hi, i am due not until between 28th of april to 2nd of may and i am wondering for the basic things i have to put on our overnight bag. (for me and the baby) got a few list that i picked along the way i read.
and would i be mean if i exchange a certain gift for another color just to co-ordinate for everything that we got, at least neutralise that way it looks good and i can mix and match?
thank you .. you are all so nice and very helpful.
Edited by: CHARLMIE at: 3/17/2010 (10:32)
1/26/07 12:34 A
Congrats! I remember those days leading up to Ethan's birth when I just wanted to have everything ready. Honestly though we needed very few things for the first week or so. Diapers and wipes of course, but don't buy too many newborn size. We got half way through our 2nd pack and Ethan outgrew them! The things we needed to buy on our way home from the hospital were sanitary pads (you bleed a lot, so buy at least a couple packs), hemerhoid cream (a lovely unexpected birth result) and a head positioner for the car seat.
One thing I would recommend before the birth though is if you have time fit in a date night or two with your boyfriend. The first few weeks can be really hectic and you may not have a lot of time for each other. I'm really glad we fit in a date night right before Ethan was born.
Good luck with your little one!
Ethan Arthur born December 13, 2006
8 lbs 3 oz, 22 1/4 inches long
Calliann Marlene born November 2, 2008
7 lbs 15 oz, 20 1/4 inches long
1/25/07 9:31 P
WOW! What an exciting time in your life! I remember when I was in your shoes! It's so exciting!!! All of the pp's have good info!
All I can say is this...I got REALLY prepared for EVERYTHING and I didn't use much at all once we got home. Everything else that I needed, my hubby would pick up on his way home from work. If you have a boy, vaseline for the circumcision. Alcohol for the umbilical cord stump.
Ezra spit up on most of his night outfits that we ended up skipping the outfits half the nights and just wrapping him in a blanket! HA!
There is so much to have, but really you don't NEED much (just diapers, wipes, baby soap, alcohol, a nasal aspirator or whatever they are called, and a thermometor to check temperature when you get home, blankets). I really can't think of much more! I am breastfeeding though, so I would imagine that if you were bottle feeding things would be different (like you would need formula and bottles, etc.).
Good luck! Just remember...REST when the baby rests! The house can stay messy! You will loose yourself and not be a good mommy if you don't take care of yourself and REST!!!
YEAH! Enjoy every minute of this experience...enjoy your boyfriend too! You will not have much time for one another once the baby is born...well...you'll have to plan it exactly just right!
Most of your postnatal stuff you will get at the hospital and they will give you some to take home (they gave me underwear, pads, tucks pads, some spray stuff to make you numb down there if you get stitches, a manual breast pump, etc.)
Ezra James: 11/25/06; 7.0 pounds 21 1/2 inches long
Elijah Joel: 7/31/08; 6.11 pounds 18 1/2 inches long
Picture taken when Ezra was 20 months old!
1/25/07 9:20 P
Congratulations on being so close! What an exciting time for you! Good question to ask...
I would say that mine relate to breastfeeding- There are these nifty cool packs you can put in your fridge or freezer to bring relief when your milk comes in. They sit right in your bra. A friend of mine gave them to me and I thought she was crazy... but they were life savers! Also, Lansinoh cream that you can put on your nipples is great for those early days when the wear and tear (literally!) on your breasts is hardest. Finally, IF breastfeeding does not work for you or you aren't planning on it (I am someone who simply does NOT make enough milk and I have to supplement), buy a few bottles and nipples ahead of time and go ahead and boil them. Get a small can of formula too. You can always donate them somewhere if you don't need them, and if you do, you will be glad for the stress it relieves in that moment.
Also, be sure if you don't have someone coming in to care for you that you have some easy to make, pop in the micro or oven meals. You won't want to think about cooking for a few days (or months! haha).
Most of all... ENJOY the whole thing! This was my second (and most likely my last) so I am just trying to take it all in. Even though our LO's are only a month or so old, the ladies on this board can already tell you that it flies by! It will be the toughest and yet most rewarding thing you have ever undertaken! God bless!
1/25/07 6:42 P
Lots and lots of sanitary napkins - you'll be surprised at how much post-pregnancy goo (technically called "lochia") comes out of your body.
Also, if you have someone volunteer to help, say "yes." Just make sure they aren't "helping" by holding the baby - instead, they need to be helping by making dinners, cleaning, doing laundry, etc.
I'm a home-birthing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, attachment parenting, home schooling mommy! [And part-time divorce/custody attorney.]
1/25/07 6:11 P
i know not all babies are this way, buy my little camber did not like sleep, so i was a zombie for a very long time, so sleep, sleep sleep!! i was so busy trying to get everything ready and perfectly organized, i wanted the whole house to be spotless, that i didnt take enough time to just enjoy the quietness and my bed! so just relax and enjoy it while you can! i'm pretty sure everything that you NEED you already have, and if you dont, like someone said, your mom or dh can get it for you!
Wow! 8 days! You are so lucky, you really do have the most amazing and magical moments ahead of you. Take a million pictures, even if you don't think you want them at the time, you will be so happy to have a record of the birth and first days together. It is a little foggy looking back, but the photos help. Also, funny as it sounds, pack chocolate in your hospital bag, you will NEED it when you are done! It's a little treat and celebration and you will be starved for something sweet (I was!)
No matter what you have read in prep for your labor, it won't be as bad as you think. It is a process that your body was made to go through and you will do AMAZING when you focus inwardly. Good luck!
Oh! And when you get home, nothing is an emergency, if you need it and don't have it, send your mom or dh.
GOOD LUCK! Post your birth story on here when you are home!
I am a mom! Baby Finn born Dec. 20, 9lbs 3 oz 22 inches.
He was 12 days late and worth every minute!
Baby Gwynne is here! Born Sept. 13, Perfect girl, 9lbs 11oz, 21.5" long! 8 days late
Love my babes :)
1/25/07 4:18 P
First off good luck!!! Funny things we needed were batteries (we tore through a pack really fast), extra tape for our video camera, and tylenol. Some of the things you won't know until you have the baby. I wound up having a c-section so I wound up needing stool softner (sorry if TMI) and anti-gas medication.
Things I had that were great: Chapstick, a little shower set, my Snoogle and my Boppy were both godsends.
If your hubby/sig other or anyone else is going to stay over night have them bring some comfy stuff with them because goodness knows the little futon they had in our room was horribly uncomfortable.
Also be used to medical people coming in and out of your room at all hours. Enjoy any sleep you can get and try to limit visitors!!!!
Emmaline Anne will be here on March 13th!!
Big Sister, Ruby Claire born 12-27-06
1/25/07 3:32 P
Good luck to you! I was due 12/31 but gave birth early on 12/13. I wish that I had taken my breast pump to the hospital with me. LO had trouble latching for like the first 10 days, so I wish I would have started pumping right away and maybe I'd be making more milk now. Having a journal with you is nice because you can record the experience while LO sleeps or is in the nursery. Don't forget to take warm socks. That L&D room will be very cool. And have anyone present at the birth take a jacket or sweater. I think it was about 65 degrees in my room. Snacks for your coach are nice, and if there's any left you can have it afterwards. Don't forget a cell phone and charger if it's allowed, and if not, a phone card or change for a payphone. Change for snack/drink machines too. And maybe a baby book and a nice pen.
EDD 12/31/2006, born 12/13/06.
5 lbs 10 oz, 18.5 in.
At 6 months, 17 lbs 4 oz, 26.5 in.
At 18 months, 24 lbs, 33 inches.
1/25/07 3:09 P
Well first of all good luck to you!! My LO came early at 35 weeks so I really wasn't very prepared but I had lots of help between DH and my mom staying with me the first week. I think as long as you have the bed or bassinett set up and ready, diapers, wipes, onsies, sleepers (probably a few preemies) most don't plan on this but I have really yet to see a newborn that actually fits into 0-3 month clothing my daughter is 7 weeks and 10 lbs now and 0-3 months are still big on her, anyways recievers and some warmer blankets you should be set. Oh yeah I forget because I BF but if you do not plan on it have a good supply of bottles and formula and maybe a pacifier or two. Ok now that I started listing things I keep thinking of more things the carseat of course, a vibrating bouncy seat and swing are very nice but not necessary. For yourself you will need a supply of pads, breast pads, nursing bras, and tylenol is good to have. Of course don't forget the camera for all those first moments. Take care and again good luck!!
Due Date: Jan. 4th, 2007
Children: Riley 5, Madelynn 2, and our newest addition Katelynn born Dec. 5th
Employment: Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
1/25/07 3:01 P
Hello everyone, I'm popping in from the Feb 07 boards and I wanted to question you expert moms. I'm due in 8 days and I'm in the final stages of preparation. Just wondering if any of you had a brainstorm list of things you needed when baby got home and wished you had prepared before. I just want to be all set and ready now so the transition will be less stressful for all of us! Getting a bit nervous...
PS. I think this is the nicest board, ya'll are so kind, I peek in here every chance I get to see what to expect!
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