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Today’s post is all about what I brought with me to the hospital when I gave birth to my son – both in my suitcase and all the other things I brought.
It’s tough to know what to bring when you don’t know what to expect. To help people know what to expect, I always recommend taking a hospital tour of the maternity wing. Every hospital I know of offers this. My husband and I did the tour with our hospital when I was about 7 months pregnant. We signed up through the hospital website. We arrived in a meeting room. Some labor and delivery nurses gave a short presentation and answered some questions. They handed out a packet with some information – including pre-registration paperwork. Then, they walked us around. They showed us the labor and delivery wing – we saw what a delivery room looks like, what an operating room looked like and what the nursery looked like. We then went to the Mother/Baby wing where parents and baby spend the remainder of their time at the hospital after delivery.
If your hospital offers, pre-registry, I highly recommend it. Provide them with all your contact info and insurance info so you don’t have to worry about that the day of delivery.
As far as what I brought to the hospital, I brought our infant carseat, our cord blood banking kit, a bag of goodies for the nurses and a backpack of stuff for my husband and I.
For both of us-
- Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body/face wash, brush, towel
- Phone chargers
Hospital provides everything for baby as far as diapers, wipes, swaddles, onsie so we only
Going home outfit – I brought a selection of sizes since I was unsure size of baby
- A couple t-shirts, workout shorts, socks, underwear
- 2 nursing bras
- maternity pajama bottoms and top
- slip on Toms shoes
- couple pairs of underwear ( never wore them because I wore mesh panties or always underwear)
- A pack of Always disposable underwear
- Stool softeners
- Benifiber packets