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What to Bring to the Hospital

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Below is a suggested list of things to consider bringing when you come to the hospital to have your baby. We will supply your basic needs.

For labor
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Your own pillows with distinctive pillowcases
  • Slip-on shoes or slippers
  • Warm socks you can throw away if soiled
  • Toiletries, toothbrush, etc.
  • Massage lotion
  • Aromatherapy (no candles or light rings)
  • Hair ties or barrettes
  • Music. A variety of upbeat as well as slow and relaxing is best
  • IPod or CD player
  • Sports bra, bathing suit top or T-shirt for tub, if desired
  • Bathing suit for partner if he/she gets in the tub
  • Lip balm
  • Tums or another antacid if you use them
  • Massage tools if you have one you like
  • Focal point such as pictures, flowers, stuffed animal, etc.
  • Snacks for your partner
  • Sport drinks, teas, frozen fruit bars, snacks for energy
  • Prepaid calling card (Cell phones can’t be used in the hospital)
  • Your baby book, journal
  • Games, cards, books, magazines
  • Camera
For you
  • Several pairs of clean underwear
  • Sanitary pads (hospital provides some also)
  • Robe
  • Nursing bra
  • Change of clothes for hospital stay
  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to wear home
For baby
  • Car seat
  • Outfit to wear home (include undershirt, socks and cap)
  • Receiving blanket