• Brittany Oaks

What to Pack for your Baptist Little Rock Hospital Birth - Updated + Free Checklist!

Updated: Jan 7

There are plenty of lists of what to pack for when it's GO TIME. I've looked at a fair few myself! That said, what I've packed has certainly changed through the years and births. With my first son 9 years ago I packed just about everything. A huge rolling suitcase full of things we mostly didn't use. With my second son we packed a lot of labor comforts (ipod/dock/custom labor mix) but had relaxed so much we didn't even have a pretty receiving blanket for photos when the photographer came! By my third I still brought labor things (including birth affirmations, snacks and Sheila Kitzinger's Birth Rediscovered, which I laughed and read out-loud while at 8cm, much to my nurse's bemusement!) but I had probably found a good middle ground between packing the baby's whole nursery and not having anything but a hospital onesie and sheet for my little guy. So without further ado, here is a list of good things to have (and a nifty printable checklist if you need the physical satisfaction of checking things off!).

For Mom:

  • Chux (for the car seat)

  • Sanitary pads/depends

  • Witch Hazel Wipes/spray/foam

  • Labor gown (I made my own!), or skirt, Pjs, Robe

  • Blanket/Pillow (try to choose a colorful pillowcase so it doesn't get confused with the hospital pancake pillows)

  • Going home outfit (COMFY please!)

  • Socks

  • Flip flops for hallway walking

  • Bras (nursing/comfy)

  • Undies (the bigger the better for holding in those mondo pads! Unless you like the hospital undies, which is fine too. I loved them and took them home for washing and re-wearing, ha!)

  • Nursing pads/Lanolin (I didn't need these in the hospital but some moms do!)

  • Gum/snacks for labor

  • Reading material

  • Birth Plan/affirmations

  • Musical device (iphone dock? Echo so you can yell at Alexa when you don't fancy the song? Whatevs!)

  • Toiletries (for you and your partner):

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Chapstick

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Hairbrush

  • Hair ties

  • Makeup if you want it!

  • Deodorant

  • Essential oils/herbal remedies such as AfterEase

For your partner:

  • Change of clothes

  • Blanket/pillow

  • Snacks/Change for vending machines

  • Reading material

  • Camera

  • Your birth photographer's when to call cheat sheet ;)

  • Cell phone

  • chargers for all ze electronics

  • IDs and Insurance

For Baby:

  • Carseat! (This doesn't have to be brought up to the room until you are nearly ready to leave)

  • Baby book (if you want footprints in it)

  • Cute receiving blanket/outfit for photos

  • Nursing pillow

  • Going home outfit

  • Diapers/wipes (if you have a preference on brand/or want cloth - otherwise the hospital has you covered).

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ps: in the rush to grab your meticulously packed bags, don't forget to give your birth photographer an update call! Haven't booked yet? You can find compelling reasons to do so here, investment information here or contact me here with any questions or to schedule your free in person consultation!

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