The birth of a child is definitely a very important and touching moment. Since you have looked this article up, this means you are interested in preparing this unique moment, which is very wise to do. When the time comes, you don’t want to be running around to get everything you need (and most probably forget things). That is why a checklist and its preparation in advance is a very useful and wise thing to do.
There are four different categories of things to pack, and it is probably a good idea to place them in different bags:
- For labor
- For your partner
- For your baby
- Documents – birth plan, insurance card;
- Toiletries –toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, brush, comb, lip balm, massage oil, hair band and barrettes. Hospitals will have soap, shampoo and lotion, but if you prefer your own brands you can pack that too.
- A T-shirt or nightgown for birth (one that you can throw away afterwards), a robe (for walking around) socks and slippers. Make sure the gown has either loose sleeves or short sleeves, so that your blood pressure can easily be checked.
- Music and something to read to pass the time, extra pillows if you think you might need them (if you do, use a colorful pillowcase so that you don’t lose your pillow among the hospital pillows.)
FOR YOUR PARTNER:
- Money for parking and change for vending machines;
- Some snacks and something to read during the early stages;
- A few basic toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant);
- A change of clothes;
- Camera(s), batteries, extra film or tape, extra memory card;
- Phone card for long distance calls (some hospitals don’t allow cell phones in) and address book.
FOR YOUR BABY:
- Newborn clothing (including cap and socks);
- Two receiving blankets;
- Extra newborn-sized diapers;
- Gentle baby wipes;
- Baby nail clippers (most babies are born with long fingernails and can scratch their face);
- Baby car seat.
- A fresh nightgown;
- A nursing bra, breast pads, and maternity underwear;
- High absorbency sanitary pads (we recommend Anion Love Moon Sanitary Napkins) –the hospital provides some but you will need a lot of them;
- Some snacks;
- Clothing for the trip home (bring some comfortable clothes, such as some of your second trimester maternity clothes).
I hope you find this list useful. You can leave a comment if this has been of any help or if you have suggestions of things to add to the list.