Start packing about two weeks before your due date to make sure you’re ready for baby’s big arrival. Here are some suggestions on what to bring with you.

For you:

  • 2 front-opening nightdresses for breastfeeding

  • A few pairs of comfortable underwear

  • Heavy duty sanitary pads

  • A shawl or dressing gown

  • Slippers or flip flops

  • A pair of warm socks

  • Breast pads, lanolin cream (for tender nipples) & nursing bras

  • A feeding cover (if you are expecting visitors)

  • Your phone and charger

  • Toiletries and cosmetics

  • Lip balm

  • Comfortable outfit to wear home

  • Body lotion or massage oil

  • Hospital file/notes

  • Birth plan (if you have one)

For your baby:

  • 3 full-body onesies that fasten up the front

  • Socks, mittens, and hat

  • Going-home outfit, including a hat and blanket

  • About 20-30 diapers made especially for newborns like Pampers Swaddlers

  • Baby Wipes

For your partner:

  • Snacks

  • His phone and charger

  • A change of clothing & toiletries

  • Camera and charger