What To Take With You To The Hospital

When the time to go to the hospital to give birth, chances are that you will probably be in a rush. You may forget the most simplest of items which could have been used, or something far more important, like your camera. So plan ahead. Make sure that everything you need will be with you and not sitting on the kitchen counter at home.

For Mom During Labor

  • Waterproof pads for the car journey (keep these in a handy, easy to reach place)
  • Unscented oil for massage
  • Lip balm, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Gown or robe
  • Warm socks or slippers
  • Preggie Pops for much needed quick calories during labor
  • Shower cap
  • Ice pack or rice sock to relieve back pains
  • Hair clips or ties
  • Tapes, CDs or relaxing music
  • Favorite juice or electrolyte-balanced beverage (i.e. Gatorade)
  • Pillows from home

For Dad

  • Watch with a second hand
  • Snack food
  • Change of clothes and an extra sweater
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books or magazines for reading
  • Camera/video camera
  • Telephone numbers of family and friends

For Mom, Postpartum

  • Front-opening gown for breastfeeding
  • Slippers
  • Nursing bras and nursing pads
  • Favorite snacks
  • Reading and writing materials, address book, birth announcements
  • Going-home clothing (keep in mind that you will still look 5 - 6 months pregnant)

For Baby

  • Car seat (this should be correctly installed in the car prior to the due date
  • Receiving blanket for baby
  • Outside blanket, bunting, booties and cap for baby
  • Going home outfit or sleeper
  • Undershirt
  • Diapers

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