What to take to the hospital
That said, there are a few things that are good to have handy before, so let’s get into it: usually the hospital will have a short checklist of items that expecting parents should bring, such as clothes for the hospital stay for both baby and mother, toiletries, etc. We’ve compiled our own list, based on our experience. Keep in mind that it is normal to stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days after a vaginal delivery and up to 5 days after a c-section.

For the baby:
  • Clothing: onesies or pajamas, and one outfit for when you leave the hospital. Socks and hats. We recommend washing the clothes beforehand, with fragrance-free soap.
  • A blanket, swaddle or muslin cloth
  • Diapers, sponge or wipes. The hospital will likely have diapers, but if there’s a particular brand or if you’d like to use reusable diapers from the get go, you should take them with you to the hospital.

For the mother:
  • Pajamas, preferably nightgowns.
  • A robe, socks, and slippers to move around the hospital
  • Disposable underwear or pads
  • Toiletries: your lotions, soap and shampoo, etc.
  • Nursing bras
  • Comfortable clothes for when you leave the hospital

We also recommend bringing something from home to have in your room during dilation and after birth, such as a photo or poster, a blanket and a pillow, a diffuser…anything to make the room a bit homier. We also recommend downloading a playlist to your phone, so you have access to your favorite songs.

For the partner:
And last but not least, the partner! There usually isn’t anything thought out for the partner, and although they’ll have an easier time coming and going to the hospital, you likely won’t move very far from your family. So make sure to pack clean clothes and your own toiletries, and maybe even a pillow and a blanket. It doesn’t hurt to bring the “smell of home” to a birth!

It’s also important to pack your personal documents before leaving for the hospital, including the birthing plan, IDs, the tarjeta sanitaria or insurance cards, and documents relating to the pregnancy (such as the blue booklet, sonograms, blood work results, etc.).

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