Before beginning my packing, I asked around for suggestions of things to pack. We've been through this before, but when we had Wendy, I didn't do such a good job of packing. I took too much stuff to the hospital, and was missing some things I could have really used. Anyway, here's a compilation of suggestions from folks who are much smarter than I am:
- 3-4 changes of comfy clothes, depending on how long you anticipate your hospital stay to be. Comfort is key!
- Nursing bras if you're planning to breastfeed
- Extra socks, comfy slippers
- Light sweater, no matter the season - sometimes hospitals are COLD.
- Toiletries. Don't forget some basics for your husband - he'd appreciate being able to brush his teeth.
- Maxi pads. From what I remember, this is no time for the thin & trim styles!
- Clothes for your husband if he's staying with you the whole time.
- Chapstick & lotion - must stay hydrated!
- A comfy pillow - can stay in the car if not needed
- Chargers for cell phones/camera/camcorder
- Laptop and/or iPod if you're into that.
- Light reading/crossword puzzles/sudoku book - nothing too heavy, but something to occupy your mind if you can't sleep or get bored with the TV!
- List of people to call when baby arrives
- Snacks - we're taking peanut-butter crackers & trail mix for between-meal munching.
- Things for baby - two going-home outfits (just in case), socks/booties, hat, receiving blanket, Binkie, baby nail trimmers
- Gift for older child or children - we have a baby doll for Wendy that looks a lot like a newborn baby. It even has hospital bracelets. When she first comes to see us in the hospital, she'll get her very own baby to take home with her - I think that'll help with the idea of a baby brother.
- And don't forget to install that car seat! Can't take baby home without it!
Please, let me know in the comments if you have other suggestions! There's still some room in the duffle bag!
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