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Preparing For New Baby
If you are expecting a new baby you have probably already been preparing for your little one for quite some time. Packing for the hospital and preparing your home for the new baby are the most important things you can do to make your transition from the hospital back home smoother. The following are some helpful preparation tips 

Pack for the Hospital

Use the checklist below as a guide when you pack your bags for your hospital stay. A checklist will ensure that you do not forget to bring something important to the hospital. Before you pack, check with the hospital to see what is provided to you to avoid over packing.

For Mommy:

( ) Socks
( ) Pajamas (a gown should be provided to you in the hospital but your own pajamas will make you feel more at home and comfortable)
( ) Maternity clothes to go home in (your tummy doesn't magically disappear after delivery-maternity clothes will be the most comfortable to travel home in)
( ) Books/magazines
( ) Contacts/Glasses
( ) Contact case/cleaning solution
( ) Toothbrush/toothpaste
( ) Shampoo/conditioner
( ) Hair brush and styling products
( ) Make up (for those after delivery visitors)
( ) Labor supplies (massage items, aromatherapy candles-whatever you plan on using to make your delivery easier)
( ) Purse/wallet
( ) Sanitary pads
( ) Birthing Plan
( ) Any hospital paperwork required for check in
( ) Other_______________________________________________

For Daddy:

( ) Games
( ) Books/Magazines
( ) Camera/Camcorder
( ) Change of clothes
( ) Pajamas
( ) Cell phone (or change for pay phones)
( ) Wallet
( ) Other_______________________________________________

For Baby:

Typically the hospital will provide you with diapers, wipes, clothes for the new baby. However, it is always a good idea to be over prepared rather than under prepared. Here are some suggestions:

( ) Coming home outfit
( ) Diapers (usually newborns will comfortably fit into preemie diapers for the first week or two after birth)
( ) Wipes
( ) Blankets (thickness should depend on the weather)
( ) Hand sanitizer (for visitors)

Also, please ensure that  the baby's car seat is secured in your vehicle. The hospital will not release you and your baby unless you have a car seat properly installed.

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