Knowing what to pack for your hospital or birthing center delivery can be tricky, especially when you don’t want to over or under pack. Fortunately, after a delivery with no complications, hospitals will likely discharge a surrogate and the new family in less than 48 hours. Though, it is still helpful to be prepared and not worry about having left things behind.
We want to help make packing a breeze. Use this packing guide when preparing for the birth of your new baby:
◊ A camera
◊ Wallet with identification and money (cash for parking)
◊ Emergency contact list and birth plan
◊ Phone and charger
◊ Change of comfortable clothes
◊ Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and facial products
◊ 2 baby blankets and 2 receiving blankets
◊ 6 baby footie pajamas (newborn and 0-3 months)
◊ 15 or so disposable or cloth diapers
◊ A cozy baby hat
◊ 4 baby bottles
Check out this Mommyhood101 article on the best baby bottles of 2018!
◊ Diaper cream or moisturizing oil
Especially important during the meconium phase, bum creams keep your babies skin protected. We love Annointment’s Baby Balm.
◊ Infant car seat
It is important to make sure your car seat is purchased in Canada if you’re planning on using it while driving in Canada. It is also important to make sure it is airline safe if you will be flying with it. Ensure your baby has met the weight and height requirements for your chosen car seat prior to use. Check out this article for more information on purchasing your babies first car seat.
◊ Comfortable shoes or slippers
◊ No-scratch baby mittens
◊ Fleece bunting and mittens for the colder months
◊ Time-passing activities such as a book, computer, and cards
If inducing lactation:
◊ Nipple cream
◊ Nursing pillow
◊ Nursing pads
◊ Any medications or supplements needed
If using donor milk or formula:
◊ 4 Bottles
◊ Pre-pumped breast milk in a cooler or formula of choice (ready-made is preferred)
◊ Bottle cleaning supplies