Hospital Bag Packing List for Labor & Delivery & Postpartum

In my dream world, I’d be a good candidate for a home birth.  I wouldn’t have to pack anything. In reality, I am better suited to deliver in a hospital for my safety and the safety of my children.  I will always love to watch home birth videos and read home birth stories, but it’s not for me.  Hopefully, I can have some of home in the hospital.

Right now, I do plan to bring all of this.  I have a few weeks until my due date though.  I may re-pack then after I see how much space all of this stuff requires.  I admire minimalists.  I want to look like I am one in areas in my home, but I really like having a large enough home that I can store the *other* stuff too.  Big smile!

Labor & Delivery


Own pillows


Pretty, comfortable labor clothes for early labor

Socks with rubber pads

Flip flops

Organic, lemon hand soap

Antibacterial wipes

Hair Ties

Make up

Lip Balm

Unscented Lotion


Tooth paste




Camera charger

New SD card

Video camera



Cell charger

List of who to text/email after baby is born

CD Player

Chill CD

Classical Music CD


Pen and Notebook


Tens Machine

Rescue Remedy


Essential Oils


Eye Mask

Ear plugs


Birth affirmations

Birth plan photobook

Birth Sign

Tennis ball and sock

Nursing pads (kind that can be heated or cooled)

Rice Sock


Honey sticks

Coconut water

Beef Jerky

Lara Bars Avocado

Baby items

Hat for baby (I do not like the hospital issued ones)

Blanket for baby (want to use our own)

1st Words our baby will hear

Psalms to read before cord is cut (I want the first words my baby hears to be the Word of God, and hospitals respect religious requests.  My mom will read it.)

“The heavens declare the glory of God;

    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

    night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

    no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,

    their words to the ends of the world.”

Psalm 19

Update 2020

My mom arrived in time to read the Psalms to our baby after her entrance. I highly recommend this tradition. My husband and oldest daughter stayed at my head, but my mom witnessed the birth. My son arrived within minutes of his sister’s birth. He is still disappointed.

Postpartum Bag

Pink plastic cups

Kiddie champagne

Burp cloths


Coconut oil to wipe on baby’s bum to keep first stools from sticking

Scarves for newborn baby photos

Swaddle blankets

Three outfits

Baby nail scissors

Night gown

Nursing tanks and/or nursing bra

Laundry bag for dirty clothes

Reusable bag for extra stuff that comes home

Warm clothes (a/c might be too cold with shifting hormones)

Herbal tea (decaf Chai Roobios)

Nurse gifts

Thank you notes to be written before discharge

Ziplock bags

Change for vending machines

Water bottle with straw

Protein bars

Yes, I cut my baby’s LONG nails with baby scissors and then I don’t have to cover baby’s hands. She can’t scratch herself. I am not a first time mom. 😉 This is what you learn after a couple of children.

Going home!

Car seat

Going home outfit for mom and baby