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Packing for Your Birth Experience

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As the "birth day" of your baby approaches, it's a good idea to pack items to take to the hospital that will make the experience easier, more comfortable, and more meaningful. These items should be ready to go about two weeks before your due date. Here are a few suggestions:

  For Mom

  For Partner

  To Make Birth a Celebration

  For Baby



For Mom

  • Two bed pillows with favorite cases
  • Lotion or massage oil
  • Warm socks
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Lollipops for dry mouth
  • Chapstick or lip gloss
  • Paper fan
  • Soothing picture for focal point
  • Wooden back massager
  • Nightgown(s) that opens in the front for nursing
  • Robe and slippers
  • Shawl or sweater to put over hospital gown for nursing
  • Panties and nursing bras
  • Comfortable clothes to wear home
  • Toiletries and cosmetics

    For Partner

  • Insurance information
  • Snacks for labor
  • Phone numbers and change or a phone card or cell phone
  • Reference handouts from childbirth class
  • Change of clothing
  • Toiletries

    To Make Birth a Celebration

  • Potpourri to scent the room
  • Music tapes / CDs for labor, birth, and nursing the baby; tape / CD player
  • Camera and film for birth / baby photos

    For Baby

  • Going home clothes, including a hat, and blanket
  • Car seat already installed in the back seat of the car

 
 
 
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Things to take with you...
Camera, camera charger, phone, phone charger.

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