December 10, 2013

Packing my Hospital Bag

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1. robe, 2. comfy pants,  3. white tanks, 4. Nursing tank, 5. socks, 6. Target maternity ponte pants, 7. Layering sweater, 8. Pureology dry shampoo, 9. Twistband hair ties, 10. bobby pins, 11. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, 12. Caudalie Beauty Elixir, 13. Softlips balm, 14. DSLR camera, 15. iphone charger, 16. iPad(case from Pencil Shavings Studio), 17. flip flops, 18. baby Gap outfit(bottom, top), 19. white socks, 20. onesies, 21. swaddle blankets, 22. bla bla cat, 23. Quilted Bear footed one-piece
*not pictured: the obvious things like nursing bra's, underwear, toothbrush, etc. 
**I've also been made aware of other essentials for post-c-section recovery. Let's keep the comments clean and free from too many personal medical details, cool? Just looking out for my queasy readers :)

I did a lot of "pinterest-ing" to find lists of what to pack in my hospital bag. I also talked to my friends and got their input on what is completely necessary and what I could probably pass on.

I don't know how long I'll be in the hospital, but I'm going to prepare as if I'm there for 4 days. I also have the opportunity to ask my family to bring something to me if I need it, since they'll be staying at my house. 

As far as my outfits go, I'm bringing things that I can layer. A nursing tank or two, a few nursing bra's, comfortable pants, a robe, etc. I really love the black ponte pants from Target. They are similar to thick leggings and are very comfortable! 

I may throw a nightgown in there too, in case that is easier to wear and more comfortable against my incision. 

For beauty, I love the fresh Lotus Youth Preserve face cream. It smells like cucumbers! I imagine the air to be rather dry, so I want to keep my skin hydrated. The Caudalie beauty exilir may help "wake my skin up" when I'm tired. It's kind of like dry shampoo for your face, know what I mean?

I packed the Pureology dry shampoo, love that product, and plenty of hair ties and bobby pins. 

I'll bring my DSLR, and my iPad. Oh and flip flops for the shower. 

For the baby, he's got his "going home" outfit and a few onesies. The bla bla doll is completely useless, I know, but it's just so dang cute and I'd love to get a picture of him next to it as a size comparison one day. 

His winter jacket is the adorable quilted bear one-piece. Perfect for being able to buckle him into the car seat without anything getting in the way. 

There are items that I'm sure I'm missing, that I will probably toss in at the last minute. And if there is anything that I find was particularly useful, I'll be sure to update this post after the hospital stay and add it to the list! 


176 comments:

  1. Baby nail clippers or a nail file to file them down. Sometimes their little finger nails are so long when they are born and they scratch their sweet little faces. :)

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    1. Yep, a lot of my son's first pics features a lovely scratch on one of his cheeks... self-inflicted.

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    2. Or at least those newborn mittens or outfits that have the mitten covers on the sleeves. I wouldn't have had the guts to try and trim them the very first few days.

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    3. No, please don't cut your baby's nails at the hospital. There are all sorts of germs at hospitals and you don't want your baby to get an infection. It's super easy to cut the baby's skin. Wait until you get home. Use mittens!

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    4. NO NO NO!!! Don't cut your baby's nails, they are still attached to the skin at this point. Just use mittens.

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    5. Nail clippers aren't really necessary when they are so fresh out of the womb. I am a mother-baby nurse and just recently we had two different babies whose grandmothers clipped their fingernails and we had to put silver nitrate on them to stop the bleeding. If the nails are too long, they can easily be peeled off without causing any harm.

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    6. I agree. Their little nails are so soft and pliable, you won't need clippers for a while :)

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  3. Three kids later and I haven't ever written my nursing bras in the hospital. I live in my nursing tanks for weeks, in fact I'm sure to have several on hand so I can wash and change as needed. Good luck to you in the coming days and weeks. Motherhood is a true blessing from God. The first several weeks are so hard but with live and patience you'll get through it!

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  4. Bring our own pillow from home. The hospital ones are crunchy, flat, and uncomfortable.

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  5. Three kids later and I haven't ever written my nursing bras in the hospital. I live in my nursing tanks for weeks, in fact I'm sure to have several on hand so I can wash and change as needed. Good luck to you in the coming days and weeks. Motherhood is a true blessing from God. The first several weeks are so hard but with live and patience you'll get through it!

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  6. Great list!! May I suggest taking your own pillow. Since you'll be there a few nights, it might be nice to have a comfy pillow so you can rest better. Hospital pillows IMO are one step above airplane pillows

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  7. Lip balm was a life saver for me... having had my twins also in December, the hospital was so dry. I also went to BBW and picked out my favorite shower gel. It was nice when I finally had the go ahead to stand up and shower to have a scent that I loved and felt like home. Can't wait to see your little man! Congratulations... saying a little prayer that all goes well! xo

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  8. Bring your own towels (not sure if that would be an obvious one in the toothpaste category)! I did not see this on the lists when I had my oldest 2 years ago and regretted it. I think I assumed the hospital would have towels like a hotel, umm no, hospitals carry very thin, scratchy towels the size of a postage stamp. So make sure to bring towels and maybe a trash bag to throw your wet towels and dirty clothes in!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! The hospital towels were disgusting and way too tiny too cover my still gigantic belly.

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    2. My hospital didn't have regular towels the second time around. They seriously handed me a stack of hand towel sized sand paper for my first shower. I immediately sent my husband home for a real one! Pack your chargers for your phone and iPad too.

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    3. My hospital didn't have regular towels the second time around. They seriously handed me a stack of hand towel sized sand paper for my first shower. I immediately sent my husband home for a real one! Pack your chargers for your phone and iPad too.

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  9. Yes. Nailclippers: good advice. Also, bring ur own pillow. Hospital ones are rubber covered and so hot! U might want ur nursing pillow too. It can be a little tricky nursing after a c/s due to the incision. The pillow will help with holding the babykins.

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    1. careful with the nail clippers- I cut my sons nails soon after he was born and he bled- it's almost impossible to cut their nails without cutting their skin. I used a nail file after that.

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    2. The doc and nurses wouldn't let us use nail clippers becuase of how the baby's nails are still attached to the skin. My mom and other mommies encouraged me to bite them because they are paper thin and it won't hurt them like clippers. I just bit his nails while he was nursing. I was afraid I might accidently file his little finger so I avoided nail files too.

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    3. you do not need nail clippers....

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  10. I had to send my husband home for our sleep sheep after the first night (white noise machine) because she didn't sleep at all the first night. The noise machine was essential for me since they're used to so many of those sounds in your belly! Just a thought!

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    1. oooh- I second the sound machine. There is so much noise outside your door in a hospital- nurses, doctors, other patients, other crying babies- yours will keep you up enough... you'll want to be able to sleep when he's sleeping.

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    2. Great option is the Simply Noise app for iPhone/iPad. I LOVE it!

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  11. Bring your own towels (not sure if that would be an obvious one in the toothpaste category)! I did not see this on the lists when I had my oldest 2 years ago and regretted it. I think I assumed the hospital would have towels like a hotel, umm no, hospitals carry very thin, scratchy towels the size of a postage stamp. So make sure to bring towels and maybe a trash bag to throw your wet towels and dirty clothes in!

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  12. This is all so exciting, Kate! And I would totes bring the kitty doll too :D Thank you for letting us follow your pregnancy journey!

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  13. Layering is a good idea, with all the hormonal changes I would go from freezing to sweating in mere minutes. I've had two c/s after attempting a vaginal birth, I liked the fold over yoga pants because they weren't too tight, but they gave a slight compassion that felt like it held things together. Also of you know how you react to anesthesia or hard pain killers, I get very ill, talk to the anesthesiologist about taking it easy and pushing an anti nausea med at the end, with my first I felt so ill after I couldn't hold him for the first 2 hours.

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  14. Also if you are breast feeding being your nursing pillow, you will use it a lot as a new baby nurses often and can nurse for a long time. And if you need any help at all, any time of day have the nurses call a lactation consultant, as many times as you need. The LC that came, 4 times, withy first saves nursing for us, total godsend!

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  15. I found I really wanted my make-up and hair dryer. There was a lot of down time and its nice to feel pretty. I obviously didn't put on a full face but enough to feel public worthy lol. I would definitely bring nursing nightgowns. They are much easier to deal with than pants. They check on your belly several times a day and you don't want to be messing with pants, especially since my hospital uses belly wraps after c-sec. Which are wonderful! Make sure you take it home with you if they give you one. I forgot it and really regretted it. I've done a csec and a vbac and both births were wonderful in their own way. It doesn't really matter after that baby is in your arms! Congrats!

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  16. I second bringing in your own pillow and nursing tanks! I didn't even bother with nursing bras, I lived in nursing tanks! Also, bring some snacks for you and your hubby. You'll get hungry during those late night feedings and once the hospital cafeteria closes at night, you've got nothing! Also, bring a Nalgene or Camelbak...if you're breastfeeding, you'll be thirsty all the time! Depending on when you're milk comes in, you might also want some Lanolin if your hospital doesn't provide you with any. It's a lifesaver at the beginning!

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  17. I think the only things I would add would be a boppy (or other nursing pillow) and mints :) I love Tic Tacs and popped them all the time! The nursing pillow isn't a must, but I did bring it for my second child and I found it helped. So excited you are almost there :) I can't wait to hear all about it...

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  18. I recommend the pillow too along with the nail file :) Congrats to you and your family!! Being a mommy is the best thing ever and I will keep you all in my prayers!

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  19. Definitely bring your own pillow. One thing that I found was uncomfortable after my c-sections was sleeping on my side, because your belly wants to pull on your incision so maybe have a pillow to prop up your belly a little to help with that? That is if you sleep on your side. Looks like you have everything else though! Good luck!

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  20. Definitely a nursing pillow!! We also liked having our little jambox to listen to music through the iphone. The cash cab marathon got a little annoying. So exciting!!

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  21. Something to keep in mind- You pay for EVERYTHING they give you in the hospital. Example- they brought me some "nipple shields" just in case I got sore. I thought the lactation specialist was just being helpful, but it showed up on my itemized bill. I never even used them. If they offer you something that you don't want, don't feel bad saying "No thank you." They probably are just trying to be helpful, but you'll still have to pay for it. And when you leave the hospital- take EVERYTHING off of the baby cart and from your room that you're allowed to because you will be charged for it anyway. Grab all the diapers, cream, toilet paper, etc. . . wow- I sound kind of cheap now, but they really do charge you for every single thing.

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    1. Thought of one more thing- I'm sorry...You're probably sick of advice, but I was unable to breastfeed my first son because I didn't know this. On the night that I took both of my sons home (the third night, I think) they cried ALL night. With the first one, I was afraid it was because he wasn't getting enough milk and gave him a bottle. With the second, I was more prepared and powered through. They both slept well at the hospital and then came home and cried ALL night the first night home. The next night, they went back to sleeping between feedings. I don't know why they did it, but just tell yourself it WILL get better, they WILL go back to sleeping. If your doctors haven't told you that you need to supplement, then don't worry- he won't starve, just keep feeding him as often as you can. Try not to stress about it- :) Thanks for putting up with my advice :)

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    2. Yes! Be prepared for cluster feeding! You'll probably have your first one while you're still in the hospital so you'll have help. I just tucked my little man in bed next to me and hooked him on every 20 minutes or so when he needed it. We all got so much more sleep that way!

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    3. I also second, or third your own pillow. I asked my mom to bring it after the first night. And yes to biting his nails while feeding. It's so much safer!

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    4. The reason that babies seem to sleep fairly good in the hospital and then go home and cry all night is that they had melatonin from you (Mom) in their system and now they need to make their own and get enough back in their system. It takes a few days to week for it to get back up to the right level I have found. My 2nd slept great at the hospital but took her home and she was crying all the time!! Dr. Weisbluth's Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child was also invaluable!

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  22. Yes to your own pillow. My savior were those per moistened face towelettes because you may need to do some wipe-ups before they'll allow you to shower. Hormones make you GREASY.

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  23. I don't think you'll need nail clippers. You can get them with your teeth. It's much easier than trying to cut with the clippers. Their little fingers and nails are so tiny that it's easy to accidentally get skin. I agree with towels - bleached, thin, scratchy towels aplenty, but you're going to want soft things against your skin. My hospital provided socks that had grippy stuff on the bottom. They weren't cute but they had good traction control. The sleep machine is a good idea but I prefer the dohm over any other noise machine I've tried (http://www.amazon.com/Dohm-SS-Conditioner-Marpac-formerly-Sleepmate/dp/B000LQI2S0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1386686006&sr=8-7&keywords=noise+machine). I had my c-section in the summer and I have to say that dresses were very nice rather than pants with a waistband. You may really appreciate that nightgown! Especially the first 24 hours after your surgery. They are itchy!!! I recommend Gold Bond Medicated (green bottle red pump) for the itchiness.

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  24. Looks like you'll be stylin up the maternity ward! When I had my c-section I remember feeling guilty using the nursery - but seriously, send that baby to the nursery and get some sleep when you need it! Once you get home you won't have the nurses there to help, so take advantage of them. Oh and if you're not anti pain meds, use them! I had an easy c-section and I think it was because I regularly took the pain meds afterwards and got up and moving as soon as I could. I'll be thinking of you! Very exciting!!!

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    1. Great advice! I sent my son to the nursery every night and def took pain meds. Was up the first time about 12 hours after surgery and thought I'd die...but by 24 hrs post op was up and around no problem.

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    2. My first baby didn't spend one night in the nursery. My next 3 sure did LOL. Use the nurses and nursery unless you just can't bear to be away from him. you can't go wrong either way :)

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  25. Hope everything goes well. My son was born last year on 12/20/2012 so I totally relate to having a December Holiday baby . I found a boppy pillow to be very helpful with breastfeeding especially in the beginning.

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  26. Definitely layer. I was sooooo hot! My mom teased that my hospital room was like a meat locker. Def bring your boppy pillow for feedings. What you need to also do is grab as much from the baby cart as you can. Every time they bring him in you'll have diapers and blankets....grab them....stash them! :-) Also, the tubs they bring are great for the first sponge baths and also for cleaning bottles and such. Oh...and the line on the newborn diapers are to tell you how wet they are....I had left the hospital before I figured that out. LOL I was in for 5 days following my c-section - have some of your favorite snacks as well. Have several pairs of black underwear that is too big that you don't mind throwing away. I bought a pack of big overnight maxi pads but didn't really need them but might be helpful....in case the hospital ones aren't to your liking. Congrats to you and this is so exciting!!!

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    1. Oh...and keep as many of the blue aspirators as you can. They're the best. Use them for aspirating their mouths when they spit up as well as their noses when they have colds. My son is 4 1/2 and I still use it to help him clear his nose.

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  27. I wish you all the best. I feel you will enjoy. You are in my prayers!

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  28. A boppy pillow. One of my friends insisted I bring one. I turned my nose up, but did it anyway since she had three kids. I was SOOO glad I listened. Especially after a c-section it was nice to have the extra cushion when I was nursing.

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  29. I think every hospital and what they supply is different and there really is no way to know ahead of time unless yours happens to supply a list or something or you have a close friend who delivered there. My hospital is pretty amazing and provides several things for both mama and baby as a matter of course that others don't. I agree with the pillow and nursing pillow (my husband tends to leave my nursing pillow in the car because it is bulky and cumbersome with the "we can get it if we need it" thought and I've always regretted that!)
    Don't forget to pack some stuff for your husband, too! He probably won't go home each night, so showering and clothing essentials would be good as well as a blanket (they'll likely provide him one, but my husband always hated theirs) and consider a pillow (same deal.)
    Lanolin cream is essential to a newly nursing mom. Lansinoh is the most popular brand, I think, but it is really sticky and messy, so I suggest Nipple Butter brand. (sorry if that name is too graphic!) Still messy, but much less sticky!

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  30. We had a friend bring us a gift for the baby that included lots of socks and those little mittens you can put over their hands, and it was a lifesaver for us. We used every single pair while we were there. I wouldn't try clipping the baby's nails, that's what those hand mittens/covers are for.

    My friend told me I should bring my own nightgowns and stuff but honestly, I was more than happy to wear the hospital gowns because there a lot of gross things going on after birth and I didn't want to worry about messing up my own clothes. Just my opinion. :)

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  31. Hi Kate,
    I don't usually comment, but I'm a loyal reader and wanted to throw some amazing your way. Whether nursing, lounging or heading out, this wrap is Amazing. You can dress it up or lounge, but it is a little pricey. It washes beautifully and is made by a baby blanket company, it's simply life changing. Lots of colors are available on notdstrom and more if you google. I have the light pink, grey, ombré and off white. You can even nurse and this is draped so well to cover but then falls beautifully as you wear it. Nordstrom has free returns, but it's amazing. Good luck

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/barefoot-dreams-chic-lite-wrap/3112763

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  32. This is a really good list. Do you have a nursing pillow, like a boppy or my BreastFriend? These will make nursing him a lot easier in the begining, especially since your having a C-section. Best wishes!!

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  33. Good Luck!!! I brought all my own clothes to wear, but ended up just wearing hospital gowns. Without getting into any detail there is a lot of stuff going on during recovery that I would not want to put my own clothes at risk. :) (I had 2 c-sections).

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    1. I did the same thing- I would say just wear your hospital gowns and a cute robe-- save your own clothes- you do not want to wear pants that will touch your incision right away!

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  34. I love following your pregnancy posts, as I'm expecting our first in March. Kind of like you with the 'don't buy maternity clothes' advice, I was told not to start preparing for Baby until half way. Well I'm finally half way and feel like I can finally start reading about packing for the hospital and decorating nurseries! I love it. I wish you all the best! God is so good!

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  35. I felt much better after having a shower the day after delivery, I'm not sure if you can having a c-section, but you may want to bring a body wash and some make up and hair dryer, etc. Not that you want to spend a while getting "fixed up", but after laying in the bed, a shower, fresh makeup and fixing your hair may help too. I would also suggest bringing a boppy, if you are planning to breastfeed it is difficult to hold them without it. I used mine until my son was about 14 months old. I didn't have issues with the hospital not providing towels, and other necessities, but every hospital is different. Praying for you and baby "Joey" and I also pray that he sleeps well when you get home because my son never has :)

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  36. Hey Kate!
    Congrats on the baby =) There are a few things I wish I would have packed for my stay:
    1. My own pillow and small throw
    2. Nursing pads for my bra and soothing cream if you are intending to b.feed
    3. My own towels, the ones at the hospital are not very soft or big.
    4. If you are planning on having the hospital take pictures pack a cute outfit. I didn't know that they even took pictures.
    5. Various sizes of baby clothes. My little man weighed less than we had expected and he was swimming in his newborn items. Thankfully, my husband went and bought a few preemie outfits for him. The same can be said about diapers.
    I will be sending prayers your way, this is such a joyous time- life is never going to be the same and it is so worth it!
    I will be sending prayers your way

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  37. I second (or third) bringing the Boppy (or whatever you've chosen that fits in that category.) It was a lifesaver, not only in giving a little extra cushion, but giving me a place to rest my arms when I was holding the baby for hours (not that I minded, mind you, it was a combination of breast feeding and just wanting to hold my daughter.)

    The other thing I did not think of was healthy snacks. You would think being in a hospital there would be lots of options that were not just... greasy messes. You'd be surprised what I found when I opened up that tray cover some days - by the end of the first day, my mom had run out and stocked me up with fresh fruit, granola bars, and some lower sugar juices.

    And congratulations!! Just try to remember everything you can. For me, that time just flew by before I realized what was going on. Don't ever think you're taking too many pictures, or pausing too long in a moment. Sometimes I look at my three year old and wonder how we got here from that precious baby so quickly.

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    1. Snacks is a great idea! For everyone, really. It's great to pack a separate back with crackers, granola bars, etc. and even a little vending machine money.

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  38. The one thing I wish I had with my first was baby nail clippers. His nails were so long and the hospital only had these tiny little files that did not work. And YES!!! flip flops for the shower!
    Praying everything goes well for you! Can't wait to see him!

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  39. Caudalie Beauty Elixir will be a great "pick me up"!!!

    xo,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

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  40. I work in a Family Birth Suites and would check to see where you are delivering for what to bring for baby. I always tell parents to be to just pack a going home outfit for baby and in the winter something warm to cover the car seat. We provide shirts and blankets for the baby...why bring home dirty laundry to do when you can use what the hospital has? Take advantage while you can :) Those little ones go through a lot of outfit changes!

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    1. we didn't use any of the clothes we brought for the baby until she went home-- not even the blankets-- she spit up a ton because she was very mucousey (c-section) and it was nice not to have to bring home dirty laundry! They stay swaddled a lot too, our baby was swaddled pretty much all day every day aside from changes and we didn't even need mittens or anything- the hospital had the onesies and shirts that had the mitts over them :)

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  41. Yes to nail clippers or file or mits. Both my babies had super long finger nails and scratched their sweet faces.

    I brought an assortment of pacifiers, because neither of my babies liked the ones that the hospital provided. I also brought several different sizes of clothes for baby, because my daughter was TINY and the 0-3 months stuff swallowed her, yet my son was HUGE and the 0-3 months stuff was too small.

    I didn't really need nursing pads until my milk came in after I got home. And the nursing tanks are AWESOME in the hospital since people always seem to be barging in on you when you are trying to feed baby.

    And I brought my white noise machine to drown out all the hospital noises at night so that I could sleep a bit better. There is also a white noise app you can get for your phone.

    Congrats! Can't wait to see some pics of you and your little guy.

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    1. great idea with bringing a white noise machine! i definitely could have used that - the hospital noises kept me up when all i wanted to do was sleep!

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  42. NIPPLE CREAM! i loved the motherlove nipple cream and applied after every nursing session. its truly a lifesaver!!

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  43. As mentioned above, I too spent my whole time in the hospital gowns. With my first one, I packed clothes and a cute little robe, but with second baby, just packed my going home clothes because I did not want MY clothes ruined. And yes, some of the things the hospital provides are not up to par with what we have at home, but no way would I bring my fancy towels from home, fluffy pillows, or anything else like that only to have them ruined by body fluids.

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  44. I would recommend taking your nursing pillow. You'll need support under baby while nursing & this will help to make you more comfortable & not so hunched forward.

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  45. I was very grateful that my husband convinced me to bring speakers for my iPod (or your music player of choice). Norah Jones brought me much needed peace while I was in the hospital.

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  46. It can seem cumbersome at the time, but I am SO happy I brought My Brest Friend nursing pillow to the hospital - it made nursing so much easier. I'd also suggest bringing your own bottled water and light snacks. Best of luck and congratulations! I have so enjoyed reading about your journey to this point - and look forward to seeing pictures of your precious little one. As a new mom of a 5 month old baby boy, I can tell you, it goes by SO fast....enjoy every minute (and always keep in mind, the sleepless nights WILL get better!). :)

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    1. And one last b.feeding tip -- I'm an Earth Mama Angel Baby fan. The nipple butter is THE best.

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  47. Here is a completely un necessary but worth mentioning item...pick a beautiful blanket to wrap him in for pictures! Some of the best newborn shots we have of my son are of him simply wrapped in a pretty blue/white velour blanket that I didn't even remember I packed lol!

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  48. yes, I agree with everyone about your own pillow and nursing pillow (Boppy). Also, with all 3 of mine, I threw in a bottle and what formula I wanted to use in case breastfeeding didn't work out. I hated the bottles and nipples that the hospital provided. The formula is important because if you start them on the one provided by the hospital then want to switch brands once you get home, it is usually hard on the babies tummy.

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  49. Pillows, pillows, pillows. We showed up with three and I had family bring more when they came. I used them to make the hospital bed comfortable and my husband used them to sleep. I had a c-section and couldn't even make the movement required to put on pants, so take a robe and gown in the event that you're the same way. God bless!

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  50. Bring about 5 tanks and at least 4 pairs of pants for sure! ;)

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  51. One more thing-snacks! I hardly ate right after the surgery and then woke up starving during the night. A family member had left a muffin and I devoured it. So take snacks.

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  52. Bring your clothes, but dont be surprised if you stay in the hospital gowns the whole time. Also, they sound horrible, but the mesh undies are your friend. If you are anything like me, you will be so worried about anything cutting into your incision spot so between that and the...mess...involved with birth its nice to wear a flowing robe and very loose mesh undies (put a pad against your incision and hold it there with the mesh undies). If anything gets messy, which it probably will, its not stuff you care about.

    That being said, you might be different and want your own clothes to start feeling normal, and thats fine too! So I say bring them but dont feel bad staying in the hospital gown if that sounds nice.

    Also, nursing pillows are a MUST for c section mommas. Those little ones nurse for 10-15 mins on each side (or more) It wont feel nice to hold them up that long after surgery. You can get by with hospital pillows to prop him up, but I loved having my nursing pillow and it worked a lot better.

    Dont worry about over packing, if you dont use it, so what, if you do use it, you will be so glad you packed it!

    Also, the cute blankets I brought got a lot more use than the little clothes did.

    Trust your own gut on this stuff, I packed some stuff just because people online "told" me too and never needed it. For the most part, you will have a good idea of what you will actually use and wont you wont. Just dont let anyone talk you into leaving something at home that you think you really might want, so what if it was useless for them!

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  53. You might want to pick out a new scent of body wash (maybe philosophy or BBW?) to start using in the hospital. I did that with my son and now I buy it every once in a while and it always brings back so many memories of those first few weeks with him. I did the same thing with a new candle in our home after coming home from the hospital. I remember reading about your new perfume on your wedding day and thought that was such a wonderful idea!
    Thinking of you and praying for a smooth process for you and your baby. Congratulations! Motherhood is the most wonderful gift from God!

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  54. Looks like a great list! :) I would also add snacks for your husband, and EARPLUGS! Hospitals aren't exactly quiet during the night. With my third baby, I finally wised up and brought earplugs, and I got some fantastic sleep! :) Good luck Kate!

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  55. A big heavy baby blanket to cover the carrier when walking to and from car..in case it's raining, snowing or the wind is horrible! Best wishes for you & hope for a smooth delivery & recovery!

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  56. I haven't read through the other comments but I found cotton burp cloths folded up and put across my incision to be the most comfortable. It would go between my stomach and my undies. The elastic was just too tight on my incision. I did this for at least 3 weeks and have had 2 sections!! Also we packed a sound machine. The first night was rough with them coming in few hours but the second night we got 8 hours of sleep (don't hesitate to ask the nurses to take baby while you rest). The more rest you get the better you'll feel. Also the more you walk the quicker you'll feel like yourself!! Also be sure to bring shower stuff/body wash. You are allowed to take showers with sections and by the second day I felt really grungy and dirty. Hubby had to help ALOT but it was totally worth it to feel human again!! If you can ask for the peri pads they use for regular births. You pop them and it's like an ice pack/ pad. I used it across my incision when I went home because it would feel like it was burning. Can't wait to see pictures of your little man!!

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  58. I don't have time to read all of the comments, but I found Soothies (http://www.target.com/s/soothies?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google&CPNG=baby_baby+bath+body+skincare&adgroup=toiletries&LNM=+soothies&MT=broad&LID=9p7815654&KID=20f0482a-d087-81a8-9294-000002e6f2ba&gclid=CL6-o6mLprsCFcuSfgodzBEAww) essential for breastfeeding in the beginning (both times!). I'm not sure why they only have three stars, they are AMAZING! Some hospitals have them, but they may charge you for them. Also, Lansinoh creme is a must (http://www.target.com/s/soothies?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google&CPNG=baby_baby+bath+body+skincare&adgroup=toiletries&LNM=+soothies&MT=broad&LID=9p7815654&KID=20f0482a-d087-81a8-9294-000002e6f2ba&gclid=CL6-o6mLprsCFcuSfgodzBEAww)! I agree with you...you cannot really plan for the birth, for nursing, for having a newborn, and you have to do what is right for you!

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  59. Congrats by the way! I've had 2 C-sections, and the best advice I was give by my doctor when I was leaving the hospital was to buy a pair of Spanx. I bought an inexpensive Hanes version at Target and wore them for about 3 or so weeks (obviously washing them often). Without them I felt like my insides were going to fall out and with them I felt totally normal! I gave this same advice to my sister-in-law last year and she also sears by it. Good luck!

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  60. I have had two c sections and if there was only one thing I could bring to the hospital it would be my Boppy (used as a nursing pillow). You are very sore and holding a baby while nursing can be painful. The bobby helps take pressure off your abdomen and lets your focus on just nursing. :) good luck!

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  61. I would reccommend bringing your own pads - the overnight ones. The are SO much more comfortable than the hospital ones. I've never had a c-section so I don't know what would help with all that. But my own undies were nice to have too.
    So excited for you!

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  62. I'm all about packing light. And I just had my second c section and what you gave is great but you NEED a Belly Bandit. You need it you need it you need it!!!! It just helps tremendously when getting up and walking around with a sore tummy. Plus it helps you get your shape back faster after recovery! Best of luck!

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  63. Congrats to you - I am so excited to see pictures of your sweet boy! I just had my first baby (a boy) 10 weeks ago via c-section. I think you'll be glad you brought the ponte pants with you - I wore yoga pants the whole time (along with the binder band the hospital provided) because it gave me much more support around my incision. It was difficult to stand, walk, and bend for the first couple days, so it was nice to have the extra support! I know many people have said it, but definitely bring your own pillow! Not only did I sleep on mine, but I used it to help support my son while nursing. I had taken my nursing pillow but it did not work for me while sitting in the hospital bed, so I was glad to have extra pillows to prop my little guy up! Also, (all personal preference) but I could not stand the mesh panties after the first day - they got to be so itchy when I spent most of my day sitting/laying around. I took "granny panties" (upon reading many recommendations on pinterest!) - they came up high enough to cover my incision so it didn't rub on my pants, and they were much more comfortable (and made me feel a little more human!) Good luck with your c section, recovery, and first few days home! =)

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  64. My hospital made me a pad out of folded up sheets to our against my incision that was wonderful. Having pressure there when trying to sit up is a godsend! Also, a boppy pillow. Not just for nursing, but for holding, or setting baby in on the bed will be great. I didn't realize how hard it would be to be comfortable after they cut your abdominal muscles. Try to get out of bed and walking as soon as possible! It really speeds up recovery and soreness.

    I've had two sections and was a nurse in l&d! Good luck!!

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  65. Congratulations to you and your husband! My water broke 2 weeks before my due date and before my bag was packed, so I ended up with a mishmash of stuff my husband frantically grabbed. And it didn't matter at all because I was so wrapped up in my newborn son.

    Call the lactation consultants as many times as you need to. Those women live, eat, breathe for lactation and will help you anyway that they can. Have your husband there too so he can help support you two when you get home. If your insurance covers a breast pump they will give you at the hospital, they can show you how to use that too. We had latching issues, so we came back in after we were discharged to get more help and I also joined a support group. Breastfeeding is not always as easy it seems, so ask for help and support. There were several hard times when I was ready to give up and having my husband, lactation consultants, and support group helped me push through.

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  66. Just had my first via c-section and I would definitely recommend the nightgowns. My tummy felt sore after and anything pressing on it was very uncomfortable! I lived in nightgowns for the first week. Also, granny panies that come up to your belly button. I never thought I would wear something like that, but that incision is no joke and the last thing you want it anything rubbing or putting pressure on it! Congrats on your little one! It's very exciting and nerve-wracking. I had a c-section scheduled at the last minute and it wasn't how I really wanted to give birth, but looking back 3 months later, I'm so happy I did! Enjoy your little one! They grow fast! :)

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  67. A nursing pillow will be your best friend in the hospital, also a swaddle sac if you have one. The hospital should have the feminine care stuff you need but if you don't want the huge hospital pads you can bring your own pads. I found that I didn't even want clothes on really so I stayed in underwear and a nursing bra most of the time with a sheet to cover me.

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  68. Hey Kate! I am so amped for you guys. You will do awesome. after my c-section I wore a belly band..or a similar stomach wrap...it helps with guarding your incision and helps your core support. c-sections don't cut through muscles anymore but I felt like the band just really helped making me feel secure...(a lot of asian cultures swear by belly bands for helping your belly to deflate and not feel as "out there" I didn't use it for vanity reasons but I did think it helped in that way too...anyway just thought I'd pass along this info...have a great delivery!

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  69. I loved having my boppy nursing pillow along for both my girls. Nursing wasn't easy for me and having the boppy allowed for me to have my hands more free to help my babies. Just a thought if you plan to breastfeed.

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  70. I know someone also mentioned this but I will again :) The Boppy, or whatever nursing pillow you have, would be SO helpful! I didn't take mine and as soon as I got home and was able to use it I thought to myself, "Why didn't I bring this to the hospital!" Breastfeeding was really awkward (at least for me) at first and something to help you position the baby more comfortably would have helped :) Have fun on your journey!

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  71. Good luck on Friday!
    Just a few things that are very helpful/comforting while in the hospital:

    1- Boppy pillow for nursing and pillow from home for you to sleep with
    2- lanolin cream and gel soothing pads- Medela has great products!
    3- Cheap cozy slippers or socks…..flip flops are great for the shower… but hospital floors are cold (and dirty!) you'll definitely want to put something cozy and warm on your feet…. that you won't mind just throwing away after you leave….. for obvious reasons!

    These 3 things I found to be necessities while at the hospital in addition to some of the items that are already listed ….. You'll be surprised at how little you'll actually need while at the hospital!

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  72. Yes, your own pillow and LOVE those mesh undies! They are washable, so grab all the ones they give you and bring them home with you! (Bring everything home with you!) As for the pillow, make sure it's in a colored (not white) pillowcase or it could get confused with the hospital ones by you, your husband, or a "helpful" family member.

    I brought a cute decoration with our baby's name on it from a shower we were given (it was a banner) and hung it on the door with Command strips so family/friends would know exactly which room was ours. Seems silly, but it was fun.

    Oh, the BEST thing I brought was an empty folder. You are given SO MUCH paperwork (and cards from visitors), it just helps to have one central place to put everything so later you don't have to remember where you put that sheet of tips from the lactation people.

    We also brought the Miracle Blanket (best swaddler ever!) and found it was much easier for others to hold our daughter when she was in there as opposed to the nurse's swaddle. This was just our personal experience, but as SOON as my husband walked out the doors to go get the car the day we were leaving, our daughter had a HUGE, nasty blowout all over herself and me. So bring TWO going home outfits and cross your fingers the first one is all you'll need! :-)

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  73. Your bag looks great! I concur with other posters regarding the lactation consultants--in my experience, they all have a slightly different perspective so take advantage of talking to as many of them as you can! And as a mom who had a bit of a rough start with breastfeeding, if it doesn't click right away, I would just encourage you to stick with it if that is something you want. It gets easier, and those moments with my son are some of the ones I will look back and treasure most. Will be praying that everything goes smoothly for you.

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  74. All great advice...

    I brought a small flexible folder to hold all of the hospital paperwork, there was a lot and it was nice to have it all in one safe spot.

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  75. The best advice we got was from another dad who told my husband to pack his own bag! You never really think about it but your husband might be there for a while, unable to leave, and will want some clean clothes (especially a warm sweater), personal products, AND SNACKS! He also brought books and phone chargers as well. We packed numerous snacks which was great because I was in labor for 36 hours and refused to let him leave my side. The snacks came in handy for me as well since I found the hospital food to be disgusting and refused to eat it.

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  76. Will keep you in my thoughts & prayers on Friday! I have 2 c-section babies & have had 2 great experiences with them - I recovered quicker than a friend who had a v-birth =) I am praying the same for you! Don't be afraid to speak out for your baby! You will know what he needs & while the nurses are trying to help, you are the mama!
    ~Missy

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  77. I am getting so excited for you! I don't have any little ones of my own (yet) but have loved watching you go through your pregnancy and sharing so much of it with us. I know you will just LOVE being a mommy! :)

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  78. Your boppy pillow is a great addition, especially during those first few days of learning to nurse!

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  79. Love your list! I live in a cold climate and always bundle my babe as it gets cold. However, I only layer blankets on top of the car seat. I wasn't aware of the dangers those winter coats can be.. Please check out this article just so you are aware! http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/149235/the_important_winter_car_seat

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  80. If you plan to breast feed, I found it helpful to bring my own pump the first time. Just so I could tak advantage of the lactation consultant and learned to use it. For babies #2 and #3, I knew what I was doing. I also wanted some comfy socks for those crunchy dry hospital sheets, lip balm and a good moisturizer for my hands, feet and body. I know you included a facial moisturizer, I just found hospitals very dry and I need hydration while I was there. Best wishes to you and your family! Enjoy every minute!

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  81. Extension cord is a must. The outlets are always in a weird spot and you will be charging things a lot. It was one of the best things I brought. Having a c section and not being able to move a ton

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  82. Blow dryer & Kotex overnight pads. The pads have a dual purpose. You can stick then to the inside of your undergarments to keep the clothes from rubbing against your incision. I also took card stock & the nurses stamped the hand & footprint for me since they have to do the footprint anyway:) I framed these later.

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  83. Bring his baby book if you would like to get footprints. The nurses can do it when they give him a bath :)

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  84. Also.... If you have purchased your breast pump bring it with you & the lactation nurses can make sure you know exactly how to use it before you leave the hospital. Lanolin cream & Medela nursings pads.

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  85. Definitely YES!!! To the boppy!! It's a must! I would say no to nail clippers. It's too easy to clip their skin. Snacks are great or either $1 bills for the vending machines ( mainly for your husband:) bring your home pillows & a soft blanket for each of you.

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  86. If there's one thing I'm sure you've learned by now is that EVERYONE has an opinion and advice about pregnancy and motherhood!
    And it doesn't end when you have it ;)

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  87. Yes! I agree with Leah, car seat experts advise AGAINST putting any kind of snowsuit/heavy coat on babies in carseats! I'm in the upper Midwest and did it with my 2 oldest kids...because I had no idea myself. I definitely wish someone had told me that a more ideal (and WAY easier!!!!) way to go is to just get one of those carseat covers (not a Bundle Me) and pop it over the infant seat. Super easy!

    Good luck with your birth, and with all the advice! ;)

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    1. We had our car seat installed by the gal at the fire department (specifically trained in federal car seat regulations, etc,,,) & she also recommended against heavy coats in the car seat.

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  88. Might want to pack a nice soft blanket for your little bundle of joy. I agree with others about the Boppy and your own pillow. I found those to very helpful.

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  89. I have had 4 c-sections (4 kids) and although your packing for 4 days (yes, stay as LONG as they let you), you may want to just wear the not so cute hospital stuff so you don't get "fluids" from where ever on your super cute clothes you are bringing. Another option to the Boppy, which I discovered with my 4th child, is My Breast Friend. I found it more supportive than the Boppy...espeically since I had a c-section. And some more unsolicited advice...don't feel bad to leave you beautiful, newborn son in the nursery and not with you. We tried the 1st two nights with my 1st to keep my daughter in the room with us, and we were both SOOOOO exhausted. We started sending her to the nursery in between feedings and it was much better. I felt guilty, but I also realized it gave me more sleep (ha, ha..I bet that sounds funny after having a baby and everyone coming to check things every 30 minutes it seems) and I was recovering faster. So with kids 2-4...nursed, went to the nursery at night and stayed with me most of the day. Best of luck to you! Praying for a safe delivery for you and your son and a quick recovery!

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  90. Don't forget a sleep mask! You will be exhausted at strange times and it can be very difficult to get the hospital room dark enough for sleep. It was a lifesaver for me, because even though I was beyond exhausted, hearing the hospital noises and having a fairly bright room made it impossible to fall asleep. I also brought my own pillow with a pretty pillow case so that I could have a better backdrop for pictures :) Oh, make sure you get up and move as much as you can after the surgery, it really helps to make you feel better. It will hurt like %^^&*^ the first time or two, but I swear it makes recovery better! Good luck!

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  91. Hi Kate! I'm a postpartum nurse and there are a few things I've noticed that lots of people wished they had once they get to my floor:

    - Mittens for your baby's hands. As lots of people have mentioned, babies have long nails and they tend to scratch at their faces. You can't cut their nails for the first two weeks so the best thing you can do is buy little mittens to save that gorgeous face from getting all scratched up

    -Definitely bring your own pillow. You are going to be pretty sleep deprived anyways, so it's nice to have a comfy pillow to relax on and help you sleep a little better

    - Bring more onesies than you think you will need. Babies have no concept of when the diaper is on or off and can make a mess! Also, lots of babies, especially c-section babies, tend to be quite mucousy for the first few days and throw up quite a bit.

    - If you are planning to breast feed make sure you bring a cream for your nipples. Any cream with Lanolin in it is perfect

    - You will have a catheter for several hours after your surgery, so if you are planning to change into your own clothes pretty quickly make sure you have a comfy dress or nightgown to wear

    Good luck and congratulations!

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  92. Congratulations!! I had my first baby in June and it is so fun!! I've also decided that they shoud just handout the Bobbi brown creamy concealor at discharge :) I loved your pregnancy video... I also gave up caffeine after about 29 weeks bc it made my preterm contractions worse. I've started drinking decaf coffee in the morning now and I really haven't missed the caffeine. On occasion after a tough night I will have regular coffee and it really perks me up!! I will be praying for you on Friday!

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  93. It may have already been mentioned but don't forget those granny panties for when you come back home... a couple sizes larger than you would normally wear (as if you wear granny panties) so it doesn't irritate your incision. There's gonna be lots of stuff "going on down there". The hospital will provide you with these HIDEOUS gauze underwear that look like a spanxc body suit. Take all that they will give you. They are hideous but after the surgery I found that they were the most comfortable.

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  94. Veteran of one c section and 2 VBACs here. A few thoughts: bring your credit card and menus for local restaurants close to the hospital who will deliver. My hospital's food was atrocious (they gave me an enormous hunk of meatloaf for the first meal after I delivered!) and my hubby and I had a fun night with a pizza that came to our room. Ask for extra pairs of the mesh underwear to wear for the first week while your incision heals. Or bring extra maternity granny pants -- the low cut ones that went under your belly will hit the incision and it will hurt. Sometimes it's easier to just stay in a hospital gown while you are there -- it's easier to learn to breast feed, care for your tummy and not get your pretty ones gunked up. If you're cold, wear two -- one the regular way and one over it but backwards.

    Be sure to take the bulb syringe they give you in the baby supplies -- for some reason you will never be able to buy one as good and it is a lifesaver when the baby gets a cold.

    Pack a change of clothes & toiletries for your husband -- you may need him to stay with you the first night. Bring an extra baby blanket as your hospital room may not allow you to control the temperature. It will either be really warm or freezing!

    I feel like I know you thru your blog and am sending you lots of warm wishes for an easy birth. I'm a mother of 3 boys who are the most amazing people I know (they are 20, 18 and 15 now) and I loved their babyhood. The first time they put him in your arms is the most amazing moment of your life. Enjoy it!!!!

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  95. Was going to suggest bringing your breast pump if you have one - I wished I would have packed mine. If you get in a pump or two it may help your milk come in faster - especially if your little guy and you take a little time in figuring it all out. ;-)

    Thinking and Praying for you!

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  96. One more thing -- ask all your visitors to wash their hands before they hold the baby! You are delivering during cold and flu season so the extra precaution benefits everyone!!

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  97. Congrats to you and your hubby!!
    One thing that is super convenient is a pack of FACE WIPES to wash your face and body since you can't take a shower immediately. I know Neutragena is a good brand. It will help you freshen up if needed.

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  98. I didn't see a baby book listed and I brought extra cardstock as well. The nurses don't mind making extra foot prints since your little guy is inked up anyway, and you can use them for Grandparent gifts later. Best of luck!

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  99. don't leave the hospital without learning how to use the blue bulb sucker thing properly. and do leave the hospital with as many pairs of the little mesh panties as you can get your hands on. they are wonderful for after a c-section. my nurse hooked me up with enough pairs for a few weeks. by then my scar was no longer tender and normal undies were fine.

    good luck!! we can't wait to meet him, too!

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  100. I didn't read all the responses, but here is my unsolicited advice. I've birthed two of my four in the hospital. One of my hospital births was a c-section (first child), one was a VBAC (second child). What I found I needed was: my own preference of pads, shampoo/bodywash/etc, contact solution/spare glasses, outfit for going home for me and the baby, snacks, and camera. I didn't need most of the stuff the lists say you needed. I used the hospital gowns and turned one backwards and used it as a robe. Figured why mess up my own good stuff when they can launder the heck out of that one if blood gets on it. I can't imagine actually staying four days unless I had a medical need, which some women and/or babies do so it is good to be prepared for that possibility. I was out in two days after my c-section and 24 hours after my VBAC. The best thing for me was being at home in my own house and own bed without people interrupting me all night. Well, other than the baby.

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  101. Not sure if someone put it above but if your planning to use a nursing pillow bring that and pack some snacks for the hubs. If yours is anything like mine he will be hungry and need things to snack on :) GOOD LUCK!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to meet your precious bundle of joy!!! Oh one other thing maybe a few note cards. There were a few nurses in particular that we LOVED and I wrote them a note on some notebook paper but would have liked to have a notecard with me :) XOXOXO

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  102. My c-section was not planned so I wasn't prepared. Later someone recommended a postpartum support belt. I wish I would have gotten one right away, I recommend you get one ASAP to wear right away. It helped with the pain and jiggly belly. Here is the one I got: http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_Id=914950577&MasterCategory_Id=MC32 I hope everything goes well for you! :)

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  103. I work on a mother-baby floor in a hospital and one thing (from a nurses perspective) is to bring some paper and pens. Your nurses will be keeping up with you new love bugs intake and output (including breastmilk, formula, pees, poops, vomit etc.) so having something readily available to write on is always a plus! They will provide you with these, don't get me wrong lol, but sometimes it's easier just to have your own.

    Hint Hint: 1oz = 30ml
    Your nurses will be asking! Best of luck to you and your husband, and my prayers are with you and your family during this beautiful time xoxo

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  104. No advice or suggestions here...but I must admit the suggestion of others to bring your own pillow definitely sounds useful!!
    Just want to wish you all the best - I can tell by your attitude *based on your posts* that you will do fantastically well.........you seem to be in a great mind set.
    Tons of thoughts and prayers for you and your Christmas miracle :)

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  106. Others may have mentioned this, but the one thing I really wished I had had after my (unexpected) c-section was a nightgown. I had brought comfy pants to wear, but found I couldn't because they sat right on my incision.

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  107. Definitely include Lanolin and Nipple Shields if you're breastfeeding!!! My hospital gave me some Medela Shields and they were a life saver during the learning period.

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  108. Packing like a pro :-) Very similar to what I packed for my 3rd c section. Wish I'd been so smart for my first. Good luck!

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  109. I agree with everyone about bringing a pillow. Not only for nursing but also for the ride home to hold against your abdomen. The seat belt can be uncomfortable as well as any rough roads you may travel.
    While at the hospital, when you stand for the first time....stand as straight as you can. It will not be pleasant but necessary for easier recovery.

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    1. I second the pillow for the ride home-your list looks great (I have that robe, same color and love it!) my best friend packed her pre pregnancy jeans to wear home with her first ;) I've had both c-section and vbac and didn't need any special items. May your nurses be wonderful, your lactation specialist helpful (request them if they don't automatically come) and mostly your babe be healthy! There's nothing like your first baby. Blessings to you!

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  110. Nursing pads in case your milk comes in quickly! The more skin to skin time you can have with baby, the faster your milk will come in! Also- when the time comes that you cut baby's nails, using cuticle scissors (they look like mini scissors) are so much easier than clippers!

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  111. Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but bring pads and undies you would use on your period. You probably already know you will be bleeding for about 6 weeks. The absolute best pads are Always Infinity ~ get the overnight long ones.......... :-)

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  112. I would wear all black pants while staying I the hospital. Saves a lot of irritation from stains. Good luck to you!

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  113. Not sure if others have mentioned - but a couple of 'thank goodness i have this' items for me post-c-section with twins were 1. hand sanitizer - nothing worse than feeling gross and not being able to get out of bed to clean your hands. 2. a small blanket and pillow - made that hospital bed that much cozier, and i knew where they've been and when they've been washed. 3. snacks! in the hospital i was in, we only got breakfast, lunch and dinner. i don't know about you but if i'm up every 3 hours through the night, i'm bound to get hungry. I brought crackers, gummies, pretzels, trail mix, hard candies, etc. and great to share with the nurses too! 4. flip flops - i didn't end up wearing my socks because my feet and legs were so swollen and the flip flops were the most comfy. and not to get to gross, but i ended up bleeding a little extra and it was nice to know the flip flops could get dirty and i could either wash them or toss them. i also wore them in the shower - again, i know how clean they are, but not the shower. 5. i lived in a nightgown and robe. i tried putting my yoga pants on the second day and being swollen and sore it just felt uncomfortable. also, they need to check your stitches every 3-4 hours so in my opinion it was much easier to just lift the gown than pull down my pants. GOOD LUCK!!!

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  114. I would suggest socks w traction and the nursing tanks over a bra. The target tanks are great and it wasn't until week 3 or 4 until I wore a nursing bra.

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  115. I'm a 46 yr old mom of 3 boys (2 of which are grown adults)....I have no advice to add, just wanted to say all these comments bring back such sweet memories....nostalgia at its best...enjoy every second!

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  116. Hi Kate, I have no advices to add, just ENJOY your baby!! Best wishes!!

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  117. Take which ever nursing pillow you think you will use. That way the lactation consultant can help you place it properly. Also consider a night gown instead of pants. Its just that with an incision plus going to the bathroom a million times that first day it may just be easier. So excited for you!

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  119. My second csection is this month as well and I am truly amazed at how perfect your bag is for a FTM. My friends bring so much stuff they don't need and end up with these huge bags. It seems like you are planning on nursing so I would consider some of those Quaker oatmeal cups, apples and whatever nuts you like. These are all things that are not only great when your milk supply is building but after getting up every two hours I personally was hungry long before I could order breakfast.

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  120. My second csection is this month as well and I am truly amazed at how perfect your bag is for a FTM. My friends bring so much stuff they don't need and end up with these huge bags. It seems like you are planning on nursing so I would consider some of those Quaker oatmeal cups, apples and whatever nuts you like. These are all things that are not only great when your milk supply is building but after getting up every two hours I personally was hungry long before I could order breakfast.

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  121. Bring Bottled water! Unless you live in a place where tap water is actually drinkable. That was my biggest thing, even though it sounds silly. And slippers -don't walk around in the hospital socks and then get back in to bed, or all the germs on the floor will then be in your sheets. Gross.

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  122. I would recommend high waited unerwear! Especially for a C-SECTION! Good Luck! :)

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  123. I have had 3 c sections so far and my suggestion is to make sure you take some granny panties. I know...not attractive...but if you take some that are slightly bigger than you usually wear you should be able to pull them up a little higher and they won't be rubbing on your incision or putting pressure on it. Also, the hospital will probably have a c-section pillow. At my hospital you have to ask for it, they don't just give them out. But it is yes for putting pressure on your stomach if you have to cough or for the ride home. It's very helpful. You will do great! Can't wait to see his sweet face.

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  124. Seems like EVERYONE has said it, but I definitely agree! I ended up getting XXL granny panties from Walmart. To give you some background, I am normally a size small.

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  125. Run don't walk and grab yourself some Mother's Milk tea it's made by Traditional Medicines. My milk took forever coming in and one double cup of that it came in while I was drinking it :) I'm telling you this stuff was a Godsend all through nursing. Any time my milk was low I'd drink a cup of this and it would bring it right back. It doesn't taste great but add a little honey or sugar and it will be just fine :)
    you can find it at some grocery stores, I believe Wal Mart carries it now and any GNC store will have it.

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    1. I second this! That tea is amazing and it WORKS

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  126. I scanned through the comments and didn't see anyone address the bear suit. I believe that it is a risk if worn in the car seat that the car seat won't perform as intended in case of accident. The thick suit can hinder the restraint system. I think its recommended to buckle them in normal clothes, then cover with a thick blanket. You may want to check it out before using it in the car seat!

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  127. I scanned through the comments and didn't see anyone address the bear suit. I believe that it is a risk if worn in the car seat that the car seat won't perform as intended in case of accident. The thick suit can hinder the restraint system. I think its recommended to buckle them in normal clothes, then cover with a thick blanket. You may want to check it out before using it in the car seat!

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  128. You baby's "first year" book. you'll want to have those sweet foot prints inside one of the pages.

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  129. So I say yes to bringing a nursing pillow. I loved having mine. Also second the nursing tanks comment....shoot I didn't wear a real.nursing bra for uh 2 weeks. Also I recommend ordering as much food as possible like for sides as then you can share with the hubby but also I was able to eat the bowl of fruit I ordered no matter ignore I liked what the main dish was or not. Oh also pack mints or throat drops the air is so dry in hospitals that trust me you'll need them.

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  130. I love the comfy basics you have. I just posted about an amazing sale H&M is having and they have so many similar products and a lot of maternity wear on sale as well starting at $3. Great price to pay for clothes that you will only use for a while.

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  131. no one warned me about the horrible constipation that can follow a c-section- it affected me w/ all three of my c-sections. Ask for stool softeners right away to make it painless
    2. hospitals are SUPER dry- bring lip balm and nose spray. I had many bloody noses and got charged a massive pharmacy bill for an .99 over the counter nasal spray
    3. Bring your second favorite back up outfit for baby boy- my babies exploded from both ends AFTER they were in their car seat ready for discharge lol. At least I got one authentic photo in their "going home' outfit before we had to change it!

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  132. I scanned very quickly, so I apologize if it's been suggested, but I wish I would have brought earplugs! I am a bit of a light sleeper, and add to that the CONSTANT ambient noise of the hospital floor.... well, I literally did not sleep at all during the nights I was there for both my children. And I also brought my own pillow from home. Best of luck to you. Everything will be wonderful!

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  133. Hi Kate! I just had my baby last week in Chapel Hill, so I've been eagerly following your pregnancy. Some of the things I was really thankful for in the hospital were 1) my own pillow (make sure your husband brings one too) 2) my own towel. everyone has already explained why. 3) a noise machine. my l&d room was very quiet, but my actual room had a really annoying clock in it 4) my makeup and shower stuff. i felt so much better after taking a shower and putting on my makeup 5) nice Aden&Anais swaddle blankets. they're huge and cute and soft

    We brought clothes, but we just left our daughter in the little kimono shirts they provided. They were wayyyy too big, but they were nice for her cord, and she spit up a lot, so we were constantly changing her clothes. We had our own swaddle blankets, but we also used the ones they provided us with due to the abundance of spit up.

    I left the hospital before my milk came in, but I did wear a nursing tank constantly. I also recommend some sort of nipple cream. I use Motherlove. Please make use of the lactation consultants. Breastfeeding is really hard, and it's important to have people to help you. I ended up using a nipple shield to help with some issues, so that could be something you look into. Anyway, good luck with everything and speedy recovery!

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  134. Love the list (about to go and kindly suggest a few of these for my stocking actually! Just an FYI, I know it sucks, but snowsuits, jackets, all the extra layers are dangerous for your sweet little one, just while in the car. The local news here just did a story about a 6 month old, that was in a car crash, while wearing a little snowsuit, flew out of the buckled car seat, out the car, and thank the heavens above into a snowy embankment. He was okay (thanks to the snow ) but had he/she hit the road, it would have been another story. They said what happens when you have the extra layers (coats/buntings, etc) is that they compress during the accidentUtah is experiencing sub-zero temps, and even so, I will not put extra clothing layers on my baby and kids (our preemie is 3 1/2 months, but really only 2 months adjusted) I just put extra blankets. My boys wear their coats to the car (and hats/gloves) and then remove their coats, get buckled, and then we either put the coat on frontwards or use blankets until the car is heated up. I know it sounds crazy, but as a mom/baby nurse, I just really advocate for carseat safety as there are just absolute idiots on the road.

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  135. I am really surprised at how many people are commenting to take your own pillow. While I agree that hospital pillows are awful, I would never take my own pillow into the hospital unless it could be washed and dried immediately after getting home with baby. Way too many nasty germs in hospitals. I say that as an RN!!! Same goes for my own towels. Who wants to go home with a bag of nice bloody towels to wash??? Hopefully all the nastiness washes out and you won't have to throw them away. Just let the hospital take care of it.

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  136. Bring sleepers! We had cute two piece outfits and the nurses told us that the pants out pressure on their newly cut umbilical chord and advised we only put them in onesie sleepers till it falls off and heals. So glad we had sleepers with us! Congrats on your soon to be blessing!

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  137. Just gonna throw this out there...if you are planning on nursing it might be a good idea to bring your nursing cover that way even if people are visiting you they don't have to be sent out while you feed....

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