What to Pack for Delivery

Are you ready for your baby’s arrival? You’ll be much calmer on delivery day if you’ve packed your hospital bag ahead of time. You could go into labor early, so at North Florida OBYN in Jacksonville Beach, we that you have your bag ready to go by around 36 weeks. Some people like to pack two bags, one for the essentials you’ll need during delivery and another for what you’ll need after baby has arrived. Here’s a packing list to help you with of all the things you won’t want to leave behind!

Packing for Mom

  • Necessary paperwork, photo ID and insurance information
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, shower gel, face wash, toothbrush and toothpaste, brush, hair ties, lip balm and any cosmetics you’d like to have
  • Eyeglasses or contacts and solution if you need them. Even if you normally wear contacts, pack your eyeglasses as well. In the case of C-sections, for example, you’ll need to remove contact lenses before going into the operating room.
  • A bathrobe in case you decide to walk around a bit
  • A couple of nightgowns that are loose and comfortable. They should be sleeveless or have short sleeves so your blood pressure can be checked easily. If you plan to breast feed, you should look for ones that open easily or button down the front.
  • Slippers and warm socks. Your feet may get cold during delivery, so many moms like to put on some cozy socks.
  • Things that help you relax such as your favorite pillow, calming music, or photos of loved ones.
  • Books, magazines and things to pass time
  • Camera and video camera with chargers
  • Your phone and charger
  • Maternity pads
  • Underwear
  • If you plan to breastfeed, pack nursing bras, breast pads and lanolin cream
  • Comfortable outfit to wear home

Packing Baby’s Bag

  • Onesies that fasten up the front
  • Soft blanket
  • Socks/booties and hat
  • Package of newborn diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Several burp cloths
  • Outfit for going home
  • Car seat, already installed if possible

Your Partner’s Packing List

  • Phone and charger
  • Camera and video camera with chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Pillow
  • Books, magazines/something to do to pass time

This packing list should help ensure that you have everything you need for your hospital stay. Be sure to have your hospital bags for yourself, baby and partner packed well ahead of time. Leave them someplace convenient so you can grab them at a moment’s notice. Be sure to speak with your physician at North Florida OBGYN of Jacksonville Beach about the signs of labor so you know when it’s time to head to the hospital!

By | 2017-08-21T13:05:31+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Advice, Delivery|0 Comments