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For Labor

  • Your Breastfeeding Plan (PDF, 174kb) and any other breastfeeding tips, labor hints and childbirth notes or guidelines
  • Eye glasses and/or contact lens, as well as contact cases and solution
  • Massage aids: tennis balls or wooden massagers
  • Comfort aids: lotion and socks (for cold feet)
  • A sweatshirt for dad/your partner (they keep hospital rooms cold so mom is comfortable)
  • Music player and music to help with relaxation
  • Something to use as a fan (paper fan or small, hand-held plastic fan)
  • Dental care items: toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Two regular-sized bed pillows (not white, they may get mixed up with the hospital)
  • Camera/video camera and film or memory cards, battery charger, etc.
  • List of names/phone numbers of people to notify
  • Cell phone or calling cards for long distance calls
  • Cell phone charger
  • Mints or hard candy for mom (ask your doctor in advance what you will be allowed to eat during labor)
  • Snacks and drinks for dad

After Birth

  • Loose, comfortable clothes for lounging and breastfeeding
  • Slippers, extra socks and underwear
  • Nursing bras or tank tops
  • Shampoo, conditioner, comb/brush, other hair care items such as clips and rubber bands
  • Make-up, deodorant, lip balm and/or moisturizer
  • Baby’s memory book—for footprints, staff names and guest signatures
  • Entertainment items—books/magazines for mom and dad, crayons/games for older siblings
  • Clothes and shoes to wear home (a loose outfit—something you could wear at 5 months pregnant)

For Baby

  • Clothes for hospital baby photo
  • Clothes for baby to wear home
  • Clothes for hospital stay (many hospitals provide t-shirts and diapers)
  • Blankets/outer wear for going home (might depend on the season)
  • Car safety seat

Download a Breastfeeding Plan (PDF, 174kb)

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