Ready to go home from the hospital

Before you and your baby leave the hospital, your nurses and health care provider will make sure:

  • you can walk around by yourself
  • you know how to take care of yourself and your baby
  • you can urinate
  • you do not have a fever
  • you are not bleeding too much
  • you can manage your pain
  • if you have stitches, they have begun to heal
  • your baby has had at least two successful feedings or a follow-up plan is in place
  • your baby has had both wet and soiled diapers

State law requires that all infants travel in an approved car seat. Your baby's car seat should be rear-facing in the back seat of the car, ready for the ride home.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015