Personal Care Items:
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
Good smelling lotion!
Foot massage cream
my own hair dryer
wooden three prong back massager
favorite SOFT brand of toilet paper (the hospital brand is AWFUL)
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
my own underwear
Clothes to wear home
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
gum (so that when I couldn't eat at least I could chew!)
Hawaiian punch suckers
Our cell phone
Our video camera
Thank you notes
Our baby book (so you can get his footprints in it)
My own pillow
Cards to pass the time
money for vending machines.
a hershey bar
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 :-)
I actually had lots of books and magazines packed and never touched them.
Definitely a change of clothes for baby and toddlers
antibacterial waterless hand wash
extra cloth/disposable diapers
I use a wet pad for an easy to carry changing pad/changing pad
extra nursing pads
plastic bag to dispose of dirty diapers or outfits
bottle of water--just in case!
$5 bill/spare money
nail clippers/emery boards
A & D ointment
Little instant formulas--even for breastfeeding mothers it is nice to have a back up just in case.
clean shirt for mom :)
Toys and books to keep baby occupied
snacks/juice box for me and for preschooler
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!