Expectant moms receive lots of advice about what to pack for that momentous trip to the hospital. Although many items in the bag might not be needed, it’s better to be over-prepared than get caught without something you wish you’d brought. In addition to the usual recommended items – a photo ID like a driver’s license, a toothbrush and other toiletries, eyeglasses (for seeing that tiny new person!), a car seat that’s already installed and the all-important camera – here are some other things you might want to take along:

  • Pillow or pillowcase from home to help you feel more comfortable.
  • Scented eye pillow (typically used in yoga classes).
  • Soothing or inspiring music preloaded onto your iPod or a CD and a device to play it.
  • Comforting objects, such as a special blanket, stuffed animal or inspiring photo or quote, to help you through labor.
  • An engrossing book or something to help you pass the time with your spouse or partner, such as a Scrabble game or some crossword puzzles.
  • Easy-access shirt for breastfeeding and comfy clothes so you can entertain visitors while wearing something other than your hospital gown. If you’re having a C-section, make sure the waistband doesn
  • Disposable underwear.
  • Cell phone charger.
  • Healthy snacks.
  • Baby book for putting baby’s footprints right in the book.
  • Baby nail-clippers to prevent baby from scratching his or her face.
  • Nipple cream.
  • Flip flops for wearing in the shower.
  • Box of candy or other treat for your nursing staff.
  • A gift from the baby to the older sibling to help make this transition easier for them.
Mary Alice Cookson is the associate editor of Boston Parents Paper.