Last few weeks, at home:

As the delivery date gets closer, make sure these things are done:

  • A plan on how to get to the hospital, day or night
  • Telephone numbers for: OB doctor, back-up rides and support people
  • Care arrangements for children left at home when mom goes to hospital
  • Arrangements for pet care
  • Items for mom care when come home: sanitary pads (One package of maxi-pads)
  • Items needed for immediate baby care: diapers, clothing, blankets, etc.
  • Arrangements for help at home after delivery

Packing List for the Hospital

About a month before the baby is due, families will want to begin packing a suitcase for the trip to the hospital. Leave it in plain view so that even the most freaked-out partner, friend or birth coach can find it with ease. Your goal is to eliminate as much stress as possible. There are several items that should be considered:

For Mom, during labor:

  • Any childbirth class notes or guidelines and labor hints
  • Eyeglasses as well as contact lens case and solution
  • Massage aids, such as tennis ball, rolling pin, frozen juice can, wooden massager
  • Massage oil or lotion; powder or cornstarch
  • Comfort aids, such as rice sock, herbal heat pillow, aromatherapy, socks for cold feet
  • Music player and music selections to help with relaxation
  • Lip balm or moisturizer
  • Something to use as a fan (paper fan or small hand-held plastic fan)
  • Hair brush, clips, ponytail holders, headbands and rubber bands
  • Mouth care items: toothpaste, toothbrush, breath spray, sour suckers
  • Two regular-sized bed pillows (in bright, distinctive, hard-to-lose pillowcases)
  • Camera/video camera and film, digital cards, extra batteries or battery charger
  • List of names and phone numbers, e-mail addresses of people to notify
  • Cell phone and charger
  • For labor partner: snacks, drinks, mints, chewing gum

For Mom, after birth:

  • Comfortable clothes for lounging and sleeping: robe, slippers, nightgowns, sweatsuits
  • Bras: If breastfeeding-nursing bras; if formula feeding- firm fitting or sports bra
  • Underpants
  • Shower cap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, comb/brush, other hair care items
  • Make-up, deodorant, lotion, powder, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Baby’s “memory” book – for footprints or staff names and guest signatures
  • Entertainment items (books, crayons, games) especially if children visit
  • Clothes and shoes to wear home (a loose outfit; something you could wear at five months pregnant)

For Baby:

  • Clothes for hospital baby photo
  • Clothes for baby to wear home
  • Clothes for hospital stay if you want more on baby than T-shirt and diaper
  • Blanket(s) and outer wear for going home (as much as the season dictates)
  • Car safety seat

The Hospital will provide:

  • Pairs of disposable panties and sanitary pads for during the hospital stay
  • Disposable newborn diapers, enough for the hospital stay; usually a few left to take home

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