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Packing Your Bag for The Hospital - A Checklist

babies sleepingAs your delivery date approaches, you will want to prepare the items needed for your special day ahead of time. What to bring to the hospital:

For Mom

  • Nightgown that buttons in the front, robe and slippers
  • Regular or nursing bra
  • Cosmetics, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, hairbrush and/or comb
  • Reading material or laptop (glasses if you need them)
  • An item you will use as a concentration/focal point
  • Comfortable clothes to wear home

For Dad/Partner

  • Hospital paperwork, insurance information and any other necessary health information
  • Watch with a second hand to help with timing contractions
  • Tablet and pen to record weight, length, delivery time for phone calls
  • Address book with family and friends phone numbers
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera with a memory card and //or video camera with a charged battery (Pictures and video may be taken of mom, baby and family, but the actual birth or any medical procedures may NOT be photographed or videotaped.)

For Baby

  • Approved car seat (learn to install correctly before the first ride home)
  • Undershirt, nightgown, socks (or booties), cap and diapers for the trip home
  • Receiving blanket
  • Depending upon the weather, outerwear and an additional blanket might be needed.

You may bring other items other than the ones mentioned above.


Date Updated: 06-JUN-2012



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