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What to Pack for the Hospital

Pack Your Bags!

For mom:

  • Insurance cards and any other healthcare information
  • Birth plan if developed
  • A list of any medications you are taking
  • Toiletries like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, lotion, hair dryer, etc.
  • Phone charger
  • Hair elastics or bobby pins to keep hair out of your face and eyes
  • Lip balm for dry lips
  • Glasses and case /contact lenses with case if you wear them
  • Comfortable clothes: bathrobe, night gown, slippers or socks (for after delivery) or whatever will be comfortable
  • Nursing bra or supportive bra and nursing pads
  • Maternity underwear
  • Sanitary napkins although these will be provided in hospital
  • Comfortable outfit to wear home (nothing tight fitting)
  • Any personal items you may want in your room to make you comfortable, i.e. personal pillow (bring non-white pillowcase so it doesn’t get mixed with hospital linen), photo, etc.
  • Favorite/healthy snacks for after delivery
  • Books or magazines, deck of cards
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home
  • Sleepwear and personal items for husband/significant other

For baby:

  • Pacifier if you choose to use one, hospital does not provide pacifiers
  • Car seat for baby to go home
  • Baby comb/brush
  • Going home outfit (wash ahead of time with mild detergent)
  • Baby blanket for going home and warm clothes if winter
  • Outfit for pictures if you choose to purchase
  • Diapers if you have a special preference, otherwise will be provided by hospital
  • Socks or booties
  • Cap otherwise one will be provided by hospital
  • Baby book