Pregnancy

Hospital Packing List for Labour

Preparing for the delivery of your little one can be quite overwhelming.  What will baby need at the hospital?  What will I need?  When do we pack the go-bags?   What will Daddy need?  Will there be things that we want?  These are all questions I asked myself when it came time to pack, and these are all things I temporarily freaked out over.  So I’ve prepared a hospital packing list to help you not freak out like I did.

I started packing my bags (probably too early, but it kept my mind at peace) around 30 weeks, most Mommy-to-be’s start packing around 34 weeks.  You want to pack early, so that you are prepared if your baby comes early, but if you pack too early it can be hard to remember what is in your bag, the clothes you packed may not fit anymore or you may need the clothes/stuff you packed in the weeks prior to baby’s arrival.

Hospital packing list

Baby Hospital Packing List

  • Going home outfit – including hat, non-scratch mittens, and socks (or something to cover her feet)
    • 1x Newborn Size
    • 1x 0-3 month Size
  • Diapers – Our hospital provides us with 5 diapers in whichever size your baby requires, some hospitals offer 0
    • 5x size Newborn
    • 5x Size 1
  • Diaper Cream – I put this in because we have a long drive home (over an hour) if your drive to the hospital is shorter, which most are, this is not necessarily required
  • Baby wipes – Our hospital does not provide wipes, they expect you to use wash clothes
  • Blanket (for in the car seat)
  • Properly installed car seat – Take it to any Fire Station and they will show you how

 

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Mommy Hospital Packing List

  • Nursing Bra
  • Comfortable PJ’s that open in the front (for nursing) – Or you can wear the provided hospital gown
  • Cheap underwear that you don’t mind throwing out afterwards – Our hospital provided some
  • Comfortable going home outfit – not too tight around the waist (don’t be surprised if you still don’t fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes)
  • Toiletries kit
    • Shower sandals
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Body wash
    • Hair brush
    • Hair elastics
    • Moisturizer
    • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Pads – the hospital will provide some, but they are not the most comfortable or absorbant
    • Razor and shaving cream – I was unexpectedly in the hospital for over a week
    • Anything else you use on a daily basis
  • Warm pair of socks (hospitals can be cold)
  • Slippers – I wore my flip flops (shower sandals) the entire time
  • Medium sized Ziplock bag (for ice)
  • Waterbottle
  • Snacks – We all know hospital food isn’t the greatest
  • Phone/ Charger
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes (especially if your water breaks on the way to the hospital)
  • Headphones or Ear plugs (you may be roomies with a snorer)
  • Pillow with coloured pillow case (so you know it is yours)

 

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Daddy Hospital Packing List

  • 2x shirts (or more)
  • Jeans/ shorts
  • A few pairs of socks and Underwear (you can never have too many)
  • Comfortable PJ’s
  • Sleeping bag/ blanket/ pillow – Our hospital provides chairs that recline into beds for Dads, but no linens or pillows
  • Toiletry bag
    • Shower stuff (including shower sandals) – At our hospital, if you have a private or single room, Dads are welcome to use the showers
    • Toothbrush/ toothpaste
    • brush/comb (if you use one)
    • Deoderant
    • Anything else you use on a daily basis
  • Water bottle
  • Phone/ Charger
  • Camera/ Charger (or smartphone)
  • Entertainment – magazines, phone, tablet, ect.
  • Snacks – Most hospitals only provide food for patients, and not for Daddy’s. Hopefully there are some good food places close by!

 

This is what I packed and used, you may require more or less on your own hospital packing list, that is up to you and your partner.

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