Bringing Home Baby: 10 Must-Have Items for the Hospital Stay


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Here’s a simple list that will help you decide what to pack before heading to the hospital to give birth to your little bundle of joy.

1. Nightgown

After you give birth you will probably stay in a hospital gown for a while, but most hospitals will let you change into a gown of your own. You might prefer pajamas with shorts or pants as a bottom, but it will be easier to wear a nightgown. If you plan to nurse, be sure to bring a gown that will be convenient for that.

2. Socks

Hospital rooms are generally kept quite cool, and your feet don’t get much circulation during or after birth, so having some warm, comfy socks will be a benefit.

3. Baby outfit

The hospital will provide mostly everything you need for your little baby; diapers, wipes, soap, pacifier, even a shirt to wear. So there isn’t a need to bring all of those things. You will want to be sure to bring an outfit for baby’s first photo and for the ride home.

4. Receiving blankets

Most hospitals will provide you with plenty of blankets during your stay, but you’ll most likely want your own, especially for the drive home. Be sure to bring a heavy blanket to cover the baby if you’ll be giving birth in winter.

5. Camera

This is essential, because you’ll want to capture every moment. Decide ahead of time what moments you want to capture (signing admission papers, getting an IV, holding the newborn, etc.) so you’ll be sure to get the pictures you want. Some hospitals do not allow a personal video camera, so you might want to check that ahead of time.

6. Boppy

A Boppy is a C-shaped pillow that has many different uses, the most common one being to aid in nursing. The pillow goes around mommy’s tummy; baby lies on the pillow with mommy’s arm supporting the baby. With this pillow you don’t have to stuff pillows all around you and under baby to get the right support, it’s already there. This is definitely a wise investment.

7. Clothes to wear home

After giving birth you will be quite swollen and still have most of your weight, so don’t expect to fit into “normal” clothes just yet. Bring something that is roomy, comfortable and bigger than you would think you would need.

8. Nursing bra

If you are planning on nursing, you’ll need one of these in the hospital. Some experts suggest getting a bra that is one cup size bigger than what you wear before giving birth. Once your milk comes in, your breasts will get larger, and it’s better to have a bra that is too big rather than too small.

9. Magazines/books

Labor is often a long process. Having a favorite book to read will help you or your partner or spouse pass the time.

10. Support

Giving birth can be stressful, emotional and taxing. Having someone whom you love and trust, and who loves and supports you is important. Whether it’s your husband, boyfriend, sister, mom or best friend, you won’t regret having a good support system there when you need it most.

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