What to Pack for Your Hospital Stay

What to pack when delivering your baby

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What to pack when delivering your baby

It’s a good idea to pack your hospital bag for baby in advance so it’s ready to go when it’s time. This will help you stay calm and ensure you have everything you need during your stay.

Hospital bag checklist

  • Photo ID
  • Health insurance card
  • Insurance forms or paperwork
  • Your birth plan and labor preferences
  • Two or more bed pillows
  • A watch or clock with a second hand
  • Hand fan
  • Lip balm
  • Hand-held massager
  • Focal point (for Lamaze deliveries)
  • A bathrobe
  • A nightgown
  • Slippers and socks
  • An outfit and comfortable shoes to wear home
  • Fresh clothes for your support person
  • Snacks for support person
  • Money for parking and the cafeteria
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Phone numbers of friends and family as well as your pediatrician
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Cards or games to pass time
  • Digital camera
  • Soothing music — watch the video below for song suggestions.

What to pack for the baby

  • An outfit for your baby to wear home including socks or booties
  • A soft cap to keep baby’s head warm
  • A receiving blanket
  • Be sure that an infant car seat is properly installed in the car that will be taking you and your baby home from the hospital. Read more about safely installing a car seat.

What not to bring

  • Jewelry or valuables
  • Medication or vitamins (Please include any medications and health problems in your birth plan and in your hospital admission paperwork; we will provide your medications during your stay)
  • Diapers
  • Breast pump (we will supply you with a breast pump during your stay should one be necessary)