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Hospital Preparation



You might want to have an overnight bag packed and ready in case you need to leave for the hospital in a hurry. The hospital will take care of many of your needs but you may find the following list of items useful.

  • Insurance Card and ID
  • Bathrobe, slippers
  • 2 or 3 nightgowns (a front opening makes it easier to breastfeed)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner, body soap
  • Hair brush/comb, other cosmetics
  • 1 or 2 bras/nursing bras the same size you wore when pregnant
  • A book/magazines, your favorite music to listen to in labor (MP3 player or laptop)
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Charger for cell phone and other electronics
  • Small change for your partner to get snacks or drinks from the vending machine/cafeteria
  • Baby book (for footprints)
  • Loose fitting cloths to wear home
  • Baby outfit to wear home
  • Baby blanket
  • Car seat

There are 5 things to do when buying and installing your car seat.

Right Seat
Check the label on your car seat and make sure it is appropriate for your child’s age, weight, and height. Double check the label for an expiration date to make sure it is still safe. All children 2-4 years old must be in a forward facing car seat. Children ages 4-8 and less than 4ft 9in must ride in a full car seat or booster seat.

Right Place
All children should ride in the back seat until they are 13.

Right Direction
Your child should be in a rear-facing car seat until age 2. Make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower anchors.

Inch Test
Once your seat is installed, give it a shake at the base. Can you move it more than an inch in any direction? A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.

Pinch Test
Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check your manual). With the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you have adjusted the straps correctly.

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