posted 25th Oct
I brought pillows from home, because I sleep with a ton of them, and I HATE those flat pillows at the hospital!
About the Boppy Pillow - if you qualify for WIC, sometimes they have free Boppies for you if you take a breastfeeding class! Not always, but if they do have them they will give you one for free!
I'm an "over packer," lol! And I don't behave well at the hospital - I don't like their rules, lol! I bring gaterade or vitamin water and protein bars for during labor - they help me keep my energy up! The nurses WILL get on to you if they catch you chowing down on a snack bar, but there's not a real medical reason for you to not eat - if you'd just chowed down on Thanksgiving dinner and then gave birth an hour later, they wouldn't be able to do anything about that, would they?!? ;-)
I would make sure you have (for labor): Chapstick, Lotion, Deoderant, Camera, Camera batteries, Phone and charger, List of people to call (in case Dad or someone else needs to make calls while you're otherwise occupied or recovering), Baby book and pen/pencil, copies of your birth plan (it never hurts to have a bowl of chocolate next to your birth plan for the nurses/doctor!).
I also bring a rice sock (literally, a sock full of white rice, tied in a knot at the end - it makes a heating pad that you just stick in the microwave for 2 min or so, then put it wherever you need some relief!), and that helps with back pain.
A bag for dirty laundry - you may not want to put anything that has blood stains or such things back in your nice suitcase/duffel bag! AND you can always send the bag home with someone the night before you're discharged and have them start your laundry ahead of time (Grandma's are great for this!).
MONEY for vending machines/to send someone to get sudden supplies/send someone on a "good" food run, etc. We had to send my mom to WM to buy a new carseat while in the hospital, because the one we had (which came from a different hospital, not even three years previous) had lost it's stickers and wasn't in their database, so they wouldn't let us take the baby home in it! With my first daughter, we just brought 0-3mo clothes for her to wear home, and she came out 7lb 10oz and wore Preemie for two weeks and Newborn for 3 more after that! So we sent my mom to WM for smaller clothes as well!
House slippers or non-skid socks to wear in the hospital room.
Something to occupy your time - even hospital cable (which isn't very good, very limited channels) gets boring! A book, a laptop, a hand held game, knitting project, etc. (this is a great time to finish thank you cards from Baby showers or to write out baby announcements (you can even order some online at WM or Walgreens or something and have someone go pick them up and have them all addressed and ready to mail before you even get out of the hospital!).
A few empty reusable shopping bags (or just walmart sacks, empty duffel bags, etc.) for all the freebies you get!
posted 25th Oct
<blockquote><b>Quoting Jenni Dill:</b>" I brought pillows from home, because I sleep with a ton of them, and I HATE those flat pillows at the ... [snip!] ... A few empty reusable shopping bags (or just walmart sacks, empty duffel bags, etc.) for all the freebies you get! "</blockquote>
So even though she said she is an OVER PACKER that is actually really on point. I'm bringing 90% of that especially since I'm going to be there for four days sighhh