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Baby Products to Bring to the Hospital When Having a Baby

Baby Grooming Tips

After your little one’s long-awaited arrival, she’ll quickly acquire her own gear faster than you can change her diaper.

Here’s what you should plan on having on hand before you sign those discharge papers:

A going-home outfit: A one-piece outfit is ideal, enabling easy diaper changes and keeping her feet covered. Be sure to bring a hat in case the weather is cool.

An infant car seat: Hospitals won’t let you leave without one, so make sure the base and seat are properly installed. If possible, practice buckling and unbuckling with a baby doll in advance to ensure a safe ride home.

A receiving blanket or baby foot muff: If it’s wintertime or unusually chilly, the extra protection will provide much-needed warmth.

A pacifier with clip: If you anticipate a cranky car ride home, it may just be a lifesaver.

Diaper bag: Because some hospitals generously send you home with wipes, diapers and diaper rash cream samples, it’s a great excuse to stock your bag.

Having these items on hand will help with baby, but click through to find out more about essential items you’ll need for yourself on the day after birth.