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What to Pack for Your Hospital Stay

There are several things you can bring with you to the labor room that may make you more comfortable.

For your suitcase for labor

  • “Labor Notes” for your coach
  • Lip balm for dry lips (breathing techniques dry the lips)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Contact lens case, solution, and eyeglasses
  • Slippers and socks for cold feet (almost everyone has cold feet in labor!)
  • Hairbrush, hair band and clips for long hair
  • Focal point (if you have taken a prepared childbirth class you may have learned how helpful it may be to have a picture or stuffed animal to focus on during contractions)
  • Two large pillows (avoid plain white cases— they can get mixed up with the hospital’s!)

For your suitcase for the rest of your stay

We suggest the following in a separate bag:

  • Robe, slippers and nightgown
  • 1-2 bras (nursing bras without under wires if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Extra panties (one pair of mesh panties will be provided)
  • Toiletries, shampoo, cosmetics
  • Baby book
  • Telephone list and calling card
  • Camera with extra batteries and film
  • Baby clothes and blanket for going home (be sure to wash items first)
  • Going home clothes for you—loose fitting is best

Make sure to bring your car seat on the day baby goes home!