What to take to the hospital

What to take to the hospital

Ever wonder what you need for your short stay? Check out the free downloadable check list below!

Also don’t forget your Doula! 😉

What To Take To The Hospital

Items For Use During Labor:

  • 2 copies of Birth Preferences
  • Educational materials from childbirth preparation class
  • Lightweight Robe, nightgown, partner’s t-shirt, socks
  • Speakers/Earphones to listen to music
  • Drinks: Electrolyte drinks like Recharge or Emergen-C (liquid or made into popsicles and stored in cooler), favorite clear liquids like juice, herbal tea, miso soup
  • Plastic drink bottle with straw
  • Honey sticks for quick energy 
  • Easily digestible foods (ie: yogurt, bananas, sliced mango, applesauce, protein or granola bars)
  • Lotions or oils for massage and massage tools
  • Essential oils
  • Labor log of contractions
  • Reading material or playing cards
  • Unflavored lip balm
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste, breath freshener
  • Hairbrush, barrettes or “scrunchies”
  • Glasses/contact lens case
  • Rice sock, heat packs, hand-held fan, focal point
  • Birth Ball

Personal Items for Mom after the Birth:

  • Pillows
  • Toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, hair care items, shower items
  • Slippers with non-skid soles or extra socks
  • Gowns that open in front for breastfeeding ease
  • Nursing bras, undergarments
  • Cranberry juice (to help prevent bladder infection)
  • Lansinoh or other nipple cream for sore nipples
  • Snack foods such as fruit, nuts, favorite treats
  • Reading and writing material, address book birth announcements
  • Waterproof pads (chux pads) for the ride home (you can get from the hospital)
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Clothing to go home in
  • Witch Hazel (to put on sanitary pads). Helps perineum heal more quickly and with less pain

Personal Items for Partner:

  • Food such as frozen dinners, sandwiches, fruit, cheese and crackers
  • Beverages
  • Change of clothes in case of long labor
  • Lightweight jacket or sweater (labor rooms are often very cool)
  • Swimsuit so you can join mom in the shower or tub
  • Reading material for times when mother doesn’t need your help

Items for baby:

  • Baby book for getting footprints which are done by the nurse – make sure the hospital will do for you.
  • Clothing to go home in and diaper bag
  • Warm blanket and clothing, booties and cap (in cool weather)
  • Receiving blanket
  • Newborn diapers if you have chosen to do cloth or natural disposable diapers
  • Car Seat


  • Insurance card and pre-admission paperwork
  • Cell Phone and charging adaptor
  • Camera and charging cord
  • List of phone numbers of family, friends and support people
  • Change for vending machines
  • Laptop and power supply


Pack items for mom and partner separately from items for mother and baby after the birth. The partner can exchange these bags once mom is in the postpartum room.

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