Hospital Checklist for Mom, Dad and Babies

Hospital Checklist for Mom, Dad and Babies

Having twins usually means a premature or early birth so it is always best to be prepared. The hospital will help you with many things but it is always nice to have your own things for extra comfort and convenience.

Mom Checklist:

  • Make sure you have your ID and Insurance Card
  • Bathrobe – there is nothing like your own bathrobe to keep you warm or walk around in
  • Extra clothes – pack an extra outfit to wear home and make sure it is loose fitting and comfortable
  • Phone and Charger – get those first pictures and talk to family and friends
  • Glasses or Contact lens
  • Skin Care products – your personal moisturizer, lip balm or any other cosmetics you use daily
  • Toiletries – hairbrush, comb, deodorant, toothbrush, hair clips, shampoo, conditioner, hair ties and hairdryer.
  • Plastic bag – to put dirty clothes in
  • Bras – nursing or regular bra
  • Underwear – comfortable underwear that you may need to wear over a maternity pad
  • Maternity Pads (heavy duty) – the hospital will provide these, however using your own brand may be more comfortable as they are often softer
  • Nightgown – you can use the hospital nightgowns or choose to use your own. It is best to wear a nightgown that opens at the front if you plan to breastfeed
  • Snacks and drinks – hospitals will provide you with meals but having some of your own favorite snacks or drinks might just make you feel better and provide comfort after labor.

Dad Checklist:

  • Small Pillow – you may be there for a long time so taking your own comfortable pillow may help you get some extra rest
  • Entertainment – books, tablets, laptops or music may make for a great way to pass the time
  • Phone and Charger – get those first pictures and talk to family and friends
  • Glasses or Contact lens
  • Extra clothes – you may choose to shower and freshen up
  • Toiletries – deodorant, comb, toothbrush to freshen up

Checklist for Baby/Babies:

  • Socks and Booties – to keep those little feet warm as newborn babies can get cold easily
  • Bodysuits – choose a bodysuit that you can fasten up at the front and check with your hospital if the outfit you have is suitable. Hospital policies can vary on what newborns can be dressed in
  • Blanket – it is nice to have your own baby blankets to use during skin on skin time and when you take your babies home
  • Going home outfit – make sure you consider the weather conditions when packing for the journey home. In winter you may need mittens, a snowsuit and jacket. In summer you may only need a bodysuit, booties and hat.  You can always check with your nurse.
  • Car Seat – make sure your care seat/s are installed correctly. Some states require that the hospital checks installation before you are allowed to leave the hospital with your babies but this varies by state.

Click on this link to see more details about installing car seat/s

You will be well prepared for your time in hospital with this hospital checklist.

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