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Hospital Bag Checklist

The following are some suggestions for things you may wish to bring to the hospital to make your experience at the hospital more comfortable: 

For Labor

  • Birth Preference List  Insurance card and any hospital paperwork you need
  • Eyeglasses, if you need any. Even if you usually wear contacts, you'll probably need or want to take them out at some point during your stay.
  • Toiletries
  • A bathrobe, nightgown, slippers, and a couple of pairs of socks
  • Light reading materials
  • Relaxing items (massage oils or lotions, music, a couple of extra pillows)
  • Picture of someone or something you love (focal point)
  • A camera and/or video camera 

Postpartum 

  • Nightgown, if you prefer to wear your own 
  • Nursing bra (usually necessary only for support), breast pads, and maternity underwear
  • Cell phone for after the baby's born so you can call family and friends to let them know the good news
  • Going-home outfit. Bring something roomy and easy to get into — along with a pair of comfortable, flat shoes

For Baby 

  • Infant car seat. You can't drive your baby home without one. Also, you'll want to have the seat properly installed ahead of time, and know how to correctly buckle in your baby.
  • Going-home outfit (include a pair of socks if the outfit doesn't have feet)
  • Receiving blanket
  • Cap