What should you pack for labor? Below are some suggestions for things you’ll need during your hospital stay.

A “Labor Bag” for Your Labor and Delivery

  • Lip balm, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Warm socks
  • Hair band or ribbon
  • Contact lenses and glasses
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Mildly scented or unscented massage oil or lotion
  • Phone numbers, note pad and pen or pencil
  • A limited amount of money for parking, meals and snacks
  • A focal point to aid in concentration during labor (photo or artwork with special meaning)
  • Two tennis balls in a tube sock to use as counter-pressure back support
  • A baby book for your newborn’s footprints (some dads like the footprints on a T-shirt)
  • Camera or video recorder with film and batteries
  • A hand fan
  • Music
  • Light reading, a deck of cards or other forms of entertainment

A Suitcase for Your After-Delivery Stay

  • Nursing bra
  • Comb, brush and hair dryer
  • Shampoo and deodorant
  • Cosmetics
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes to wear home
  • A change of clothes for your partner

For Your Baby

  • A T-shirt and outfit to wear home, with socks or booties
  • Two light baby blankets
  • A warm baby blanket if the temperature outside is cool
  • An infant car seat (review your owner’s manuals for the car seat and your automobile to make sure the seat is properly installed)

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What to Expect During Your Stay