Bringing Baby Home: Must-Haves for Baby’s Arrival
May 17, 2019
For first-time moms (and those who have given birth before) preparing for the birth and delivery of your baby is an exciting but nerve-wracking experience.
This post will overview essentials to pack for a short hospital stay during labor and delivery, plus those must-have items new parents will need to have ready at home.
Preparing for Your Hospital Stay
Being prepared can help alleviate the stress and anxiety many expecting mothers feel when they check into the hospital. A solid game plan will help make mom more comfortable during her stay and also help mom’s support person be prepared to partner to help with the newborn baby and/or the siblings.
Here are a few items to consider bringing with you during your time in the hospital:
- Your birth plan, which is a written plan that specifies your preference for labor. It may include information about birth setting and methods of pain relief. If you don’t already have one, consider making this a priority.
- Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, deodorant, cosmetics hair care items, etc.
- Glasses, glasses case, contact lenses/case, contact lens solution
- Cell phone charger
- A front-opening nightgown or robe (if you’re planning to breastfeed)
- Comfortable clothes to wear home (sweatpants/yoga pants are a great choice)
- Supportive bras/nursing bras
- Reading material, deck of cards, crossword puzzles, etc.
- An overnight bag for your birthing partner
- Going home outfit for your baby
- Receiving blanket (bring an extra just in case one gets dirty)
- Car seat (required by law)
Here are a few must-haves when it comes to diaper duty:
- Diapers (cloth or disposable, depending on your preference, newborn size)
- Diaper cream
- Baby wipes
- Extra change of clothing, including hat
- Changing pad or paper liners
- Bag for a dirty diaper
Everything you need to make sure baby’s first baths are successful!
- Bathinette or plastic tub
- Hooded towel
- Baby shampoo
- Mild baby soap
- Cup for rinsing
Hopefully you won’t need too many of these items right away, but better to be safe than sorry.
- Digital thermometer (rectal or under the arm)
- Cool mist humidifier
- Nasal saline drops
- Nasal bulb
- Antibacterial cream
- Small bandages
- Safety nail scissors
- Infant acetaminophen (Tylenol). Note that babies under six months should not take most over-the-counter medicine, including ibuprofen and cold/cough medicines. If your newborn is sick and/or running a fever, call their doctor.
The list of things you need for a baby may seem endless, but here are just a few extra items to check off before you bring baby home:
- Glass or BPA-free bottles with tight-fitting lids
- Bottle sterilizer
- Bottle/nipple brush
- Burp cloths
- Nursing pillow
- Breast pump (if breastfeeding)
- Milk storage containers (if breastfeeding)
- Formula (talk to your doctor about recommended brands)
- Crib (with fixed side rails and slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart)
- Firm mattress
- Snug-fitting crib sheets
- Baby carrier, sling or wrap
- Baby swing
- Six to eight onesies, long and short-sleeved
- Six sleepers
- Three or four swaddling blankets
- One or two lightweight blankets
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