What to bring to the hospital for your delivery

As you patiently wait for the Big Day to arrive, one thing you can do to fill the time is pack the items you will need with you when you go to the hospital to deliver your baby. To help make your delivery and hospital stay more comfortable, here are items we recommend bringing with you to the hospital.

  • Your driver’s license or other picture ID, insurance card, and birth plan.
  • Nightgowns (1 or 2): If you plan to breast-feed your baby, gowns that open in the front are recommended.
  • Bras (1 or 2): If you plan to breast-feed your baby, nursing bras are recommended.
  • Robe and slippers: you may be more comfortable wearing them during labor.
  • Socks and comfortable shoes.
  • Loose fitting clothing: Clothes that you wore during the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy normally work well after the baby is born.
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses, if you wear them. Some women have found that eyeglasses are easier to manage while in the hospital, but contact lenses may be more comfortable during delivery.
  • Toiletries:
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Lip Balm
    • Brush or comb
    • Hair bands/barrettes
    • Deodorant
    • Shampoo
    • Hair dryer
    • Makeup
    • Other personal items
  • Snacks or change for the vending machines.
  • Books, magazines, or something to watch or listen to.
  • Camera or video camera and batteries/charger, and memory card. (Have your family member or birth partner take these home when not in use.)
    • If members of the care team will be included in your footage, please ask permission.
  • Cell phone and charger, or prepaid phone card, and address book to call loved ones after the baby is born.
  • Car seat: Colorado law requires that you take your baby home in a certified car seat.
  • A going home outfit for your baby: depending on the weather and time of year, this may include a hat and/or snowsuit.
  • A receiving blanket for the baby’s ride home.