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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.