What to Bring to the Hospital
Since labor can take you by surprise, we suggest you pack for your hospital stay while you are relaxed and waiting.
The following list includes the must-haves and the creature comforts that our patients have said were nice to have.
For the mom-to-be
- your birth plan
- bathrobe and pajamas (if you want to wear your own)
- slippers or socks
- personal grooming items and hair dryer
- nursing bra and nursing pads
- loose clothing to wear home
- personal comforts such as your personal pillow (with a non-white pillowcase), a small fan, a favorite photo, your iPod with docking station or speakers; these items can help you relax during labor.
- massage aids; tennis balls also work nicely for back labor
- lotion for massage (unscented)
- lip balm
- breath freshener
For dad or guest
- personal grooming items, including breath freshener
- change of clothes
- socks or slippers
- your own pillow (with a non-white pillowcase) and comforter or sleeping bag for your window seat bed
- snacks can be stored in your room in your personal refrigerator
For both of you
- your calendar (important!): before going home, you will be scheduled to return 3-5 days after your baby's birth for your Postpartum Care Center appointment. The timeframe of this essential health follow-up for mother and baby is vital, so it is important to schedule an appointment convenient for you to keep. Fathers, partners and family are welcome and encouraged at the appointment.
- photo equipment/supplies
- laptop, if desired
- cell phones can be used in the privacy of your birthing room
- if you plan to breastfeed, no special equipment is required; a lactation consultant will visit during your hospital stay
- if you choose to formula feed, you will receive bedside instruction; please bring your own bottles, bottle brush and the formula you plan to use at home
Your infant’s car seat
- Please have your car seat “baby-ready”, free of packaging with the harness straps in the lowest slots. Practice installing the seat in your vehicle and adjusting the harness straps before your baby’s birth.
- EvergreenHealth offers car seat classes and inspection clinics. We encourage you to attend Car Seat Safety before baby arrives to learn about choosing the best car seat for your family. Register online or by calling Healthline at 425-899-3000.
Baby’s clothes to wear home
- undershirt and stretch suit or gown
- receiving blankets (2)
- socks or booties
- hat or cap
- several diaper changes
- (in cold weather) snowsuit, outerwear or heavy blanket
Basics to stock at home ahead of time
- A generous supply of sanitary pads (not tampons) for the lochia flow. Similar to a heavy menstrual period at first, it will taper off over the next few weeks.
- Nursing pads to protect bra from breastmilk leakage.
- Witch hazel pads can provide extra comfort during postpartum and comfort for cleansing after you void. When worn in your pad, witch hazel pads help reduce swelling and soothe perineal and hemorrhoidal tissue.