On paper Insurance card and hospital or birthing center admission paperwork Photo ID Several copies of your birth plan (both a detailed and a condensed version, just in case the staff is skimming it in a hurry) […]
Insurance card and hospital or birthing center admission paperwork
Several copies of your birth plan (both a detailed and a condensed version, just in case the staff is skimming it in a hurry)
Socks. For some strange reason, gals tend to get cold feet (pun intended) during the labor process.
Hair ties and a hairbrush. When things start heating up, hair in your face is downright annoying.
Lip balm. All that heavy breathing dries your kisser.
Travel-size toiletries. When you get the opportunity to shower, familiar lotions and potions will be welcomed.
Hard candies. A trick to combat cottonmouth.
Glasses and/or contacts with case and solution. Seeing is believing.
Anything that will help you relax. A pillowcase from home, an MP3 player loaded with your favorite tunes, a soothing focal point … whatever works to keep you at ease.
Granny panties. Large, comfy underwear for the day after are rivaled only by those disposable mesh undies they’ll likely give you in the hospital.
A nursing gown and/or bathrobe. Most mamas aren’t comfortable receiving visitors in a backless get-up.
Nonskid slippers. For when you feel up to shuffling to the bathroom.
Nursing bras and pads. Your breasts will become tightly engorged, but you can still buy nursing bras in your prepregnancy size—they’re designed to accommodate.
Nipple cream. This is a nonnegotiable for breastfeeding moms.
Makeup. You know the going-home trip will be forever commemorated in photos—plan ahead.
Comfortable, loose clothing. You’ll look (and feel) about five to six months pregnant when you head home, so bring something comfy for the car ride.
Digital camera and/or camcorder. Pack your preferred method to record the big day— and don’t forget spare batteries and/or chargers!
Cellphone and charger. Load it up with the numbers he’ll need to call or text to share the news, or print up a list.
Wristwatch to time contractions. A second hand is essential.
Snacks and/or cash for vending machines. He’ll need to refuel at some point.
Change of clothes. He’ll probably also want to switch into fresh duds for photos and the homecoming trek.
Toiletries. In case he decides to shower at the hospital.
Going-home outfit. Make sure it’s newborn-sized, since new babies are teeny tiny.
Warm blanket and hat, if it will be cold outside. If it’s hot, a thin blanket (cotton muslin is a good weight) and hat should suffice.
Infant car seat. Have it properly and securely installed before you head to the hospital.
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