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Baby on the way? What to Pack for Your Hospital Stay

By DuPage Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology

With the approaching arrival of your new bundle of joy, learn about the essential items you’ll need in the hospital for both you and your baby.

For Yourself

As you pack your hospital bag, you may want to include items for when you're going into labor as well as after you have the baby. Items include:

  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • A few nightgowns, pajamas or T-shirts and sweat pants (Note: breastfeeding mothers may find loose-fitting T-shirts or nursing gowns most comfortable)
  • A robe
  • Several pairs of underpants
  • Large, self-adhesive sanitary pads (the ones provided by the hospital may be small and/or hard to use)
  • Toiletries including soap, shampoo/conditioner, hairbrush, Chapstick/lip balm (you WILL want this in labor), deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Any other toiletries you may want including cosmetics or hairstyling equipment
  • Phone numbers for people you want to call
  • Phone charger
  • Camera
  • Snacks (especially for dad or your significant other)
  • Movies, music, magazines, a book, etc. (anything to help pass the time when you are in labor or after delivery)
  • Loose fitting clothes to wear home

For Your Baby

Most hospitals provide the basics for newborns during their hospital stay including items such as a knit cap, an undershirt, diapers and blankets. When it comes time to take the baby home, you'll need your own things. Items include:

  • A receiving blanket
  • Clothes to wear home, including an undershirt, cap and socks
  • Disposable diapers (most hospitals provide these)
  • Warm blanket if it's cold outside to put over the car seat
  • A car seat. (Have the base installed prior to delivery day. Many fire or police stations can help you with this. Practice using the car seat/base before you have your baby.)
  • Baby book

Topics and Subtopics: Infant Care & Pregnancy

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Obstetrics and Gynecology
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