What to Pack for Labor & Delivery

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

    A: 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.what to pack for 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.