Be prepared! Here is a list of suggested items to pack to prepare for your hospital stay.

  • A couple of pillows. Please use nonwhite pillowcases so thay your pillows don't get mixed up with the hospital's pillows.
  • Slippers or comfy socks.
  • A couple of wash cloths.
  • Lollipops or stick candy.
  • Lip balm.
  • A hairband or hair elastic to keep your hair out of your face.
  • A fan.
  • A hand mirror.
  • A small notebook and pens.
  • A camera with memory card/film, batteries, and battery charger.
  • Phone numbers of the people with whom you will want to share your good news.
  • Change for vending machines and/or pay phones.
  • Snacks for your partner (odorless, nutritious snacks are best).
  • CDs of your favorite music.  Each Birthing Suite at Lourdes has a portable stereo.

For your postpartum suitcase, in addition to the above:

  • Two (2) nightgowns and a robe.
  • A couple of nursing bras (make sure they're large enough).
  • Toiletries.
  • Makeup, hair dryer, other toiletries/personal care items --whatever it takes for you to feel like you look good.
  • A travel clock or watch.
  • Going-home outfits for both mom and baby.
  • A car seat for your newborn baby - New York State requires that an infant be in a car set when riding in a moving vehicle.

It is a good idea to have your suitcase packed about two (2) weeks before your due date.

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