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What to Pack for Labor

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 

(Leave this in your car until after the birth.)
    • 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)