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What to pack for the hospital

Here are some things you might need during the childbirth experience

This is a sample list of ideas and suggestions of what you should bring with you to the hospital. Please check the hospital’s guidelines prior to admission.

  • Insurance card and photo ID
  • Hospital registration forms
  • Birth plan (if discussed)
  • Camera, video camera, batteries, charger, memory card and/or film
  • Small stereo and CDs, or an iPod (if desired)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Phone numbers of family and friends
  • Magazines and books
  • Notebook/pens/journal
  • Baby book
  • Pillows (use colored pillowcases so they don’t get mixed up)
  • Nursing pillow
  • Gifts for siblings
  • Medications
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, solution and cases
  • Lip balm and lotion
  • Toiletries (toothbrush and paste, deodorant, brush, soap and shampoo)
  • Sleep wear (bathrobe or nightgown, slippers and socks)
  • Nursing bras
  • Several pairs of underwear
  • Sweater or housecoat 
  • Change of clothes/going home outfit (for you and your baby)
  • Receiving blanket for baby
  • Installed infant car seat