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Hospital Labor, Delivery Packing List

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The following is a list of items you may need during labor, delivery, recovery or after birth, for you, your baby and your partner/birthing coach. You may need to customise it according to your personal needs. Ask your physician and hospital what they recommend and provide. Pack early, so you are ready to go when you go into labor. What else is on your packing list for hospital labor ? See link at end of this for list of items for baby after delivery.

  • Admissions paperwork
  • Baby – blanket
  • Baby – car seat - safely installed
  • Baby – diapers, diaper bag (at least for the car ride home; hospital wil have what you need while you are there)
  • Baby – emery board, clippers
  • Baby – going home outfit
  • Baby – mittens (prevent scratching)
  • Baby – onesies, socks, hat, receiving blanket (if you don't want to use what the hospital provides)
  • Baby – snow suit if cold (on the ride home)
  • Baby book – record firsts, stamp your baby’s feet
  • Bag - extra bag to bring home gifts, hospital supplies & new items
  • Bathing suit
  • Birth announcements (if you are feeling productive)
  • Birth ball & other birthing tools
  • Birth plan
  • Blanket - something cuddly & warm 
  • Books – birth, breastfeeding, newborn
  • Books, magazines
  • Breast pads
  • Breast pump – if you have your own, you might want to bring
  • Breastfeeding clothes - Shirt, gown, robe
  • Breastfeeding items - nipple cream, pads, nursing pillow
  • Calling card for long distance phone calls, pre-paid phone card
  • Camera, video camera – batteries, cables, film, memory card, accessories (charge up camera & empty memory card ahead of time)
  • Camera - a disposable camera for an extra or backup (when your camera battery goes dead)
  • Candles
  • Car ride to the hospital – if in labor – garbage bag to sit on, barf bag, towel
  • Cash, change
  • Cell phone
  • Cell phone – charger & extra battery
  • Clothes to wear home – comfy, roomy; flat shoes
  • Drinks & snacks
  • E-mail addresses for friends & family, digital camera to send photos
  • Eyeglasses or contacts, case, solution, cloth to clean
  • Fan – handheld
  • Folder for new paperwork
  • Hair band, barrettes, clip, scrunchies – keep hair out of your way
  • Hand mirror – watch your baby being born
  • Hair clips, ponytail holder
  • Hard candy – suck on during labor
  • Hospital paperwork
  • ID or driver’s license for mother and partner
  • Insurance card
  • Items for your spouse/partner/labor coach during labor – clothes, snacks, book, money for vending machines/parking, toiletries, medications, swimsuit, video game
  • Journal – record your thoughts
  • Laptop
  • Lip balm
  • List of last minute items to pack
  • Lotion
  • Magazine
  • Makeup
  • Massage items – tennis balls, rolling pins – for back pain during labor
  • Massage oil
  • MP3, iPod or personal stereo
  • Music – CDs, tapes or MP3 files
  • Nightgown or t-shirt to wear while giving birth
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Other items that your hospital or physician recommend
  • Pajamas to wear pre-delivery and post-delivery
  • Paper & pen – take notes, write down questions
  • Pediatrician name and number
  • Phone number for services to cancel, depending on day (milk delivery, …)
  • Phone numbers/address book - family, friends, insurance, ObGyn, pediatrician, neighbor
  • Photos of family members or favorite place
  • Pillow – if you need a special or extra pillow – put it a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn’t get mixed up
  • Puzzles - crossword, Sudoku
  • Pre-certification papers
  • Relax – anything else you need to help relax
  • Rice sock - warm in microwave & use on back pain
  • Robe
  • Sanitary pads
  • Scissors, tape – if you want to cut out the newspaper or other items for baby book
  • Siblings – if there are older children, pack items they will need – to bring to the hospital, and/or to send with them wherever they are staying – present for the big brother/sister, change of clothes, special items (stuffed animal, blanket), gift the older sibling can give the baby, snacks, drinks, extra underwear, books, games, toys, medicines
  • Slippers
  • Snacks
  • Toiletries - hairbrush, cosmetics, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser
  • Towels
  • Underwear, bras
  • Valuables, jewelry, credit cards – do NOT bring these, leave at home
  • Video camera
  • Warm socks
  • Washcloth – colorful so you can spot yours vs. the hospitals (if you don’t want to use what the hospital provides)
  • Watch with second hand – to time contractions
  • Water – bottled


    You may want to also check out the following lists:

    What you need to do before the baby is born

    List of items for baby after delivery

    Baby diaper bag packing list

    packing list for hospital labor
    hospital packing list labor delivery
    packing list for delivery
    hospital packing list for labor and delivery

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