Hiya,Thanks for this blog; I'm 32 weeks now, and have just bought a lot of the stuff off Amazon. New toothbrush etc (I won't remmeber to pack it last minute, probably). The mens underwear is a good shout!Diana
Thank you! And congratulations!! Is it your first? I am now 36 weeks along and STILL haven't packed it. (I have the items... they just aren't all together in my bag! haha)
Thanks for posting =) Really needed to know what to pack as this is my first baby. First Experience...sooo scared. I am now 36 weeks along and still isnt ready =(
You are welcome! And I am 37 weeks today and only just now packed mine... and I'm still missing a few items!!
Awesome list. Im 35 weeks with my first (found your link on the comments on babycenter while searching what to pack) I especially loved the change of clothes for the husband, definitely didnt think about that one! Random question, I found it confusing when babycenter said to make sure tje babys coming home outfit should have sepeeate legs, for the seatbelt? Are the one piece pj sets a no? Thanks!
No... Those should be fine. The reason it says that is because part of the seat belt comes up between their legs. The pants can be attached to the top. It just can't be a sleeper sack or something like that. They have to be separate from each other. I hope that makes sense... If not, I can post a picture explaining it better! :)
Loved your list! Im on my first pregnancy and im almost 35 weeks. Im getting a little anxious for the baby to come so im starting to pack early lol. I went to other sites and they say to pack so much i may aswell bring a friggin suitcase for only about a day. Your list helped so much!
I'm glad it helped!! I know... most lists have you pack WAY too much!! That's what I did the first time. I packed everything I could think of! So I really tried to only pack what I thought I'd use! And I still packed a little too much! I think I will be adding an edit to this to update it and share which items I actually used!Good luck on the rest of your pregnancy and I will be wishing you a fast labor and delivery! :)
My due date with 1st baby is today and I am *mostly* packed, just not 100% there, since I'm sure baby's going to be late...I'll get it sorted today. Thanks for the tips on the pads, I'll send hubby out for some more today.One small thing...we fitted our car seat early, but someone then hit the back of our car so we needed a new seat before we had even used it! Now the car's been repaired, I've decided that I'll send hubby home to fit the seat when the baby arrives (he's been shown how to do it properly)...might not work for everyone but we live near the hospital so it's fine for us.
Oh my gosh!!! I never thought about that with the car seat! That is GREAT advice!! Would you mind if I added a comment about that up in the actual post??
Your car insurance covers the car seats too so they will replace them in any kind of accident.
That's a great point! I hadn't thought of it!
I loved the dress!! I will take a few more things than you as we never know! If I need it at least is there and if I do not need it, I'll just take it back home!
Yes. There is nothing wrong with taking too much. Like you said... you never know! Is this your first? When are you due? Boy or girl? I can't wait to see what you did and didn't need! :)
Hi. I'm 38 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I have packed my hospital bag but can't believe how much stuff there is - we're only a 10 minute walk from the hospital (not that I plan to walk) and I hope to get home as quickly as possible. After reading your list I will be re-packing my bag and taking out a lot of stuff. I like the tip about a cheap new robe, with the view to it being disposable if need be. And the comment about a car crash before the baby was born, is really helpful.Also, you didn't mention whether you actually used the receiving blanket.Thank you for putting this article together. I have found it very useful.
Good luck on having your baby! :)I used a receiving blanket, but not the one I slept with. If you do that, let me know how it goes! I'm glad this helped you!!
This time I am going to try to only pack Autoclave for sale the things that I used (or wished I had) the last time around.
Thanks for the tips! It's helpful.
Great blog. Im on second child n this was really helpful as last time I packed the kitchen sink n didnt need it all. Im 30 weeks and will be packing my bag at 36 weeks after another scan. I may have a vbac or section which will be confirmed at 36 weeks. I have all the items apart from pads which I will get in next few weeks as will need them either way. I am undecided on breastfeeding this time. I lasted 2 weeks last time. I plan on having a few bottles n a made up already formula just in case anyway.I plan on wearing a loose dress for the home trip x
How was the labor and delivery? Did you have a vbac or a repeat c-section? As far as breast feeding, I did 3 months with my first and 6 months with my second. I figure, try it out. See how it goes. That's all I plan to do with each. The loose dress is a great idea with a possible vbac/c-section.
Thank you for this! Very valuable to a first time mum who is thinking about packing everything under the sun!
I take a huge suitcase everytime but I pack all my stuff and hubbys into it. And he likes to use our towels which smell like home (bleach) so its nice to have everything in one place and not have 6 different bags lol.
im 31 weeks and its my second pregnancy.Im planning to pack my bag next week as for some reason i feel this baby will come early, that just my instinct. list was helpful, as i have done the same 1st time round packed everything what they told me and havent used quoter of what it was in my suitcase as they only kept me in for 2 nights. I will have a go at breastfeeding again but i wont keep my hopes up as with 1st child only managed 2 weeks dried up very quick haven't had enough milk so ill be taking bottles and formula just in case.Wish everyone an easy pregnancy and a quick labour. Good luck to you all. x
So... was the little one early or are you still waiting?
hi there, I just wanted to say thank you. I am only 20 weeks with my first at the moment, found out we are having a girl last week. im trying to make sure I get a list together of what I need for hospital and home and all that jazz. so far your list is the best one I have found. I especially love the idea of the spare change of clothes for dad... my husband is in the forces and doesn't like his uniform. also like the idea of the separate list of phone numbers. im very ditsy. one quick thing... im planning on bottle feeding... but im not sure if I will need to take the bottle aswell? do you know if I will or not? Thank you so much :-) Stacey, and baby bump Sophie Marie x
Contact your hospital's Labor and Delivery... they can tell you if you need bottles, diapers, etc. You never know if baby's body (mouth or tooshie) will agree with their bottles or diapers. My hospital let me know what they provide for their babies, so I went out and bought a small package of an alternate brand diaper and set of only 3 bottles. Worse/Best case scenario: you learn quickly what works best for your baby and then send your husband or family members to the store for you! Best of luck :) I'm 36 weeks and know how you feel preparing!
PS: only buy the 8oz bottles... your little one will only drink under 4oz for just a little while! I'm thankful a friend gave me this tip. Bottles are expensive enough as it is!! One other bottle thing I did do, was purchase a few "3 bottle" packages of my favorite type of bottle. Then I only opened One 3 bottle package for my hospital bag. This way if baby doesn't like it, I'll have my husband exchange the other packages for a different brand. Have mercy. God help us mommas-to-be :)
That is a great idea Sweetpea! I will actually probably call ahead next time and find out their brands.
Stacey,I hope all goes well for you! My husband is also in the forces and hates his uniform. The separate list of phone numbers also helps because my mom was able to call everyone for me from her phone, if need be. Depending on the hospital, I would imagine they will have the bottles. But, to be sure, you could call ahead or bring one just in case.Thanks for reading!MirandaP.S. Sophie Marie is an adorable name!
Thank you for this, very helpful! I am 26 weeks and just wanted to know what I would neeed to buy etc. so that I can start preparing! This list has made me feel better as I was starting to panic about the amount I'd need to get! :)
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