Suggestions for your Hospital Suitcase

Items for Mom

Note that your hospital will supply you with a gown, slippers, disposable underwear, and basic toiletries. While it’s nice to have your own clothes with you, labor and the first few days postpartum is a notoriously messy time, and you may not want to bring out your brand-new lingerie. • 2 or more pillows • Nightgown and bathrobe • Slippers • Bra and nursing bra • Breast pads • Socks (several pair) • Underwear (several pair) • Hair ties, “scrunchies” • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, lip balm, lotion, deodorant • Comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home.

Items for the Baby

• Going home outfit for baby • Receiving blanket • Baby socks • Baby car seat. Items for Labor Coach • Phone list of contacts to announce birth to friends and family; cell phone, phone card, or calling • Snacks and drinks for the coach. • Massage rollers, massage oils to relieve back pain due to labor • The object you’ve chosen to use to focus your attention during labor (the “focal point”). • Shirt for footprint.

Items for Hospital Staff

• Health plan insurance card • Be aware of your medical history (i.e. over-the-counter and prescription medication information, etc.) • Birth preferences • Your pediatrician’s name and number (so the hospital can let them know your baby has arrived)

Other Important Items

• Camera, still or video or both, film, batteries, videotapes • Books, magazines, videos • Birthing ball if desired • Music (portable music player; favorite tapes, or CDs) • Inspirational items such as rocks, crystals, candles, lockets, photographs, etc. • Pad and pen for journaling birth experience

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