What To Put In Baby Diaper Bag For Hospital?

What To Put In Baby Diaper Bag For Hospital?

What To Put In Baby Diaper Bag For Hospital? Hospitals are a big, scary place to bring a new baby into the world. After you have given birth though, one of your main concerns will be taking care of your baby. Many parents consider using preemie diapers for their little ones. Preemie diapers are available in sizes P-3 currently (22 to 31 lbs). The hospital I delivered my daughter in has them but they’re only in the standard Pampers diaper.

Have you ever wondered what kind of diapers hospitals use on newborn babies? Pampers has recently launched a new diaper that they’re calling Pampers Preemie Swaddlers Newborn Diapers.

CINCINNATI—(September 29, 2016)—Pampers, the brand trusted to be the #1 choice of U.S. hospitals* for more than 40 years, has partnered with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses to design and introduce the new Pampers Preemie Swaddlers Size P-3 diaper. The new Size P-3 is three sizes smaller than Newborn diapers to fit the tiniest and most vulnerable premature babies born in the second trimester and weighing as little as 1 pound (500 grams). Pampers is the first major diaper brand to offer a diaper specifically designed for babies this small. To underscore the importance of this development, Pampers has joined forces with March of Dimes, the only national organization dedicated to finding the causes of preterm birth. Together through the Touches of Love campaign this fall, we will celebrate all babies, especially those in the NICU, and those who care for them

What brand of diaper do hospitals use for babies?
Based on polls, online forums, and talking to other parents, we found that Pampers is the most used brand of diapers at hospitals.

In a 2013 poll on BabyCenter, there were over 300 parents who said their hospitals used Pampers while only 35 parents said that their hospitals provided Huggies. There was only one who said their hospital used Luvs. Other forums also showed that Pampers was the most used by hospitals.

Pampers Swaddlers in particular is a hospital favorite. This diaper is unscented, hypoallergic, claims to be the softest available for newborn skin, and includes a notch for the umbilical cord.

The other major diaper brand used by hospitals is Huggies, with Huggies Little Snugglers being used that most for newborns. The number of hospitals using Huggies is growing, and sometimes hospitals will switch back and forth between brands so be sure to ask your OB or call the hospital to find out what brand they are currently using if you have a preference.

Very few hospitals provide a different brand, but Luvs did come up in the BabyCenter poll. A couple of other hospitals also provided both disposable and cloth diapers, but this is not the norm.

What size diapers do hospitals use?
Hospitals tend to provide newborn sizes for new babies; however, you might also be provided with a size 1 diaper. Most babies will at least start in newborns for the first few days.

Some hospitals do provide size 1 diapers to begin with rather than the newborn size. There will be more of a variety of sizes available if your hospital also has a NICU and/or a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) attached to it. Often it just depends on what they have in stock at that time.

Preemie sizes are often found at hospitals with NICUs. Many of the babies who end up there are very tiny and cannot wear newborn sizes. A larger baby may also need to stay in the NICU prompting the need for larger diapers.

Do hospitals provide diapers for newborns?
Diapers are one of the items you can leave at home if you choose to since hospitals will provide them throughout your stay.

Even better, they will also usually allow you to take any leftover diapers and wipes home. They may also give you a fresh package as a parting gift. Oftentimes, all you have to do is ask and your nurse will provide a new package of diapers and wipes.

Valentina, a mom from California was shocked at what the hospital provided. “With my oldest, the nurse packed up what was left in the crib compartment as well as handed us a brand new package of diapers and wipes to take home.”

Can I bring my own diapers to the hospital?
Parents are also able to bring their own diapers from home if they choose. Some want a more natural diaper or may want to cloth diaper. Feel free to bring them and use them!

If you choose to bring your own diapers, plan on bringing around 10-12 for each day you anticipate being there. Typically for a vaginal delivery moms will stay 1-2 days while with a cesarean the stay is 3-5 days. If you plan to cloth diaper, plan for the number of days plus a couple of extra per day, just in case.

On a side note to that, many parents who decide to cloth diaper will choose to use disposable ones while at the hospital. For the first few days, your baby will be pooping out meconium, which is very tarlike and can be challenging to get out cloth diapers. There’s a lesser chance of damaging the cloth if you use disposables until the meconium passes.

Allie, a mom from Michigan said, “I cloth diapered two of my kids. We still used disposables at the hospital because of the meconium. And yes, we took diapers home with us. The nurses encouraged it!”

What else does the hospital provide after delivery?
Besides diapers and wipes, there is a huge assortment of items that your hospital may give you once you’re ready to go home, for both mom and baby. It will vary from hospital to hospital, so if you don’t see something just ask your nurse. They will be able to tell you if they can give it to you or not.

Here are items that hospitals will often provide as well as what they are used for:

Mesh panties – These are wonderful, especially if you don’t want to mess up your own underwear post-birth. They’re very stretchy and will accommodate the large pads and icepacks that are coming up on this list. Ask for extras!
Large menstrual pads – They are large so there’s worry about leaking and are easy on the skin. Just like with the mesh panties, ask for extras!
Ice packs – If you can get extras, get them! You simply activate them and they provide an added relief, especially in the first few days. They can be worn with any underwear, even the mesh, and will not leak.
Peri bottles – This is used to clean up after using the bathroom post-birth since mom won’t be able to wipe for a few days
Dermaplast – This numbing spray is especially helpful when you’re in pain.
Witch hazel tucks – These are used to provide a cooling feel that helps ease pain and any itching or irritation.
Nipple cream – This may come as a sample or a small bottle, but even if not breastfeeding, nipples will be sensitive and potentially chafe.
Nursing pads – Hospitals sometimes provide disposable ones. These are necessary even if not breastfeeding since it’ll take a few days for a woman’s body to adjust or dry out.
Aquaphor – If you decide to circumcise your baby boy at the hospital, this is used to help prevent the baby’s penis from sticking to the diaper or any clothing.
Diaper rash cream – Hospitals provide this if a rash has occurred or to help prevent a rash from happening.
These are just items that moms across the country have received. Typically anything you have opened and are using while at the hospital goes home with you, but sometimes you may walk out with more!

“As I was leaving the nurses basically shoved everything except the bassinet and bedsheets at us. I even got a really nice little fan that clips to the headboard!” said Lauren, a mom from Alabama.

We’ve also covered the most common hospital freebies in a lot more detail if you want to check it out!

So when in doubt, definitely ask and you just may receive!

What Diapers Do Hospitals Use For Babies

First-time parents are often filled with uncertainty about what to expect when delivering their new baby. One of the biggest concerns revolves around diapers. New parents ask what diapers do hospitals use and whether they should bring their own.

Hospitals in the US do provide diapers for new parents to use during their hospital stay, with Pampers being the leading brand used. Of the Pampers line, the leading diaper provided is the Pampers Swaddlers. This diaper is hypoallergenic and unscented, which is why many hospitals prefer it.

Read on to find out more about diapers that the hospital provides as well as what other items may come home with you after the delivery.]

“Pampers has been dedicated to the happy, healthy development of babies since our very first diaper more than 50 years ago,” said E. Yuri Hermida, vice president, North America Baby Care, P&G. “In 2002, we were the first major diaper manufacturer to create a diaper for premature babies. When nurses asked us to design a diaper for babies as tiny as 1 pound, everyone at Pampers was inspired to create our best diaper yet for the most vulnerable babies.”

Advances in medical science have enabled younger and smaller babies to survive, which has created the need for even smaller preemie diapers that are also specially designed to meet their unique needs. In a recent survey , nurses told Pampers that currently available premature diapers do not conform to a premature baby’s shape and proper positioning for optimal development. New Pampers Preemie Swaddlers Size P-3 diapers are designed to minimize disruption to help with sleep, positioning, and medical care for premature infants. They feature a contoured narrow core to help with developmentally optimal hip positioning. Other diapers used by NICU nurses today have a wide core that can push baby’s legs apart and do not allow baby’s hips and legs to rest comfortably, which 99% of nurses agree disrupts healthy growth and development2.

The new Size P-3 diaper represents three years and more than 10,000 hours of research by Pampers product development and consumer research teams, including in-depth research with over 100 NICU nurses. “At Pampers, we’ve worked closely with hospitals, pediatricians and nurses for 40 years, and we know that a gentle, loving touch is essential to babies’ health and development,” said Amy Tally, Senior Scientist, Pampers Hospital Diaper Development, P&G. “For our newest and smallest preemie diaper, we set out to meet the very unique needs of premature babies and the nurses who care for them. The result is a diaper designed to provide comfort and protection without getting in the way of medical care – to offer a small touch of love to the most vulnerable babies.”

Pampers knows that premature babies’ delicate skin requires the softest materials. Pampers diapers are specially designed with blankie-like softness and gentle flex cuffs to improve comfort for each baby and help support skin-to-skin care in the NICU. All Pampers Swaddlers diapers also have the unique Absorb Away Liner™ that pulls away wetness and runny mess (a common side effect of babies on antibiotics) from baby’s skin. The new Pampers allow for all-over fastening and are equally absorbent in the front and back, providing nurses with the flexibility to change and position the diaper to accommodate for medical leads, lines and other interventions. This means nurses no longer need to cut or fold larger diapers to find the right fit for the smallest of babies.

“The care and comfort of these tiny premature babies couldn’t be more important, and Pampers has designed a diaper that I believe meets their needs better than anything available to us today,” said Linda Lacina, MSN, RN, NIDCAP, Infant Developmental Specialist and Education Specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. “With a contoured and customizable fit, nurses can position these new diapers in a way that’s best for each baby, while not hindering medical care. Having a Pampers diaper as part of the NICU also helps the experience feel more ‘normal’ to moms and dads, which is important, too.”

The materials in Pampers Preemie Swaddlers diapers are safe and gentle, and are the same materials used safely in Pampers hospital and retail diapers for many years. Pampers partners with leading pediatricians, pediatric dermatologists and safety experts to confirm the materials we use are safe for babies.

Previously, Pampers Preemie Swaddlers were only available in sizes P-1 (Preemie Small) and P-2 (Preemie Extra Small). Pampers Preemie Swaddlers Size P-3 diapers are currently available in select hospitals in the United States and will be available to hospitals across the U.S. and Canada before the end of 2016.

About Pampers®

For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers is a part of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) and is the #1-selling diaper worldwide. Every day, more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development. Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

About Procter & Gamble

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About March of Dimes

Celebrating nearly 80 years, the March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For the latest resources and health information, visit marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. @marchofdimes #MODimagines

More information regarding the Pampers Touches of Love campaign and March of Dimes will be announced later this fall. For the latest resources and health information, visit the March of Dimes websites at marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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