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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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