The Hospital

Going to the Hospital: A Packing Checklist

For Dad

  • Snacks or sandwich (so the "labor coach" never leaves the bedside)
  • Books or CDs (to help Mom relax)
  • Camera/Camcorder and extra film/tape
  • Camcorder and batteries
  • List of phone numbers
  • Infant Carrier-seat for ride home
  • Personal paperwork - family documents, insurance information to register your newborn

For Mom

  • Toiletries
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Massage oil (recommended in many childbirth classes)
  • Warm socks
  • Front or Back-opening Nightgown (front if you're planning on breastfeeding)
  • Sweatshirt and pants (something comfy) for your trip home)
  • Personal music device such as an iPod with relaxing music

For Baby

  • Receiving blanket
  • Newborn clothing
  • Extra diapers
  • Mittens or baby nail clippers (many babies are born with long fingernails and can scratch their face)

For Brother & Sister

Here are some helpful things to have available for siblings should they be present before or after the baby arrives.

  • Favorite books and toys
  • Snacks
  • A camera just for big brother or sister to take pictures of Baby
  • Crayons/markers, coloring books and paper
  • A gift from Mom, Dad and Baby (to offset jealousies when Baby arrives)
  • Back up babysitter in case your first arrangement doesn't work

Arriving at the Hospital

When you get to the hospital, make yourself at home. Adjust the lights up or down, play your favorite music, open or shut the blinds, adjust the bed and pillows, unpack your labor bag. Ask the nurses for what you want and need. If you'd like to be alone with your partner to talk, massage, or cuddle, don't hesitate to ask for it. The staff should honor your privacy.