Packing for your stay at Colquitt Regional Medical Center

 

Packing for the hospital can be a daunting task. It is best to get some things ready before your due date just in case you go into labor a little earlier. This is a guide about things that many new moms have found useful during their labor and deliveries.

 

 

  

  • Picture ID
  • Health insurance card
  • Pre-registration forms from the hospital
  • Nursing bra(s)- This supports swollen, tender breasts, and helps keep breast pads in place.
  • Sports bra- Many women find these extremely useful for suppressing lactation if you are not planning on breast feeding.
  • Breast pads- You will need these whether or not you are breast feeding because they stop leaks by absorbing milk.
  • Nursing pillows- These can be used if you are breast feeding or bottle feeding; either way they reduce the strain on your arms, neck, and back when feeding your baby.
  • Nightgown and robe- Make sure they open in the front if you are planning on breast feeding.
  • Slippers- During early labor it is always recommended to walk around. These will also come in handy as you make trips to the nursery to check on your new baby.
  • Socks- Many women complain of their feet being cold during the delivery, so have a couple of pairs in case one pair becomes soiled.
  • Going-home outfit- Choose one that fit when you were around 6 months pregnant.
  • Toiletries- To be more comfortable, take a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, chap stick, makeup, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, lotion, hair dryer, etc.
  • Sanitary pads- The hospital can provide you with these, but many women feel more comfortable when they bring their favorite brand with them. Remember, you are going to need a pad designed for a heavier flow.
  • Hair clip or band if you have long hair- Women with long hair like to have it pulled out of their faces during labor and delivery.
  • Pillow from home- This makes you more comfortable; just make sure you have a different colored pillow case on it to distinguish it from hospital pillows.
  • Magazines- You will not have a lot of down time, but there could be a few minutes here and there when you could read.
  • Mints or breath strips- Many women experience nausea/vomiting during labor and delivery; these will help freshen your mouth or the mouths of your support people.
  • Lollipops or other hard candies- These can alleviate dry mouth.
  • Glasses and contact case
  • Breast feeding book- Take along any reference books that would be helpful.
  • Baby book- The nursery often will take your baby book and put your baby’s footprints in it. This will save you a lot of time and trouble.
  • Large envelope /file folder- This may be used to store any loose paperwork.

 

Essentials for Baby

  • Infant car seat and infant head support- You will not be allowed to leave the hospital without one; make sure you bring the instructions.
  • Going-home outfit
  • Hat- Babies lose the vast majority of their body heat through their heads.
  • Booties/socks
  • Receiving blankets- Newborns love to be swaddled, and these blankets are perfect for swaddling.
  • Newborn diapers- If they do not have the umbilical cord area cut out, make sure you fold them down.
  • Wipes- Begin with the wipes that are designed for newborns or sensitive skin.
  • Mittens - Many newborns will have longer nails, so they can easily scratch their face and other parts of their bodies.

 

Essentials for Partner

  • Change of clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks- Labor can be a long process, so you want to be prepared.
  • Cooler filled with drinks and sandwiches- This keeps the partner close by and can help avoid multiple trips to the hospital cafeteria.
  • Quarters for the vending machine and/or pay phone- Remember not all hospitals allow cell phone use.
  • Watch with second hand
  • Video/still camera - Make sure you have extra tapes, film, batteries, chargers, etc.
  • Address book- This will help you contact friends and family about your new arrival.
  • Massage oils- Many labor classes discuss the use of massage oils during class because they can help alleviate back labor.
  • iPod/CD player- Soothing music may help you and your partner relax both during and after labor.