Camera (d7000), lenses (35mm, 24-70), -postpartum
Phone/ charger- labor
Tennis ball- for counter pressure on back- labor
Pillow and pillowcase- labor
Notebook and pen- labor
Photo id and insurance card- labor
Birth plan- labor
Soft toilet paper- postpartum
Laundry bag- postpartum
I was SHOCKED I never used my laptop. I thought I would use it during labor and after, but honestly before the drugs I was in too much pain to do anything but think about contractions and breathing, and once I got my epidural I actually napped a little bit and watched HGTV (we don't have cable at home). Postpartum we used our iPhones instead of computer or point and shoot camera. I did use my good camera to take photos at the hospital and I'm glad I had them. I didn't open up my pump until about 3 weeks postpartum, and I had heard it is a good idea to take a pump for the lactation people to show you how to use it, but umm, mine was pretty self explanatory and there wasn't any milk at the hospital, so it would have been pointless. The notebook and pen was great to write down everything that went on so I could write my birth story, and the soft toilet paper was very useful for afterwards.
Nursing tank- black one from Kristina- postpartum
2 Nursing nightgowns- postpartum and labor
Black Robe- laborGoing home outfit for me- maxi dress and cardi with flats- postpartum
Cheap undies- postpartum
Nursing bra- black- labor
Bikini top- labor
If you have a vaginal birth, they do check you down there several times the first day, so I was glad I had a nightgown instead of pants. However, after the first night and morning, they didn't really check me that much so I could have put on my comfy pants and nursing tank, but I didn't KNOW they wouldn't be checking me as often, so I never used them. The black robe was a must have for me both at the hospital and now here at home (wearing as I type). It's just a cheap jersey robe from Walmart, but it doesn't show anything (blood at the hospital and spit up at home), and when you get out of bed in the middle of the night to nurse and you realize you've sweat out half your body weight and are now chilling, it's great to throw on on your way to the bebe. If I hadn't had an induction I may have used the bikini top to labor in the shower, but once you have the iv in you can't really move much beyond the bed, so no need for that, or the slipper socks for me.
Facewash pads- postpartum
Baby powder (if I don't want to wash my hair)- postpartum
Hair ties- labor
Nursing pads- labor
Lanolin cream- postpartum
Since I had an induction, I was able to go to the hospital with first day hair, haha, so I never washed my hair at the hospital and didn't need shampoo, conditioner or my chi. The big thing on this part of the list would be the Lanolin cream, which I needed right away, and the facewash pads- really helped me feel clean without having to get up and wash my face in the bathroom that first night when I was so sore.
Change of clothes (2)
Obviously Blake didn't need his swim trunks if I didn't need my bikini top. The big thing on this part of the list is the hoodie, which Blake did not pack, and ended up wishing he had. Normally he is the guy in shorts with no cover to sleep while I'm in flannels and have the comforter on me. Not so much at the hospital. Even my doctor commented on how cold it was in the room, but I didn't let anyone touch the thermostat because I was warm most of the time, and when I had my few bouts of nausea and lightheadedness, I REALLY wanted it cold in there. Everyone else could just deal! So, even if your hubs thinks there's no way you'll ever be warmer natured than him, during labor is when it will happen. Oh, and funny story about the snacks, I specifically had it in our birth plan that no one could bring food into the room when I couldn't eat, but Blake ate some jerky while I was napping, and it woke me up because I could smell it. He felt really bad, but thankfully I had a fairly short labor and didn't get too hungry until later in the day. I wasn't too thrilled about being woken up, but I had made a mental pact with myself to really try to maintain a good attitude and kindness toward my hubs during labor, so I didn't say anything.
Diaper bag- postpartum
Folder for documents
Outfit for going home (one in newborn, one in 0-3)
We didn't need a whole lot for E, most stuff was provided by the hospital, including a swaddle blanket, but I was glad we had ours for going home with. Also, we used her bag to bring a lot of things home (all the stuff the hospital provided like diapers for her and pads for me, plus all the pain management stuff like the sitz bath etc.) The folder was really handy for keeping paperwork in one place.
So that's my take on what to bring, and even with all the stuff I didn't use, I'm not sure I would change anything for the next bambino, because if I'd ended up with a c-section I may have needed some of those things since we would have been in the hospital longer.