Packing for your baby's big day
7/31/2015 2:56 PM
As your due date approaches, you’ll want to have a well-packed suitcase designed for your every comfort and convenience. In fact, you’ll want two. One bag will contain items needed for labor. The other bag will hold the things you’ll want once you’re settled into your room.
- Your ID, insurance card and hospital paperwork
- Your birth plan
- Eyeglasses, contacts and contact supplies
- A bathrobe, a nightgown, slippers and socks. The gown should be sleeveless or have short, loose sleeves so blood pressure can be checked easily.
- Comfort items like your own pillow, a complete
- music playlist with earbuds or a favorite blanket
FOR THE LABOR COACH
- Your phone/video charger and fresh memory card
- A deck of cards for potential downtime
- Comfortable shoes and a few changes of comfortable clothes
- Snacks and something to read or watch
- Money for parking and vending machines
- A bathing suit in case your partner wants your help in the shower or labor tub
- Your favorite snacks! After many hours of labor, you’re likely to be pretty hungry.
- Your brush and comb, makeup, hair band or barrettes. Lip balm is also a common item new moms want.
- Comfortable nursing bras or regular bras. Whether or not you choose to breastfeed, your breasts are likely to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in, which can happen anytime during the first several days after delivery. A good bra can provide some comfort, and breast pads can be added to help absorb leaks.
- A book on newborn care to answer your first questions. You’ll find the nurses very helpful for learning to change, nurse and bathe your newborn if you need guidance.
- Gifts for older siblings. Some parents bring gifts for the new baby to “give” to big brothers and sisters.
- A notepad or journal and pen or pencil. Track your baby’s feeding sessions, write down questions you have for the nurse, note what the pediatrician tells you, jot down memories of your baby’s first day and so on. Some people bring a baby book so they can record the birth details right away.
- A going-home outfit. Bring something roomy and easy to get into (believe it or not, you’ll probably still look 5 or 6 months pregnant) and a pair of flat, comfy shoes.
- An installed car seat. You can’t drive your baby home without one! Have a rear-facing car seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle it correctly.
- A going-home outfit. Include socks or booties if the clothing doesn’t have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool. Make sure your baby’s outfit has legs for an easy fit into the car seat.