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What to Bring to the Hospital When Having a Baby

Having a smooth childbirth experience is all about preparation. One way to be prepared is to pack a suitcase ahead of time so you are ready when it’s time to go to the hospital.

It’s a good idea to have your bag packed by the time your pregnancy is at 37 weeks, just in case you go into labor before your due date. Keep your “go-bag” near the door — or even in the car.

What to Bring for Your Hospital Stay

Here’s a list of items you will need or want while you’re in the hospital:

  • Health insurance card(s) and photo ID
  • Any papers your doctor has given you, such as lab orders, medication list and your medical history
  • Birth plan (Download one here)
  • Lists of phone numbers to call
  • Cellphone and phone charger or long-distance calling card
  • Camera and battery
  • Credit card or small amount of cash for vending machine or cafeteria
  • Reading material
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Headphones or Bluetooth speaker for music
  • Snacks for your partner
  • Overnight bag with clothes and toiletries

Items for Mom

  • Nightgown or pajamas that button down the front
  • Socks and slippers
  • Flip-flops
  • Nursing bra and underwear
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Glasses and/or contacts
  • Sanitary pads
  • Loose-fitting clothes to wear home

Items for Baby

  • Receiving blanket
  • Clothes for baby to wear home
  • Infant car seat

Items NOT to Bring

  • Jewelry, including watches and rings
  • Large amount of cash
  • Gift cards
  • Checkbooks

What the Hospital Provides

  • Mesh panties
  • Ice packs
  • Postpartum pads
  • Peri bottle
  • Tucks pads
  • Sitz bath
  • Breast pads and breast pump kits
  • Infant diapers and wipes for use at the hospital
  • Formula
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sleeping couch for designated support person
  • Smiling faces, help and education!
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