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Checklist – before baby arrives

Make sure you have everything you need for your baby's arrival with our checklist. Get organized and feel confident for the big day.

5 mins to read Dec 13, 2017
  • Attend birth preparation classes.
  • Practise relaxation and breathing techniques at least twice a day.
  • Rest as much as possible.
  • Select music for relaxation.
  • Pack suitcases for hospital stay.
  • Discuss labour and delivery options with caregiver.
  • Decide about rooming-in.
  • Research options for early discharge. Click here for more information.
  • Choose a family doctor.
  • Research options for circumcision.
  • Learn about breastfeeding.
  • Choose baby names.
  • Plan birth announcements.
  • Stock deep freeze and pantry for after your baby arrives.

Maternity ward suitcase
When packing for hospital, pack things into a few smaller bags, rather than one large bag, to make it easier to find things when you need them. Make sure your partner knows where everything is, and which bags need to come to the hospital with you.