What To Pack for the Hospital

For the trip to the hospital, you don't want to leave the packing until your water breaks and the time between your contractions is one minute.
Pack a bag long before you expect to be rushing out the door and you're much more likely to have what you need.

For labor

  • Your birth plan
  • A watch that counts seconds for timing contractions
  • A bathrobe, nightgown and slippers or socks
  • Eyeglasses (contact lenses may start to hurt and will be taken out during any surgery)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (most hospitals will have these)
  • Hair ties or barrettes
  • Lip balm for dry lips
  • A colored washcloth to wipe down with (a white one might get mixed up with the hospital laundry)
  • Any birthing book you may want
  • Favorite music
  • Camera
  • Stuff for massage, like oils, lotions and tennis balls or a plastic rolling pin to roll across your lower back
  • Suckers or hard candy
  • Special snacks or drinks you may want during childbirth
  • A pad and pencil to write down any questions
  • Anything else to make you feel good, such as photos or a favorite pillow
  • A phone card for keeping in touch with out-of-town family and friends (you often can't use a mobile phone in a hospital)

After the baby is born

For you:

  • Nursing bras and pads
  • Sanitary napkins/pads
  • Clean nightgown and underwear
  • Slippers
  • Clothes to wear home (bring something that fit loosely when you were about six months pregnant)
  • A book or magazine for both you and your partner
  • More snacks

For the baby:

  • Car seat
  • Going-home outfit (a sleeper with legs so that the baby will be warm and cozy)
  • Receiving blanket
  • Diapers
  • Socks or booties
  • Cap

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