Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

We suggest that you pack a bag in advance with certain necessities and going-home clothes for you and your baby. Here are some helpful lists.

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For mother:

  • Health and beauty items, including deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, bras and nursing bras for breastfeeding. We will provide you with sanitary napkins and stretch panties after delivery.
  • Sports bra or two-piece bathing suit – optional for hydrotherapy tub
  • Nightgowns, robe and slippers
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Pen and paper
  • The Birth Certificate Worksheet that was included in your preadmission packet
  • Please do not bring large amounts of cash, credit cards or jewelry

For baby’s trip home:

  • 1 undershirt
  • 1 outfit
  • 1 light blanket (summer)
  • 1 bunting or heavy blanket (winter)
  • Car seat

For partner or support person:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, deodorant, razor and shaving cream
  • Pajamas, sweat suit, robe and slippers
  • Change of clothes – rooms may be cool in some areas of the hospital
  • Money for daily paper, meals
  • Phone numbers of friends and relatives
  • Cell phones are allowed
  • Wireless access is provided
  • Don’t forget chargers for cell phones and computers

Car Seat Safety

Massachusetts state law requires that all children be restrained in a car seat. You must have an appropriate car seat for your infant prior to discharge. This car seat must be less than six years old. Since there are many car seat models, we recommend you read the instructions and practice installing the car seat in your vehicle prior to your baby’s birth.

Many local police and fire departments will do free car seat safety checks by appointment. Contact your local police or fire department’s nonemergency line to see when you could bring your car and car seat to them for a safety check.