Hospital bag

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Re: Hospital bag

Postby alexis » Sat Dec 02, 639262 4:15 am

Gerber newborn must be tiny--the 0-3s fit perfectly even after Isaac lost 13 oz following his birth! But yes, I've had 2 large (and fast growing) babies.

Oh--I found pj's that buttoned down the front, which was easier. This time I was all prepared, which felt very odd--no sending DH out to buy everything.
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Aliza - 01/05/2007 - Severe preeclampsia, emergency CS 37 weeks
Isaac - 09/26/2011 - controlled on 150mg Toprol, NO PE, 39 weeks!

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Re: Hospital bag

Postby danielsmom » Fri Dec 01, 639262 3:30 am

Great list! Maybe some PJs that are nursing friendly?
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Re: Hospital bag

Postby angieb » Wed Nov 22, 639262 1:10 am

We brought an outfit for pictures and an outfit for going home, and used them both. We brought both preemie size and newborn size. Newborn was way too big for the first week or two (Lucas also measured 2 weeks ahead, and was born at 36 weeks weighing 7.4 lbs, but they usually lose weight the first few days as they figure out nursing and everything.)

Also, I have to add, even born at 7lb 4 oz and eating/growing well, Lucas couldn't fit into 0-3 months of most clothes until he was around a month+ old. Unless you are expecting a 9 lb + baby, maybe bring 0-3 months, but probably a newborn size of most brands should fit okay. (Gerber brand of clothes does run very very small, so definitely bring bigger sizes if you get that brand.)
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Re: Hospital bag

Postby alexis » Mon Nov 20, 639262 9:10 pm

At most US hospitals, you just need a going-home outfit. For hygiene reasons they want the babies in hospital clothes (at mine it was a gown thing with ties, and then a swaddling blanket and hat), although thinking about it, if you're going to have the newborn photos you might want something for that. (I wound up not doing it because both my kids have been in for bili lights. I never even thought about the clothes part till now, though with Aliza we had to bring our own clothes anyhow.)

If you're expecting a smaller baby, buy newborn size (check the cutoff, it varies by brand). If you're expecting a bigger baby, balance your budget against your desire for perfectly fitting clothes. I am cheap and appear to grow large children, so I bought 0-3s and dealt with the baby's feet not going all the way into the pyjama feet. (Mind you, newborns tend to go frog legged or draw their legs up, so this will happen unless the pj's are perfectly fitted) If you're planning a 37 week delivery I might err on having a few of the smaller ones unless you're really pretty positive the baby will be big.
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Aliza - 01/05/2007 - Severe preeclampsia, emergency CS 37 weeks
Isaac - 09/26/2011 - controlled on 150mg Toprol, NO PE, 39 weeks!

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Re: Hospital bag

Postby jean » Mon Nov 20, 639262 8:07 pm

How many outfits should a person pack for their baby in their hospital bag? I am 33 wks and baby is measuring big (2 wks ahead)..I have no idea what size of outfits to pack and how many..
Our first son was born and passed in Feb of 2010. Born at 29 weeks due to HELLP and passed due to NEC. We miss him every day. :~(

Our second son was born at 39 weeks gestation in Nov of 2011. No HELLP or pre-e! Took LDA starting at week 12 and went off of it at week 38!

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Re : Hospital bag

Postby mrss » Mon Oct 01, 638936 9:22 pm

Definitely get your postpartum supplies in order, even if you don't use them until you get home. That was one of the things my sister had to do for me when I was on bedrest last time. She went out and bought pads, nursing pads, granny panties, Lansinoh, preemie diapers and a preemie coming home outfit. I was very sad that she picked out his coming home outfit (already have one this time!), but DH was glad he didn't have to wade through all the feminine hygiene supplies and pick the right ones. He did go to Rite Aid when DS came home to get me some Prep H pads, though.

Wow, you already have the carseat installed! DH went downstairs to the hospital's carseat installation booth and learned how to put it in on the day I was discharged.

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Re : Hospital bag

Postby kellikbock » Sun Sep 30, 638936 9:35 am

Alysha, we did the same things & it helped us, too!

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Re : Hospital bag

Postby aggie95mom » Sun Sep 30, 638936 9:28 am

My son was 4 when his baby brother came along, but I also included a "gift" for the baby to give Jacob when he first came to visit me ... and my husband had also taken Jacob shopping to buy the new baby something. This was really important for us b/c Jacob wanted nothing to do with baby brother, but the presents seemed to help :)

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Re : Hospital bag

Postby jennashell » Sun Sep 30, 638936 3:00 am

I also bring my breast pump and nursing/breast pads, since they've never let me nurse my baby's right away. Also a few clean pillowcases.

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Re : Hospital bag

Postby l412angel » Sat Sep 08, 638936 5:19 pm

OMG yes good call. Pads..the hospital ones are gross and bring your own granny panties... :)


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