Friday, July 25, 2008

Open Forum- What are some of the most important things to pack for the hospital?

Let's see what things we can come up with and we'll try to form the most comprehensive hospital bag list ever! After we get the list together, copy and paste it into your own document, edit it to suit your needs, and print it out for when you are ready to pack for the hospital. And I DO recommend packing way early. You never know when your water could break, and then you want to get to the hospital ASAP. Two out of three times I have found myself at the hospital totally unexpectedly in labor, and sending people to my house to pick up necessities for me.

Let's get this list going.


The McKellars said...

Chapstick, comfy socks, your fav pillow, shower flip flops and your favorite treat for when it's all over!

Erica said...

Good thinking! Here's some that I can think of off the top of my head:

Important phone numbers, laptop if possible (my hospital has wireless internet), email addresses, camera & cord, camcorder, extra batteries and chargers for cameras, any medicines that you take, robe (so you can walk around without exposing yourself :), your own hat for the baby (so baby doesn't have to wear the pink and blue one... how embarrasing!), nursing bra to wear home, movies, books. That's all I can think of right now

Jocee Bergeson said...

Of course you need an outfit (or several to choose from!) for the little one. :)

Adam & Tiff said...

I took way too much the first time! So, the first thing I would say would be to listen to what other people have to say and then think of YOU. If you wouldn't use it normally, then you probably won't want it in the hospital.

That said, here are a few things I was very glad I had...

Button front pjs - if you are learning to breast feed you will be exposing those things a lot. Being able to just unbutton the first few buttons made me feel less uncomfortable.

Don't forget the basics...a brush, hair elastic, toothbrush and toothpaste, face and body wash, enough make-up to help you look decent for the millions of pictures, etc. After Brooklyn, my favorite thing was a quick shower and being able to feel clean and presentable again.

Your nursing pillow (Boppy) is hard enough to learn how to do it while trying to prop the baby up as well.

Okay, those are what pop into my head right now...I'll keep thinking.

Jocee Bergeson said...

Ok, post baby delivery I have two things to add to the list. EYESHADES & EARPLUGS!!! Can you tell I had a rough first night. So noisy and bright way too early in the AM. The 2nd night was much better! :)