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babysugar Diaries: Packing List

If you've been keeping up with my babysugar Diaries, you'll know that I'm having to go in for weekly non-stress tests to monitor my amniotic fluid levels. During my last exam, my nurse became concerned by the frequency and strength of the contractions I was having. For obvious reasons, I have started to prepare myself for a possible earlier due date.

Last time around, I packed my bag around the 38th week. This time, I'm starting to make my list so I can pack up my things this weekend. To see what I'm planning on taking,


  • My own pillow and blanket
  • Nightgown that will be easy for nursing and comfortable should I have a c-section
  • Warm socks
  • Underwear
  • Nursing bras
  • Makeup and mirror
  • My own toiletries (hairbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Robe and slippers
  • Nipple cream and nursing pads
  • Camera and chargers (video and regular)
  • iPod and dock
  • Cell phone and charger
  • List of friends to call
  • Snacks
  • Big sister t-shirt and gift for my daughter and husband
  • Coming home outfit for the baby
  • Coming home outfit for myself
  • The book On the Day You Were Born
  • List of names if still undecided
  • The Miracle Blanket for swaddling
  • The Belly Bandit for binding my postpartum tummy
  • The hospital will provide me with the lovely ice diapers and maxi pads so I shouldn't have to worry about packing those "must have" products. And thank goodness because roaming the aisles of my local drugstore asking where I can find the ice pack liners would only be slightly less humiliating than baring the full monty to an entire delivery room full of attendants.


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missyd missyd 7 years
Let me get this I do all the work, and then I buy my husband a gift to say congratulations? That seems backwards, and ridiculous.
chicchick chicchick 8 years
Wow, didn't even cross my mind to get my hubby a gift. I guess all I'd heard about were Push Gifts but I didn't get one of those (no biggie.) However, I told my husband this is what he's getting me for this baby - joined rings with each baby's name on it :) Thanks for the reminder about getting something for the sibling though. I need to pick up something for my son here pretty quickly.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Shouldn't the hubby/boyfriend be buying gifts, we are the ones doing the hard work.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Thanks for the list, I am 6 months along and have a lot to do but I am determined to get it all done so I can relax my last trimester.
quivondra quivondra 8 years
I have to buy a gift for my husband? Screw that, I'm giving him a new friend to play with... that's enough!!
princessAlexi princessAlexi 8 years
I now have a 6-week-old & I wish I had known about the belly band!;0(
anniekim anniekim 8 years
right-lip balm and camera! of course!
beccalu beccalu 8 years
Thanks for the list! I'm about 6 months, so I still have plenty of time, but I'll save this for later! :)
Ericka Ericka 8 years
Don't forget a big fluffy towel for showers! Most hospitals only have scratchy hand-towel sized ones.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i would recommend weleda everon lip balm...i SWEAR i tried EVERYTHING when i was pumping and there wasnt a drop of moisture left ANYWHERE in my body... that was THE BEST FIND of my entire pregnancy... (still carry it w/me everywhere)... $5 at drugstore dot com
Greggie Greggie 8 years
My daughter actually fought her way out of the Miracle Blanket but not a regular one. She would bring her knees up and slam her legs down, so they worked out the top. I hated that thing. However, since so many others love it, I do always recommend it to new mothers.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
Add me to the Miracle Blanket fan club. And, yes, for us it saved our lives as well. The blanket combined with a white noise machine solved our colic issues. I can't express how having a swaddling blanket that was secure made our life so much more content, for us and our son. We actually give one of these to most people we know for as a baby gift because it made THAT much of a difference for us. Although, we were terrified when he finally grew large enough to wiggle out of it...but, it was unfounded fear. ;) As for the undies....I remember being told about disposable undies and stuff when we had our first. I actually was just so much more comfortable in my old grannie panties. And, I don't recal really having much spill over/leakage that I actually had to get rid of any after our son was born. Who knows what this go around will be like. But, I'm still a bigger fan of my grannie panties than the thought of disposable ones. OH, and chapstick! YES!! A total must! I'm addicted as it is, so that totally reminds me to add that one to the list. The other thing I think we might pack this go around are some movies to watch in the hospital. Regular TV stinks for the most part. So, I might toss in a few flicks.
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
I would love to know what kind of gift you're getting your husband. I'd like to get mine a little something and I'm having trouble coming up with ideas - he's not one to wear jewelry so that's out of the question. With our first child, I got him a really nice "Daddy" frame and I later added the first picture of him and our son. I need a new idea for this one (due in a month!) and would LOVE any suggestions! Also, to add to your list - if you like to use a focal point during delivery, be sure to pack yours in your bag, if it's one you're bringing like a picture. I read a nice suggestion of using a picture of your older child(ren) as a focal point if so desired. Another idea is your camera - don't want to not have pictures of the big event! Lastly is lip balm - if you're having a vaginal delivery, there's lots of breathing involved and your lips can dry out very easily.
babysugar babysugar 8 years
The Miracle Blanket saved my life. That may be a tad dramatic but I swear it really was a miracle. Here's the original post I did on it - My daughter was able to fight her way out of other swaddling blankets but this one - no way Jose. As for undies, my hospital did not provide disposable ones. I just brought some that I knew I wouldn't mind trashing afterwards. As for the gift for my husband, I just got him a few things to congratulate him on becoming a father. Nothing extravagant or crazy - just a keepsake.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i forgot underwear & hubbie had to bring some for me (and it never occurred to me to ask for disposable ones)... and i think an extra bag is an EXCELLENT IDEA because people often bring you gifts AND they do send you home w/lotsa goodies (even if they didnt gimme disposable underwear). i also wish i had known about the belly band... if we do a next time someday, i'll be saving this list! (and your music list rocks also btw)!!! best wishes!!!
anniekim anniekim 8 years
I used almost nothing I brought with me other than--a robe, hair elastics, lap top, and baby homecoming outfit. Oh, and conditioner. The hospital provided everything else--socks, disposable underwear, toiletries, baby hats, etc. They also supplied and monitored my usual asthma meds. We gave the sibling's gifts 'from baby' upon return home. "The baby lives here now" and comes bearing gifts kind of thing.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Is the Miracle Blanket the swaddling one? I know a lot of people who brought that because they found it easier than the hospital's blanket when it came to swaddling. I personally hated it and found that the hospital ones worked much better. My hospital also provided a ton of disposable underwear. I brought a bunch home and wouldn't dream of bringing my own. I'd also advise that whatever socks you bring are ones you don't care about, especially with a c-section. The first time you stand up, it's very common to have a lot of blood come out and it can go everywhere. I didn't get my husband a gift and he didn't get me one. The baby was our gift. The older siblings did always get something small.
jessie jessie 8 years
great list!! with all three of my kids....i packed my bags when i was in labor...did it in about 20 min..then off we went. of course i forgot stuff....good thing you're well prepared! :D
hpl55 hpl55 8 years
I love the list, but I have a few questions. Why would you need a Miracle Blanket? Don't the nurses keep the babies swaddled in their own blankets the whole time? Also, what is the purpose of your own pillow and blanket? Finally, did anyone else get their husbands a gift? Any ideas? As a side note, I have been told to purchase disposable underwear (they sold it in the nursing store that I went to). Basically, any underwear that you bring will be ruined.
nancita nancita 8 years
Great list! And not too long either. :)
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I did bring up a bunch of stuff as well.
jcr60610 jcr60610 8 years
Bring a notebook. Your mind becomes mush after delivery. Even more mushy than during pregnancy. Writing things down helped me remember questions for the doctor, information they told me, gifts people brought me in the hospital, etc.
mcpro26 mcpro26 8 years
The funny thing about this is I brought my best friends bag to the hospital for her and I was with her when she brought it home and it was fuller when she brought it home because she had packed it with whatever she could: newborn diapers, formula just in case breast feeding did not work a day, baby blankets, breast pads, ect. It was so funny so on my list is an extra bag for the extras! LOL!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I packed so much for my first and never opened the bag. Second time around, I did a nursing bra, pajamas, and a book. The third time all I added was my laptop.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
Thanks for the list. While I still have a couple months to start really getting my packing list put together, I have been trying to think about those things I want besides "HUMAN" clothes for post-delivery.
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