What to Pack for the Hospital

The 10 must-have items you'll want to be sure to pack.


You've got the camera, toiletries and a nursing nightie. You also need:

Your birth plan/wish list Prepaid calling card or cell phone and a list of phone numbers of family and friends Your favorite pillow A headband or hair tie A breastfeeding pillow Two nursing bras A box of disposable breast pads Disposable underwear (your hospital may provide this) A loose going-home outfit for you A cozy going-home outfit for baby

And don't forget the car seat!

Follow our step-by-step instructions on installing a rear-facing car seat. Once you've done your best to install your seat, pay a visit to a certified CPS technician for a once-over. A technician will determine if and how the seat fits your vehicle and your child, check to make sure that the product has not been recalled, and—most important—make sure you know how to correctly install it by yourself. How to install a rear-facing car seat >>