What should I bring and pack when I get admitted to the hospital in labor?

You may want to pack two separate bags for the hospital: An overnight bag for the items you'll need during labor and a larger bag for everything else that you'll need after delivery.

For the mother and dad:

  • Cell phone or phone card and phone numbers (make sure your battery is charged and you have a second fully charged battery with you).
  • Add good apps to your iPhone
  • Laptop or iPad (in case of long labor and after labor).
  • Sing up with Sendwiz.com to send out birth announcements.
  • Camera with film or a camcorder (make sure batteries are full). Dr.Grunebaum recommends a good small camera instead of a big SLR
  • CD player or iPod with additional external loudspeakers
  • Blackberry (full battery, additional battery), 
  • Address book and stationary.
  • Some cash for parking, food and drinks.
  • Your insurance card and any hospital paperwork you need.
  • Something to keep you busy, maybe something to read (old trashy magazines are great! iPad, Kindle, etc)
  • A second pair of eyeglasses, if you need any.
  • Favorite pillow or something else that makes you feel better.
  • A large birthing ball.

Body care & food:

  • Some water or nourishing drinks
  • Healthy snacks
  • A hair band and barrettes
  • Lollipops
  • Popsicles
  • Hand and body lotion
  • Massage oil
  • Lip balm for dry, chapped lips
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and other toiletries
  • Hairbrush, make-up
  • Lollipops or hard candy


  • Warm socks
  • Nursing bra
  • Nightgown (with button front if you are breastfeeding)
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Loose-fitting outfit to wear home

For baby:

  • Car seat for baby's ride home, required by most hospitals
  • One undershirt (or "onesie")
  • One outer garment
  • One receiving blanket
  • One outer blanket, or "snuggle"
  • A hat and pair of booties
  • If using cloth diapers, bring two diapers and velcro diaper covers
  • A going-home outfit
  • A receiving blanket
  • A pair of socks or booties
  • A cap
  • Baby nail clippers or emery board.