What to Take to the Hospital when You Have Your Baby

By Joanne Stone, Keith Eddleman, Mary Duenwald

Part of Pregnancy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

During your pregnancy, pack portable items you’ll need for your labor and delivery and hospital stay in a bag and keep it in a handy place or in your car. For your trip to the hospital you’ll need:

  • Your partner/labor coach

  • A bathrobe and nightgown

  • Toiletries

  • Sturdy underwear that you don’t mind soiling with blood

  • A change of clothes to wear home, including comfortable, roomy shoes

  • Baby clothes

  • Infant car seat (your partner can bring this item on the day of discharge)

  • Sanitary napkins (if you don’t want to use the archaic ones that most hospitals provide)

  • A camera

  • Telephone numbers of family and friends you may want to call

  • Insurance information

  • Lollipops or sucking candies

  • Any device with the ability to play music

  • Change for parking, or vending machines

  • Cell phone