What will you need in the hospital?

In the mad rush to reach a doctor, the last thing one has time for is to put stuff together for the hospital or nursing home. It is a good idea to plan ahead. Here is a list of things that you should have packed and keep in advance of the day you are ready to deliver your baby.

For the waiting room:

  • Hospital pre-registration forms
  • Health insurance forms
  • Phone list
  • Cash and credit cards

For the labour room:

  • Watch (with a second hand to time the contractions)
  • Massage lotion
  • Lollipops (or hard candy)
  • Lip balm
  • Sipper cup

For the revovery room:

  • Your favorite pillow
  • Robe
  • Nightgowns which open in the front
  • Three sets of clothes with front openings.
  • Slippers
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads or shields
  • Breast pump
  • Several pairs of cotton underwear in dark colours.
  • Several pairs of socks
  • Toiletries – toothbrush/paste, soap, moisturiser, lotion, deodarant, shampoo, hair brush, hair dryer
  • Sanitary pads (super-absorbent, preferably extra large ones with wings)
  • Towels, face towels, tissues
  • Magazines/books
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Hot water bottle
  • Juice
  • Big plastic bags for dirty laundry

Don’t forget to document the big day:

  • Camcorder / Camera
  • Film, batteries

Handy to have around:

  • Mild laundry soap
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Antiseptic for cord care or spirit solution
  • Nasal aspirator (an ear syringe may be used)
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Cotton and Cotton swabs
  • Calibrated dropper, syringe, or spoon for administering medicine