What To Bring To The Hospital/Birth Center

So…I know many of you have become overwhelmed while thinking about what to pack to bring to the hospital or birth center! If I had one piece of advice to give you it would be, less is most definitely more! Always remember you must bring home, put away and wash everything you bring! So I have compiled a list of things to bring to your hospital/birth center. I have also broken it down into labor bag and postpartum bag! This list was created to help relieve your stress and take one less item off of your to-do-list! Happy Packing!

Labor & Birth Bag
Picture ID, Insurance Card and Hospital Paperwork
Your Birth Plan (at least 2 copies)
*Eyeglasses/Contacts & Solution
2-3 Pairs Socks with grips
Whatever Helps Relax You (Music, Pillows, Electric Candles, Oils, etc…)
Heating Pad
*Birthing Clothes/Gown
Jog Bras (If you plan to labor in the water)
Lip Balm
Headband and/or Ponytail Holder
Hard Candies/Peppermints
Flip Flops
*Essential Oils
*Essential Oil Diffuser (If at Hosp)

For You & Partner
Pillows (Ones you don’t mind getting a bit messy)
Cellphone Chargers

For Your Partner
Camera (with Charger, Memory Card, Batteries and/or Charger)
Change of Clothes & Undergarments (Bathing Suit if you want to get in the water with mom)
Money (or Credit Card)

Hospital Bag For You
Nursing Bra and Pads
2 Changes of Roomy/Comfortable Clothes
Breastfeeding Aids (Boppy, My Breast Friend, Coconut Oil)
Comfortable Pillows

Hospital Bag for Partner
2-3 Changes of Clothes
Comfortable Pillows

What To Bring For Baby
Installed Car Seat
Going Home Outfit
1-2 Easy Outfits (Onesies)
Extra Blanket (For The Way Home If It’s Chilly)
*A Thick Hat (If It Is A Colder Season)
A Pair of Socks

*What to bring/prepare for siblings
2-3 changes of clothes
Comfort Items (blanket, stuffed animal, etc…)
Color Books & Coloring Utensils
Reading Books
DVD Player/Laptop to watch movies & Chargers
Toiletries (If planning on spending the night)
Puzzles/Small Games (without many pieces)

*Optional Depending on Birthing Situation*

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