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Ways to prepare for baby, labor and delivery

Updated: Oct 29, 2018

The following list includes things that should be done before delivery and before you bring your new baby home.

  • Know when to go to the hospital.

  • Be pre-registered at the hospital where you plan to give birth.

  • Have your preferences for labor and delivery

  • Know day and night phone numbers for your health care provider's office and the labor and delivery unit.

  • Have transportation to the hospital.

  • Know where to go when you get to the hospital (including the after-hours entrance).

  • Have arrangements made if you plan to donate your cord blood.



What to Pack for the Hospital

  • Medical coverage information

  • Gift for sibling(s) from the baby

  • Support or nursing bra and breast pads

  • Socks and slippers

  • Lip balm

  • Snacks for labor partner

  • Music CDs that you would like to listen to during labor

  • Loose fitting clothes to wear home

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and hairbrush or comb

  • Telephone numbers of family and friends

  • Infant sleeper with legs (sacs or kimonos won't fit in the car seat), or T-shirt and a diaper for baby to wear home

  • Baby blanket

  • Infant car seat

  • Camera

Supplies You'll Need for Your Newborn

  • Infant car seat as required by law

  • Breastfeeding supplies, such as a nursing bra and pads

  • Baby bottles and nipples, even if you are planning to breastfeed

  • Formula if you won't be breastfeeding

  • Diapers, diaper pins, and diaper pail

  • Changing table, cotton balls, wash cloths, mild soap, diaper rash ointment, hair brush, and thermometer

  • Infant sleepers, T-shirts, and receiving blankets

  • Sweater and a cap for your baby

  • Crib sheets and blankets; your baby does not need a pillow

  • Waterproof pads for crib or lap

  • Crib, cradle, or bassinet


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