The second chapter from my most awesome sister Becky. She writes:
Chapter 2: For the Hospital and Around the House
For the Hospital:
Packing for us (mom & dad) included:
- Snacks: Our birth coach told us to bring lots of snacks and drinks because you are encouraged to keep you energy up during labor. Sounded great but as soon as I got there I was only allowed clear liquids. However, I guess it worked out because we ate and drank stuff during the day and a half after we were in the hospital.
- Entertainment (iPod, laptop, camera, magazines, etc.)
- Two changes of clothes
- Bathing suit (for both of you) if you choose to get in the shower while in labor
- An extra bag for all the stuff you will acquire at the hospital
For the baby:
- Bring three different outfits, not because they will be changing, but because you don’t know what size they will be. At our hospital they provided something for her to wear the whole time she was there and we just changed her when it was time to go home.
What we didn’t need: Bibs, diapers, feeding supplies – they gave us lots of stuff at the hospital and we had a short ride home. I totally over packed for her, brought tons of crap, but I think that’s just a new mommy thing that can’t be avoided.
Speaking of birth coaches, if your hospital offers classes – do it. I did tons of reading about the labor/birth process, but it was nice to get more info. It was also really good for Dave because he was exposed to some stuff he had been avoiding – like seeing videos of an actual birth. They also gave us a tour of the hospital and gave us helpful information on things like what entrance to use after regular hours, when to come to the hospital when labor starts, policies on visitors, etc.
Around the house:
- Baby Bjorn (this came in handy when I needed to clean the house!)
- Pack n’ Play (great for visits to other people’s houses, but we also set it up in our living room when Lucy was really little since we didn’t want o be away from her while she was sleeping!)
- Swing or vibrating chair (Babies sleep a LOT and this is a nice alternative to always having them lying down – also a nice way to soothe them to sleep while you are working around the house)
- Lots of burp cloths close by
- Hand sanitizer
- Pacifier wipes
- Baby monitor: We originally just got a regular one because we thought the video one was unnecessary. About five minutes after we put Lucy in her bassinet for the first time and left the room we ripped open the surprise present Simon had left for us – the video monitor. This thing has saved me thousands of trips to see if she’s ok. I would recommend 100% that you get one. This is the one we have and it’s great: http://www.summerinfant.com/Products/Monitoring/Video-Monitors/Slim-Secure-Handheld-Color-Video-Monitor–Silver.aspx
I’m eagerly awaiting the third installment: Breastfeeding, Kitchen and Bath Items!