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Baby’s Coming! What to Pack in the Hospital Bag

 Packing for the hospital is not quite as simple as packing for a weekend trip since you leave home pregnant, and return with an extra bundle of joy. Your baby will need some amenities.

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Your baby will need some amenities. Here's what to pack for the hospital when having a baby.

For your labour:

Gather some essentials to make yourself more comfortable during labour and recovery and to help you prepare for your homecoming. It is best to pack a few weeks before your due date, in case you go into labour early. Here are some things you should include:

  • Your health insurance card and proof of any additional benefits you may have
  • Labour kit containing items recommended in your antenatal clinic/ classes
  • Warm socks (to wear in the delivery room) 
  • Nightgown for recovery (one that opens in front for easy breastfeeding), slippers and housecoat
  • 2 or more bras (breastfeeding or good support bra)
  • 5 or more pairs of underwear
  • Highly absorbent sanitary napkins
  • Loose-fitting clothing for the trip home (something that would fit when you were 5-6 months pregnant)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss 
  • Deodorant 
  • Body lotion or massage oil (unscented)
  • Camera and/or a video camera plus extra batteries
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Cosmetics. You will be immortalized on film, so pack your comb and brush and your makeup kit. You might get a chance to use them on the big day, and you’ll probably want to spruce up before visitors arrive

For your baby:

  • Baby outfits: 2-3 sleepers/t-shirts (pre-washed) 
  • A receiving blanket 
  • Diapers & wipes 
  • A going home outfit, including warm outer clothes, hat and a blanket for cool weather 
  • Baby carrier or car seat for the trip home (best if this is done a few weeks prior to delivery).


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