Baby’s Coming-Packing for the Hospital

I am a mom. I work with pregnant moms. I’m friends with moms. 

The one question that gets asked by nearly every mom I know as they approach delivery, whether they are pregnant with their first baby, or on their sixth, is ‘what should I bring to the hospital?’.

I approach this question differently with clients(who generally are low income, single, and scared) than I would with my friends(who tend to live a life of generalized privileges). 

The thing is, you don’t need much. 

Over the last couple of years, I’ve compiled a list of what you could bring and find useful, things people might not think about, things that will bring you comfort, things that everyone forgets…and if you are in the overpacking and over thinking category of individual(which I am)-it may ease your mind to have it and not touch it, than to want it and not have it…however, you may be a minimalist(which I want to be) by nature or necessity, and only bring what you cannot live without(which will be different for everyone).

I’ve divided my lists mainly per key human in attendance: birth giver; main support or ‘impregnator’-whichever label fits; the tiny human(s) entering the world; and ‘other’…also by whether you need it for delivery or after…with some sub categories as well…I mean, really, this list is a lot so categorizing was a challenge…

Let me be clear that this is a list I compiled for my future impregnated self based on what I remember from my first tiny human expulsion in 2010, my current knowledge of my own neuroses, and shit my internet mom friends said…I am not currently pregnant, nor am I currently aware of, or interested in, any human that would willingly procreate with me at the time I am typing this. This list is meant to be long and detailed and is not, by any means, exhaustive or concrete-it’s just a vomit of ideas from which to start…

Things you might notice: I like black(slimming and hides body ooze) and matching; I like comfort; I’m an over packer/thinker/researcher; I worry about how I’m perceived by others and want them to like me(I spent the majority of my first labor apologizing to my nurses and supports for inconveniencing them); I’m a babywearer, cloth diaperer, and a hippy parent in general….

Let’s start with the Birth Giver:

  • Bikini top (and skirt?) for tub/shower
  • Black birthing gown(I’m probably going to be sewing this myself because the idea in my head does not exist on the internet)
  • Fabric Headband
  • Big ass Insulated cup for water (my personal favourite is from Starbucks-it’s huge, metal, and has a straw. I would probably have two because hospitals have that good ice and it deserves it’s own container)
  • Slippers &/or Flip flops
  • Black yoga pants x2
  • Black tank tops x2
  • Comfy under wear
  • Socks
  • Comfy nursing bra
  • Comfy Sweater (zip up hoodie or cozy cardigan-nothing over the head)
  • Chapstick
  • Coconut oil (is my duct tape-moisturizer, massage oil, etc)
  • Hair ties (thick for ponies, thin for pigtails)
  • Wash cloths x 2
  • Large Towel(hospital towels are tiny and scratchy)
  • Shampoo
  • Leave in conditioner/Detangler
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste 
  • Deodorant 
  • Post partum pads for going home
  • Brush/comb
  • Make up (I know I will want to look my version of good in order to feel good)
  • Face spray(lush face sprays are my go to and I keep them at work, in my car, in various rooms in my home-so refreshing😍)
  • Body/face wipes (because a shower might not be an option to get the ick off)
  • Pillow

And because things are going to hurt down there….

  • Numbing spray for the lady garden(Dermoplast)
  • Cooling pads with witch hazel
  • Natural unscented flushable hooha wipes 

For the Impregnator(Or Partner or Main Birth Support):

  • Comfy pants
  • Extra Shirts x2 (one to get wet during delivery, and one to change into later if needed)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Comfy footwear 
  • Toothbrush
  • Water Bottle
  • Small Towel
  • Swim Trunks (if you’re in water, he’s probably going to get wet too)

For the Womb Nugget Making their grand entrance:

  • Baby Carrier- Wraps (base size, shorty, sling rings)
  • Baby outfits (something cute, something for Coming home, and Onesie/Sleeper x 2)
  • Newborn diapers
  • Wet bag
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby bum spray
  • Receiving blankets 
  • Pacifier
  • Bottles
  • Nipple shields
  • Diaper bag for the above
  • Car seat

And in the ‘Other’ Categories:

BIRTH

  • Sign telling people when you need down time (I’m leaning go towards ‘silence and sarcasm welcome’)
  • Birth affirmations
  • Birth plan
  • Tennis balls (I had these at the suggestion of my birth class instructor and never used them-a massager, such as your partner would likely do)
  • Portable Diffuser

STUFF TO DO

  • Notebook
  • Colouring/activity book
  • Colouring/writing utensils

SNACKS

  • Salty
  • Sweet
  • Crispy
  • Soft
  • Creamy
  • Protein (shake?)
  • Electrolytes (drink?)

TECHNOLOGY

  • Phone
  • USB Charger Plugin
  • Lightning Cord
  • Micro USB Cord
  • iPad 
  • Extension cord
  • Video Camera
  • Camera
  • Extra memory cards
  • Small mounting tripod
  • Portable charger
  • Portable Speaker
  • head phones
  • iPod (don’t forget to make a birth playlist)

OTHER

  • Phone list
  • Gifts/snacks/thank you notes for nurses
  • First day photo props if using them(ie. sticker, blanket, stuffy, etc)

Well that’s what I have so far. Let me know if you have anything to add😊 I’d love to hear what your bare bones necessities were!

Also, it’s good to make a list of what you take so you can check it off as you leave. And on nurses advice-people always forget their charging cords in the delivery room!

I will be adding a PDF for download soon as well as links to what I personally plan on using….and also my version of a birthing plan for the sarcastic at heart… 

~K