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Old 24.03.2009, 11:00
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Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I was just wondering if things here are the same as in the U.S. For those who have given birth in Switzerland, what do us pregnant women need to pack in our hospital bag for the stay after the birth of our child? Breastpump, nursing pads, feminine pads, baby clothes, etc? As you can see, I am in the nesting/preparing stage!
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Old 24.03.2009, 11:02
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

Quick answer for you - as I am running out of the door:

my hospital provided:
Breast Pump, Breat pads, Maternity Pads, baby clothes

I did take some baby clothe, nice toiletries and snacks - the food wasnt very good and really quite small portions (I needed to snack a lot when getting BF going)

Will add more if I can think of it

congratulations by the way
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

The hospital provides baby clothes, but if you are expecting little ones then take your own. My boy was < 3 kgs (at 41.5 weeks) and the smallest size was soo big.

The maternity pads they provide are huge and old fashioned with no wings, so if you can find some nice cotton ones with wings I would take them. They give you a weeks worth of nice net nickers too

In Zug the washkit was provided, so was 2L of bottled water each morning.

Don't forget your marriage certificate, birth certificates, passports, permits ect to register the birth.
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

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The hospital provides baby clothes, but if you are expecting little ones then take your own. My boy was < 3 kgs (at 41.5 weeks) and the smallest size was soo big.

The maternity pads they provide are huge and old fashioned with no wings, so if you can find some nice cotton ones with wings I would take them. They give you a weeks worth of nice net nickers too

In Zug the washkit was provided, so was 2L of bottled water each morning.

Don't forget your marriage certificate, birth certificates, passports, permits ect to register the birth.
My babies where very small and i took my own baby clothes with me but they told me i wasn`t allowed to put my own clothes i had bought they had to use the hospital clothes

I took nursing pads, nursing bras, dressing gown, slippers, tea bags, and DUMMIES.

My husband brought me alot of food, and other friends brought me English snacks
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

They do provide the nappies, pads and can get you anything else you need. But it is a good idea to have a stock of everything you might need at home even if you dont bring it all with you. The first weeks you may not need the hassle of looking for those things or explaining to hubby what you need. Mind you years later I was still finding creative uses for breast pads and newborn nappies... So don't go overboard either.
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I took clothes for the new baby (incl warm stuff for leaving), clothes for me, including an big old t-shirt I used for the birth which I could chuck out later - no amount of Persil was going to shift that mess!

Don't forget your usual wash kit.

The hospitals usually have their own supply of breast pumps and pads.

After the birth and during our stay I used the hospital's supply of baby clothes because they then take them away and wash them so you don't have to bother.

A couple of books and magazines for while you are waiting for labour to kick in properly.

Slippers for wandering around.

Nightdresses should be able to be opened to allow easy access for bfeeding and a dressing gown is a good idea, too.

I found that anything I forgot could be brought in by whomever was visiting me so it's not the end of the world if you forget, say, slippers.

You should have had a bit of literature through from your chosen hospital which gives you a list of "don't forgets", too.

Odd things I wish I had brought with me were stuff like a large water bottle because the hospital glasses weren't big enough to quench my thirst when I first started bfeeding.

Oh and a manual with operating instructions for the little pink screaming thing they put in your arms, but I never managed to find one of those.
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I forgot (but it probably goes without saying) - bring your camera and a supply of batteries.
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

This is very refreshing and calming; I think Monsieur used it more than I did!

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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

If you plan to take some photos taken in the first few hours after the birth, don't forget the camera and check the batteries etc first.

At the birth of our first, I happily snapped away and then when we got home, I realised I hadn't put a film in the camera

We're got the bags packed now and I'm on standby....and the camera's okay.
The wife... oh, she's at work
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

Yes I found it very helpful the few days following the birth...

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