I had to stay there a few extra days. My big boy had jaundice and he couldn't leave until his bilirubin number came down. After the second day, I was starting to lose it. It's no fun being stuck in one room for days. I wanted to be home with my husband and children so badly. It sucked but we made the best of it.
Here is what I packed -
The main thing I kept in mind was comfort. I wanted to be as comfortable as possible while I was there recovering (and then time waiting to be released). I wanted to feel at home.
For labor -
Underwear and pads (unless you like the ones provided by the hospital)
Shampoo and conditioner
Shower gel and lotion
Chargers for all
Snacks - (not pictured)
24 oz cup for ice water (the hospital drinks are about 6oz)
For Baby - (not pictured)
Diapers (didn't need. Hospital supplied)
Wipes (didn't need. Hospital supplied)
Lotion (didn't use)
Outfits (in many sizes which was good since he was huge)
Receiving blankets (I use these for everything)
Nail clippers and files
What I wish I brought -
More pajamas or lounge-y clothes. It's so easy to get messy recovering with a new baby.
A mifi or enabled HotSpot (I couldn't connect to the internet there so my tablet was useless)
What I asked Hubby to Purchase for me While I was there -
Manual breast pump (I prefer the Philips Avent pump to the electric one provided)
Nipple shield (I was having issues with latching on)
Powdered formula (I ended up using the ready to use Similac supplied by the hospital to supplement since my milk wouldn't come in and my giant baby was so hungry)
Seems like a lot, I know. I am glad I brought all of it though. I had to stay a few extra days and it was made bearable with my comforts from home.