The hospital provided everything for baby, diapers wipes, pacifier, etc. I had a solid outfit for his pictures and a cute printed receiving blanket for the background.
For myself I needed my mp3 player, toiletries, nursing gown, nursing pads, flip flops. I packed sweat pants and t-shirts but wound up with a c-section and had to send DH for a maternity dress (I could not stand to have anything touching my incision). I had planned to wear my tennis shoes but my feet were swollen so he also had to get my flip flops. The gown was a must for when I had to get up and walk around.
Honestly... I didn't use ANYTHING I brought except my toothbrush, but the hospital actually provided that too.
They literally had everything, and I was so exhausted, DH and I just slept the 3 days we were there. Minus the time when LO would wake for feeding. So I didn't even use anything I had brought but my phone. I even stayed in the hospital gown until I actually dressed to leave.
OH, SOCKS with that non slip stuff on the bottom. That is what I am glad I brought.
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Things I used the most:
The hospital does provide pretty much everything you need, just think of things you would really want if you were sick in bed all day. I love watching movies so DH brought a laptop and some DVD's. It really helped pass the time. Just don't go overboard because you're only going to be there a couple of days and a lot of that time will be spent sleeping.
A cute hat for baby will make for really good pics and hospitals are pretty chilly!
Must have: my phone...for social networking updates and I got to listen to my own music.
I thought just a go home outfit wasn't enough so I brought a few outfits for myself but I realized you just use the hospital gown the whole time. So those other cloths got in the way. However, make sure your partner brings something warm to wear.
We ended up in the hospital for almost a week, while my DD was in the NICU.
Things I used in the first 48 hours: Camera, phone, computer, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, brush, robe, breastfeeding pillow, snacks, change for the vending machine, chapstick, flip flops, baby's first outfit for pictures, ponytail holders, husband needed his stuff as well.
I was thankful I brought my own towels. The ones at the hospital were so scratchy and small. I was also glad we packed snacks, I was starving after delivery and the hospital cafeteria stopped serving. Flip flops were great for walking the halls, I just tossed them in the trash before I left. I liked having my own pillow as well.