less jealous because they can’t hear it too!
Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
Maybe a couple of your favorite snacks might be nice to have along. The hospital should have a small supply of food on hand for nursing mothers, but you might something other than applesauce and juice. I’m getting excited to see Binky!
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Small bills and change for the vending machine. Snacks and toiletries for Mike. And I am a princess, I packed a blow dryer and never regretted it.
I don’t have much practical experience either but the only thing I could see was nursing pads. Are you allowed to bring in your own meds? Maybe some Tylenol and mortrin. A few dollars worth of change?
Woo hoo! I’m so excited!
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hopefully at that point I’ll be off all my meds, so all I might need are pain medications and I’ll get those in the hospital!
I have been reading your blog for a little while and now feel I have to leave a comment…..chewing gum! For him & for you. That was one thing I wish I’d had for the birth of my first daughter and it was one of the first things I packed for the birth of my second daughter.
Best wished from Germany, Micha
oh yeah, gum! Good idea!
Emily from “not that you asked” made up a hospital packing list when her son was born…it’s found at this link http://captainhambone.typepad.com/not_that_you_asked/2006/10/the_great_big_h.html
It might help you out some!
The one thing Tim bought that I thought we would never use turned out to be extremely helpful. It’s was a baby timer and once I get online and check the babiesrus site I can tell you exactly, but basically when you nurse Binky you hit the bottle button and a timer starts counting down. It has a button for sleep, diapers, feedings and I think a misc. I forget. Either way it’s a good way to keep track when you are second guessing yourself being sleep deprived at the hospital as well as home. Your list looks great. Phone charger is a definate and maybe some of your fav snacks, especially for Mike.
It’s called the Itzbeen timer. Love it.
Me too!!! LOVE it!!!! I actually still have mine, and after 6 months or so we stopped using it, so if you want it, Heather, it’s all yours!!!!!! Email me and I will send it to you!!
Vanessa Jordan says:
YEAH!!! I can’t think right now, I’m so happy that you are packing for the hospital stay, its that much closer to us getting to know another precious Spohr!!!! Can’t wait, I hate waiting did i say that already, ok well here it is, I hate waiting!!! Many blessing and hugs and enjoy that hospital stay, lay in bed with Binky and sleep and play, and sleep and play, its a bit of rest before the homework sets in! oooohhhh hugs!!!!!!
Purita Fisher says:
So excited for you and Mike! Here are a few things that I took to the hospital:
Girlie wipes – Grab the kind That are flushable and have a nice scent!
A laminated picture of Maddie – you can carry it with you even during surgery! Then you can put the picture in Binky’s crib so it’s the first thing she sees!
Box if tissues and throat drops – the hospital tissues are not so soft and if you and your family are anything like mine there will be lots of crying! Throat drops just in case.
Ultra thin SUPER absorbant pads! – night time one worked best for me! (glad we are able to share this information via the internet !) haha
Snacks for you!
For Binky –
Socks – I always felt like the million tags that they wrap around their ankles bothered my girls so if you put socks on them it won’t rub as much on their skin!
Your own swaddle blanket – I could never swaddle like the nurses did so…
The paci you want to use – this was she cam get used to the nipple style from the start!
Bottles – thrown on or two little ones in just in case he needs one. My reasoning is the same as the paci – so she can get used to what she will gave at home.
Travel kit – deoderant, toothbrush, tooth paste!
Sleeping bag and pillow – sleeping bags are easier to clean up and store!
Slippers for Mike too!
Your laptop – so you can update us on how you are doing, how awesome the pain meds are and how awful the liquid food they give on day one is! But mostly so you are able to read all the post that let you know that your Internet family is thinking about you, Maddie, Mike and your families and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
Mike and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the laminated picture of Madeline. We are going to do that for sure. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!
And I’m definitely bringing my laptop – someone will be updating the blog. Probably not me, though! I have a feeling I’ll be a little out of it.
DVD’s (if you have a DVD player in your room)
Contact list of people to call
For Mike…FOOD and drinks. Jeff didn’t want to leave the room much…especially when the baby was in the room that first time. Jeff got really sick of getting things out of the snack machines the first time ’round. But I was starving and didn’t want him snagging food off my tray. Also it is nice for when YOU want a snack or drink but not of the hospital variety.
Also for Mike…lotion. I got footrubs while lying there. Great for easing the frustration of trying to nurse a day old baby
Good luck! So glad you’ve made it this far…I’ve been reading along for a while and am rooting for you and Mike.
Undies? I think that you have a pretty comprehensive list here! It is almost February and oh boy I am SO excited! I cannot wait to get a glimpse of that beautiful Binky…which reminds me, I know that Binky is an in utero name so have you thought of any outside names or are you keeping us in suspense?
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we have a name in mind but until we meet her we’re keeping it quiet!
So Iana Nutmeg is completely out? Snort.
So very excited for you!!
Lemme see, I would add a binky for Binky. And a picture of Maddie for Binky’s isolette. (I really hope that is not a hurtful suggestion.)
Mike would probably appreciate having his own toiletries. A small stash of munchies and drinks would be good, too.
For you, some soothing music CD’s or your MP3 player.
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that’s not a hurtful suggestion at ALL. I was planning to bring one for myself and I think having one for Binky is a great idea!
You need good snacks! And so does Mike! Essential.
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Laxitives or a stool softener for you. Don’t know what it will be like after a C-section, but absolutley essential after a natural delivery.
My husband complained that I didn’t pack enough snacks for him. I guess he wanted to eat while I was enduring 19 hours of labour! He also wanted a magazine.
The experience just isn’t the same for them as it is for us.
Jess L. says:
Laxatives! Good Lord, yes! No one warned me about that and whoa did I pay for it….
Oh, laxatives are KEY after a c-section. OMG. I shudder thinking about …that… from the last time!
It’s nice to take your baby book along so the nurses can stamp her little hands and feet in there. :0)
Linda Campbell says:
HI – I don’t know if the same will apply in the States, but when I had my baby here in Canada the hospital would not supply a passifier, so you might want to think of that, also, a bar of soap, it was hard to get that. Just a couple of ideas ……
I’m so excited for you that I can’t think straight.
The advice from the comments already left is REALLY good though.
Yeah, I can’t wait!
.-= Jill´s last blog ..Goofy Christmas!! =-.
Extra underwear and shirts for Mike so he doesn’t have to go home to get those. I didn’t bring enough for my husband and he had to leave for home to get them. Toothbrush too, but I think the hospital had throw away ones for us if we forgot. Definitely a cozy blanket and pillow for Mike too. Make sure your pillow cases are colored so you can know yours from the hospital ones when you leave.
Alexandra :) says:
Car seat and PJ’s for the babe?
God bless and good luck! I am so excited for y’all.
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For Mike, toothbrush/toothpaste/toiletries. For Binky, I’d skip the clothes and hats and just bring one set for her to go home in. And definitely skip the blankets, because you don’t want them lost.
I can’t believe you’re at 35 weeks–so exciting!
Pictures. Especially pictures of those close to you who aren’t able to be physically present, especially Maddie. You can get super cheap plastic frames that you can also stand up (5×7) at Walmart. Pick em up and put em down as you need to. Even when you’re not holding the pic, you still have their audience as you introduce your binky into this world.
did you put razor in there so you can shave your legs? One of the things I forgot on the birth of our 3rd and I had to send for it because the hospital didn’t carry any.
Now why in the world didn’t I think of that baby announcement phone message thingy???? DANG! That’s is amazing and very, very cool.
I am going to attempt to shave them before I leave for the hospital. I remember last time it hurt to bend over to shave for a time, so I’d best de-hair while I can, even if it’s awkward with the belly!
Toni Brockliss says:
My personal experience is all about being kind to you poor bod.
I took my own fluffy towel, nice body wash.
You will need granny underwear for comfort and take your own pads. Hospital ones are like loaves of bread in your undies and that is just not comfy.
Take a nice and comfy pair of knee high socks. Your legs will be puffy and swollen and this will help them.
I also made a huge stash of trail mix. Good for snacking on.
I am so excited for you lovely lady.
oh, the socks are a good idea. I might have to wear compression garments though…which are the WORST SOCKS EVER.
Charger for phone
If you are going to maybe use a pacifier…I brought the ones i was going to use. My kids never had a problem latching on to breast even if i gave them a pacifier. I start this with the 2nd child when I found the nurses giving my babe a paci in the nursery.
Something to snack on for you and mike
A great playlist of your favorite songs and headphones (can be played off of your laptop)! No matter what the situation or the downtime I have that needs filling, music is my go to gal!
This is so exciting. I hope you can hear all of our cheers for you and Mike!
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Mike has already started compiling the playlist!
Quarters for the vending machines – just in case. The page from your baby book, for hand and foot prints, lots of cheap cotton granny pants from Target, and a long loofah brush in case you have trouble bending over in the shower!
I guess i”m in the minority but I liked the net undies and loved the hospital pads-the ones with the ice packs built in were so helpful. After pushing out 2 big boys (9.2 and 8.12) I NEEDED them.
I forgot qtips and the nurses actually gave me a hard time about providing some, even though they had them in the nursery. So, I would suggest those.
We also brought a bottle of champagne to toast when all the grandparents made their first visit.
I forgot all about those ice pack pads. So soothing.
.-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Basketball =-.
They have ice packs for those sore boobies/nipples too!!!
I’m such a tool! Wrong link!!!
Here are the cold/warn packs for the girls:
I actually really liked the net underwear, too. Last time I even went out and bought some!
Bring earplugs and an eyecover so that you can nap when you need to despite the hospital noises.
Bring a toy you want to photograph Binkie with. You know, one that you will use each month to photograph her next to see how much she has grown.
I second the footprint cardstock and babybook idea. I was able to get the nursery staff to do footprints directly into my dd’s baby book, and an extra set on the cardstock for a scrapbook.
oh yeah, the toy! Mike and I are narrowing down the toy selections.
I packed for my hubby his own bag. He had snacks and bottles of water and juice. (You can always get an extra cup and ice from the staff). I packed him snacks and fruit bars. Although he was on orders not to eat while I couldn’t eat. To leave the room if he was really hungry. Comfy clothes and pj’s. Shower stuff and a toothbrush/toothpaste. If you are in a private room, they won’t say boo about your hubby taking a shower. His ipod and a book and magazine.
I agree with the people suggesting you bring your own heavy duty pads. The hospital ones SUCK!! We also brought our own baby wipes (Pampers for sensitive skin) that would be gentle enough for a newborn. Our hospital only provided these paper towel type wipes that you had to wet with warm water. There are so many huge meconium poos the first few days it was awesome to have our own wipes to use. Good luck! So excited for you and Mike!
Susan D. says:
I had an emergency C, so my bag was barely packed! For the pillowcase, be sure it’s a different color than white since most hospital’s linens are white and you don’t want to accidentally leave it behind.
Snacks – for you, Mike, family,etc. I was on bedrest in the hospital and they fed you all the time, but once I had my twins, it was 3 meals a day and I was still starving!
Oh yeah, your own pads and underwear – good god, I nearly died when I had my daughter (17 years ago!) … they gave me those fish net panty things to hold the ginormous uber pads and it turned out I was allergic to whatever the fish net was made out of it. Seriously – I thought I was going die. I still, after all these years, can’t believe my crotch didn’t fall off. Between the 10lb baby that ripped me from end to end to the horrible bloody allergy rash …. uggh. I weep at the thought.
So excited for all 3 of you… and for the rest of us that get to read all about it.
Lisa from WV says:
Okay, I haven’t had any kids yet and am hoping to get pregnant this year, and you scared me with the comment, lol.
LOL – Sorry Lisa!! It was all worth it, I promise. It’s amazing how things down there bounce back together amazingly well. Truly.
HA! Don’t be scared, Lisa. I actually LIKE the net panties!
I haven’t read what everyone else has said but…
He’ll need a “kit” bag. (his toiletries etc) get him some travel sizes so he doesn’t have to worry about packing his stuff.
Change or $1 bills for the vending machine…
Something he can sleep, lounge in (sweats, t-shirts etc…)
Slippers or flip flops, whatever is comfortable for him.
If you have one, a second laptop for him.
Camera, Video Camera
Your favorite munchies
That’s about all I can think of for now.
Everyones suggestions are great! I have to agree with your favorite bath stuff and some yummy lotion. That was the one thing that made me feel human again. It was nice to get a foot rub from a sympathetic mother! And snacks, cause the applesauce and puddding that the hospital supplied got old after awhile. Your in the homestretch now! I ican not wait!!!!
designHer Momma says:
big cozy blanket for yourself – because I’ve always gotten the chills and the shakes after right after I’ve given birth.
Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but I’ve always smuggled in a diet coke or three for my stay – because they tasted oh so divine after labor.
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My husband is bringing a case of Diet Coke – for himself. So hopefully he’ll share. Although, I will REALLY want a GIGANTIC COFFEE!!!
My hospital provided baby clothes until we left, so we had to bring less. I had a doula who wrote down everything which she reviewed with me later (e.g. what happened and when.) Maybe Mike can do that for you? Also record when the baby nurses and all that stuff.
Teeny tiny nail clippers for Binky.
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Don’t forget a hairbrush/comb for your beautiful locks. I forgot that with my last. Also shower shoes if you are a germ freak like me. Chocolate or some other high calorie treat to fuel your body as a food source:)
Best wishes to you and Mike!
Minus Mike, your list for yourself and Binky is absolutely spot on! When I had my daughter Ainsley, I so loved the fact that I packed comfortable clothes for myself and wore them the day after my c-section and couldn’t have been happier! For Mike I’d suggest t-shirts, jeans or sweats, socks, sneakers, and the undergarments. I know the hospital puts the baby in a onesie but you can always bring two more and lots of hair accessories so everyone can go “oohhh, aaahh” – flower barrettes, headbands, flower crochet hats – the whole nine yards! Maybe a binky clip/holder too. Soothing music for yourself or dancing music to get you, Mike and Baby Binky booping around the room!!
Mike and I are each working on playlists. His is all chill relaxing music. Mine? Lady Gaga and other party starters!
Just a few things that come to mind from our experience First, baby nail clippers. Oops! I see the poster above me said that too. Those were a definite need with my little ones as they really scratched up their faces otherwise (as evident by the pics of #1 when we didn’t know any better and he really went to town on his little cheeks).
For Mike – I’d have him put together a little travel bag with his shampoo, soap, whatever toiletries he may want/need.
Don’t forget some pads that you’ll prefer to use, in case you are able to graduate from the giant hospital sized ones for your ride home and I also preferred my own lotion & soap to the hospital generic stuff too. Great that they have it there, but not always the most soothing/best smelling stuff.
The car seat. We forgot that with #1, live 1.5 hours away from the hospital and sent family to pick it up for us.
I can’t believe you are 35 weeks – can’t wait to hear of Binky’s arrival. Take care!
Because I had c-sections, I was in the hospital for several days, so I brought along books/magazines to read. Also, throat drops because it was so dry in the hospital, as well as mints/gum.
Good luck, and wishing you the best these last few weeks!
I don’t know where you’re gonna fit them all but take with you our positive thoughts and vibes!!! Can’t wait to see the Binkster!!!
I always brought the baby book. This way they did the baby’s foot prints right in the book.
This post really touched me. When I had my daughter (at 28 weeks) there was no hospital bag…just an emergency trip to L&D and all that. With my son, we had a scheduled section at 37 weeks and I couldn’t even believe I was getting to pack a bag! I didn’t actually pack it until the day before, I was so convinced it wouldn’t happen…I am so excited for you, for this experience…even with all the sorrow you have had, you will cherish the unbelievable normalcy of this birth.
Anyway, I forgot to bring an outfit to have his “picture” taken. They came around the room with that service to take their newborn picture and I never did that with my daughter so it didn’t even cross my mind!
Also, because I live in the dark ages, I brought a tablet and pens because I got quite a few gifts and I wanted to keep track to write thank-yous later. And the names of my nurses…so I could thank them too. I know, crazy.
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SNACKS! Bring tasty treats because you won’t find them at a hospital. Toothbrush and paste, hairbrush, clean underwear,If you have a special posturpedic pillow (the small Kind) that would be could for positioning yourself in bed and for nursing. Good Luck!
Ms. Moon says:
Emergency food and juices. This is so exciting!
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Big huge underwear that go up to your boobs. I also had my Boppy, which was way useful. If not for nursing, than to lay Binky on your lap to stare at her..
I rope (weird I know) to tie at the end of the bed to use as a lever to pull yourself up after the CSection. Also baby wipes or feminine wipes to clean downstairs in between showers.
So excitied for you!
A ROPE! That is seriously GENIUS!
ROPE!!! Your a genius !!!!!
Seriously, this is the best idea I ever heard. Where were you for my emergency c-section?
for mike- slippers, and whatever toiletries he may need, camera, a coin purse for the vending machine.
i think your list looks good- maybe some magazines, though seeing celebrities tiny again after 3 weeks post delivery riles me up- freaks =)
anything special you may want to hold on to for comfort, security.
praying for you and your sweet baby girl. Can’t wait to see pictures of you soon binky. God bless you three
all these suggestions look great! I wish I had thought of the footprint cardstock idea! Sadly, my baby is now too old for his feet to even fit on cardstock! (He’ll be 8 next month).
We’re all getting so excited and can’t wait for Binky’s debut!
.-= jen´s last blog ..watch what I can do! =-.
So… First off, I’m SO EXCITED for you guys! You’re multiplying:)
Two things I thought of:
1. DEODORANT- To be frank, I found after I gave birth the hormones were a bit much. You may remember this with Maddie. Sorry if TMI, but I had to send my hubby out to Walgreens because I was embarassed when the lactation consultant came in. Oh- and you might want some of that stuff for Mike, too:)
2. If you’re planning on potentially using a pacifier for Binky, bring a few of different kinds. (especially if your boobs need a rest every now and then) I forgot that with both kids and had to order one from the hospital. $25 later they ended up still not being the kind that the kids ended up liking.
Momma Uncensored says:
HOLY CRAP YOU ARE 35 WEEEEEKS!!!
snacks. snacks are good.
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OH yeah- And many hospitals’ L&D units will indeed chill a bottle of champagne for you.. You might check into that:) I had forgotten that until I saw the post above.
Brit and I say this:
snacks for Mike that you can hate him for eating while you can’t, and ALSO your freaking belly bandit you tool, pictures of us so Binky knows her Aunties right away, a webcam to vlog the birth (for Aiming Low of course), beer and sushi (maybe Meghan can bring this), and a bag of marbles to throw at Mike whenever you need to get his attention or just feel like throwing something.
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I literally pulled the belly bandit out of my bag so you could show me how to use it. And then you obviously didn’t see it so you didn’t show me and DAMN IT JEN.
Sushi. SO KEY. Meghan is already in charge of Guinness. Of course.
lots o’ other people said it too … but i was going to recommend snacks. one of my friends had her grandma’s chocolate chip cookies for their visitors. cute idea.
sidenote … did you know that lansinoh works super well for lips too? read that somewhere and tried it (slightly hesitantly) and my lips have been the softest EVER this winter. crazy.
i’m totally borrowing your list … i need to pack soon.
i’ll let you know if i make any additions.
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Sue @ Laundry for Six says:
I didn’t read all the comments, so forgive me if I am repeating, but my hospital and tiny, scratchy towels and washclothes. So I would recommend at least one bath towel and washcloth. Not your best (because yeah, it might get gross) but ANYTHING is nicer than the hospital ones.
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Donna Stepp says:
don’t forget the deodorant!
Everyone said all I was thinking…food, toiletries, pacis for Binky. I love the idea of having a laminated picture of Madeline there with you as well.
I cant WAIT for updates…I’m not on Twitter, but I’m considering joining just so I can follow you in case you tweet before you get a chance to blog, LOL. It seems like the first 25 weeks were so long, I was holding my breath that you and Binks would be okay. Now time is flying!! She’ll be here before you know it and no doubt she’ll be the coolest thing walking (well, I guess laying at first).
Sending out the usual love, hugs and thoughts from GA!
I think Mike will be twittering, but he’ll be sure to update the blog. If he doesn’t, my friend Meghan will!
My husband stayed with me when I had my three. The first time, I woefully under packed for him. The last two times I brought pajamas, a change of clothes for the next day, toiletries so he could shower (though he ended up running home and doing it there) and snacks. Snacks are very useful. You can usually always find something to drink, but finding something to eat at off hours when you don’t want to leave the room can be hard. Don’t forget to offer to bring a pillow for him too. I used mine and hubby used the ones from the hospital, but it never hurts to ask.
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Bring yourself some maxi pads. I’m told the ones provided by the hospital are akin to diapers and not very comfortable/effective.
I’d suggest some vaseline, too for the meconium poop. You can put a glob in her dipe or right on her bottom – makes it so much easier to get that nasty stuff off. Also, a nail file so you can file down her nails. They’ll be too soft to cut, but razor sharp.
We had our babies at home, so I’m not sure what Mike will need, but maybe soda or whatever he likes to drink and snacks; a toothbrush.
I packed a roll of quarters for my husband so he could go to the vending machine, or take others to the vending machine for a quick snack.
Yay, how exciting Looks like you have your bag list pretty well done. Only a few things I remember using and was glad I had: lotion (the hospital really dried out my skin), some snacks (b/c the hospital snacks didn’t always cut it). As for Mike, my hubs brought his pillow too, a change of underwear and socks (he did go home to shower and change but wanted them just in case he couldn’t), his nintendo ds and some magazines to keep him occupied.
Packing the bag is exciting, it means you are getting closer to that big day.
Love and hugs.
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I bought a lot of travel sized items for me and my husband. He didn’t have too many things though. I just got him his mouthwash, travel toothbrush, saline, spare contact case and deodorant. This way, he could just grab the bag and go instead of repacking it with things we already had.
I had things like toothpaste, mouthwash, blistex, toothbrush, brush, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, moistureizer etc. One thing I am so glad I got was the Neutrogina wave for the hospital. I ended up having an emergency c section, and I could wash my face in bed (with a wet washcloth as a standby.
I weigh in for snacks for Mike as well. Frankly, eating was not top of mind for me, but my husband gets “hangry” (a combination of hungry and angry) when his blood sugar is low. I imagined that this would be a bad situation combined with a recently postpartum me and brought a ton of granola bars.
I really don’t know what you need, since Jasper surprised us all when he decided to come early, but I do have a question that might be silly–why dry shampoo? When I was in the hospital I took a shower and everything with normal shampoo, so I’m just curious.
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I brought it when I was in the hospital last time and I was so glad I had it. I didn’t always want to wash my hair when I showered – I have a LOT of hair, blow drying takes a while and air drying gave me the shivers. So I have it in my bag as an option!
As a guy.. Pajamas and maybe a clean pair of underwear and were good to go for a week… With my wife and mine I was more concerned over my wife and my baby than what I wore. Just give me a comfy chair and i’m good. Slept horrid the first night kept wandering down to the nursery ever 2 hours to make sure he was still there and OK and if they had decided to ship him to the NICU or not. Heck it even took her parents to remind me that i needed to eat and that I needed to think some about myself to. But I think i can safely say that most husbands and sig others don’t are what is in the bag just that we don’t forget it when rushing you to the hospital and if we need to change clothes or not. Were guys we wear stuff till it can stand in the corner itself, no longer passes the sniff test, or grows legs and starts walking itself.
So excited for you.
Benadryl in case you get the adrenalin induce insomnia that I got twice and no doctor was around to prescribe it for me so I was awake for two days, exhausted.
And since you are having a c-section, my SIL, a two time csectioner suggests to everyone a bottle of colace. Because the hospital never gives you enough with those percosets to make you do your business without, what she refers to her first movement after birth, as “the incident”.
Good Luck. Almost Full term!
My night nurse offered ambien on my second night. I slept right through them taking my vitals! I wish I had known about it the first night and with my first son. It was great! It didn’t affect my breastfeeding and I was well-rested.
Also, the blue nasal aspirators are the best. i still use themon my sons and they are 2 and 4!
I also read somewhere that chewing regular gum helps with the gas after c-sections.
I am so excited for you!!!
I highly recommend getting nipple butter instead of Lanasoh. I hate the stickyness and the yuckyness of the lanasoh. Ive nursed three babies and with the last two I used nipple butter and it is way way way better. TRUST ME!!!!
oh yeah, take a toothbrush for mike:) My husband always forgets his
The nipple butter is amazing!!! Earth Mama Angel Baby also has a salve for c-section incisions- helps soooooo much with the itching and healing!!!
this is awesome! ANYTHING to help with that awful itching!
oh, thanks for the suggestion! I pumped with Maddie so the Lansinoh was great for the pump parts. I’d much rather use something that is better for Binky since hopefully she’ll be getting it straight from the source.
In a hurry but will think of other suggestions I’m sure later but for now I had to say — 35 weeks WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
My only additions would be advil or tylenol for Mike, in the event he has a headache or something since the medical attention will of course be on you and your Binky. Also, I’m an old skeptic so used olive oil on my chapped skin from nursing – at least I knew it didn’t have anything that would be harmful to my baby. Best wishes to you and your family!
I know this doesn’t apply to you, but think you’ll chuckle. Our hospital reminded us to pack swim trunks for my husband, in case we decided to use the water tub during labor. Um, eeew? That means that someone’s husband *didn’t* remember his?!
OH. MY. GOD. That’s hilarious and yes, a little disturbing!! HA!
Oh shucks it looks like my woo hoo might screw up the whole page lay out. Heather-feel free to delete. I am so excited for you.
An extra blanket or two for your hubby. My hubby FROZE when we were moved to the floor because they kept it so cold for us hormonal, post-partum moms. I’m sure they have some at the hospital they will give him, but he might want his own.
I think Mike will seriously bring a down comforter – dude gets cold SO easily!
Baby book! There’s probably a page in there for friends and family to sign and write well wishes for the baby when they visit in the hospital.
Nikki D says:
Hi Heather and Mike – so happy for you two. Can’t wait to see little Binky. Along with all the other suggestions, we brought boxes of candy for our nurses! they loved it and we got extra excellent care! Praying for you in Cali….
we love nurses! We’ll definitely be bringing stuff for them!
Sara Jensen says:
Bring your own breast pump. My milk sort of came in after an emergency c section but they didnt have a pump for me to use. Well they did but it was like a huge scary machine that made me bleed. Sometimes it helps to pump to stimulate milk production.
After giving birth in three different hospitals, I can say that while these two suggestions may sound odd they really did make a difference in my comfort level while in the hospital:
First, a (non-white) bath towel from your own home. The ones most hospitals provide for that first post-birth shower are small and scratchy. Go for your comfort!
Second, a roll of your own *soft* toilet paper. Again, hospital=scratchy. May seem silly but, since your packing anyway….
Looking forward to hearing the happy news and seeing photos!
PS – I agree with everyone else who suggested SNACKS!
Great start! Don’t 4 get SNACKS for you and Mike. Phone list with #’s (unless you do the computer thing). Might want a water bottle you can fill up. Something to calm yourself…good luck charm incase you become overwhelned and/or emotional? How long do you think you’ll be in for? Up here we can leave after 6 to 8 hours but can stay up to 2 days.
Looks like your ready Mama. Hope my suggestions help a little.
I could be there two to four days. It all depends on how well the surgery goes, and if I have any complications due to my other issues (clotting, diabetes, etc). Hopefully I won’t have to stay for long but I’m preparing just in case.
Expat Mom says:
I think it’s so awesome you’re getting to pack a proper hospital bag. I have 0 advice. Both my boys were born in a public hospital in Guatemala where you are allowed to have NOTHING with you, not even earrings. They strip you, put you in a hospital gown, then send all your stuff with your husband (who isn’t allowed in until the visiting hour after you’ve had the baby). I did pack some stuff for him to bring me, but my MIL went through it and took everything out, including the outfit I wanted my son to wear home from the hospital. Turned out well, since he didn’t come home from the hospital with me, but that is the one thing you might want to consider carefully . . . how Binky is going to be dressed for her big homecoming . . . . since we all want a LOT of photos.
Have you used the dry shampoo before??? If you have and you like it, then go for it. If you’ve never used it, post partium is not the time to be trying new things like that. Plus, you will be sweaty and stuff, and a shower will be a nice little escape for you. So I would take regular shampoo as well, because that 10min to yourself might be the best part of your morning (what with all the nurses poking and prodding all the time)
Plus, they may even encourage you to soak in the tub right away. I had 3rd degree tearing with my first delivery and they wanted me to take several baths a day to soak all the stitches – so no problem getting my hair washed.
Oh, and you might want a written copy of your wants/wishes for labor to have laying around during the delivery. I had mine with me and after the fact found out that the midwife had looked at it and tried to honor it. She asked me specifically about some of the things on it later to see if she managed to make the delivery as close to what I wanted as possible.
well, since I’m having a c-section I won’t have to soak. Last time they didn’t let me shower for a couple days since they discouraged me from getting my incision too wet!
yep, I used the dry shampoo tons when I was in the hospital last time. I have a lot of hair and I don’t like shivering while it dries and blow drying isn’t always an option. I do have regular shampoo in there too!
I’m glad you asked about Mike because when I had my twins we forgot to pack for my husband and I felt so bad the entire three days at the hospital. Make sure to pack slippers, underwear, a t-shirt and toothbrush for Mike:) Good luck!
I didn’t read through all the comments, but I always brought baby wipes. I hated the dry gauze at the hospital, it really doesn’t work on the merconium tar stuff!!!
Just so you’re not completely dreading it, UCLA’s hospital food completely blew my expectations. Totally edible and lots of choices. You have a menu by your phone and can call down whenever you need to. The service was delightful, actually. I sound like a liar, and maybe it had something to do with postbaby euphoria, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Even the cafeteria for Mike is do-able. Oh, and they provided lots of Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Sensitive Wipes. I really liked both. Also, Beth gave me the suggestion to bring a little gift basket for the nurses & staff. Snacks & candies and such…it went over BIG although I think the nurses are top notch and I know you’re going to already be surrounded by friends! xo
I’ve actually always been fairly impressed with UCLA’s food. But I’m glad to hear that it’s good as a patient – I’ve only eaten in the cafeteria and in the Santa Monica hospital!
That Beth is always full of such good ideas.
After my first, I printed out a copy of my medical history so I didn’t have to go through it with contractions–my girlfriends, even those with scheduled c-sections loved this idea. Small bills for cash too, a lot of maternity units allow the patients to order take out, its a nice treat for hubby too. It will be way easier to pay with cash in small bills and to put it in your bag so you don’t have to worry about the ATM ahead of time. At crazy hours hospital ATMs tend to be empty. And a towel to sit on on the way home and to pad the seat belt with. Made things much more comfy.
That’s a really great idea! Luckily, since I am high-risk, they’ve had this information about me on file since I hit week 32. But I am going to be sure to tell my other pregnant friends that idea!
I didn’t read every comment, but I’d second the snacks suggestion for sure. Basic toiletries for you and Mike (toothbrush/toothpaste, deoderant, shampoo and conditioner, etc.) Mike may want his own pillow and blanket, my hubby hated sleeping with the pillow and blanket he had to beg for 3 times before the nurse finally brought one. We always brought some card games, but I don’t know that that’s necessary with a c-section, I just like playing cribbage while I’m in labor
Don’t forget nursing pads!!!!!!!!!!!! Those boobies will soak everything you have brought, so pack a whole box!!! I liked the disposable kind for the hospital, and the throw-in-the-wash kind for at home. My preference was the Medela pads, but of course there are so many to choose from!!
I would also add a n extra cover for your Boppy. When our little angel was learning to nurse, I got breastmilk all over the Boppy and couldn’t use it for a short time, which was a bummer, because it was the most comfortable way to hold him. I also used to hold against my c-section incision when I needed to cough of stand up if I was feeling any pull at all.
If you are planning on pumping, you might want to bring it with you. The hospital has awesome ones, but if there are tons of mommies in the postpartum unit at the same time as you are, the pump may be in use when you need it. You will want to pump to relive the engorgement, but also to get your production up from the very start. Having your own in the room is very helpful.
Your list is great!! Make sure you bring tons of extras of everything- baby clothes, nursing bras, socks for baby and mommy, etc. With my c-section, I was in the hospital for 5 days, so I wanted a fresh pillow case, blanket etc, every day or two.
Oh, I almost forgot- BLANKETS!! The hospital ones S-U-C-K, so bring lots of soft and warm ones. For some reason they keep your room 20 degrees below zero, so you might even consider an electric one (if that is ok with the docs). I swear at one point after delivery I was wearing 4 pairs of socks and stole all the blankets I had brought for my hubby because I was so cold!
I am sooooooo happy for you, and this is such an exciting time!!!!!!! YAY for 35 weeks!!!! Wow!!!!
Love and Hugs to all!!!
Ah yes, my pump! I have to get it back from my best friend! Thanks for the reminder.
Oh, one more thing- not needed for the hospital, but I just wanted to say, as far as baby monitors go, I am in LOVE with ours. I used it even when the baby was in the bassinet in our room. I just loved the motion detector and that I could look over at the parent unit any time to see the temp of the room the baby was sleeping in, that he was breathing and the heartbeat on the screen. I know it might sound neurotic, but it was the only way I could get any sleep without driving myself crazy with worry. I still use it now, even though he is over a year.
I think you plan on co-sleeping which is so awesome (just wasn’t an option for me because hubby is such a deep sleeper who tosses and turns constantly), but at the very least you could use the monitor when Binky naps.
I know you didn’t ask, but this is by far the very best baby purchase that we ever made! It is worth EVERY penny!! http://www.angelcare-monitor.com/United-States/en/products/angelcare-monitor-AC401-deluxe-plus
So happy for you, Mama Spohr!!!
Jen L. says:
Bring snacks for you and for Mike. You’ll be nursing (!!) so you’ll need fuel! Almonds and a big ol’ bottle of water are good starters. Mike will probably want some very comfy clothes and soft shirts without zippers! (My husband kept wearing zippered hoodies when my son was born and I thought our NICU nurse would kill him. Zippers are no good on the baby faces.)
These might not be necessary yet because your milk may not come in full-force while until you’re already home, but maybe some of those spiffy nursing pads to absorb leakage. Cuz leakage ain’t sexy.
OMG, I’m so excited for you!!!!!!!!
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I too had a c-section and I wish I’d had some moist face wash cloths (that you can also use for your bod). I was in labor for three days before Will was born, and then it was two more before I took a shower), but my husband later told me I smelled rank. Wish I’d had them. And had the thought to reapply on some deodorant! Genius on the dry shampoo.
Someone may have posted this, sorry, I didn’t read all the comments. I took my own washcloth and towel in bright colors. The hospital towels are thin and gross and the bright color prevented housekeeping from taking my towel.
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Something no one suggests but I had wish I had brought with…boxes/bags to bring home all the extras you are given & the flowers/cards people send
excellent idea! I’ll throw some reusable bags in there right now!
Kristy Dyer says:
I agree, Mike will want some snacks, toiletries and underwear. If he does not like tv you may want to bring him books that he would like, etc. There will likely be a lot of down time when you and binky are both sleeping. Also, what size outfits are you taking for Binky? My children weighed 7lbs15oz, 8lbs 13oz and 8lbs 9oz and they all could fit in regular preemie clothes for a while. The 1st 2 are 2 years apart and so I took regular newborn size for both of them and it was HUGE even on my big 8lb 13oz’r. So, 5 yrs later when I had my youngest I took a preemie size. It was still big, but much closer to fitting than the newborn size. As for you seems like you have anything I could suggest shampoo , conditioner and body wash from home should be at the top of the list as you don’t want to use the lovely hospital kind . I had all 3 of mine by c-section and with each of them on day 2 they had me take a shower.
~Kristy~ Mom to 3 girls
I have newborn sizes in there. I thought about preemie clothes but I don’t know if I can pack those…it’s just a psychological thing. But I DO want her to look cute in her pictures, and big clothes are not cute!
I don’t blame you for not wanting to bring preemie clothes. Kristy is right though- the newborn sizes for some brands are HUGE! My little porker was almost 9 pounds too and he was swimming in some of his newborn stuff for a long time. In my experience, Gymboree and Janie and Jack had the best layette stuff because their newborn clothes actually fit newborns rather than 3 month olds.
I’m sure whatever you bring Binky to wear will be precious and adorable!!! We are all so excited for you!!!!
Maybe a change of clothes and underwear for the hubby and some magazines or anything that might help him pass time with you!! I am so excited to see pics of Binky!
a friend made me a special bag with my last baby and it had things i never would have thought of:
breath mints for when visitors come
air freshener (same reason!)
your own maxi pads so you don’t have to use the mattresses at the hospital
quarters (for the snack machines)
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I would bring more outfits for Binky. I took three and my Mom had to go get more because my son had blow-outs all over his clothes the first day!
35 weeks? Wow. So exciting!
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Amy Keith says:
Don’t forget toothbrush, toothpaste and some extra hair ties! For Mike, how about some magazines?
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Definitely bring your own soft burp cloths and receiving blankets to absorb any spit-up. for my first baby, she had a bit of a sensitive tummy in the first 24 hrs and I was forced to use the hospital’s itchy, bleach-out receiving blankets on her newborn skin. ouch!
I also brought my own blanket for my bed. After my c-section, I was constantly FREEZING my tail off in the thin hospital blankets and my quilt from home worked wonders. Good luck!
Great list! I took those things with a couple extras. I took my own shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash and towel. I didn’t take those things with baby #1 but did with #2 and I felt so much better showering with my own things! I also took my makeup and hair straightener. My hubby’s family is huge so I knew we’d have lots of visitors and I wanted to feel presentable. Sure, I was passed out thanks to some delightful codeine for lots of our visitors, but I looked darn good drooling in my sleep! As for Mike, a change or two of clothes, toothbrush and pillow will be nice. Some snacks might be greatly appreciated too. You can always ask him if there’s anything else he can think of.
Extra stuff I’d bring for you would be: baby book, toothbrush/paste/floss, deoderant, make-up (on the off chance that you want to look fantastic in your “homecoming” picture), hairbrush/comb, sanitizer (it was easier for me to just have everyone walk in and use purell then to worry if they had washed their hands before they hugged us or touched anything), mints, gum, hard candy.
For Mike, I would pack his drink of choice in case they don’t have it in the hospital or he doesn’t want to go looking for it, snacks, a blanket & pillow, toiletries, clothing.
For Binky, I’d also pack some mittens because my daughter scratched herself immediately.
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Jodie A says:
I have been following your blog for a long time and our due dates are close (mine is Feb 13). I am also having a difficult pregnancy (not quite as difficult as yours) after 3 miscarriages and a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and had been on bed rest for 10 weeks before I got to week 34 and the DR declared me fit to return to work (exciting my little one is “out of the woods” but not so great to be back commuting to work in the middle of winter a nice long break from the daily grind). So now I am back upright again I was also trying to pack the hospital bag this weekend. For Mike he will appreciate a change of clothes and toiletries and snacks! Also tell him to bring gadgets/books to keep himself occupied during the down time. A baby book to record your first thoughts etc. Your own body wash/lotion etc that smells nice and maybe some lotion for the baby. When my son arrived his skin was really dry and the hospital didn’t have baby lotion. Now my little guy is turning 4 the week after my due date and he is super excited to meet his sibling. Good luck Heather!
Thank you! Good luck to you, too!!!
Snacks for Mike. Chewing gum and hard candy for you. You won’t be able to eat (might not feel like eating) and suckers and hard candy will help with dry mouth. So happy you’re so close!
I have no experience with the hospital bag thing, but I wanted to tell you how excited I am for you and Mike. Coming from another DG, I hope Binky has an anchor outfit in there!!!
But knowing how much “swag” my friends have come home from the hospital with, maybe an extra bag left in the car for all the stuff you and Binky will accumulate?? And I would double (even triple) check that you have all the necessary batteries and charges for everything electronic. My hubby and I are notorious for forgetting a charger when we most need it!
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Mike will want his own laptop, if he has one. Snacks, contact solution/contact container, glasses, change of clothes, his toiletries.
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Sarah R says:
Thanks for reminding me that I need to remember the Boppy! I didn’t buy it until after Andrew’s birth last time, because I didn’t realize how tired your arms get when your baby is so tiny and you are holding him up.
I am one week behind you, by the way!
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Julie from Michigan says:
PILLOWS!! For you and poor Mike, I know all the hospitals RAVE about the sleeping arrangements for the Dad, but in all reality they suck. Just having a baby in August, my poor husband suffered with sore hips and a neck for weeks after, and he is only 35!
Marnie :) says:
You: don’t forget undies & pads
Mike: toiletries (shampoo/cond, soap, toothbrush/paste, hair brush), change of clothes
Binky: burp cloths, possibly those no-scratch mittens, diaper bag (for the way home)
Install the carseat now, so it’s already in the car.
cindy w says:
For you: a pair of socks that you’ll be ok throwing away. Because, like with the pillow, things could get gross.
For Mike: toothbrush & toothpaste, maybe a razor or whatever else he uses to make himself presentable? Also, Dave had a really hard time sleeping at the hospital because of the whole excitement of the new baby plus he was sleeping on a very uncomfortable fold-out bed thingy. So if Mike ever takes anything to help him sleep (Tylenol PM or something like that), it might be good to pack it.
For both of you: non-perishable snacks. Granola bars, dried fruit, peanut-butter crackers, whatever. After Catie was born, I was *starving* and I devoured almost an entire 1-pound bag of almonds by myself. The hospital gave me a reusable water bottle so I didn’t have to bring one.
35 weeks! Woot!
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Mike can sleep standing up. The dude has a gift.
I know you have toiletries on there, but I sent my husband home for astringent in particular. I had a c-section and couldn’t walk/feel my legs for awhile and my face felt just nasty–granted I had been in labor for almost 24 hours before the c-section. Some kind of toner/astringent just helps get rid of the greasy feeling when you can’t actually get to the sink to wash your face the way you normally would.
YES! I remembered that from my last hospital stay – I wasn’t allowed out of bed for five days and I was DISGUSTING.
Snacks!!! My hospital had disgusting food (not that I had much of an appetite anyway) so luckily I had my own private stash of goodies. It helped at 3 am when I was nursing and suddenly STARVING. So I’d whip out my crackers, applesauce, whateva and munch away.
I’m not goign to read through all the other comments, so my apologies if it’s been mentioned already.
I took all my nice stinky bath stuff – shower gel, lotion, etc, along with my bath pouf and shampoo/conditioner. I had c-sections with all 3 of mine, but they let me up to shower pretty much as soon as I had feeling and the dressing was off the incision. It was REALLY NICE to have my own stuff that smelled great, kwim?
TOTALLY know what you mean. When I was finally allowed to shower during my last stay, I was sooooo glad to have my frilly perfumed stuff!
Snacks and tons of bottled water!
Heather@Triple Blessing says:
Definitely some snacks! And a toothbrush. I also brought a deck of cards for us to play while I labored. Another idea is a little notebook and pen so he can record when things occur. “8:12pm water broke” etc. I even wrote down my nurses names and what we were watching on tv.
Praying for a safe and wonderful delivery for you and Binky!!
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Granny panties and depends-type pads. The ones they had when I gave birth were actually too big (I think they cleaned me out when I had my c-section) and the thinner pads were HEAVEN. Shower things (I showered the day after…again…HEAVEN), books/magazines/games for both you and Mike. There will probably be quite a few times when you’re bored. Gowns/sleepers/blankets for the baby, our hospital only had t-shirts and scratchy blankets for the baby. Hair brush/comb, nail clippers, bulb sucker (the one the hospital gave us was actually too big for Paige and Safety First makes one that you can clean out), chargers for everything….
I think that’s it and I’m sure someone else has listed all of it. *hugs* and Congrats!
I have nothng to add…everyone seems to have you covered…I just can’t stand how excited I am for you!! I feel like those adorable boys in the Disney comercial who are “too excited to sleep!”
35 weeks…you have come a long way through every imaginable obstacle…both physically and emotionally. I am thrilled that your baby will join you in a few short weeks.
Peace and love, friend!
that is one of my favorite commercials ever!
I went to the hospital for a check because my doc thought I might have vertigo. My going in just to be checked to be on the safe side turned into me REALLY have Pre-E and my daughter being born. Can’t help you on the bag packing advice! I never got to pack one! I was going to suggest Binky’s for Binky though, but someone beat me to it.
Most of all I would like to say that I am so excited for you. It brings tears to my eyes thinking that you have made it to 35 weeks! HAPPY TEARS!
I am a picky toilet paper person, so I took a few rolls of my favorite toilet paper. I had a vaginal delivery, so softer was better. I would assume that with a c-section, you will have enough pain to worry about without having to wipe with sandpaper every time you go to the restroom!
I just wanted to say that I am so excited for you! My girls and I (ages 8 and 4) have prayed for you and Binky since you posted that you were pregnant! Every Monday I check in to see how everything is going and read your updates!
Your list looks great, and your readers have seemed to cover everything that you might have missed! The only thing that I might add is a matted frame that your guests can sign. I saw this after my youngest was born. My girlfriend had a lt.pink matte and she had all the guests who visited her in the hospital sign it and write a “happy birthday” note to her baby girl. Then she put her daughter’s first picture in the middle of it!! Very cute!!
Your almost there!! Your an amazing woman and I am so happy and excited for you and Mike! This seems so strange to me since I don’t even know you and I am usually one that doesn’t comment on blogs! You have made me a better mom and for that I THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
Prayers and Hugs to you!!
oh, that’s such a cute idea, I love it!!! I must rush back to Aaron Brothers to get the necessary supplies!
So excited for you Heather! You’re almost there! Yay!!!
Definitely snacks for you and Mike!
Lotion for you
socks for Binky
PJ’s for Binky
toiletries for Mike
pillow and blanket for Mike (hospital ones are stiff)
I brought my noise machine and it was wonderful for sleeping or just resting and helping tune out all the nurse chatter.
I’ve never had a baby so I don’t know what you need to pack, but I have to say that service that calls people for you? Totally awesome! I think that’s a kick ass idea!
And I’m glad you and Binky are doing well.
I know, it’s genius, I wish I’d thought of it!
I just gave birth 4 weeks ago vis c-section. Don’t bring any clothes that you want to keep – it gets pretty messy. My one must need that I forgot and had to send my MIL out for? Visene! After lot’s of happy tears and interrupted sleep you don’t want bloodshot eyes for pictures!
I haven’t had a chance to look at the other comments so I’m not sure if this is a duplicate or not. My c-section with #2, I really pared down what I was bringing and didn’t even bother with the babe’s stuff until DH came to pick me up to take us both home (my mom stayed with me). I had most of what was on your list – I also brought those little toothbrush thingies they have in the grocery store impulse buy section these daye – I forget if it’s colgate or crest but they’re single use and come in little packets. Worked great when I was still not allowed to get up the day I delivered.
For Mike, I highly recommend he bring his own pillow and blanket because the stuff they give you at the hospital just doesn’t cut it. He can leave them in the car until he needs them so as not to weigh you both down when going in for delivery.
OH. And I made a huge loaf of raisin-pecan bread the day before I delivered and sliced them and brought them in a ziploc. My mom would just toast a couple of slices in the kitchen on the maternity floor whenever I got hungry and couldn’t stomach the hospital food (which was often. Plus, you can eat it with one hand, put cream cheese on it, whatever. If you don’t bake, you can get something from a bakery or even cinnamon-raisin bread. If you want the recipe let me know.
Incidentally, it was a great bread for late night breastfeeding as well, aI would get SO hungry and it’s so easy to just toast and eat. Chewy and yummy.
I’ve never met you but I think you are amazing. Always thinking about you, Mike, beautiful daughter Maddie and now Binky.
Keary Naughton says:
I am so happy that you are at 35 weeks, WOW.
For Binky- Mustela makes a great diaper rash cream- I actually used to prevent the rash (not every time, but whenever I saw our little one’s tushie or creases between his thunder thighs getting even a little red) and we never had a real diaper rash AT ALL. Here it is:
They also make a lotion that is safe for baby’s delicate face. I know it seems dumb to have face lotion for a baby, but after all that nursing, sometimes their little cheeks get chafed and this helps so much:
Same goes for their little lips- my baby still has that tiny bump on his upper lip from nursing for a year- it is slowly going away, but sometimes when he was tiny his little lips would get cracked, and I would use a tiny dab of the face lotion, or the lansinoh stuff for mommy’s nipples, which is a safe and effective lip balm for both you and the Bink!!!
Like everyone else said- snacks, snacks, snacks!! Smuggle in some soda if you can, it tastes sooooooo good after delivery!
If we want to send you or the Binky Bean a little something, is there an address we can send to? Or would you rather just have donations in her name to Friends of Maddie? I want to do both, so maybe you guys could set up a P.O. Box for packages? Just an idea, because maybe you don’t want your personal address out there for all of us loony online stalkers! Ha!
Congrats, love and prayers for all of you!!! 35 Weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have a PO Box for Friends of Maddie, and if you wanted to make a donation that would be amazing!
11870 Santa Monica Blvd #106-514
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Rita from the Chicago says:
I haven’t had a child yet, so I have no advice. Sorry, but I am super excited for you! Excited that you’re thinking about these things and that you’re this far along! I’m especially excited at the thought of Binky coming home at the same time as you and Mike! How wonderful that will be!
Did someone already suggest those little mitts that go over the baby’s hands so that they don’t scratch themselves? My newborns’ nails were long but still attached to their finger tips so cutting/trimming them didn’t work. I just kept the mitts on them until the nails grew to a length where I wouldn’t cut skin. (made that mistake with my first baby ) The only problem with the mitts is if you have a baby that likes to suck his/her fist. Then I feel bad putting mitts on them, and in that case I just use a small nail file to get the nails down a bit.
Oh my gosh…it’s getting so close to your due date, and I am soooooooooooo excited for you!
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Heather—I have exactly zero advice (and the same amount of children) but I wanted to say I am SO excited for you guys. It certainly looks like you’ve got that bag all packed up to me! So yeah…yummy snacks. Snacks are good.
Ok seriously, I need to stop commenting!! I think I need an intervention! I am just so freaking excited for you guys!!!!!!
This (might) be my last suggestion:
The hospital will probably have diapers (and many actually use this brand) but my friends and I SWEAR by the Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers, so you might think about bringing your own with you. They are just the right size for newborns, they have a cutout for the umbilical cord stump (I was so afraid of that thing flying off during a diaper change, LOL!) and the best feature of all- they have a tiny yellow strip down the front that turns blue when the baby is wet and needs to be changed!!! AWESOME!!!!!
Maybe you want to bring your own wipes too? The hospital only gives you cloth, and they suggest using just that and water for diaper changes at first. But sometimes your little one might spit up and need a little cleaning up, and/or mommy might, so wipes could be helpful to have around.
I will try to stop meddling now!!!!
So thrilled for you all!!!!!
ps. I am hoping the hospital knows they have a CELEB coming in to deliver!! They need to hook you and Mike and Binky up with a deluxe suite!!!!
You’re so funny! You had great ideas! I didn’t know about those diapers, I am going to check them out.
Some cheapo granny panties. I found the hospital ones weren’t bad, but you’ll want them afterwards!
I don’t know what your hospital setup is, but when I had my daughter my husband was allowed to stay with me (I had a c-section and definitely needed the help) so he needed a sleeping bag, PJs, toiletries, etc.
I have a feeling that the hospital you are going to will be pimped out with the quality stuff for the Binkster. And I’m sorry but I had to laugh at someone suggesting a razor for which to shave your legs during your stay. I just shaved almost every day before I went to labor so they wouldn’t become a forest during my stay…but I don’t know, the thought of trying to shave right after a c-section…..
I am SO excited for you!!! I want so badly for you and Mike to have some happiness and comfort, something that I know Binky can provide. Thinking of you constantly….
Michelle Pixie says:
What an exciting time for you! I might throw in some slippers for Mike and maybe an outfit for him to go home in. Oh and a little deodorant because no one enjoys a stinky boy!
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If you are planning on breastfeeding exclusively, and you don’t want Binky to be given a pacifier (a Binky!!!!), you might want to write a little note to be placed in her bassinet in the nursery so the nurses don’t give her one or both, not knowing your wishes.
It is kind of an outdated practice, but I have heard that in the past, if newborns cried in the middle of the night, the nurses might offer them sugar water, which would fill them up, and then they might not take the breast because they aren’t hungry.
I know nurses these days are awesome and would probably not do so, but just in case, a little “Hi, I’m baby A_______! Please don’t give me a pacifier or bottle. My mommy is happy to be woken up to feed me whenever I’m hungry!”
If you don’t mind Miss Binky getting bottles or pacis, of course disregard.
You will probably “room in” with the baby, but they will still steal her away for various tests, etc. so if you feel strongly about anything like this, it never hurts to make it clear. A friend of mine actually left a note in her son’s isolette that said “Please don’t circumcise me!” LOL!!!!! I doubt they would do THAT without checking, but it probably gave the nurses a laugh!!!
I am seriously GIDDY for you!!! This all must be so exciting!! Bringing Binky home with you!!! How amazing and wonderful!!! You so deserve this, Mama Spohr!!!!
ps. So….. are all your readers on that calling tree so we all will get notified of the wonderful news? No????
Hee, I am giggling about the circumcision note! The good thing is that we plan on keeping her in our room at all times, and if she has to leave for any tests, etc, Mike will always go with her. But I will prepare little notes in advance just to be on the safe side!
Hmm, I haven’t read everyone else’s suggestions yet, but when I was in the hospital, I wished that I had brought a razor for me (it was the first time I could shave all the way up and see what I was doing in a LOOONG while), a blanket for my husband (it was chilly, and I hogged all the blankets for me and the babe), and some sugary snacks. We had our son right after Halloween, and I sent my husband home for some candy. Since I was all of the sudden eating to make milk (and not in danger of poisoning a fetus with too much sugar), I really wanted to have some of what I missed when I was pregnant. Hospital food just doesn’t cut it.
As a nurse, I would not advise bringing medications to take to the hospital, unless directed by you M.D. The hospital will give you any meds you need that are prescribed. They are full of drugs! Some meds, even over the counter that seem harmless can interact with meds you are already getting, and some pain meds already have tylenol in them. Don’t even get me started on ex-lax! i wouldn’t worry too much about movies and dvd players. your hospital stay won’t be that long and in between visitors and caring for for your little one, you won’t have a lot of down time. There is no rest in a hospital. Stepping off my soapbox now to offer you congratulations on your coming new little arrival. Your going to want to spend all your time just lovin on her.
No, the hospital did not give meds. And yes I did ask. Repeatedly.
And I am sure Heather would know whether or not her meds would react with others.
Me- I was on no meds in the hospital. Not even an epidural. So the benedryl that the nurse supposedly ordered for me and never delieverd despite the 5 times I requested it would have helped. Instead, I ended up exhausted and deranged from not sleeping for days, which was oh so helpful with a newborn at home.
As far as the Colace- seriously my SIL and I were just talking about it. And she was given one colace for every percoset she had. That was helpful.
Gosh! Just trying to be helpful. Just thought I would offer isight from the inside. Never commented on this board before and I won’t again. Sarcasm doesn’t make me feel happy today.
Just wanted to wish Heather good luck on her little one.
I am speaking from the point of view of a Bitter woman who had hellacious PPD which for some reason I trace back to my long labor (54 hours) and 2 days of no sleep after birth.
Excuse my attitude.
I am in a mood. I was undeniably bitchy to you.
And you are right. Different meds can contradict with other meds.
Sorry for dirtying up your blog Heather.
No prob. All is forgiven.Sorry you had such a bad time. Ask 10x if yiu have to do whatever it tkes to feel better. Last week a visitor gave my patient in liver failure 2 tylenlol out of her purse for a headche. Right after I had asked the patient if she had any pain!. So that is where I was coming from.
I remember that from my last hospital stay – it was nice to have someone else remind me to take my meds! Of course, that was when I was still pregnant so I was on a lot of stuff. Hopefully this time I won’t be on a ton of stuff post-partum. Thanks for the advice!!!
Seems like you have it covered, but I would emphasis to bring some soap for yourself. I forgot it both times!
Hmmm… for Mike, maybe some non-perishable snack food? In case he doesn’t want hospital food or can’t get any? Also, does he shave? You’ll need all that stuff, as well as his toothbrush and toothpaste. I also suggest maybe a book for either of you (if you like reading), just in case. Hmm any other toiletries Mike uses.
Oh, and cellphone chargers for the both of you. You never know when you’ll run out of battery.
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Well- toothbrush and toothbrush are a given… and changes of clothes for him… pjs are nice too. he should be able to shower there… hair brush and gel… As for binky- a sign with her name and her doctors name… Some hospitals do it for ya- some do not…
best of luck,
I just brang my baby home 3 months ago and i forgot about my hubby’s needs… we didnt know he’d get to stay the night. but he can always run to the store. …
some hopsitals cafe’s close at night- so bring food.
dont forget deodorant for you and mike. while I have never had a baby, I do remember the first few hours waking up after abdominal surgery and feeling REALLY gross because I was all sweaty and icky. Deodorant always makes me feel more human, even if I haven’t been able to shower or anything lately.
When my friend had her baby, she brought the basket part of the car seat up and got baby all situated before they left the room – that way you dont have to mess around in the car with baby, your stuff, mike, etc.
so excited for you!!
Definitely snacks for Mike, like beef jerky or something. Don’t know if you remember from my birth story, but Brent didn’t listen to me when I suggested he get some snacks ready. Instead he grabbed half a chocolate bundt cake that I had shoved in a giant ziploc. The nurses’ heads almost exploded when they saw the bag in the delivery room ‘cuz it looked gross. “What the HELL is that?!?!”
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hee, yes, that still makes me giggle!
I am so happy and excited for you guys!!
Some books and/or magazines? I got tired of the noise from the tv eventually. I also took a knitting project, but made so many mistakes that I ended up ripping it out (blame the painkillers), .
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Don’t forget your 10 pies.
Others have said it, but lots of tissues. Those hospital ones are like sandpaper!
The bag packing…so exciting!!!!
oh, the pies will be there! FULL SUGAR!
A pit kit for both you and mike, def shaving cream if need be (my hubby hates to be a hairy gorilla). For sure food for hubby since they hate to go buy stuff at the cafeteria and miss anything. extra clothes for them (some lounge pants to sleep in since mine wasn’t too stoked on the idea of boxers and nurses!), pillow for him too. Magazines since a book is too focus requiring for either mom or dad. And for you, nursing pads! I leaked like a fire hose, and they keep you dry and comfy and able to feed Binky without pain. Hurray!
I didn’t read through the 170 previous comments, so I apologize if this was already suggested, but i would suggest taking nail clippers. When my son was born his nails were sooo long and all i wanted was for the nurses to cut them but the only thing they could do was give me a finger nail file. If you bring your own clippers, you can clip Binky’s nails (if need be) Good luck!!!!
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Might take a baby book so they can put prints in it when baby is born????
Hi Heather! In my opinion, your list is missing chapstick, an ipod or whatever music for you guys to listen to before or after Binky gets here, a change of clothes for Mike because who knows what he will get hit with. Also I say gowns not sweats & yoga pants because I had an unexpected c/section and that stuff really bugged my scar. So that’s my $.02! Also maybe a baby book so you can put the little foot prints in it?
Becky Buchanan says:
I have read here for a long time, but never posted! I don’t about in CA but here in Ohio they do not have wet wipes for the babies poopies! They have dry ones that you have to wet, which is not easy to do if you just had a baby! I also wanted to let you know that I too measured huge with all 3 of my kids, but my third was like you, weeks ahead! I ended up being induced at 38 weeks and he was well over 9lbs!! So good luck you are in my prayers!!!
We were in the hospital long term, but… for hubs, I packed changes of clothes, a toiletry bag, and his laptop (I had mine, but we have different tastes). For short term, I have no idea other than clothes and toiletries…
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Food! And phone #’s of your favorite restaurants that deliver. My hospital food was good but not as good as some really great Chinese food! And drinks, because if the nurses are really busy you might have to wait for refills.
And by the way, I’m soo excited for this day. It’s been a long road and I can’t think of two more deserving people
OK, this is a little gross, but I will say…you probably don’t want to bring many of your own clothes, because they will get destroyed. I know you have a classical incision and hence you will be having a C-section, but that does not mean you will not have lochia. That bit of fun lasts about 4 weeks and, IME anyway, was extremely heavy the first few days. I was happy to ruin only hospital gowns and not my own clothes.
I love the baby book idea for footprints!
Another piece of advice in case you are planning to breastfeed- stay militant about it. My DD got hungry the second night because my milk hadn’t come in yet, so at the nurses’ urging, I gave her formula. I really wish I hadn’t, because I feel like that started something that somewhat sabotaged our breastfeeding relationship. Supplementing with formula kept my milk from coming in for a WEEK, and then she really preferred the bottle. So if/when I do it again, I plan to stick solely to the boob for at least the first couple of weeks even if the nurses advise otherwise (unless, of course, a doctor tells me my child needs to take a bottle). If you’re planning to formula feed, that’s totally fine too, but I wanted to share my experiences in case you want to breastfeed.
nic @mybottlesup says:
hey hun, someone may have already suggested this, but i can’t read through all of your comments because that would take my entire afternoon. for mike, i would definitely suggest a sweatshirt, sweatpants, slippers, and his own pillow. after jackson was born and paul was sleeping on the couch in our birthing suite, i was hot as hell and had the AC down ridiculously low. paul nearly froze to death until his parents brought him some winter clothes, meanwhile i lay 1/2 naked in my nursing gown sweating. i’m sure this was already mentioned as well, but bring your own lady pads so you don’t have the use to diaper ones at the hospital. i used the always “long” pads with wings since you’re in bed constantly… zero leakige. that’s all i can think of right now. happy packing!
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Bring your own kleenez…hopital facial tissue bites.
J in eire says:
A soft baby hairbrush…. My two girls had full heads of jet black hair, and everyone who visited loved to sit and brush it, and it also really relaxed them and made them sleep !!! Bonus – pretty sleepy babies … I also had a L-shaped pillow for nursing at the correct angle without putting pressure on my tummy. I am very excited for you and Mike and know your very precious second daughter will bring her own special light into your lives.
I have been reading your blog for over a year now and I am a total lurker. I have no children so I have no idea what to pack for the hospital.
But the other night as I was drifting to sleep, right at the point between full on sleep and being awake a thought popped into my head, completely out of the blue: I am so excited for Heather and Mike and I can’t wait to meet Binky.
I am excited for you! And good luck with packing.
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For me, it ended up being nightgowns. I’m not a nightgown person in my regular life but the cozy pajamas I bought were so uncomfortable due to the c-section scar that my husband had to go out and get my a few nursing nightgowns…so much more comfortable…
Um, your phone and phone charger? (I don’t know if you just assumed, but knowing me…I would totally forget!)
Mazel Tov, as we say, and good luck!
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I have much less of an idea about what to take than you, so can’t help you out with your question, but it’s SOOO fantastic to see you working on this list!
love to all of you!
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not sure if I am repeating
change for vending machine
Take an outfit for Binky that is cute, for the first picture. Extra batteries for the camera just in case. Oh and Gaterade/power ade/vitamin water/juice, whichever you like most, in your favorite flavor….because I guarantee they never have it in the machines.
Am so happy for you. 35 weeks. Sigh. Maybe soon, I’ll actually send you what has been sitting on my table for 4 weeks. Snort.
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I think we packed the basics for my husband, you know… toothbrush & some snacks That might have been about it!
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For Mike: find out if the hospital provides pillows/blakets for him. When my sis had her baby last Feb, they had a built-in couch/bed in the room for the hubby but no blankets or pillows were provided, so we had to go get those for him.
Also…did you remember toothbrushes, paste, mouthwash for the two of you? Wanna have fresh breath for Binky, dontcha?
And snacks for Mike and for you after the birth~protein bars…chocolate…cookies…champagne.
I always think nice scented lotion/oil for a little massage is nice…
Wow! Week 35! Awesome!!!
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I don’t have any suggestions to offer, on things to take, Heather, but it sounds like the others have have covered just about everything. BUT,,,,,,the four most important things in that hospital room are going to be Binky,,,her Mommy,,her Daddy,,and the spirit of her beautiful & precious, big sister, Maddie,,,,,,,,,,,,,
April in VA Beach says:
Electric kettle, tea bags, hot cocoa mix. The hot water the hospital provides might be lukewarm. If you have a revised list be sure to share it!
rosie too says:
Baby wipes will make things much easier. Most hospitals only supply dry paper wipes. I agree that you’ll need snacks for you and Mike. I also had arranged for a friend to bring some snacks for the nursing station just to let them know how much I appreciated everything they were doing!
I’m sure this has been mentioned above, but a mini Champagne/sparkling wine bottle.
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My husband was nervous Nancy so I snuck some tylenol pm in my bag in case I had to sedate him However, it turned embarassing when the nurse asked what meds I brought in with me. I had to explain the tylenol pm. They noted it in my chart and made a huge deal that I not take any meds that they did not give me. So, skip the meds.
Don’t forget breastpads – lansinoh stains clothing!
Your own towels because hospital towels suck. …..Just bring your oldest ones, or just buy some cheap-o ones at Target that you won’t mind throwing away, cause they could get gross
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Jen in Maryland says:
I second this! Hospital towels are the worst and it made me feel so much better using my own towels (and yes, they were old but still better quality).
This summer when Maggie was born, in my husband’s bag we packed a toothbrush, pajamas, house shoes, a throw, some snacks, and some change for the vending machine.
Bring Mike a sweater. My husband froze when we ended up in labor and delivery. Also, menus from nearby restaurants that delivers. I had my daughter @ Cedars and the food was awful (especially since after giving birth you don’t have to be on the gestational diabetes diet). Good Luck!!!
You forgot the most important thing: makeup! You want to look good in those new baby photos, don’t you?
Have your lashes dyed now so you won’t need to worry about mascare/racoon eyes. Ditto leg wax and hair trim/style NOW! Mani-pedi (of course) and a few things like tinted moisturizer, blush, and eyeliner.
I always bring my silk pillowcases to the hospital so I won’t get bed hair.
hee hee, you’re awesome.
Definately SNACKS and a small cooler with drinks. And throw an extra pillow and a sleeping bag in the car, just in case.
Apologies if this is a repeat, but a small nail file and mittens for the baby are helpful. When my son was born, I asked the nurse if they had anything to clip his fingernails, because he was already scratching his face. “No, absolutely do not use clippers! We always use emery boards and just file the nails.” “Oh, then could I have an emery board?” “No, we don’t have any right now.”
I think everyone here has given great suggestions as to what to pack, so I won’t add.. But take EVERYTHING with you that you can from the hospital! My hospital even let me take the thermometer that they used, the nasal aspirator, and once you open something like a pack of diapers, they have to trow out what you don’t use, so open them ALL and take it with you!! Wipes too! And one really cute thing they gave me at my hospital was reall adorable tiny tiny bow that I could “glue” on her head with a little lubricating jelly! ADORABLE!!!! Especially for pictures!
I love the ‘I fail at packing for boys’. Made me laugh out loud at my desk this morning.
Boys always seem to travel lighter than girls anyway, and whatever you pack, he has to carry, whatever he packs he has to carry, as you are “with child”! Skimming down the comments, there are some smart cookies out there and some great ideas, although if you packed everything you would look like you are moving in.
Bonne Chance. Fingers and toes crossed for you.
Emily G says:
BABY WIPES! I dont know about your hospital but ours gave us these horrible paper towel things that were dry! I made my husband go around the corner to Walgreens and buy some real baby wipes HA!
GOOD LUCK !!
Mama Fuss says:
Make sure that you hit the most important phones calls yourself. We had a similar service that was supposed to send out an email announcement w/ pic and it never happened.
Mike needs his own pillow, a book or something to do, his toothbrush.
Do you want to bring a small toy for Binky, too? We had a special stuffed animal for Fuss.
Mr Lady says:
Im going to be perfectly honest here…I didn’t pack a bag. I didn’t pack jack shit after the first kid, because I never USED any of it. I say Via La No Bags! Bring a toothbrush and call it even.
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Rayne of Terror says:
Mike will likely need his own pillow and blanket. He may also need warm clothes. After my c section the room was kept very cold because the pain medications make a recovering mother very hot. All my family was freezing in there while I was comfortable to hot and sweaty.
Major congrats on 35 weeks!!!
Looks like you have a great list and suggestions.
Sending good vibes for all of y’all.
sounds like a great list to me!! Especially the Lanishol!!! I’d just suggest you pack some food you like! When I gave birth, I found i was so hungry but the hospital food was not very nice.
All the best and looking forward to meeting Binky on your blog!!!
I haven’t read all the replies, so forgive me if it’s been mentioned, but don’t forget underwear! Since I was on bedrest, I couldn’t get out to get the last minute essentials so I sent a friend and she picked me up a pack of cheapie Hanes undies in dark colors and black. That way, if they got a little messy, I could either pitch them or they were dark enough that the stains wouldn’t show. Such a smart purchase!
I didn’t have anything but the clothes I was wearing for the births of our two. Each time I spent the first night sleeping in a chair in the room w/ my wife and the new addition to our family. My welfare was the last of my concerns at the time, as all the focus was, quite rightly, on the other two! *s*
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My friend told me about these blankets that strap on to the carseat, and I think they are genius!!! Maybe you would want one for Binky’s departure from the hospital?? You know, to protect her from all the paparazzi?? Hee hee!!!!
I have no additional suggestions, just wanted to say CONGRATS for making it this far and I am SO EXCITED for y’all!!!
Amy Wx says:
I’d say dollar bills/coins for vending machines…. our babies always arrived at odd hours (ie when all cafes/shops/cafeteria/etc are all closed) and my hubby always wanted a drink/snack.
baby book! I like to get dr’s signature and baby’s footprints….
Otherwise, looks good!
Michelle W says:
Someone might have already suggested this but the first thing that I thought was missing was simply a book. Although I hope to come back with a much more brilliant and creative suggestion
I’m getting so excited (seriously, not even joking a little)
Thanks for the list! I have been windering the same things lately. When my daughter was born I had NOTHING packed b/c I didn’t know she would be arriving in a matter of 2 hours, 12 weeks early! Today I had scare and packed a bag before heading to an OB appointment just in case and had no idea what all I would need. Now I can pack much better for next time. So excited you are getting so close to BInky’s due date!!!!!!!!!!!
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Balmex. My 2nd got a horrible diaper rash while we were in the hospital & I couldn’t get rid of it for a whole month, until I finally switched over to Balmex.
FLOSS! I can never leave home without it. Besides after being on a diabetic diet you deserve some yummy food (ie not hospital food). Hopefully you won’t have to use that dry shampoo and can shower the next day. After having a c-section that was postponed 3 times in one day I finally had my Hayden at 5:30 pm. They let me shower the next morning and even though I was soooo sore it felt absolutely wonderful to shower, lotion up and change out of the hospital get up. I am so excited for you and Mike. Binky is a lucky girl to have you.
Amy S. says:
Your own “sanitary napkins” so you don’t have to use the elephant pads. And, breast pads for your nursing bra.
Amy S. says:
And soda and snacks! They starved me prior to the c-secion, then wouldn’t let me eat, then gave me clear liquids. Then, they wouldn’t give me a soda because they thought it would cause gas (which would hurt and it did a little after the 2nd c-section). But I don’t care, I like the freedom to choose:)
It has been so exciting reading along with your pregnancy! I don’t have any experience myself in this area, but a sleep mask. You may want a little more darkness whenever you do get to sleep.
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How bout something to celebrate the end of gestational diabetes? Liiiiiike a whole box of oreos. Or ho hos. Or pringles. Oh, and the It’s a Girl cigars. And I would say something small that can represent Maddie (her Abby Cadabby, perhaps?) on her little sister’s birthday.
oh, there will be LOTS of cookies and pies delivered! I NEED SUGAR!!!
I didn’t read all million posts but here are the essentials I brought for the huz… Lounge pants, toothbrush/paste, deodorant (he doesn’t like to use mine, haha), slippers, and snacks. Other than that he was fine using my shampoo and stuff. Make sure you have extra batteries for the camera. For Rigby you might want to pack a hand towel they can wrap around the baby just after delivery so that whomever is keeping poochie can expose him to Binky’s scent. We did this with our dog.
Good luck, I’m an avid reader. I can’t wait to ‘be a part’ of this new chapter in yours and Mike’s life!!
I thought you both might want some underwear. I am so happy for you.
Because not every roomate is the coolest.
Also, if you have baby music on there, you can get cheap speakers for like 10 bucks at walmart, and if your alone, you can play groovy chill out music for you and Binky.
Bless you all and your incoming Binky.
I also agree wholeheartedly with the underwear statement.
Make those socks DARK non-slip socks, cause, well, they could get gross as well. Also, if you have a page from a baby keepsake book, or paper of some sort ready, they will usually do footprints on it for you at the same time they do them on the certificate.
Don’t forget some dry snacks – granola bars, pretzels, goldfish crackers, whatever to tide you over until the next meal is delivered. Mint tea also works like a champ for gas pains post-op. For some reason they seem to be more bothersome after C #2. SO excited that you’ve made it this far!! Go Binky, Go!
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I am soooooo dreading the gas pains! Those were AW.FUL. last time. I’ll get some of that tea pronto.
I don’t have any children, but my husband was in the hospital for a week earlier this year. A few things we had to have:
$1 bills for the vending machines and get plenty of cash beforehand in case you have to send someone out for something.
a book light in case one of you wants to read while the other is sleeping.
I brought 2 refillable water bottles and kept a couple gallons of bottled water in the car and refilled them when I needed.
I also kept a notebook and pen handy for writing down names of hospital staff, flowers and gifts that we received.
A couple empty tote bags (the reusable grocery bags work well) for gifts and such.
When my cousin had her baby I took my photo printer, all we had to do was put the memory card in and print pics for the visitors with the baby…one less thing she had to do when she got home.
Congrats and good luck to all of you.
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All 3 of my hospital bags required a big bag of Skittles (the purple bag), a bunch of gatorade and some pudding.
I agree with old undies or buy some big comfy granny panties for the hospital. And some comfy(?) overnight pads.
Flip flops/slippers and I have germ issues, so I made sure I had shower shoes.
Oh – and lipgloss.
Michelle W says:
You may have already experienced this the first go round but I went out and bought a pair of fuzzy warm PJ”s and totally regretted it. I ended wearing the thin hospital gown because I was sweating profusely and then getting the chills in my warm PJ’s. If I were to do it again I’d go with something much cooler.
I haven’t read all the replies, but if you’re bringing a laptop, do you have an itunes library? You can download/rent movies on there–one less thing to pack.
Also, something from home for Binky (anything that smells like home–we used an Angel Dear “blankie” that we slept with for a couple of weeks beforehand; it is now her go-to item), and something from the hospital that smells like Binky, for Rigby (we used one of those swaddle blankets they have). Supposedly these help with the transition.
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downloading movies in advance is a GREAT idea. And now I know how I will spend my day.
Leska McCall says:
a couple of things I loved having….
a blanket for the doggie to have the days before we came home
ziplock bags (gallon) …you just never know.
also? shave your arm where the iv will be….I am hairy, and it always was such an annoyance with the tape for the iv…and then the removal…it’s the small things, no?
I’m so excited for you all!
Long time reader, just wanted to give you my two cents as a labor and delivery/postpartum nurse here in sunny CA.
For Heather: (things not mentioned yet I think)
-I would definitely get one of those little hand held fans. The kind you use on a hot summer day. As the medicine in the epidural/spinal wears off, most women either get REALLY hot or REALLY cold.
_ I would also bring my own lancets and accucheck machine. If they want to check your blood sugar for a period of time after delivery, your own lancets are probably much gentler on your skin than the hospital ones.
– A change of clothes
– His toiletries
– A Black Pen. Lots of paperwork.
– A cute outfit or two to take pictures, especially going home. Receiving blankets for discharge! I would use the hospital onesies/blankets in between. For all the poops there are going to be, I say let the hospital worry about the laundry ;).
– For the scrapbook, I say just bring the paper. The hospital has ink already. Oh, and ask if they can do the footprints before they check Binky’s blood sugar after delivery
And last but not least. Get as much rest/sleep as possible.
This is probably the hardest thing to do, but the most beneficial.
So excited for you and your family. I don’t know you personally, but am happy to see that you and Binky are doing so well. Congratulations dear. Binky is so lucky to have you and Mike as parents.
I am so excited for you and your family. God bless you.
That is a GREAT idea about my glucometer! I will be sure to bring it. I forgot about all the paperwork. I had to do it last time since Mike and Madeline were at another hospital. YAY Mike can do it this time!
OH. Letting the hospital do laundry is genius!
Soothies. They are these awesome gel pads to put on your boobs. They were by far my favorite thing. A nurse suggested them and I was so thankful. The cream is great but these helped with the pain and I could just hold and stare at my baby.
Dont forget a pic of you, Mike and Maddie for Binky’s basinette in the hospital!
I dont mean to be graphic, but hospital maxis are atrocious. I brought my own super duper maximum protection Always with me. I had a c/s, and the hospital provided loafs of bread with NO adhesive and suggested I bring my own safety pins. Can you imagine?
Im thinking of you and Maddie at this very exciting and emotional time, and wish you the best, and safest delivery possible.
I really loved reading all these comments. Here’s what I’ll add. Burp cloths… I preferred the flannel gerber ones and they fit perfectly under baby in the little bed they put them in. The rope or maybe a dog leash is such a great idea. I had such guilt waking daddy constantly to get this or that. I love the toy idea too. Pacis even though my little guy did not end up with one He used one the first couple weeks. Also just in case there is a nursing situation be prepared with bottles and the formula of your choice. Just in case. Oh and nightgown is best for ‘the c’ and makes it much easier and comfy. If you have a Bluetooth headset for your phone it would be handy! And don’t forget your drivers license(silly mistake I made!!)
magic butt cream recipe – desitin, aquaphor and nystatin mixed
maybe not for the hospital but it really is magical!!!
Getting super anxious for binkys big day!!!
Hugs from Tampa!
Wow! This is such an exciting time! You have lots of great suggestions already … I second the glucometer. I had gestational diabetes, and it was so nice to be able to use my own supplies. I also took sugar-free hard candies and gum. Another comment I just have to make is that I love that you’re taking blankets and clothes for Binky. When I had my little one, I had no idea the hospital would even allow you to change the baby’s clothes, so she stayed in the old scratchy hospital clothes and blankets for 3 days. I know it’s easier to let the hospital do the laundry for a while, but oh… they just look so darn cute cuddled up in the little preemie sleepers!!! And I just hate to think of Binky snuggling up to a scratchy blanket. Congratulations! I can’t wait until she’s finally here!!!
Sarah B says:
I’m so happy for you and Mike!!!!!
I didn’t see these suggestions (sorry if I missed ’em):
*eyepillow (eyeshade? eyecover? what is that thing called….you know, for airplane rides and such)
Even though you won’t get *much* sleep, the lights and sounds of a hospital can make it that much more difficult….so I’d suggest packing those two things.
trying to answer this question makes me laugh b/c when i had my twins i thought FOR SURE i’d be in labor for hours and hours, maybe a day, even. we had a stack of cds (this was before he ipod-a whole 8 years ago!,) a boombox (heh,) a couple of changes of clothes for my husband, & food for him, as well. we ended up playing only 1 entire cd (radiohead the bends) before i was ready to push. i can only wish as fast a labor on anyone. you’ll have everything you need, and if you don’t, someone will surely get it for you.
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I can’t stress enough…bring food!! For my hubby the hospital food was expensive and gross.
For me the food was also gross but the portions were tiny. I was not allowed to eat for 24 hrs and my first meal was 1 hard boiled egg (yuck) and a slice of toast.
I phoned my mom and begged her to bring me food.
For my second daughter we took a backpack of food!
I dont know if you ‘do’ everything by internet but if you send ‘real’ thank yous to people take in a pack of blank cards – great to be able to say thank you to staff, doctors, for presents and flowers that arrive whilst you are trapped in hospital as when you come home you wont get any time at all!
I had a C-section with my first. Is the hospital far from your house? I just brought what I would for an overnight stay and then figured out what I would like and sent hubs back home to get it. : )
I would bring baby nail clippers or an emery board for baby’s long sharp nails. A little make up for yourself so you can at least look like your feeling better as your walking the hospital halways to and from the nursery. Deodorant and a book that easy to read for you and mike. Extra balnket for you and Mike. And of course just so things can be as perfect as can be, bring a picture of Big Sister and maybe one of her stuffed animals as a present to Binky from her Big Sissy. It will mean alot to Binky someday and I’m sure Madeline would love it. Just a suggestion, Hope everything goes well.
Oh I forgot, any pumping supplies, like nursing pads, storage containers, ect. if you plan on pumping whie at the hospital.
Bring Binky’s baby book they will put her footprints in it when they do the birth certificate prints. They won’t do the hads so if you want them bring non-toxic, washable ink pad. We got a pink one for our daughters. Too cute!
I wholeheartedly agree with bringing your own heavy duty maxi pads and underwear, and your own baby wipes.
Bring some disposable breast pads.
And I’d bring some real shampoo and body wash. I still remember my first post C-section shower as one of the best showers ever.
I had a cough while I was there as well and it takes forever to get a cough drop, so maybe bring some lozenges too. Of course, your husband will be able to run errands for you so don’t worry if you forget something!
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Supa Dupa Fresh says:
— iPod. Some relaxing music. Some energizing music.
— As many emollients as you can find.
— Something that smells wonderful. (Perfume, lotion, or whatever.)
— Trashy magazines
— Stress ball or other hand exerciser or squishy thing
2 week away from full term. That is awesome. So excited!
I brought granola bars for my mom, since the dad wasn’t there. Food gets expensive at the hospital for your other!
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We were scrolling past and Anissa goes, “Wait – Packing for boys? What?’ I scrolled back up – “Oh, Mike, that boy.” Anissa says “Oh good – I wondered what was up with packing for a boy.”
Mama Cas says:
The very first thing I packed in my hospital bag was a razor and shaving cream. The ONLY thing that makes me feel like a human being is being able to shave my legs. And so I did. Even though I had all 4 of my kids by c-section….as soon as the nurse gave me the go-ahead, I shuffled to the shower, washed up, and shaved my legs. Don’t ask me how I did it. Apparently I was just pig-headed enough to get the job done!
Hi Heather. One thing that was invaluable to me was.. binkies. I brought several for the birth of my son. For some reason both my kids loved the MAM binkies. Both were born with an insatiable need to suck and, though I was happy to nurse them, the binkies gave me SUCH a needed break. And neither got nipple confusion. You may never use them, but it can’t hurt. Best wishes, best of luck, all my love. I carry you and Madeline in my heart always. You have no idea how much you both have changed my life and the way I live. Love to all.
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Even though I’m sorry that you’ve had to make so many trips to L&D, it makes me feel better about all of MY trips there. I am on bed rest and just a couple of weeks behind you, and I’ve felt like a goober a few times that I’ve gone in and been sent home!
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I know…it doesn’t matter how many times the nurses and doctors tell you that you did the right thing by coming in, you still feel kind of dumb. And it doesn’t matter if you would tell a friend to go in under the same circumstances. We are so hard on ourselves!
I know you already stated that you’d be bringing your digital camera and that probably records video but if not; bring a video camera, if you have one. Have Mike take as much footage as he can. =o)
OOOops! I didn’t see the flip camera on your list! Silly me! =P
When I was in labor with my daughter, my husband went down to the cafeteria to eat a quick lunch…I was in pretty early stages and told him to go, no trouble. But when he came back, and I really needed him? His breath REEKED of Doritos. And it sucked! So take some mints, so Mike can rub your back and be there for you without smelling like the food that you can’t have!
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OMG. I would vomit. And it would be bad. So mints are going on my shopping list pronto!
Food! Food, food, food. When I had Jake I thought I was going to starve to death. I was SO freaking hungry and yet the hospital food was disgusting, and there was not much of it.
Seriously, I wanted to chow down on 1/2 a cow and a massive salad. I likely would’ve sold my soul for something to eat, lolol.
bring your favorite brand of maxipads. the hospital ones go from tailbone to navel and then bunch up in your crotch in the most wrong way. and some comfy undies.
also, not sure if you are going to use a pacifier for binky (a binky for binky?) so you may want to bring onel.
oh, my most favorite part of having a baby/hospital stay? when the hospital administrator person came to my room and asked me to pay the deductible for my insurance, so bring a credit card or your checkbook…. tacky, i know. but you never know!
so excited for you!
I feel horrible for being so far behind, and your list is not even showing up on the post anymore. I likely would have not had any great suggestions, though. I’m glad there are so many people here to provide advice for you!
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