Packing for Baby.When the baby is coming, there can be little, if any, time to think about what you’ll need to bring to the hospital. Make sure to plan ahead and pack your hospital bag early so that when the time comes, you’ll be ready. Here are some common items that are necessary, or just nice, to have as you bring your child into the world:

For Mom

  • Identification, insurance card, and any other hospital paperwork
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, hair brush, makeup, etc.
  • Nursing Bra­
  • Soothing nipple gel
  • Breast Pads
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Robe that opens from the front
  • Any of your Favorite Pillows from home
  • Reading Material
  • Hard Candies to eat during labor
  • Back Massager
  • Hair Tie or something to keep your hair back
  • An outfit to wear home. Remember that you won’t be back to pre-pregnancy weight, so choose something that fit you in your second trimester.

For Dad:

  • Extra clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • Snacks or Money for vending machinesBaby Things for Labor
  • Bathing Suit: if you hope to get in the shower or hydrotherapy tub with your partner
  • List of instructions (Talk to your partner about medical procedures and complications beforehand so that you’re both on the same page. If for some reason the mother is unable to make decisions during/after the birth, you will be able to know what she would want.)

For Your Baby:

  • Infant Car Seat (Our staff will check to ensure that it’s properly installed and that your baby is correctly fastened in)
  • Outfits for pictures and going home
  • Blanket and other protective wear for cold weather

 Madison Memorial Provides:

  • Sanitary Pads
  • Wipes
  • Baby Diapers

∗ These items are available in our Lactation Store