What to Pack for Your Hospital Stay

The medical team at the University Center for Fetal Medicine has put together a list of items to consider as you pack for your possible hospital stay.

Items for pre-labor and labor

  • Picture ID
  • Insurance Card
  • Birthing plan or any plans of care that have been developed
  • Kit for cord blood banking (if planning to bank cord blood)
  • Baby book (mark pages for hand and foot prints for easy reference)

Items for mom and dad

  • Toiletry items including sanitary napkins (the hospital will provide toiletries, but you may bring your own)
  • Clothing for two to three days
  • Slippers
  • Maternity bras and nursing pads
  • Nightgown/robe (the hospital will provide gowns, but you may wear your own after delivery)
  • Personal electronics (laptop, mp3 player, personal DVD player, etc.)
  • Snacks
  • If you are planning to breastfeed, the lactation consultant will arrange for use of a breast pump during your hospital stay. If you prefer, you may bring your own.

Items for baby

  • Infant car seat (you can have this installed or checked for proper installation prior to delivery at most local fire departments)
  • Going-home outfit with socks and hat
  • Receiving blankets
  • Burp clothes or cloth diaper
  • Season-appropriate blanket to cover the baby on the way to the car
  • The hospital will provide all disposable supplies that the baby will need prior to going home. These supplies include diapers, formula, pacifiers, bottles, etc. If you have a preferred type of pacifier, you may bring it from home.