- Warm socks. It seems like they keep those hospital rooms much too cold, and my feet are the first thing to feel it.
- A travel-sized game in case labor lasts a long time.
- Some favorite snacks. Every time I have had a baby, without fail, I am famished and starving for the next 24 hours straight. (maybe it's all that extra room in my midsection?) Although there is some magical snack room where the nurses can retrieve me a sandwich, yogurt, cookies/crackers or pudding whenever I ask for one, it's nice to have my own treats and not have to ask for something every hour.
- Some cash. At our hospital there is a "snack bar" downstairs. If labor is long, Allen can go get something to eat there. If I want a yummy milkshake after delivery, I can have someone go get me one at the snack bar. Or a donut. Or whatever.
- A good, long book. I don't enjoy visitors while I'm at the hospital unless it is my husband or kids (I'm not exactly looking/feeling my best) so I like to have a good book to read.
- My OWN pillow(s). I hate hospital beds. They are covered with plastic and uncomfortable, and the pillows there are flat as can be. Having my own pillow makes it a little more comfortable and a little less irritating when a nurse comes in to check on whatever at 3:00 a.m. then reminds me that I should try to sleep.
- A camera/video camera. No explanation needed.
- A toothbrush, brush and rubberband. I personally do not enjoy showering at the hospital. With a nurse coming in to check on whatever every other minute, I don't need them checking on me in the shower.
- Maternity clothes to wear home. When I had my first baby, I assumed I would fit into my regular non-pregnant clothes after he was born. That's something I wish someone would have filled me in on. I ended up wearing home the same clothes I had arrived in. And don't forget a nursing bra!
- 2 outifts to bring baby home in. I only brought one once, and she had a diaper explosion. Better safe than sorry. And don't be surprised when baby is too small to fit in a 'newborn' outfit. I know the clothes look small, but even my 9 pounders didn't fill them in. Preemie outfits work nicely, but don't last for too long after they come home. Just something to think about.
- A baby blanket for the ride home.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
You Probably Don't Care, But...
I was just thinking today that I should probably get a bag ready for my trip to the hospital. I think the packing lists they give you (who is "they" anyway?), while offering a few good suggestions, are pretty funny and mostly impractical. (A bathrobe & nightgown? Massage oils? This isn't exactly a trip to the spa...) Here's what I think is a good packing list: