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What to Bring to the Hospital when having a baby | Airdire + Calgary Newborn Photographer

From Meagan Paige Photography

Preparing for your hospital stay when you're having a baby involves packing essential items for both you and your newborn. Here's a comprehensive list to help you get started:

For Yourself:

  1. Hospital Documents: ID, insurance information, and any necessary paperwork.

  2. Birth Plan: If you have one, bring copies for the medical staff.

  3. Comfortable Clothing: Loose-fitting, comfortable clothes for labor, delivery, and recovery.

  4. Robe and Slippers: For moving around the hospital comfortably.

  5. Maternity Bras and Nursing Pads: If you plan to breastfeed.

  6. Underwear: Disposable or old underwear that you don't mind discarding.

  7. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and any other personal hygiene items.

  8. Hair Ties: Keep your hair out of the way during labor and delivery.

  9. Pads: Maternity pads for postpartum bleeding.

  10. Nursing Pillow: Provides support while breastfeeding.

  11. Snacks and Drinks: Healthy snacks and drinks to stay nourished.

  12. Phone and Charger: Keep in touch with loved ones and capture precious moments.

  13. Entertainment: Books, magazines, or a tablet for passing the time.

  14. Medications: Any prescribed medications you're currently taking.

  15. Pain Relief Items: Items like massagers or stress balls for comfort during labor.

  16. Eyeglasses/Contacts: If you wear them, as well as contact lens solution.

  17. Comfort Items: Items that bring you comfort, like a favorite pillow or blanket.

  18. Cash/Change: For vending machines or small expenses.

For Your Partner/Support Person:

  1. Change of Clothes: Comfortable clothing for your partner.

  2. Toiletries: Similar to your own toiletry items.

  3. Snacks and Drinks: Keep your partner energized and hydrated.

  4. Entertainment: Books, magazines, tablet, etc.

  5. Phone and Charger: For communication and updates.

For the Baby:

  1. Baby Clothes: Onesies, sleepers, socks, and hats.

  2. Swaddle Blankets: Keep the baby cozy and warm.

  3. Diapers and Wipes: Newborn-size diapers and gentle wipes.

  4. Car Seat: Required for bringing the baby home.

  5. Baby Blanket: For wrapping the baby.

  6. Burp Cloths: Help with spit-up and messes.

  7. Going-Home Outfit: Something cute and weather-appropriate for the trip home.

Remember, every hospital may have slightly different policies and available resources, so it's a good idea to check with your healthcare provider or the hospital where you'll be delivering to ensure you're well-prepared. Also, consider packing a small bag with just essentials for labor and delivery, and have a larger bag for your postpartum stay.

If I forgot anything on this list, feel free to comment more suggestions below!


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