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Refer to this handy checklist to make sure that you have packed all the essentials for a pleasant stay in the hospital.

Unless you're planning on a home delivery, you will most likely stay in the hospital for a few days. It is recommended to prepare your items in advance, when things are calm. Here is what to bring:

 

  • Shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush, cosmetics, moisturizer and other toiletries
  • Glasses, in case you have to remove contact lenses
  • Comfortable PJs (bring a couple), slippers and a robe
  • CDs
  • Video and cameras
  • Socks
  • Pillows
  • Playing cards, puzzles, magazines, books
  • Laptop and your favourite DVDs
  • Hard candies to suck on during labour
  • Pencil, notepad and a watch for timing contractions
  • Phone numbers for family and friends
  • Nursing bra, if you plan to breastfeed
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Loose, comfortable clothes to wear home as you may not fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes right away
  • Presents from the baby, if you have other children
  • Baby clothing, including socks, onesie, and hat
  • Diapers
  • Baby blanket
  • Infant car seat
  • Chargers for phones or other electronic devices