3rd Trimester

What to pack for labor?

My hospital suggested a separate bag for post postpartum and labor because I'll switch rooms. I know what I'll pack for postpartum for the most part, but not sure what I need in the labor room, I'll bring something to play music, but other than that...any suggestions?

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Re: What to pack for labor?

  • I just too one bag, it was pretty easy to move it to my post-partum room. I didn't bring anything for the labor room other than a pillow (with a printed or bright pillow case) and our cameras. 
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  • Camera, something to pass the time (cards, magazine, book...) and snacks for your DH/SO. You probably wont need too much for labour.
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  • I brought a flameless candle. That was nice for when I was laboring in the bathtub. I also brought jolly ranchers. That is a good idea because they don't let you eat/drink but they will let you eat hard candy which keeps your mouth moist.
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    I brought a flameless candle. That was nice for when I was laboring in the bathtub. I also brought jolly ranchers. That is a good idea because they don't let you eat/drink but they will let you eat hard candy which keeps your mouth moist.

    Make sure you check with your OB before you bring hard candy.  I wasn't allowed any hard candy during my labor - each OB is different.

    I do agree with PP about just bringing one bag (unless you plan on packing a load for the labor room).  The other thing I brought in the labor room that hasn't been mentioned is a stress ball.  You know those squishy balls that are made to squeeze super hard because they supposedly help with the relief of stress?  It was flipping amazing to have - I squeezed the heck out of it during contractions and it saved DH's hand. ;)

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  • Hospitals are always really cold, bring a sweater and thick socks and definitely bring slippers.
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  • I was only planning on bringing one bag!
  • Chapstick, socks, zip up hoodie, laptop, books, crossword puzzles etc.
  • With my DD I only took 2 bags. 1 for myself and 1 for her. And will be doing the same when it's time for DS to arrive. 

    I mainly took toiletries,shaving cream and razor (believe me I felt so relieved to be able to shave my legs again lol), tooth brush etc.

    Change of clothes, warm socks, a book. Things like that.

    The one thing I will be taking this time that I did not last time is my own blanket. The ones at the hospital are so thin! It would take 3 or 4 just to get warm and stay that way.  

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  • I don't think you need anything, but I'm a TV bug and was jsut happy laying there watching TV and playing on my cell phone.
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