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Packing for a hospital birth can be a little overwhelming, but have no fear! This list should help detail out some of the items that may not be on your radar.

For Labor:

  • Birth Plan - Make sure to bring copies for your practitioner as well as one to have posted in your birthing room
  • Birth Playlist - some great ones can be found herehere, and here
  • Earphones or speakers
  • Ponytail Holders/Hair Clips
  • Lip Balm
  • Lotion
  • Motivational signs and photos
  • Essential Oils - peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender are all great aroma therapy during labor. Check with your caregiver and do your own research for pregnancy-safe oils.
  • Mints or Candy
  • Socks and/or Slippers
  • Sports Bra - way more comfortable to labor in, especially if you're going to be in a tub
  • Optional labor apparel - BINSI makes some really cute stuff!  You can also check out my Pinterest board for other ideas!
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Birth Photographer's phone number - don't forget to call your birth photographer as soon as you're in labor and keep her posted as your labor progresses!

For the Stay:

  • Call list - this can even be a mass text list that you prepare in advance of the birth.  Just be sure you test it out in advance to make sure it works!
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Make-Up
  • Facial Cleanser or wipes
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss
  • Glasses/Contacts/Contact Solution & Case
  • Camera/Video Camera
  • Nursing Bras (1-2)
  • Postpartum recovery salves - Earth Mama Angel Baby is one of my favorites for these types of products!
  • 3-4 Sets of Tops & Bottoms (or Pajamas)  - Maternity sizes are likely still a good idea.
  • 2-3 Pairs of underwear -  Many hospitals or labor centers provide a mesh underwear for you to wear after birth, but you may want to bring your own along too.  Bikini cut might be a better choice if you're having a C-Section.
  • Journal & Pen
  • Snacks
  • Computer/iPad
  • Books/Magazines

For Dad:

  • Hygiene Items: Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Razor, Deodorant
  • 3-5 Sets of Comfortable Clothes
  • Socks and/or Slippers
  • Hoodie or Jacket - those hospitals can be chilly!
  • Pajama Bottoms
  • Pillow - staying in the hospital after birth can be back-breaking!  Bring along a small comfort from home.
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Computer/iPad
  • DVDs or Books   There is a lot of down time in the hospital, especially after a c-section where you’ll likely stay for 3 nights.  Bringing a couple movies along to watch while snuggling with baby can help to pass the time.

For Baby: 

  • Baby lotion/wash (if you have special preferences)
  • Car Seat  - Oh my goodness, don't forget this!
  • Outfit to wear home
  • 2-3 Sleepers/onesies
  • Nail File
  • Swaddling Blanket
  • Baby Book  - don't forget to have visitors sign in