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Bringing Baby Home Checklist

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Bringing your new baby home can be a scary thing to new parents. Do you have everything you need? What do you still need to get for the first week? What if something goes wrong? These are questions every new parent asks themselves. The better prepared you are for the arrival of your new baby, the more confident you will feel when it's time to go home from the hospital. Here are just a few suggestions to prepare for your trip home from the hospital.

Make sure everything is ready for the arrival of your baby by the 37th week.

It is possible for you to go into labor anywhere between the 37th and the 42nd week. Check the following:

Is your labor bag ready? If not click here to use our Interactive Labor Bag Checklist.

Where is the baby going to sleep? Is the nursery ready?

Is the house clean? You will not want to be running around doing chores after the baby is born. Not only will you be sore, but you will want to spend as much time with the baby as possible.

Are there meals prepared for when you come home? You will not want to be cooking. It is a good idea to have a few meals already made, and frozen. That way you can spend all your time bonding with your new baby.

The Trip Home

Do you have a carseat for when you leave the hospital?

Most hospitals rent carseats in case you do not have one, but your should make sure that you do. Here are some things to think about: It is a good idea to practice installing the carseat before you go to the hospital. You do not want to find out that the car seat does not fit right in the car as you are leaving the hospital. Does the carseat fit in your car? If it doesn't, you will need to return it. You may want to install it before you leave the store. Then, if it does not fit, you can easily get another one since you are already there.Do you understand how to install it correctly (Please read car seat safety)? It is very important that your baby is properly put into the carseat.

Have a "help" list ready.

In case you need help or have questions. Let people "baby" you after the baby is born.Your MomYour DoctorPediatricianHospital NurseryBreastfeeding CounselorPostpartum Doula

Select Baby's "going home" clothes and pack them in a small bag marked "Baby".

Select your "going home" clothes. Remember that you will lose approximately 10-12 pounds right after delivery. Do not expect to wear your pre-pregnancy clothes yet. Loose fitting, comfortableclothing will be best suited for you.

If Something Goes Wrong

If something goes wrong and you don't know what to do, refer to your help list. The doctors, nurses and others are there to help you. If you are unsure about something, don't be afraid to call someone, and ask them your questions.


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queenBrittany Apr 22, 2014 02:23:56 AM ET

Today, i am 10 weeks and 4 days and i am due on november 14, 2014. it has been a long time before i could get pregnant. about a week before, i found out that i was pregnant. i had to get a cyst removed along with a fallopian tube removed. then at my two week check up after surgery, i told my obgyn doctor that i have not gotten my cycle and told her that it is a week late and she told me that i could be pregnant. so i took a home pregnancy test on 3/5/2014 and it came out positive and then on 3/4/2014 i went to the hospital and they confirmed that i am 2 to 3 weeks pregnant. so i made another obgyn appointment and they said that i am 4 weeks pregnant and did an ultrasound. oh my goodness; i am truly pregnant now. my husband and i have been trying since we got together. then on march 24, 2014 i was 6 weeks and 3 days and my baby looked like a peace of rice. yesterday, on april 21, 2014 the baby is more like a baby size. i'm now 10 weeks 3 days.

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Tierra Mar 22, 2012 11:57:38 AM ET

Can't wait to see my little baby girl!

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Tina Dec 31, 2011 05:21:20 PM ET

Great article for grandmothers also. we always tend to over do it. but this article helped me keep things in perspective.

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Michelle Nov 14, 2011 07:43:31 AM ET

I think the article was helpful but its got too much stuff for a baby's first weeks.

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Best pregnancy ever Apr 3, 2011 11:34:27 AM ET

This was such a helpful article it reminded me that i have to pack my bags because i only have 4 weeks left so thank you this website is full of great information

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