Friday, June 19, 2009

Project Baby Organising - organising the hospital bag

My hospital gave me a list of things I needed to bring with me so I've been crossing things off the list.

I don't have everything yet as the one thing everybody agrees on is don't buy any clothes until after the baby shower.


I wanted to tick some things off that list so I laid out what I do have so that at least something is ready.

And here's how I packed the baby toiletries, just because this is me and I love Ziplocs :)

Now, to all the experienced mothers out there, what do they not tell you to bring that I really should know about?

All advice gratefully received!

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Janelle said...

Both times I had babies I ended up packing a whole lot of stuff I didn't use. Take slippers, an outfit that you can get into easily to go home, and something for the babies to wear home. Toiletries to shower with. I wore the hospital gowns the whole time I was there because they just got bodily fluids all over them. If you're nursing you'll want a bra or two. Make sure it's a little loose before the baby (or babies in your case) are born because the girls will swell.

Yvonne said...

A pillow to sit on when you go home from the hospital. Yep, we didn't have a car at the time our daughter was coming home, so a friend picked us up. He drove a porsche. I didn't realize how low it was til I went to sit. Yikes! Anyway, I think it's a good idea, just in case you might need it.

Abbie said...

Congrats, congrats! I love that you are getting ready for your new arrival early! I definitely wasn't prepared for my second, she came 4 weeks early by surpirse!
Here are a couple of things I thought were useful depending upon your experience:
Phone numbers of family
Pediatrician's name, address, and number
Insurance information (very helpful if you are refered to a specialist)
Phone number of lactation consultant (if you are nursing)
(I second the nursing bra comment big time.)
One blanket for the ride home
Yummy snacks and water
And I also took a picture of my son, when I went to the hospital for the birth of my daughter.

My first birth was really difficult and I was really out of it afterward because of the painkillers, the second was a breeze and I was up and about in 12hours.
My hospital provided all the baby items we needed, like diapers, wipes, etc., and we didn't bathe the baby until 2 weeks later after the cord stub fell off. The baby "wore" hospital receiving blankets the whole time.

One other thing: we went to a police/fire station to have a certified specialist teach us how to install the baby seat. That was really helpful.
Congrats again! I can't wait to read more soon.

Shannon said...

Hello from Canada.
Pack some chapstick as the hospitals get really dry and especially during labour when you're not really allowed anything to drink.

I second something comfy to wear home and the slippers

Bring two outfits for baby guaranteed they will spit up on the first out fit right before you're ready to leave.

Little knitted baby hats if it's at all windy or chilly.

forgetfulone said...

Slippers, comfy clothes, and a book to read when you can't sleep after the baby is born. I was awake forever with nothing to do! Don't forget your deodorant and toothbrush.

Marcia Francois said...

Forgetfulone, how lovely to hear from you again!

LOL on the deodorant – I never forget the deodorant – it is always in my handbag.

Shannon, hi. Good idea about the outfits - Murphy's Law! And it's winter here so definitely little baby hats. Oh my - they're going to look so cute!

Abbie, Thanks for that great list. Good idea about the lactation consultant.

Yvonne, ouch! I'll have to check the cars and see which one D will fetch us in.

Janelle, this hospital gave us a list of things to bring with us so there'll be no getting around using too much hospital stuff! But trust me, I'm definitely lazy so whatever I can use at the hospital, I will. I hate laundry anyway, so any excuse!!!

Anonymous said...

Chapstick and lotion. My lips were so very, very dry. And I couldn't stand the hospital gowns so I bought a very cheap set of pj's that I wouldn't feel guilty about tossing if they got messed up. Comfy slippers for walking the floors with your baby.

StarFish said...

Nursing pillow! I'd've died without mine - the baby wanted to nurse non-stop and hospitals beds are not very comfy nursing-wise. Plus, it was great in the pictures - everything so sterile white and pastel, and this bright green pillow with frogs in the center!