What you should bring
Being prepared for your stay at the hospital will make it a more comfortable experience for you, as well as your support person and newborn, and the baby's sibling(s).
Here are some items that you should consider bringing with you:
- Your birth plan.
- Labor helpers.
- Lip balm.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash.
- Brush, comb and elastic hair bands.
- Glasses and case, contact solution and case, if needed.
- Toiletries, including cosmetics, deodorant, hair dryer, hair care items, shampoo and conditioner.
- Massage aids, including tennis balls; massagers; and lotion, oil or cornstarch/powder.
- Activities to pass the time, such as a book or deck of cards, in case labor is slow.
- Things you find relaxing, such as music, pleasant smells like essential oils and a visual.
- Tub pillow.
- Personal pillows.
- Two supportive bras (nursing bras, if you're nursing).
- Nightgown (or wear hospital gowns) with front opening, if you're nursing.
- Set of clothes to wear home, such as sweat pants or a mid-pregnancy maternity outfit.
- Insurance information.
For support person
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Gum or breath mints.
- Changes of clothes.
- Watch with a second hand for timing contractions.
- Swimsuit, if desired, for water-related pain management.
- Activities to pass the time: book or magazine (in case mom sleeps and the support person can't).
- Baby book.
- One sleeper or outfit for the trip home, and hat and cold weather gear, if needed. The hospital does not provide clothing or blankets for children going home.
- Receiving or warm blanket, if needed.
- Car seat (required by law).
- Small gift from baby.
- Toys, books or coloring crayons.
- Gifts for baby.