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October 23, 2014

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Getting ready for baby?
From the Hospital bag to the Diaper bag...
What we can't do without!

These lists are compiled from real mom's suggestions.
Not everyone needs the same things, but these lists are great to go through and find the things that you never even thought of.

Hospital Bag suggestions Diaper Bag suggestions

Personal Care Items:

Make-up
Nursing pads ( I nursed this baby, and totally didn't realize that I would need these while I was still in the hospital.)
toothbrush, tooth paste
Shampoo & conditioner
Lip balm
Hairbrush
A hair-tie/scrunchie
Deodorant
Good smelling lotion!
Foot massage cream
mouthwash
my own hair dryer
Pads
massage oil
wooden three prong back massager
favorite SOFT brand of toilet paper (the hospital brand is AWFUL)

Clothing:

socks
A really big t-shirt of my husbands so that I didn't have to wear that awful hospital gown. (Makes it a lot easier to walk around.)
Clean sweats ( for time spent in the hospital and going home)
A much bigger pair of jeans! (I had to wear my maternity shorts home and it was cold outside!)
Robe and slippers
Pajamas
my own underwear
Clothes to wear home

For Baby:

Baby nail clippers!!!!!!!!! The nursery didn't have any. (My poor little guy came home with a scratched up face.)
An outfit for baby to wear home
a receiving blanket

For your partner or coach:

Potent breath mints-for hubby
Some chocolate bars and canned drinks
Change of clothes

Other Stuff:

watch
gum (so that when I couldn't eat at least I could chew!)
magazines
Hawaiian punch suckers
Our cell phone
A camera
Our video camera
Thank you notes
Our baby book (so you can get his footprints in it)
My journal
My own pillow
Cards to pass the time
bottled water
more food!!!
money for vending machines.
relaxing music
a hershey bar
calling card
paper and pen
Puzzle, books & pens
A walkman would have been nice. I didn't even think about it but I was not in a private room and it would have been nice to have one when the neighbors were visiting. I wouldn't have used it much though.
Harry Potter, book 4 :-)

Other comments:

I actually had lots of books and magazines packed and never touched them.

All:

Definitely a change of clothes for baby and toddlers
wet wipes
antibacterial waterless hand wash
extra cloth/disposable diapers
burp rags
I use a wet pad for an easy to carry changing pad/changing pad
extra binky/soother
extra nursing pads
mylecon
baby washcloths
plastic bag to dispose of dirty diapers or outfits
blanket
Desitin
thermometer
bulb aspirator
bottle of water--just in case!
$5 bill/spare money
hat
sunscreen
nail clippers/emery boards
q-tips
bottles
Chapstick
granola bar
A & D ointment
kleenex
baby tylenol/tempra
insurance card
my wallet
baby lotion
teething toys

Newborns:

Little instant formulas--even for breastfeeding mothers it is nice to have a back up just in case.
clean shirt for mom :)

Older babies/toddlers:

Toys and books to keep baby occupied
snacks/juice box for me and for preschooler

Other comments:

Diaper bags are a huge waste of money and big and awkward! We use a backpack instead and it's way easier! Plus my husband feels "cool"! Our diaper bags are sitting in the baby's closet!

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