What to Pack for the Hospital in Preparation for Labor and Delivery

The days and months of my pregnancy are continuing to fly by.  It’s hard to believe that today I’m starting my 36th week, just a little over one month left to go.  So, now that we are in the homestretch, friends, family members, and even my doctor have suggested that I go ahead and start getting things together for the trip to the hospital.  It’s hard to know where to start, especially with this being our first baby.  But I have complied a list from materials I have read and input from other savvy moms with much more experience in this sort of thing.  With lots of help, here’s what we’ve come up with: (Click here for PDF version that you can download for your own printable checklist)

For Baby

  • Outfit to come home in
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Blanket
  • Nail clippers and file (some hospitals don’t provide these for liability reasons)
  • Properly installed car seat
  • Nursing pillow (leave this in the car to save room until you are ready to use it)
  • Minimal diapers and wipes (hospital will provide, but nice to have a few on hand for the trip home just in case)

 For Mom

  • Identification, insurance card, and any preregistration paperwork
  • OB-GYN and pediatrician information
  • Brush/comb
  • Hair ties/headband
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Antacids
  • Face wash and makeup
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
  • Mints
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Socks
  • Slippers or flip flops
  • Robe
  • Glasses
  • Pillow
  • Nursing tops, bras, pads, and cream
  • Comfortable clothes for the trip home
  • Undergarments and sanitary pads
  • Bracelet to help remember side for nursing (or some other easy to move item to remind you which side you left off on last)
  • Music and any items to help you relax

For Partner

  • Snacks
  • Camera/video recorder with chargers, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Cell phones with chargers
  • Pillow
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Baby book for foot prints
  • Contact list for friends and family
  • Change for snack machine
  • Laptop or tablet

What have we forgotten?  Is there anything you’d add to the list, or anything you would suggest leaving at home for that matter?  Thankfully, I still have some time to do final preparations; so feel free to please let me know what were the must-haves for your hospital bag.

What to Pack for the Hospital in Preparation for Labor and Delivery (Downloadable PDF)

Sources: BabyCenter.com and WhatToExpect.com

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