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What to Pack for the Hospital

As your due date approaches, you should begin the final preparations for the arrival of your baby. Checklists are a good way to ensure you remember every detail and are ready when your contractions begin. The list below includes items and ideas that will help you prepare for your little one’s arrival. We suggest having your “go time” bag packed about three weeks before your due date.


For Mom:

  • Birth Plan
  • Lotion/oil for massages (unscented)
  • Warm socks or slippers
  • Lip balm
  • Picture or small item to use as a focal point
  • Back massager
  • Warm pack
  • Robe
  • If breastfeeding – nursing bra, breast pads and breast pump
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Hair care items
  • Cosmetics (including deodorant)
  • Loose fitting clothes to wear home, like yoga pants—something from your fourth or fifth month of pregnancy should be comfortable

For Partner:

  • Insurance information
  • Snacks
  • Swimsuit to wear in shower
  • Watch with a second hand
  • Change of clothes and toiletries
  • Phone numbers of friends and relatives
  • Cell phone (and charger), change or phone card
  • Laptop with power cord
  • Books and magazines
  • DVDs or CDs (each patient suite is equipped with CD players and flat screen TV/DVDs)
  • Camera and film or batteries/battery charger, camcorder and batteries
  • Leave large amounts of money and valuables at home


For Baby:

  • Newborn Communication Plan
  • Undershirt and sleeper
  • Socks
  • Going home outfit and receiving blanket
  • Infant car seat
  • Baby book for footprints
  • Sweater, cap and extra blanket if needed for cold weather

Mercy will provide you and your baby with the following items during your stay:

  • For Mom: Hospital gowns, disposable underpants and sanitary pads
  • For Baby: Diapers, wipes, bulb syringe, soap and circumcision supplies for boys. Undershirts, gowns and blankets are also provided during baby’s hospital stay.

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