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Pregnancy: What to bring to the hospital

Print out this list and secure it to the bag you'll be taking to the hospital.

For Mom

  • Labor kit containing massage oil (recommended in most childbirth classes)
  • Robe
  • Warm socks (to wear in the delivery room)
  • Maternity underwear (for the trip home)
  • Slippers
  • Nightgown (one that opens in the front if you're planning on breastfeeding)
  • Nursing bra
  • Clothing for trip home (consider bringing 1st or 2nd trimester maternity clothes, which will be roomy and comfortable)
  • Two pillows with pillowcases from home
  • Cosmetics, hairbrush, hair dryer
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Prescription medications from home
  • Mints or breath strips
  • Lollipops (for a dry mouth)
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Body lotion
  • Eyeglasses (contact lenses may need to be removed prior to a C-section)
  • Contact lenses and accessories
  • A nightlight (for soft light in the room during night feedings)
  • A pad of paper and pen to track Babys feedings and diaper changes
  • A large envelope to bring home documents (discharge papers, Babys first photo, etc.)


For Dad

  • Change of clothes
  • Pajamas or sweats
  • Blanket
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, razor
  • Snacks, sandwiches and beverages (keep food on hand so the "labor coach" won't have to leave your bedside)
  • Loose change or dollar bills for vending machines
  • Books, magazines or CD's (to help Mom relax)
  • Camera(s) and extra film
  • Camcorder
  • Batteries and/or chargers for cameras
  • Phone list for friends and family
  • Phone card for long distance calls if cell phones are prohibited in the hospital
  • Car seat for trip home
  • Cell phone


For Baby

  • Newborn clothing
  • Two receiving blankets
  • Extra newborn-sized diapers
  • Gentle baby wipes
  • Mittens or baby nail clippers (most babies are born with long fingernails and can scratch their face)
  • Cans/bottles of infant formula if you intend to bottle-feed so your baby can start with the brand you prefer.


For Siblings
If siblings will be present before or after the baby arrives, here are some helpful things to have available to them:

  • Favorite books and toys
  • Drawing paper and crayons/markers
  • Snacks
  • A gift from Mom and Baby (to help ease jealousies after Baby arrives)
  • A gift from big brother or sister to Baby (perhaps chosen together prior to Babys arrival)
  • A camera just for big brother or sister to take pictures of Baby

Other Items


What Not to Bring

  • Jewelry
  • Lots of cash, credit cards, or any other valuables
  • Work.

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