Family Birthing | Packing Suggestions

For Mom

  • Nightgown or shirt to wear during labor if you don’t feel comfortable in a hospital gown (they should be loose fitting or something that can be completely opened in the front)
  • Robe or bed jacket
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Nightgown and / or pajamas (if breastfeeding, then bring ones made for nursing)
  • 2 - 4 bras (nursing bras if you plan to breastfeed)
  • 3 - 6 pairs of Underpants
  • Toiletries: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, shampoo / conditioner, deodorant, lotion, comb/brush, lip balm/chap stick
  • Rubber band / Scrunchie or hair clip to pull hair back during labor
  • A photo or object to be used as a focal point during labor
  • Going home outfit (comfortable / loose fitting)


  • Lollipops or hard candy to keep your mouth moist during labor
  • An activity (such as pre-addressing birth announcements or crossword puzzles) or a book to keep busy during early labor
  • Makeup, lip stick, scented shower gel or body powder to make you feel better after
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses (keep in mind that you can wear your eyeglasses during
    labor, but not contacts)
  • Watch
  • Address book
  • A small gift for the other children at home from the baby

For Partner

  • Insurance information
  • Hospital preregistration information
  • Change of clothes and toiletries


  • Things to be used during labor: soothing music, something to be used as a focal point, tennis ball, rolling pin or lotion for massage, watch, paper/pen, snacks
  • Book or magazine for reading
  • List of people and phone numbers to call
  • Camera / film (make sure it’s preloaded and in good working condition before you go)
  • Camcorder and/or cassette recorder with tapes ​​

For Baby

  • T-shirt, socks, hat
  • Going home outfit
  • Bunting/jacket (depending on season)
  • Receiving blanket (and a heavier blanket if it’s cold)
  • Car seat (Keep in mind that you can’t leave the hospital without it)