Pregnancy and Childbirth How to Pack a Delivery Bag for Labor By UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, January 21, 2015 Although you’ve had nine months to prepare for his or her arrival, when baby is ready to be born, even the best plans and preparations can be thrown into chaos. When it is time to get ready to go to the hospital for the delivery of your baby, it is easy to forget something in the rush of the moment. That’s why experts at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC suggest that you should pack a delivery bag a couple months in advance. While you may have already thought to bring your favorite fuzzy slippers, robe, and a camera to document the big day — there are other smaller, equally essential items you may have overlooked. Some helpful items to pack in your delivery bag for your hospital stay include: Memory or Photo Book Take a journal for your baby so you can write down thoughts, feelings, and questions for the doctor. Don’t forget to ask the nurses to stamp your baby’s footprints when they’re preparing the birth certificate. Hairbrush and Hair-ties This will help keep your hair out of your face during labor. Camera You will most likely want to relive every moment of those first few hours with your new baby, so make sure you have a camera to preserve the memories of this joyous day. Comfortable Change of Clothes for Mom and Support Person Bring some sweats for your night in the hospital; it will make you feel more comfortable. Don’t forget the slippers for when you may be strolling around on the cold tile floor! Additionally, a clean, loose-fitting outfit will make your trip home more enjoyable. Toiletries Bring along some deodorant, body wash, shampoo, face wash, lip balm, sanitary pads, and moisturizer, as these are typical necessities for new parents. Snacks Keep yourself happy by bringing along some favorite treats. You might not like everything offered in the cafeteria or the vending machines. Every new parent’s delivery bag differs, so be sure to pack items important to you and your family. A little extra planning before the big day can make the experience less stressful and more enjoyable and memorable. If you have questions about what to expect before, during, or after delivery, sign up for one of our hospital classes or tours at Magee.