We deliver thousands of babies every year and this list is a great guide on what to pack for you, your support person, and your baby.
- ID/wallet/insurance card. It can be easy to forget the basics, so make sure your wallet and essential items make it to the hospital with you.
- Health care providers’ contact information (name/phone number). Have this written down and ready to go when asked.
- Phone and charger (with extra long cord). You’ll want to make sure your phone is charged for pictures and calls from excited loved ones.
- Glasses or contact lenses and case. If you wear contacts, be sure to pack your case and glasses for your overnight stay.
- Robe, socks, and slippers. Instead of a hospital gown, make labor and delivery as comfortable as possible with a soft robe and socks/slippers to keep your feet warm on the cold tile.
- Hair ties, headbands. Hair ties and headbands will keep hair out of your face during delivery.
- Focal point (ex: ultrasound or vacation photo). Something soothing to focus on can help you stay calm and grounded.
- Massage lotion and tools. Taking a few moments for a massage can help you relax and feel more comfortable.
- Hard sour candy lollipops. Sour candy helps you salivate and prevent a dry mouth during labor.
- Nursing bras or tanks. You’ll want a few nursing bras or tanks to make breastfeeding easier.
- Breast pads. Even if you don’t plan on breastfeeding, breast or nursing pads are a great addition to your hospital bag.
- Comfortable pajamas or gown. Changing into a pair of clean and warm pajamas will help you get the best sleep possible.
- Loose, comfortable clothing to wear home. Treat yourself with your favorite pair of sweatpants for the trip home.
For your support person
- Snacks and beverages (or refillable water bottle). Snacks like granola bars and pretzels are easy and quick. A refillable water bottle will help everyone stay hydrated!
- Gum/mints. Mint can help relieve anxiety for both you and your support person.
- Cash/credit card for vending machine. Money for the vending machine will come in handy if you run out of snacks.
- Phone and charger (with extra long cord). Your support person will also need a fully-charged phone to communicate with loved ones.
- Change of clothes. A change of clothes and pajamas for your support person will help with an overnight stay.
- Toiletries (for both): You’ll both want to freshen up and feel clean while at the hospital. A couple of things to pack include:
- Toothbrush/ toothpaste
- Deodorant/ antiperspirant
- shampoo/ conditioner
- Body wash/ soap/ face wash
- Lip balm
- Cosmetics (if they are part of your daily routine)
For your baby
- Car seat, installed in your vehicle. Install a car seat before heading to the hospital.
- Pediatrician contact info. Just like with your information, have this written down and ready for when you’re asked.
- Going home outfit. It’s a smart idea to pack two outfits in different sizes.
- Receiving blanket. Remember to pack your baby’s soft and cozy receiving blanket for the perfect swaddle.
- Baby book for footprints. Bring a special book to store footprints,