Items that you may need:
- 2 bags (One for Labor and one for Postpartum)
- Toiletry Items
- Clothing for the Mother
- Clothing for the Newborn
- Labor books
- Comfortable Pillows
- Camera and Camcorder
- Cellphone (for all your contacts) and phone charger
- snacks for you and partner
- Nursing pads and Nursing Bra
- Breastfeeding Book
- Baby Book and Pen
- Magazine or Favorite reading material
- Extra socks
- Robe and slippers
- MP3 player or IPod
- Diaper Bag and Car Seat for Going Home Day
- Extra Diapers and a Blanket
I have a list compiled for you, but you can add in as much or little as you want. Write down everything that you need to buy on one list and everything that you already have at home on another list.
Find a bag for all of your Labor items: Labor/Delivery Book, Music Gadgets, Your camera with extra batteries and a camcorder with your charger.
Make sure you ask your doctor or midwife BEFORE you go into labor if there are any documents that you may need to bring, IE; Birth Certificates, Labor plans, SS Cards etc.
If you do not wish to wear the gowns that are provided for you, bring a gown that you do not mind getting messed up. Delivering a newborn is not a clean event.
Pack plenty of energy filling snacks for you and your partner. Also consider packing any favorite drinks that you and your partner may want while there. Pack any focal point objects that will help you with labor such as a picture or a stuffed animal.
An extra pair of socks is also a good idea and a Birth Ball or massager if you wish to use them to help you during your delivery. Last but not least your Cellphone Charger. You don’t want your phone going dead once the baby is born!
Find a Bag for all of your Postpartum (After the baby is born) items.
Extra comfortable clothing for the mom is a great idea. A nice pair of yoga pants or maybe a comfortable pair of stretchy maternity knit pants will work. You don’t want anything that will be constrictive on your body. Remember you will not go back toy our normal size. Think about being about 6 months pregnant again. You want to feel comfortable. Also pack two shirts (depending on the weather – long or short sleeve). If you have maternity underware that is a great item to pack in your bag. Depending on your stay I would put about 4 pairs or more. You will also need to bring a nursing bra and pads for the way home. If you plan to breastfeed, bring a book if you are a first timer or need a refresher.
Bring all the toiletries you may need. Brush, shampoo/conditioner, lip balm, soap, toothbrush and paste, face wash, Q-Tips, Ponytail holder if needed, lotion, etc.
Pick out a cute outfit for the baby when its time to come home and a few blankets depending on the weather. If you plan to cloth diaper, bring a diaper along. Most hospitals will supply you with a disposable diaper.
Also a post delivery night gown and robe is a good thing to pack. Maybe add in a favorite pair of slippers!
Depending on how long your stay is pack a favorite book or magazine for when you do not have visitors to occupy your time. That will also be a good time to fill out information in your newborn’s baby book. Don’t forget a pen!
Before you head to the hospital also pack a diaper bag so your partner and bring it along when they come to pick you and your newborn up. In the diaper bag should be a few diapers, wipes, two changes of newborn clothing, burp cloth and a blanket. Also prepare your car seat in the car before your delivery. Make sure the seat is properly installed and the straps are not too loose for a newborn.