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
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
Infant car seat
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