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
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • 2-3 Pairs socks with grips
  • Whatever helps relax you (music, pillows, electric candles, oils, etc…)
  • Heating pad
  • Fan
  • *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/ziplock baggies with cotton balls in them (If at Hosp)

For You & Partner

  • Snacks/Mints/Gum
  • *Medications
  • Toiletries
  • Pillows (ones you don’t mind getting a bit messy)
  • Cellphone chargers and extension cord(s)

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 too)
  • Money (or credit card)

Hospital Bag For You

  • Nursing bra and pads
  • 2 Changes of roomy/comfortable clothes
  • Coconut oil or nipple butter with no lanolin for breastfeeding
  • (Don’t bring your breastfeeding pillow. Use the hospital pillows. Trust me, it will be so much easier starting out on your breastfeeding journey)
  • A comfortable pillow

Hospital Bag for Partner

  • 2-3 Changes of clothes
  • Undergarments
  • Snacks
  • A comfortable pillow

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’s a colder season)
  • A pair of socks (but no mittens for breastfed babies)

*What to bring/prepare for siblings

  • Snacks
  • 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)
  • Pillow
  • Slippers

*Optional Depending on Birthing Situation*