What to pack for labor and delivery
If you are having your baby in hospital you will need to take a number of essential and convenience items with you to help you cope with labor and take care of yourself and your new baby. It’s a good idea to list what to pack for labor and delivery and have your pregnancy hospital checklist packed and ready about six weeks before your due date just in case your baby comes early.
Pregnancy Checklist of things to pack for hospital
Mom checklist for labor and delivery:
- A small backpack will be ideal as they don't take up much room.
- 2 comfortable nightgowns or you could wear a hospital nightgown.
- 1 comfortable going home outfit and shoes.
- Bathrobe, nightgown, slippers and a couple pair of socks. You and your baby will be staying in the hospital for 3 to 5 days typically.
- Nursing bra, breast pads, nipple cream, sanitary napkins and maternity underwear. Nurse will help you how to breast feed your baby and various comfortable breastfeeding positions. Read my hub on how to breastfeed a baby for more information.
- Bathroom items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, hairbrush, soap, lip balm, towels and deodorant.
- I was not allowed to eat or drink anything during labor and delivery. I was given just some ice chips and nothing else. You may want to take a gym bottle or water spray bottle for drinking fluids during labor and delivery.
- Your favorite books and CD player. You may not be in the mood for any of these. But labor may take very long periods of time like 24 hours.
- Use this what to pack for labor and delivery list and pack your things in a bag and keep it aside several weeks in advance so when the pain hits you or your partner just needs to grab it and take you to the hospital.
Hospital checklist for your labor partner:
- About $20 in cash and change for food, vending machines and phone calls.
- Change of comfortable clothes.
- Digital camera and camcorder, if you wanna capture those initial moments. Do not forget to charge the batteries.
- Something to keep your partner from bored - books, computer or magazines
- List of phone numbers and cell phone for calling your family and friends after the baby is born.
- Basic bathroom items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo and towels.
More things to pack for labor and delivery
- Infant carseat
- 2 onesies, newborn hat, socks and mittens
- Burp cloth
- 2 receiving blankets
- Going home outfit and jacket if the weather is cold.
- Newborn size diapers, wipes, changing pad and diaper bag.
- Plastic bags for dirty diapers.
- Baby bottles, nipples and formula if you are bottlefeeding
Other important checklist for the hospital:
- Birth plan
- Insurance cards, check book and credit cards
- Address book with phone numbers
- Hospital Preregistration paperwork, hospital address and phone number.
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Labor and delivery video on youtube
sugarlump on December 01, 2012:
thanks... im a new mom-to-be... and the above list really will help me prepare... i hope im good to go when the time comes
new mommy to be on June 24, 2012:
thanks for shearing this info with me i really needed it because i didn't know what to pack i have 9 weeks to go and very excited :) well gotta go get everything ready....
J on February 29, 2012:
Main thing I would add is bring nail scissors for the baby! They often scratch themselves with their fingernails and nail scissors work much better than nail clippers. You can get them often by the nail clippers in the baby stores or order online.
arrianne on February 19, 2012:
thank u for sharing your video im a little bit nervous but im so excited to see my baby girl 4-5 weeks to go hello to the world baby!!thank you for the tips Godbless!
Esha Bhatia on January 20, 2012:
that's cool suggestion for all those mums who were
experiencing for the first time ,,,
its tool helpful,,,
Kim on December 09, 2011:
When I had my daughter, I remember it was super cold in the hospital because they only gave me a thin sheet cover to use....my recommendation would be to bring a little blanket along in case you get cold.
Jessica on October 30, 2011:
thanks so much! i only have 4 weeks left until my little boy is here, and this is my first, so im freaking out trying to get things together! but the list was super helpful
Lela Kim on October 28, 2011:
Thanks a lot for the checklist! I have 4-7 weeks to go and I'm excited to pack the baby's bag. I'm a first time mom and I was alittle clueless on what to pack. Thanks again!
dineo on October 16, 2011:
Thank u very much! I'm due next month & I pray all go well for me & the baby!
sherin on October 14, 2011:
Very useful... Thank you so much for these informations
Hawra on October 09, 2011:
Thank you very much for the information , 4 weeks to go
kimbryea on September 27, 2011:
This was very useful...there wers some items on the list that i didn't even thank about. ...very helpful. ..THANKS
mini on September 07, 2011:
hospital /insurance papers,
2skirt-blouse (at need u can only change the skirts),
one pair slipper & maxi pads
one I-Pod to listen music during early labour or during c-section to divert u r attention,
camera to catch the moments,
tooth-brush,tooth-paste,soap,sampoo,comb,mirror, Hair bands ,moisturiser,changing dress for u r partner,
A going to home loose dress (pregnancy period dresses)& slipper,
going to home dress for newborn(cotton front open dress,hat,socks for hand and feet,blanket to wrap.
some dry foods like biscuits,chocolates,nuts,juice packets.
MONEY IN CASH(20 t0 30 thousand) is MUST in hand of u r partner.You cant use card everywhere or not get time to go to ATM.
Always accompany a person to help u in need.
I think this is sufficient.
Kat Shuskey on April 28, 2011:
Great post. Thank you so much for the informations.
laura on April 26, 2011:
Very nice website!Congrats for it BlessedMom...I am a 1st time pregnant and ONLY 45 DAYS till due date!Wow, is amazing how time is running that fast...'
Thank you very much for sharing this info with us, the less expericed...
May God bless you & your familly!
FOREX NINJA on March 30, 2011:
Goon tips,quite very very informative and i totally agree with you.kudos.
ella on January 30, 2011:
its a very nice idea of what we have here a list of things for babies..thanks very much for the information,,it will be my first time giving birth i have more months to wait because im only in my 6months pregnancy..but im very thankful with this site..
Michelle on January 10, 2011:
this was very helpful thanks soo much
Anna on January 05, 2011:
This is helpful, even for a me 3 weeks away from seeing my little girl. This one was more in depth then most lists. When I had my son in 2009, I wish I read to bring water, magazines, ipod....would have saved a lot of inbetween baby naps..hahaha Always make sure Daddy has a cot to sleep in after baby is out, bring snacks (hospital food BLAH!!!). Hospitals now a days don't give out diapers, sanitary napkins, formula to save in expense. This list will help you have everything at your finger tips, even if you didn't use it the first time you never know when the next one comes..LOL
Good luck to all the expectant Mothers :)
One VERY Blessed Mama :)
Tabitha on January 03, 2011:
I really liked your website and thought it was very useful..... especially since im going to be a first time mom in another month=) thanks and the video is amazing
jay on December 07, 2010:
am a firt time mom, had no idea of what i will need. u saved me.
Robertsbaby on October 04, 2010:
I agree dont let your husband/partner try to pack before you go to the hospital. They would forget their heads if it wasn't attached at this point.I only have 6-8wks left.This is my second baby and the first time i wished i had this list to help out with trying to think and direct to get the things we needed. This time i will have the bag ready for my husband cause this is his first and hes already stressing about the delivery so the less i can give him to stress about the better. Thanks for this list again
Chelsey on October 02, 2010:
With my first pregnancy i forgot to pack a bag and when it came down to the time to go to the hospital I was in so much pain that I couldn't pack. My husband tried to pack last minute but I was screaming so bad that his mind was going blank. Don't depend on your husband to do it last minute. Mine was so frantic that he left the stove on and the front door open. My advice pack atleast a month or two before your due date.
milenaamr on September 27, 2010:
Very organized and useful hub. Having everything in hand will keep you calm and you will be able to devote all your energy to the labor. Pregnancy is a very special time and it is good to be prepare and knows what lay ahead. Thanks for the hub.
crystal_kristian first timers on September 18, 2010:
thanks heeps i really didn't know what to be packing for me and my little one and also didn't think of my partner and his needs aswell.. i only have around about 15-16 weeks left and i am over the moon thank you again.. :)
Nikki Paolini on April 16, 2010:
hey I'm Nikki Paolini and I'm haven my 1st child on April 22 and I'm just wondering how much to bring to the hospital cuz i'm going to be there for like 48 hours so i do not wanna pack too much and not use it all. And I'm so scared for the delivery but other then that I'm fine as can be. My mom is going to be there my bf is going to be there and a hole bunch of other people will be there for me and see me in pain lol.
jamexican from oceanside,ca on April 09, 2010:
thanks i have been wondering what to bring..3 more months for me!
Alicia on April 01, 2010:
I've got another item. It's a little embarrassing, but you're going to forget about modesty anyway. DEPENDS. Yeah, no one told me I'd be wearing adult diapers at this point in my life, but it was a fantastic idea. They were much more comfy and stayed in place much better than those weird pads and mesh panties and were much easier to change.
Also, don't forget your cell phone charger! (Actually, that was my husband's job...)
luv2share from San Diego, USA on March 19, 2010:
Thank you for this comprehensive and very helpful list!
julianne on October 09, 2009:
yes the baby clothes should be washed in a gentle detergent (like Dreft) before putting them on new babies - they can be super-sensitive!
SANETT on September 22, 2009:
Wonderbaum from Europe on July 27, 2009:
Great post BlessedMom. I've just created a new hubpage in the same niche and I would really like your opinion on it:
Carol Swift from USA on July 17, 2009:
This is so useful, thanks for sharing it. Many 1st time moms will benefit.
sita on May 04, 2009:
should the baby cloths needed washing before coming to the hospital?
Cure Morning Sickness on April 28, 2009:
Thank you so much for sharing such great information
shawna.wilson from Arizona on January 12, 2009:
I think I took all this and more to the hospital with my first pregnancy, and I hardly used any of it :) The second time around, I had a better idea of what I'd really need.
One thing that new moms should remember is that your body will still need maternity clothes after the baby is born-sadly! So don't bring pre-pregnancy clothes to wear home from the hospital...they probably won't fit.
Great tips, blessedmom!