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
- 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.)
- 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.