Monday, November 19, 2012

In the Bag

So one of my favorite things to do right now is search Pinterest for lists of what to pack for baby/momma while in the hospital. Yeah, that's how exciting my life is these days. ; ) 

I've read tons of lists and I love seeing all the different things that people think to bring. A few things that are major musts for me: Lysol wipes and spray. I definitely will de-germ the room before I can relax. I can't help it - it stems from being an ER nurse, I think. It's an obsession. 

So now I need to hear from y'all...what are hospital bag necessities for mom and baby? What do I need to have in my bags? What could we leave at home? Even if you haven't been pregnant/been through labor yet, I'd love your opinion!

And on a side note, how can one little baby girl have so much stuff?? She is so loved already. 


Sometimes I just sit and stare at everything and my heart aches to meet her! 


34 comments:

Kay said...

Oh goodness, I think I packed 920389847509837 things and needed like 4 of them! You are also ahead of me because we didn't pack our bags until my due date.. good thing we did because my water broke later that night!

A few musts for me:

-If you wear contacts I would bring your glasses. My eyes have never felt more dried out or itchy than after birth... I was happy to take my contacts out after everything settled down!

-Chapstick.. I know that most lists probably have this but your lips get SO dry!

-For me, it was realllllly nice to have my own pillow! & if you plan to nurse and have a nursing pillow, bring that! It was really helpful to get the hang of it with a little help, especially when you are so sore!

Hope these were even a tiny bit helpful! I remember the days of just sitting in Jack's nursery and dreaming, praying, wishing, hoping... it's everything you want it to be and more! And while pregnancy seems to just tick by slowly... when they are here?! Lightning speed!!!

Liz said...

Sooo much cute stuff!!!! Make sure you post what you do end up taking!!!

Julie said...

I haven't had this wonderful experience happen to me yet but from what I've learned from friends, the following is suggestions they recommend:

~ if you have a pet, bring an extra tshirt to hospital with you and put in baby's area so the smell lingers on the tshirt. Have someone take the tshirt back to your house before you and baby return and allow the pet to be with it, get to know the smell, etc. That will allow it time to adapt in a way.

~ bring your own nipple shields. The stuff at the hospital may not always work.

Hope that helps a bit!

Kari said...

I need to start thinking of this list....I have some lists pinned too. And my dr's office gave me their own list..including a list for dads! One of my friends said make sure to pack travel size toiletries and the heaviest pads you can find. I'll email you the rest of my lists I have pinned and we can compare. :)

P.S. Your precious baby girl is so loved already!! :) :)

Kay Sour said...

I started Luke's bag the other night! Mine is slow going. I have been searching Pinterest like crazy!

I have hand sanatizer, burp cloths, mittens, little socks, boppy, hats, big blanket for trip home, my own pillow, camera, camcorder, nursing pads.

Emily said...

I can't wait for a shower recap!! :)

Jenna said...

Looks like she was spoiled :) That closet is almost full!

xxx
Jenna

Heather said...

I just had my baby boy in June. I took way too much stuff! lol All I ended up using was his boppy pillow. It was a life saver. oh and the little blankets that are good for just about everything. Spitup, swaddling, etc.
The hospital provided everything else I needed for him...but your hospital could be different. I took comfy clothes to change into for hubs and I and our toiletries of course. I just wanted to be comfy and hold my baby boy. :)

Cindy said...

You don't really need much. Your clothes will more than likely get stained if you're wanting to wear your own gown/pants/whatever. They provide you will everything you (mom) will need...even down to the disposable panties :) As far as baby girl goes, a couple outfits, hairbows, etc. The hospital will give you tons of blankets and some (boring, white) clothes for Emory, but if you want her in girly pink clothes, you'll need those. Don't take diapers or wipes, the hospital will give those to you (and take as much as they'll let you take when you leave! ask for more! the same goes for your creams, pads, etc. - you're paying for it, take all you can :) I would take your own pillow, shower stuff (you'll feel like a million bucks getting a shower and smelling good after labor!) and take a boppy pillow if you're planning on breastfeeding. ENJOY IT! There's nothing like it. I LOVED my hospital time - so many memories! Praying for a safe delivery and healthy girl!! Oh, if you have a baby book, have them do the footprints and handprints as soon as she's born, when they do it for her little certficate :)

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Oh no, do I wanna know about the lysol wipes? Do hospitals not wipe down hand rails, etc. before letting the next patient in? Maybe I don't wanna know, hah. I'll just bring my lysol wipes and take precaution.

Look at all those clothes, she is one lucky little girl!! Can't wait to see her nursery!!

Traci said...

OK now I'm really scared of ever having to in the hospital for something. I just assumed the rooms were cleaned really good between patients!!

Natalie said...

An eye mask and the whit noise app on my phone saved me in the hospital. They are coming in and out of your room all day and night long so those items really helped me rest a little when I needed to! I also recommend a god under eye concealer, mascara, lip gloss, and a little bronzer for make-up. It helped me look more awake for pictures post birth when you are exhausted and your eyes are super puffy.

Michelle said...

I'm sure this goes without saying since you are a nurse, but definitely see what the hospital provides. Ours gave us a boppy and some other items.

That being said,I definitely recommend the boppy, camera/charger, a range of clothing (I had hot flashes postpartum!), snacks, the baby book (or just the page for footprints!) and a notebook to keep track of any labor info, as well as who brings gifts.

Jenn @ Bliss to Bean said...

I LOVE watching "what's in my bag vlogs" Armeadors is my favorite! Look her up!! I definitely have fuzzy socks/slippers with rubbery bottoms. I packed a few maternity bras, a soft robe, and my friend insisted on a nursing pajamas--it has spaghetti straps b/c she said we'll get really hot after birth. Also-nipple cream & pads. I also have comfy yoga pants/tanks to wear home. I still need some granny panties haha. I heard the phone charger is the most forgotten item! Maybe some gum/snacks for hubs. I plan on packing some makeup too, just to feel "normal" for some photo ops! OMG we're gonna have babies so soon!!

Beth Ann said...

This is the best, most accurate, list I have found. I pass it along to everyone!

http://www.e-tells-tales.com/2011/07/if-i-could-repack-our-hospital-bag.html

Don't pack undies. Wear the mesh panties. You're going to have a pad burrito in your pants and you're going to want to dispose of them. So, mesh panties it is. ;)

Beth Ann said...

If you plan on nursing, want to re-iterate nursing tanks. Tanks, tanks, tanks. The bras are overrated and uncomfortable. The tanks are great- comfy, easy access, and keep your belly/back covered. I wore a nursing tank, with a robe/zip up jacket over it, and p.j. pants both days I was in the hospital. :)

Faith said...

obviously i have no idea what you should pack, lol ... so i'm here to talk about baby girl's closet!

she truly is so loved already. and all the pink makes me so happy :)

Amanda said...

Look at all those clothes in her closet! Oh my goodness she is going to be so cute & precious. I'm so excited for you && I can't wait to see who Emory looks like :) I'm sure she'll be beautiful, just like her mama! ;) love you a bunch! XO

Sara @ Our Life Blog said...

her closet looks so cute!! when i was pregnant with alex is would go to his baby room and sit in the rocking chair for hours. :)

bring a couple receiving blankets. a going home outfit, and the hospital will have everything else.

Lauren said...

Love all the cute little girl clothes aw :-)

Maggie said...

This post just makes my heart smile.

Also, a baby girl can never have too much! So much love is displayed in that closet :)

I had nothing else to say but that.

Lauren said...

a baby girl certainly can't ever have too much!

And no matter how many lists you read or how many times you think about what you should pack...you are bound to overpack! I know I did...and I even cut my packing down from what everyone recommended! Have something comfy to wear & also something cute for Baby Emory to wear in the nursery if they'll allow it...all those pictures she needs to be in something adorable & comfy!

Michaela said...

Emory needs some purple to add to that closet. Auntie Michaela got that taken care of today ;)

April Rowell said...

CHAPSTICK!!!! GUM!!!!! MAKEUP REMOVER!!!

Notebook, pen,

CELLPHONE CHARGER!!!!

Can you tell I just had a baby? :)

Love seeing all your stuff with E's since my girl's name is Evelyn.

Janna Renee said...

I love that she already has so much stuff!! Baby girl is already spoiled ;)

Allison said...

Whatever final list you make save it for me someday! I'm always curious about what people pack. Love her closet full of pink and gray...she's already fashionable! :)

Fran said...

okay, so I've never been through this myself but a couple of my must would be Camera, chargers, extra batteries, and gum. lol

Jessica said...

I totally overpacked for my first hospital trip and perfected it for the second. I made sure we had our cameras, baby book (for footprints), clothes for the baby, clothes for me, the Boppy, my own pillow/blanket, my glasses/contact stuff, chargers (for the phone/camera/computer), and comfy socks. I hate socks but I refuse to walk around barefoot at the hospital (the nurse in me) so I found fun nonslip socks at Target and wore them. My nurses loved them. My mom found me nursing pj's at Burlington so I packed those so I could feel human by wearing my own clothes. Plus I didn't want anyone visiting while I was just wearing a gown. If you're planning on nursing, make sure you have Lansinoh Lanolin cream. It's the best out there (and I've tried them all) I swear by it!!! Oh and don't forget to have the carseat in the car!!!

Lindsay said...

Must haves for me: ipod w/travel speaker, baby book, hair ties & bobby pins, going home outfit for baby and mom, blankets for baby to go home with, car seat, plenty of clothes for dad, toiletries, nipple cream (I liked Earth Mama Angel Baby), glasses/contacts, chargers/batteries for camera/phone, socks, flip flops, nursing tanks and comfy bottoms that you don't care about getting ruined

I recommend leaving at home: computer-if you have a smart phone then you're good, Boppy-I preferred using regular hospital pillows when I was learning how to breastfeed & the Boppy takes some getting used to, blow dryer/straightener & full makeup bag-I can't imagine having the time or energy to use these things but I did apply a little mascara on my last day at the hospital, underwear-the mesh ones the hospital gives you are the BEST ...make sure to ask for extras before you leave as well as the hospital pads!

Also, if big babies run in your family I would recommend bringing 2 going home outfits for baby, one in newborn size and one in 0-3month.

Valerie said...

What everyone above has already said is perfect. The less the better.

I will say I was astonished that my little guy had such long finger nails and had to get someone bring mittens for him to wear. Those are the first thing going in my bag for this one!!!!

Amber said...

Oh my goodness, her little closet is so precious!

carlyrae said...

AUGH! I love those lists.. (and lists in general..) I'm just 4 months now but I already wrote down some of these tips for later! :)
xo

Katie Parrish said...

PJs! Comfy PJs that you feel comfortable hanging around in while you have visitors.

Take your ipad or computer for the downtime.

Snacks for hubby so he's not having to buy them from the vending machine or cafeteria. We even brough bread and sandwich meat, plus gatorades.

Your own pillows.

Bring your makeup and hair dryer. You will want to feel pretty after being able to get up and shower.

All these things were lifesavers for me in the hospital! Good luck!

Ashley said...

You honestly don't need much! My essentials were:
CHAPSTICK - most important! ha.
Lanolin, snacks(Clif Shotblocks were lifesavers during labor), change for vending machines, travel size toiletries, loose tank top(or two), loose sweat/yoga pants, oversize wrap sweater. I would wear the hospital gown and robe if I were you, don't want to stain your own clothing - and take home those mesh panties and pads if you can! As many as you can grab!!