As you get closer to the arrival of your baby, you will want to be prepared. The items you need during labour should be kept handy. The items you don't need in labour could be packed separately and brought to the hospital later. Pack a small bag as you and your baby may come home
in a day or two.
The following lists have some of the things you might want to put on your packing list. Towels, washcloths, infant gowns, diapers, and feeding supplies (bottle-feeding), will continue to be supplied by the hospital.
Be sure to bring:
- Your Ontario Health Card
- Supplementary insurance information (i.e. your benefits information)
- Pens and notebook
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hairbrush, etc.
- Reusable water bottle
- Bra- Nursing or supportive (no underwire)
- Comfortable clothing (stretchy waist) and sleepwear that allows you to breastfeed easily)
- Housecoat or robe
- Non-slip footwear (washable flip flops, slippers or sandals)
- Pillows for self and for support person (blanket for support person)
- Underwear x 5 large pairs (able to accommodate an x-large pad) and/or can consider absorbent briefs or underwear
- Sanitary pads (adhesive, overnight, long) (minimum 20)
- Breast pump and pump kit if you have one (optional)
Labour/Birthing Supply Suggestions:
- Lip balm, hard candy and/or chewing gum
- Hair elastics and/or hair bands
- Snacks and drinks for your partner/support person (in cooler bag)
- Swim suits (for self and support person if you wish to be accompanied in the shower or tub)
- Objects for a focal point (i.e. picture, lava lamp, anything you find pleasant to look at)
- Coping/stress kit (tennis ball, scent-free lotion or massage oil)
- Camera and/or phone with charger
- Music player and earphones
- 3 - 4 infant sleepers
- Blankets and hat
- Diapers (1 package or minimum 20, only 6 are provided by the hospital)
- Car seat for discharge with instruction booklet
- Soothers/pacifiers (optional)
- Baby wipes (optional)
Watch the "When to Go to the Hospital and What to Bring" video on YouTube.