What to Bring to the Hospital for Labor and Delivery

We have compiled lists of suggested items to help you feel at home.

Items for Labor & Delivery

  • Slippers and socks
  • Hair clips and hair brush
  • Toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, etc.
  • Lip balm
  • Glasses or contacts with the solution and case
  • Massage oils & tools
  • Labor/Birthing balls
  • Focal point – a picture, etc.
  • Relaxation material such as books, magazines, iPod or MP3 player
  • Extra pillows
  • Hand fan
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera
  • Contact information for your pediatrician
  • Prenatal records from the doctor’s office

Items for Post-Partum

  • 3 nightgowns/pajamas that open in the front (to facilitate breastfeeding)
  • Robe
  • Underwear (the hospital provides disposable underwear and sanitary pads)
  • Nursing bras
  • Cosmetics and toiletries
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Clothing, appropriate sleepwear, slippers and toiletries for your partner (if they will be staying with you)
  • Change for vending machine
  • Loose, comfortable clothes to wear home

Items for Baby

We provide blankets, shirts, disposable diapers and hats for babies during their hospital stay. If you would prefer to use your own clothes for baby, then we suggest: onesies, long sleepers with attached mittens, socks, hats, and an outfit for a baby photography session (optional). Our baby shirts and blankets are not to be taken home, so please bring an outfit and blanket for baby to wear home.

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