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Packing for the hospital: Baby delivery

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Pack your hospital bag a month before the delivery date to ease some stress during your experience.

During childbirth, your focus is on having a healthy and happy baby. To ease some stress during the experience, Dr. Melissa Emmerich, Marshfield Clinic Health System OB/GYN, recommends packing your hospital bag a month before the delivery date.

Here is a list of a few must-have items, along with some items parents often wish they had during hospital delivery.

For baby:

  • Rear-facing, infant size car seat properly installed.
  • A coming home outfit appropriate for the season; winter should include a hat, mittens and snowsuit or coat.
  • A blanket appropriate for the season; a light blanket during the summer.
  • A baby book or memento for a keepsake. Footprints and handprints can be added to those during your hospital stay.

For mom:

  • Relaxing music, a vocal point, card games or book to occupy your mind.
  • Snacks like hard candy or gum.
  • Lip moisturizer.
  • Hair band or hair tie.
  • Slippers.
  • A robe to cover up and be comfortable instead of your hospital gown.
  • Comfortable clothes for going home.
  • Large sanitary pads after using hospital pads.
  • Breastfeeding moms need essentials such as nursing pillow, bra and clothing, and breast pump form, or bring your own pump.
  • Formula for non-breastfed babies.

For parents:

  • Insurance card and pharmacy card.
  • Your Social Security information for baby’s birth certificate and Social Security card paperwork for baby.
  • Maternity/paternity paperwork.
  • Personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner and deodorant. Most hospitals supply some, but parents prefer their own.
  • Ear plugs or headphones for sleeping during the hospital stay.
  • Glasses and contacts supplies.
  • Camera or phone with important numbers to contact.
  • Journal/notebook and pen.

Download this list to check off before your hospital stay. If you have additional questions on what to pack for your delivery, talk to your provider.

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