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Labor and Delivery – What You Really Need to Bring

Before giving birth, I read a million different lists on what to bring to the hospital. I ended up way over packing because of this obsession. The reality is that the hospital really does provide most of what you need. Here is a list of what we actually used:

For Mom:

  • Something to do (Book, IPad, etc)
  • Phone and Charger
  • Easy Snacks & Drinks (Gatorade, etc)
  • Hair Tie
  • Hair Brush
  • Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume/Body Splash
  • Make Up
  • Slippers
  • Flip Flops
  • Loose Fitting Outfit (Black if possible)

Notes: Every mom is different, you may want your boppy pillow to breast feed or hair dryer for after a shower. I only ended up using the basics. Be sure to have shower stuff, you will feel more like a human after you shower. I was happy I brought so basic make-up, again to make me feel human. You may drop most of your baby weight after delivery but you just gave birth so I would stick to comfy clothes, no jeans, also you are bleeding like crazy making black the best color. Also, dresses may not be comfortable to wear without leggings because of your giant pad!

What the Hospital Provided for Mom:

  • Water Bottle
  • Meals
  • Slipper Socks
  • Mesh Panties
  • Pads
  • Witch Hazel wipes
  • Dermoplast Spray
  • Peri-Bottle

Notes: Ask for extras to take home on the pads, panties and wipes. They were more than happy to give me some extras and I used all of them when I got home. I would maybe buy some wipes and Dermoplast spray and have it ready to go for when you run out. Take home the giant water cup they provide, I used it all the time while breastfeeding.

For Dad/Significant Other:

  • Something to do (Book, IPad, etc)
  • Phone and Charger
  • Easy Snacks & Drinks (Gatorade, etc)
  • Something to Sleep in
  • Extra Outfit
  • Deodorant

Notes: My husband didn’t end up sleeping much and when he did he just stayed in his normal clothes, so you can skip sleeping outfit if you wanted to but if you have a long delivery it could be worth it.

What the Hospital Provided for Dad/Significant Other:

  • Meals

Notes: Don’t worry he/she won’t need much.

For Baby:

  • Baby outfit (2 or 3) Just in Case!
  • Receiving blankets (2)
  • Hat and Mittens
  • Baby Carrier/Car Seat with Cover
  • Diapers and Wipes (Diaper Bag)

Notes: Weather dependent on if you will need a sweater or coat for baby. In case the weather is bad or even really sunny, be sure have your carrier cover to protect your new little one. I would bring multiple outfits in case there is a diaper blow out. Bring receiving blankets in case you need to clean up, I wouldn’t bother with the burp cloths, they are too small to really help.

What the Hospital Provided for Baby:

  • Pacifier
  • Swaddle
  • Diapers/wipes (while you’re there)
  • Baby Hat
  • Booger Sucker
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Brush

Notes: Take whatever they give you, it will get used! Our little guy loves the pacifier he received.

I think I got everything we used. Again, this could vary for you but I packed everything and the kitchen sink and it was completely unnecessary. Good luck with your new little!



A project obsessed, coffee/tea/wine drinker with a book problem. Current wife, new mother and recent homeowner.

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