1. Going-Home Outfit
Make sure to pack at least one outfit to take home with you in the hospital. It should be comfortable and loose-fitting, as you will likely be quite bloated.
2. Nursing Bras and Pads
If you are planning to breastfeed, make sure to pack some nursing bras and pads. You will likely leak milk during the early days of breastfeeding, so these items will come in handy.
3. Oversized Shirt or Nightgown
You will likely be very swollen after giving birth, so an oversized shirt or nightgown will be more comfortable than tight clothes.
4. Slippers or Flip-Flops
Hospitals can be cold, so bring a pair of slippers or flip-flops to keep your feet warm.
Make sure to pack your usual toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothbrush/toothpaste.
6. Baby Blankets or Swaddling Clothes
Swaddling can help calm and soothe a fussy baby, so make sure to pack a few baby blankets or swaddling clothes.
7. Hat and Booties for Baby
Newborns lose a lot of heat through their heads and feet, so make sure to pack a hat and booties for your baby.
8. Nipple Cream/Lanolin Ointment
Breastfeeding can cause sore nipples, so bring some nipple cream or lanolin ointment to help relieve the pain.
9. Your Insurance Card and ID
Make sure to bring your insurance card and ID with you to the hospital so that you can easily access your medical records.