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What to Bring to the Hospital

Packing for the Hospital check list [pdf]
When Having a Baby

Your third trimester is a good time to start planning what you will need to bring to the hospital. Be sure you have the car seat installed correctly in the rear seat of the vehicle. Think in terms of before and after birth. Decide which items you will need for the labor and birth, and put them into one small bag. Bring this bag into the hospital with you.

Then for after birth, decide what items will be needed for you and baby during your hospital stay, and for the trip home. Put these items in one suitcase and leave this suitcase locked in the trunk of your car until after your baby is born. To help you with your plans, we’ve put together a list of items you may find helpful to commemorate and capture this special time.

Small Bag Bring to the Hospital for Labor and Birth

  • Camera and video camera
  • Equipment to play music
  • Labor support aids; for example, massage lotion and focal point
  • Socks and slippers
  • Personal hygiene items; for example, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, lip balm, brush, hair ties, and deodorant
  • Books/cards
  • Baby book

Important Papers Include These in Your Small Bag

  • Packet of prenatal records from your doctor’s office
  • Your copies of informed consents
  • Current insurance card/information
  • Name of your baby’s pediatrician
  • Advance Directives
  • Phone List
  • Contact name and telephone number of your health insurance provider

Suitcase Items Needed After You Move to Your Mother/Baby Room

  • A robe, nightgown, and slippers
  • A comfortable support bra (such as a sports bra); if breastfeeding, a nursing bra with pads
  • Toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup, hair care products
  • Baby mittens, socks, or booties
  • Pacifier, if desired
  • Clothing for baby’s first photograph, and to wear home, and a receiving blanket
  • Books and magazines
  • A small amount of money
  • Clothing to wear home