What To Bring

Being prepared for your stay at the hospital will make it a more comfortable experience for you, your support person, your newborn baby and the baby's sibling(s). Here are some items you will want to consider bringing with you:

While in labor

  • Lip balm/Chapstick
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Brush/comb/elastic band (for hair)
  • Massage aids: tennis balls, massagers, lotion/oil/cornstarch/powder
  • Hand-held fan
  • Hard candy on a stick
  • Tub pillow
  • Personal pillow(s)
  • Familiar, soothing items
  • Non-skid slippers/socks
  • Robe
  • Deck of cards (in case labor is slow)
  • Relaxing music/tapes/CDs
  • Pleasant "smells" - sachet, essential oils
  • Visual focal point
  • "Bed Buddy" (rice filled)
  • Mayo Clinic Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy book
  • Other labor helpers you've identified
  • Glasses and contact solutions

For after your baby is born

  • Deodorant
  • Toiletries, cosmetics and hair dryer
  • Hair care items, shampoo, conditioner
  • Paper for birth story/notes
  • Two supportive bras (nursing bras, if you're nursing)
  • Nightgown (or wear hospital ones) with front opening, if you're nursing
  • Set of clothes to wear home (not those tight jeans yet - probably a mid-pregnancy maternity outfit)
  • Reading material

For your support person

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Gum/breath mints
  • Deodorant
  • Changes of clothes
  • Watch with a second hand for timing contractions, notepad and pencil
  • Swimsuit, if desired
  • Snacks
  • Book/magazine (just in case Mom sleeps and you can't)


  • Personal electronic devices - this includes cell phones, cameras (still and video), computing devices (tablets, netbooks, laptops) - please note that we offer WIFI in many areas of the La Crosse Hospital. Utilization of these devices within the Family Birthplace is governed by hospital policy and terms of use. Please speak to your physician or the nurse in charge if you have questions or concerns about the use of electronic devices on the floor.
  • Insurance information (especially if you have to call in)

For your baby

  • Baby book
  • Baby announcements/stamps address book
  • One sleeper/outfit for the trip home, hat (The hospital does not provide home-going clothing or blankets.)
  • Blanket (receiving and other, depending on weather)
  • Car seat (Required by law! Have it brought on departure day.)

For siblings

  • Small gift from baby
  • Toys/books/colors to occupy
  • Snacks
  • Gifts for baby (or could shop after the baby is born)