What to Bring to the Hospital

What do you bring to the hospital when it’s time to deliver your baby? Below you will find a checklist that will help you prepare for your delivery date.

Mom

  • Clothes
    Including socks, PJs, slippers and robe; nursing bra or tight sports bra if not nursing; comfy lounge clothes—darker colors are best.
  • Toiletries
    Enough for two nights for vaginal birth or four nights for cesarean.
  • Food
    Snacks, favorite drinks, light food; consider honey sticks for labor; food for partner during labor. (Mom is provided 3 meals and partner is provided one meal voucher per day.)
  • Pillows
    Many people like to bring their own. Put on bright/recognizable pillowcases so they don’t get mixed in with hospital pillows.
  • Labor Comforts
    Hair ties; hand fan; water bottle; lip balm (consider Tiger Balm for stuffy nose during labor which is common).
  • Ambience
    Consider aromatherapy oils and/or flameless candles.
  • Entertainment
    iPod or music playing device; music; books; camera; cell phone; chargers; laptop (the Medical Center has free Wi-Fi).
  • Inspiration
    Bring something inspiring to look at during labor.

Partner

  • Clothes
    Change of clothes; swimwear to go in the shower during labor; pajamas; slippers .
  • Toiletries
    Enough for two nights for vaginal birth or four nights for cesarean.
  • Medications
    Tylenol or other medications possibly needed (the Medical Center can’t give the partner any medication).

Baby

  • Clothes
    Going home clothes and other outfits if desired; hat and socks.
  • Car Seat
    Read the instructions and do a practice run ahead of time.