Getting ready to have your baby

Pack your suitcase

Don’t wait till the last minute to pack your suitcase. Starting at the beginning of the ninth month of pregnancy, your baby can be born at any time. Keep your suitcase ready to go near the front door of your house. That way, you’ll avoid additional stress when labor begins, and you’ll be able to easily grab it on your way out.

Essentials to take with you:

For you

- For the labor/delivery room

  • A large nightgown or T-shirt.
  • A pair of socks and a sweater.
  • If your hospital lets you drink and/or eat during labor, a bottle of water or fruit juice, some fruit, etc.
  • Facial water spray.
  • An MP3 player and music that you like.
  • For dad, a camera, something to snack on, change for drinks from the vending machine and a charged cell phone to let everyone know when the baby’s born!

- For the hospital stay

  • Your pregnancy memory book, picture ID, your ultrasound scans, health insurance card, medical records and your and your husband’s blood type card.
  • Comfortable indoor clothes, open in the front, if possible, if you plan to breastfeed the baby.
  • Three nightgowns, also open in the front if you plan to breastfeed the baby.
  • For women who are breastfeeding, nursing bras, nursing pillows and a tube of nipple cream to apply after each feeding.
  • A nursing pillow, practical even if you use a bottle.
  • A pair of socks.
  • Thick and highly absorbent sanitary pads.
  • Disposable net panties.
  • Tissues.
  • Toiletries and, if you wish, your makeup case.
  • A few towels (you may stain them the first few days).
  • Things to keep you busy, such as books, magazines, music and a smart phone.
  • Street clothes you feel comfortable wearing for the day you leave the hospital.

For your baby

- For the labor/delivery room

  • A bodysuit.
  • Pajamas.
  • A small warm sweater.
  • A cotton hat.
  • Socks.

- For the hospital stay

  • 6 to 8 bodysuits
  • 6 to 8 pairs of pajamas.
  • A sleeper.
  • A dozen burp cloths (practical for wiping spit-ups, etc.).
  • A small soft blanket.
  • 5 to 6 bath and diaper-changing towels.
  • Diapers for newborns (if the hospital doesn’t provide them).
  • 2 to 3 sweaters.
  • A toiletry bag: normal saline solution, cleansing gel for bathing, cleansing milk or water for diaper-changing, diaper cream, bath thermometer.
  • An outfit for leaving the hospital.

To complete your to-do list, ask your hospital for a list of what you’ll need. There may be differences depending on the hospital.



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